OTC Foundation

Statistics show that solid, higher paying jobs in the United States tend to require some kind of certification or degree — and also that rural students face some unique disadvantages. With that in mind, Ozarks Technical Community College is using grant money help rural high school students plan for life after graduation.

Four new academic advisors have been embedded in high schools in Branson, Forsyth, Hollister, and Reeds Spring as part of the project, which received grant funding from the rootEd Alliance.

Michele Skalicky

Branson is known for its wide variety of shows, attractions and shopping opportunities.  But there’s a place west of town where you can get out in nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle.

When Sheree Evans’ husband was dying from glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor they believed was caused by Agent Orange, she promised him she would make things right.

Agent Orange is a chemical that was used by the US military to remove leaves from trees in the Vietnam War.

Initially, the VA rejected her benefits claim. But she had kept a notebook of evidence on her husband’s service and illness. So she sued the VA and eventually won the case.  

City of Branson

The City of Branson’s finance director, Jamie Rouch, has been asked to speak to city managers, finance directors and finance officers from around the world at the 113th Annual Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) Conference in Los Angeles in May.

According to the city, Rouch will speak on how economic development and tourism are related.

The victims of a truck-pedestrian crash over the weekend in downtown Branson have been identified.  Gregory and Laura Curnes and Jean Moncrief entered a marked crosswalk Saturday night to walk across Branson Landing Blvd. and were struck by a southbound 1999 Ford truck driven by Steven Weter of Hollister. 

The pedestrians were taken by ambulance to a Springfield hospital for treatment.  Laura Curnes later died from her injuries.  Weter remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.