Branson Citizens Getting Help Through Request Line

City of Branson Press Release

City responds to 178 calls in 2008

Branson residents are finding the Citizens’ Service Request Line useful in getting action on concerns and questions they have about the city and its operations.
According to Branson Public Information Director Jerry Adams, the number of calls to the 24-hour request line in 2008 totaled 178, up from the 165 calls in 2007.
“Through this request line, we are able to provide information and solutions to problems in a timely manner to citizens on a variety of subjects regarding the city, its departments and policies,” Adams said.

The city instituted the request line to be more responsive to residents’ concerns, and to make it convenient for citizens to place one call to get problems resolved rather than being phone transferred to several departments.

The city also implemented an on-line service request through the city of Branson’s government website. Citizens can e-mail their requests directly to the public information office. Adams said he received 35 requests for service through this e-mail option. The city’s website address is www.bransonmo.gov.

“Most of the calls concern repairs or improvements that need to be made on city property and violations of the city’s property maintenance codes,” said Adams.

According to Adams, the goal of his department is to respond to all requests within five working days. That doesn’t mean the problem can always be corrected in five days. Sometimes repairs take longer, but the city keeps the caller informed of the progress, and when completed, the city asks the citizen if the resolution meets with his or her satisfaction.

The Citizens’ Service Request line phone number is 337-8502, and it’s available 24/7. A recorded message greets the callers who are then asked to leave their request. Adams said any caller can remain anonymous if he or she chooses. All request line messages and e-mails are checked daily.
“We have been very pleased with the success of the request line because it gives all residents a chance to take an interest in the appearance, health and safety of our city,” said Adams.

Personal Brief

2008 was a difficult year. I broke into the New Year with Chuck Norris after a late night of theological discussions with Mike Huckabee at a country club in Iowa and more theological discussions with Barack Obama's campaign manager.

State and national leaders would pay tribute to my daughter on film, recorded to let her know I care and love her in the wake of several parental kidnappings rewarded with a prosecutor's office faining impotence in upholding court ordered arrangements.

Haunted by testimony submitted to congress that fatherlessness leads to higher rates of teenage suicide, drug use and pregnancy -my deepest fears only minorly subdued by an occasional picture showing up on myspace.

I'd drive to pick up my child for court ordered custody transfer and my daughter wouldn't be home - taken to an unknown location - sometimes weeks before I'd hear from her. Heart breaking and give-a-crapper breaking events molded a year where faith in a legal system that fiscally benefits from the worst in men would be discussed.

In between interviews with politicos, I would worry about my daughter. Hundreds of calls would go unanswered, numbers changed and my child would disappear on holidays when I'd go to pick her up.

In August, I would learn there is no remedy to enforce custody and my daughter would be registered in school under her mother's maiden name and legal enforcement of the act would be impossible. The give-a-crapper completely broken; I'd tear down the firewall and allow dozens of posters to write unabated after two hacks.

Branson City Council would radically change the government strucure, enact massive spending measures running the city into a deficit during 22 months of record revenue. With the help of a politico time share scam artist both stories would go unreported.

Just a taste of 2008

417 Magazine Publisher Gary Whitaker

Publisher Gary Whitaker pitches 417.

I figured I'd be the only one to actually put this video on their website.

The Death of Copyright

The Grey album marked the begining of the end. It was the album of the year illegal to buy anywhere. Only 2000 copies were sold before a cease and desist order stopped album pressing.

As news organizations slash staff and budgets most journalism is dead - at least the really good stuff - investigative reporting and my favorite - gumshoe journalism.

By March of this election year I was getting speeches nearly 48 hours before they were delivered. The text of the speech would be pressed a day before orated by Obama.

Ready for remix.

Branson Shows Performing During Christmas Week

The Branson Chamber of Commerce published a list today of Branson Shows open during the week of Christmas.

Dec. 20 - Dec. 25

  • Acrobats of China / New Shanghai Circus (Dec. 20 - 23rd, 8 p.m.)
  • Allen Family Simply Christmas at the Circle B Chuckwagon Theatre (Dec. 20-24)
  • Amazing Pets at Grand Country (Dec. 24-25, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.)
  • American Presidents Museum (Dec. 20, 23rd)
  • Big Smith at Waxy O'Shea's (Dec. 20, 9 p.m.)
  • Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills (5:30 p.m.)
  • Circle B Supper Show (Dec. 20th – 5 Pm)
  • Dixie Stampede (Dec. 20-23rd)
  • Kirby & Bambi VanBurch (Dec. 20-23rd - 8 p.m.)
  • Legends in Concert Christmas Show (Dec. 20, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.)
  • Noah The Musical (Dec. 20th)
  • Owens Theatre (Every Day)
  • Pierce Arrow (Dec. 20th Show)
  • Red Head Express at the Circle B Chuckwagon Theatre (Dec. 20th)
  • Showboat Branson Belle (Dec. 20th Show)
  • Silver Dollar City (Open thru Dec. 23rd; Re-open Dec. 26-30th)
  • Twelve Irish Tenors (Dec. 20th, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.)
  • White House Theatre (No show Dec. 24, Dec. 25)
  • Wissman Family Christmas (Dec. 20, 10 a.m.)
  • Branson Area Festival of Lights Display
  • Branson Landing Cruises
  • Butterfly Palace and Rainforest (Dec. 20-24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Cosmic Caverns (Dec. 20-24)
  • Dinosaur Museum/Haunted House
  • Enchanted Forest Light Display at Indian Point
  • Fantastic Caverns (Dec. 20-23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Imax Entertainment Complex (Dec. 20-23, Dec. 25 open at 12:30 p.m.)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
  • Stone Hill Winery (Dec. 20, 22, 23: 8:30 am-6:30 pm; Dec. 21: 10 am-6 pm; Dec. 24: 8:30 am-5 pm)
  • Titanic Museum Attraction (9-5 through Dec. 23; 9-4 on Dec. 24)
  • Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Tanger Outlets (Dec. 20, 22, 23: 9am - 9pm; Dec. 21: 10am - 7pm., Dec. 24: 9am - 6pm)
  • Shopping

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

  • Chateau Grille, 417-334-1161
  • Devils Pool, 417-335-2777
  • Golden Corral, 417-336-6297
  • Grand Country, 417-335-2434
  • Liberty Tavern, 417-336-1112
  • McFarlain's Restaurant, 417-336-4680
  • Outback Steak & Oyster Bar, 417-334-6306
  • Trofi Restaurant & Lounge, 417-336-5400

Dec. 26 - Dec. 31 (see below for New Year's Eve events)

  • #1 Hits Of 60’s (Dec. 26-30 at 2 pm)
  • 50's At The Hop (Dec. 26-30 at 8pm)
  • Acrobats of China / New Shanghai Circus (Dec. 26-30 at 8pm and 3pm on Dec. 27th & 28th)
  • Allen Family Simply Christmas at the Circle B Chuckwagon Theatre
  • Amazing Pets at Grand Country (Dec. 26, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Dec. 27-31, 10 a.m.)
  • American Presidents Museum (Dec. 26-27, 30)
  • Circle B Supper Show (Dec. 27–30, 5 p.m.)
  • Christmas on the Trail at Shepherd of the Hills (5:30 p.m.)
  • Comedy Jamboree at Grand Country (2 p.m.)
  • Dixie Stampede (Dec. 26-27)
  • Grand Jubilee at Grand Country (8 p.m.)
  • Hughes Brothers (Dec. 29 & 30 - 8 p.m.; Dec. 31 - 9 p.m.)
  • Jim Stafford (Dec. 27-31, 8pm)
  • Kirby & Bambi VanBurch (Dec. 26, 28, 29, 30 at 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. On Dec. 27)
  • Legends In Concert (Dec. 26-Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 31 at 3 p.m & 9:30pm)
  • Magnificent 7 (Dec 26, 27, 29, 30 at 7pm; Dec. 31 at 9pm)
  • Owens Theatre
  • Pierce Arrow (Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30 at 8 pm; Dec. 31 at 9 pm)
  • Roy Rogers, Jr. at the Happy Trails Theater (Dec. 29, 30 and 31 at 10 a.m.)
  • American Presidents Museum (Dec. 31)
  • Branson Area Festival of Lights Display
  • Branson Landing Cruises
  • Butterfly Palace and Rainforest (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Cosmic Caverns
  • Dinosaur Museum/Haunted House
  • Enchanted Forest Light Display at Indian Point
  • Fantastic Caverns (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Ghost and Haunt Tours (7 p.m.)
  • Imax Entertainment Complex
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum Attraction (Dec. 29, 30, and 31: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. )
  • Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights
  • Showboat Branson Belle (Daily 4 p.m.; 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Dec. 31)
  • Silver Dollar City (Dec. 26-30th)
  • Titanic Museum Attraction (9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Dec. 27-31)
  • Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Tanger Outlets (Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30: 9am - 9pm; Dec. 28: 10am - 7pm.; Dec. 31: 9am - 6pm)
  • Shopping

New Year's Day (Jan. 1)

  • 50's At The Hop (January 1-3 at 8pm)
  • Amazing Pets at Grand Country (2 p.m.)
  • Comedy Jamboree At Grand Country (8 p.m.)
  • Dixie Stampede (through Jan 3rd)
  • Hughes Brothers (8 p.m.)
  • Owens Theatre
  • The Club At Lodge Of The Ozarks
  • Fantastic Caverns (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
  • Imax Entertainment Complex
  • Titanic Museum Attraction (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.)
  • Branson Landing Cruises
  • Butterfly Palace and Rainforest (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Cosmic Caverns
  • Ghost and Haunt Tours (7 p.m.)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Dinosaur Museum/Haunted House
  • Tanger Outlets (9am - 6pm)
  • Shopping

Branson Airport Inks Exclusive Shuttle Service Contract with Gray Line

BRANSON, MO,(Press Release) December 18, 2008 – The first class hospitality promised by officials of the new Branson Airport now extends beyond the terminal. Branson Gray Line, the locally owned and operated transportation experts, will exclusively operate all taxi, shuttle, limousine, luxury coach, charter bus and ground transportation services at the new facility, set to open in May 2009. This announcement comes just one week after Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the U.S., announced that AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Air Tran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AAI), will be the first national network carrier to serve the new airport when it opens next spring.

"My goal is pretty simple—to work in tandem with airport staff to provide a first-class hospitality experience like no other," Scott Thompson, president of Branson Gray Line said.

"The exceptional service you'll get from AirTran and the Branson Airport won't end when you land or leave the terminal. It's our goal to make sure that whether you're a tourist or a local, a family or an individual, here on vacation or here on business, you receive the most professional and efficient service possible, otherwise, I haven't done my job," Thompson said.

Between now and the time the airport opens, officials at Branson Gray Line will be working tirelessly to organize services between area accommodations and the Branson Airport. As the exclusive provider of shuttle services for the airport, Branson Gray Line will be responsible for maintaining hotel and resort courtesy shuttles for those properties interested in offering such a service to their guests. Branson Gray Line recently came to an agreement with the Radisson Hotel in Branson and will serve as the exclusive transportation provider to the Radisson, offering timely transportation services to both individuals and groups staying at the property.

"This is a very exciting time for us. Getting people where they need to go is our business, and we're good at it. The Branson Airport is going to bring a whole new market of travelers to the area, and we're ready to meet all their transportation needs. It's been a long time coming," Thompson said.

Branson Election Filings


Branson's first day of filings for April's elections produced three candidates:

Raeanne Presley filed for a re-election bid for Mayor

Bob Simmons and Sandra Williams both filed for Alderman Positions

Branson Air Show Announced

Branson Airport Press Release

U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds/Army Golden Knights

To Headline Branson Air Show

BRANSON, MISSOURI (December 15, 2008)—Branson Airport officials announced today that the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron--better known as the “Thunderbirds”-- will be performing at the first ever Branson Air Show, May 9 & 10, 2009. The Branson Air Show will highlight the grand opening weekend of the Branson Airport, the first privately financed and operated commercial service airport in the United States.

Also appearing at the air show will be the U.S. Army Parachute Team-the “Golden Knights”. “We are thrilled that two of the country’s top precision military demonstration teams will be performing at the inaugural Branson Air Show,” said Jeff Bourk, Executive Director, Branson Airport.

The Thunderbirds are the premier demonstration squadron of the most elite air and space force the world has ever known. They fly Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, a multi-role lightweight jet fighter originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force. The famed Air Force precision flying team begins their 56th season in 2009.

The Army’s "Golden Knights" have been wowing audiences at air shows, competitions for 50 years. The two demonstration teams travel all over the country performing aerial demonstrations at air shows and special events, as well as competing at national and international skydiving competitions. They are the most successful U.S. Department of Defense sports team.

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USAF Thunderbirds/US Army Golden Knights

“To have the Thunderbirds, and the Golden Knights, along with many other internationally famous air show acts, will surely make the Branson Air Show one of the very best in the country,” said Bobbi Thompson, Event Director, Branson Air Show.

The first annual Branson Air Show will be an amazing two-day event featuring many of the top aviation performers in the nation including the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Patty Wagstaff, John Mohr, and many more. A number of static historical aviation displays will also be featured including a Sea Fury, Lockheed Constellation "Connie", B-25, P-51 Mustang, and a Medal of Honor AC-47 Gunship.

Tickets for the Branson Air Show are available on line at www.bransonairshow.com.

Daily ticket prices will be:

Adults: $16.00 in advance/$18.00 at the gate

Military: $10.00 in advance and at the gate with military ID

Children ages 6-12: $5.00 in advance/$6.00 at the gate

Children under 6 are FREE

Skaggs to lay off 11 Branson employees

Skaggs Hospital announced they'll be laying off 11 full time employees this weekend. Hospital management stated budget issues won't result in a degradation of services.

Springfield Airport Considers Branson Airport Contract

The Springfield-Branson National Airport flight blog (are they going to keep Branson in the name) ran a series of posts last week questioning Branson's negotiations with AirTran.
Raeanne Presley was gracious in acknowledging former mayor Lou Schaefer during AirTran's announcement that they would be the first carrier to provide daily flights to Branson. In a recent magazine article Presley bashed the deal as being too generous. The $8.24 passenger fee requires proof of visitation to Branson before the city makes a payout. How much more than the $2 million dollar cap paid by the city of Branson is left to speculation.

Candy you ate as kid


Sure Grandpa has dentures now but the nostalgic taste of the sweet delicacies of youth never fade from pleasure.

Best of all, when it comes to Christmas shopping, it's a way of getting out cheap.

Or check out the Candy Museum in Downtown Branson

Branson Real Estate Bid Rates 2006

# URL Title Bid
1 http://www.homegain.com Planning to Sell a Home? $1.13
2 http://www.realestatefortunes.com Real Estate Uncovered Book - $97 $1.12
3 http://www.rateadvisor.com 145k Mortgage for Under $484/Month $1.02
4 http://www.sell-my-home.net Selling a Home? Free REALTOR® Search $1.01
5 http://www.remax.com Real Estate at RE/MAX.com $1.00
6 http://www.grandestatesauction.com Luxury Real Estate Auction Company $0.99
7 http://www.realestatelicense.com Real Estate License - CA, FL, VA, TX, WA $0.80
8 http://www.awardsformortgageandrealestate.com Real Estate Airline Miles & Award Points $0.79
9 http://www.fast-home-sale.net Selling Real Estate? $0.77
10 http://www.oceaniainvestments.com Oceania - for Investment or Pleasure $0.75

The first Internet Bidding technology came online in 1997 and became a market standard in 2001. Target markets across multiple sites were calculated through cluster technology and sold at a Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM) rate of 3 to 50 dollars varying by market demand.

The bidding systems remained open through 2006 before a massive decline in effectiveness apparent in Google's 3rd Quarter performance.

The rates above indicate part of a 2006 October analysis of the Branson Real Estate advertising market online.

CPM's have declined greatly as most bids are set on a cost for performance (click) basis.

Top Bid for Keyword Branson Real Estate - Homegain $1.15 Per click

City of Branson Revenue At All Time High



Branson's current city administration has more money to play with than ever before with income at an all time high.
The two images above depict income flowing into Branson's city budget. Again, many businesses in Branson are suffering as they are nationwide; however, Branson city leaders have more money to play with than ever before despite press releases and correspondence that speak otherwise.
2008 marks a record high in sales tax up 4.8% from Branson's record 2007 increases,. The City of Branson's Tourism tax is up3.7% above 2007 - once again an all time high.
As stated in the last three posts and for several months, Branson's deficit is due to new spending not a decline in revenue.

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If new spending allocated to special interests translates to fiscal responsibility, then we can call this administration "very responsible". And if we can call hiding the success of the Branson Landings contribution to the Branson economy "open government" ......

Branson Tourism Revenue Increased - Silver Dollar City 3rd Quarter Earnings Down



The three charts above are part of a presentation generated by the Branson Chamber of Commerce. Local televised news reports focused on the last image which shows Branson tourism is on the decline. KSPR reported, "The Branson area experienced a slight decrease in Tourism...".

On its own, the report would indicate Branson's current administration is acting with integrity when it claims income has decreased provided an excuse for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Raeanne Presley administration. Branson revenue is at an all time high - so is new spending - just not in areas that provide increased economic opportunity.

The dishonest press releases play off the national economic downturn. Many of Branson's businesses are sufferering and none more than the Branson Shows which are in a pickle as tourists tastes have shifted leaving the theater industry in stagnation several years running.

As you can see from the top image Taney County Tax revnue has increased but Stone County revenue has substantially decreased. The 4.8 percent decrease in the Stone County economy reflects Silver Dollar City's 3rd Quarter downturn. The theme park sits in Stone County and accounts for over 70% of Stone County revenue.

Branson Tourism Up - Sliver Dollar City Down

An effective misinformation campaign can help hide cover incompetence and in the case of the current Branson administration - severe fiscal irresponsibility.

In short, Branson Revenue is at an all time high but unable to sustain new expenditures
, such as Presley's multi-million dollar handout to the Taney County Health Department. Unfortunately, the new expenditures, unlike the management philosophy of the last decade lack economic stimulus components. In fact the opposite is true, the new political environment is cursed with an anti-growth agenda which has strangled the construction industry. For the first time in a decade construction projects in Branson proper have come to a screeching halt.

The revenue increase in Branson comes from the economic development activities of the past administration which brought several new projects including the Branson Landing, the Sight and Sound Theater and subsidization for a new airport.

The Landing is the goose that lays golden eggs bringing in a new demographic which the current administration promises to kill with a new era "Prohibition Act" going into effect at the beginning of the year. New legislation will create barriers and both increased licensing fees and legal responsibility on business owners that choose to serve alcohol.

Taney County East West Corridor Map and Event Center Renderings

 

 

 

 
Hollister's expansion into tourism has hit a few bumps in the road and along with it vital infrastructure connecting Eastern Taney County to Branson appears to be at risk. Last November we reported Hollister announcement of plans to contruct an arena in 2009 which promised new opportunities to pull more tourists into the region. At the time, construction plans to extend a road eastward from 65 appeared emminent. Not so today.
Justin Gage, a fifth generation Branson resident is hoping to revive the projects through town hall style gatherings. Last night he met at National Enzyme Corporation (NEC) and this afternnon at the monthly Hollister Chamber of Commerce luncheon to emphasize the importance of the project in hopes he can drum up enough support to place a ballot initiative residents can vote on in May. What the initiative looks like isn't clear, but Gage believes gathering public support is critical to convincing Taney County Commissioners to bring the project plans to voters.
During this afternoon's presentation, among other benefits, Gage proposed the project is critical for emergency services, ecnonomic stability, lowering commute costs and loosening up traffic that could impede tourists from spending money.
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Branson Ushers In New Era - Air Tran Airways to Bring Daily Direct Flights From Atlanta

 

 

 

 
The Branson Airport is set to open in May with non-stop low cost flights from Atlanta to Branson. The photos above are of the first commercial plane to land in Branson. The carrier will be Air Tran Airways.

Branson Chamber of Commere Continues Battle Against Digital Press


The Branson Chamber of Commerce will be spending another $600,000 to compete with Branson Businesses in 2009 to siphon web traffic from Theaters and travel companies marketing on the Internet.

While television, radio and print campaigns create demand, the Branson Chamber of Commerce Internet strategy utilizes predatory methods to cannibalize web traffic that already exists.

The Branson Chamber of Commerce claims they're a private organization justified in building a small handful of businesses who've directly benefited from redistribution of traffic thwarting private enterprise. Two of the primary beneficiaries of the "regional marketing group" are members of the Board of Alderman.

Where The Branson Chamber gets their cash:

– Enhancement Tax $4,610,693 $3,921,933
– City of Branson Tax $2,050,000 $2,050,000
– Pubs Revenue $ 646,763 $ 640,673
– MO DIV Grant (Taney) $ 660,000 $ 460,000
– MO DIV Grant (Stone) $ 200,000 $ 0
– Web Revenue $ 100,000 $ 100,000
– Other Revenues $ 154,375 $ 328,000

The Branson Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau acknowledged efforts to control user generated digital communication during their second quarter presentation citing expenditures to quash Internet speech inconsistent with Branson Chamber Objectives.

Late Summer, the Branson Chamber of Commerce launched a hate campaign encouraging Google to censor the Branson Missouri Blog, utilizing a tax payer funded database, Lynn Berry of the Convention Visitors Bureau sent correspondence to hundreds of users asking members to fraudulently label "Branson Missouri" in order to meet an objective that couldn't have been met through scrupulous methods.

Though Google didn't comply with the demands of the Branson CVB's censorship attempts, the site was moved to the Missouri Netizen domain to avoid further economic damage.

The two members of the Branson Board of Alderman who are active members of the Branson Chamber have helped establish city funding policy and strategy for the Chamber of Commerce.

Branson Chamber of Commerce Board members have been active behind the scenes with campaign assistance for the two members who serve on the Board and are expected to help as Mayor Presley and Alderman Marshall seek re-election; however, the Branson Chamber of Commerce doesn't "formerly" endorse candidates.

Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley sat on the Branson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors while serving the first part of her term as Mayor.

Though cash flow and purchased media assets flow from Branson Tax Coffers back into Branson City Council members businesses directly, neither of the city leaders have refrained from voting on expenditures to the organization.

Presley and Branson Chamber CEO Ross Summers have held dozens of "off the record meetings" since she took office. Alderman Stephen Marshall, who runs the Chataeu on the Lake is rumored to have received several no-bid contracts to host the organizations events.

Branson Adoration Parade Winners


The 60th Annual Adoration Celebration drew record crowds, according to a news release.

The parade adheres to a non-commercial policy with each of the 39 floats free of advertising and identified only with the name of the organization. There were 16 bands.

The extent of the Christmas celebration in Branson—with special shows in the theaters, special events and lighting at Silver Dollar City and the three area Christmas light drive-throughs—is one reason that Branson was included among seven destinations for the Travel Channel’s special, “Most Christmasy Places In America.”

The special airs on Dec. 10 at 7 and 11 p.m., Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 8 a.m. and 4 and 10 p.m.

Here are the 2008 Adoration Parade Float/Walking Unit Awards:

Non-Profit/Religious
1) Faith Life Church
2) Purdy First Freewill Church
3) First Baptist Church - Forsyth

Non-Profit/Non-Religious
1) Girl Scout Troop 294
2) Branson/Hollister Rotary
3) Kiwanis of Stone County

For-Profit/Religious
1) Sight & Sound Theater
2) Camp Little Paws
3) The Vacation Channel

For-Profit/Non-Religious
1) At Your Service Limousine
2) Taney County Tire

2008 Adoration Parade Band Awards

Red (Fewer Than 40 Students)
1) Blue Eye Marching Bulldogs
2) Spokane Marching Owls
3) Billings Wildcats

White (41-75 Students)
1) Riverton Fighting Rams, Riverton, Kan.
2) Strafford Flaming Arrows
3) Fair Grove Marching Eagles

Blue (More than 76 Students)
1) Joplin Eagle Pride

Drum & Bugle Corps
1) Hillcrest Highlanders

Branson City Leaders Use Intimidation to Block Sunshine Requests

In the wake of death threats, the Branson Police Department's slander campaign, threatening phone calls from the Branson Police Department and politicians I made a trip to city hall.

***Note: Out of camera view there are four more police officers in the small room surrounding me.

I was horrified, having to ask myself, "Is this worth dying for?". When the Branson Police Department went to my apartment claiming "We got him", my worldly possessions were put into storage - that is - what's left. They claimed I was liable for comments made - to me mind you - on this blog. Like caller ID noting threats were coming from city hall, IP addresses suggest threats came from the Branson Police Department and a politician himself.

Two days later I left town in fear for my life before making a re-entry 40 days later.

It took a lot of courage to march into city hall and request the indicting documents, knowing terrorism was a method Branson's current city government had no problem using. But, for the first time, I wondered how far Branson's leaders would go to keep control of information they don't want released to the public.

I knew they'd threaten, but, would they actually do it? Eventually, I had to make a choice. I decided to take it head on with the protection of video cameras. I walked into city hall to make information requests, still not answered in violation of Missouri Law, But, when did violating the law ever stop this administration?

By the time I was able to retrieve the documents elections were approaching rapidly and though some of the politicians running for office were clearly without honor, I didn't want documents being posted to effect the outcome.

It's nice to step back, look at both sides and describe the different perspectives; however, in the midst of direct attacks it can become impossible.

Accessing and publishing core documents is a way to objectively portray the score card. Press releases are created to project an image - an idea - a philosophy or hype. The numbers often tell a different reality. And though I've sat through hundreds of hours of meetings at city hall, enough to have a clear picture of what is really happening, publishing core data is the best way to inform the public about what is actually happening versus an opinion about what might be happening. The Sunshine Law, if followed, is a great way to objectively share data the public has a right to access.

In the end, I regressed, it's not worth dying for.

Branson Landing Wins Design Award

Branson Landing Press Release
Branson Landing of Branson, Missouri, has been recognized by International Society of Shopping Center (ICSC) at its 2008 World-Wide Awards, receiving first place as Mixed-Use Retail Project Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project. Branson Landing is a master planned development including waterfront shopping, dining, living and entertainment ( $7.5 million night-time water feature that integrates light, fire, water and music) venue. It has redefined and reestablished the viability of the downtown area and the entire community.

New York (PRWEB) December 6, 2008 -- Throughout its history, the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) has recognized and honored the shopping center industry's most cutting-edge, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends, as well as outstanding examples of design and development through its Global Awards programs. As part of the shopping center industry's premier awards competition, ICSC is pleased to announce that Branson Landing, Branson, Mo., has won a Design Award in its annual International Design and Development Awards competition. Since its inauguration in 1977, the ICSC International Design and Development Awards program has recognized outstanding projects for excellence in the creation of new retail projects, and in the expansion or redevelopment of existing projects, both internationally and domestically. This year, there were 63 entries representing 25 countries in the competition. (Editor's note: For more detailed information, http://www.icsc.org/icscdesignawards/index.php)

ICSC announced the winners of its 32nd Design and Development Awards last evening at a gala awards ceremony during ICSC's CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The annual competition focuses on two general categories: Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project and Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project. Branson Landing won its award in the Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project and Renovation category. In this category, entries can include a project involving an entire shopping center, such as an enclosure, or a single entries must relate to a specific new shopping center, completed and opened within a 24-month period; July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007; and demonstrate how a specific design or construction problem was solved or how new standards in design and construction were established.

Branson Landing is a distinctive and popular destination, with its performance venues and amusement parks along Highway 76. Branson Landing is distinctive to the community, holding the singular position as the only downtown waterfront shopping, dining, living and entertainment venue. It is a remarkable master planned development for its unique context and character. It has redefined and reestablished the viability of the downtown area and the entire community. Truly spectacular, as well, is its $7.5 million night-time water feature that integrates light, fire, water and music. Branson Landing is owned and developed by HCW Development Company, LLC.

Winners in the 32nd International Design and Development Awards will automatically be eligible to win ICSC's Global "Best-of-the-Best" Award which will recognize the shopping center industry's most outstanding examples of cutting-edge properties, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends throughout the world. These awards will be given during a gala awards ceremony during "A Night of Stars" at ICSC's annual convention, RECon, being held May 17-20, 2009.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 90 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. Headquartered in New York City, ICSC has over 150 staff members and offices in Washington, D.C., Florida, California, Toronto, London, Mexico, Beijing and Singapore.
(Photo by Darin Codon)

Branson Prostitute Photo Published by KSPR

A fourth woman charged for prostitution in Branson surfaced in a story by Michelle Sherwood, an employee of KSPR in Srpingfield. Joy L. Pennewell is the fourth woman charged in a sting operation where women were solicited on Craigslist.

Governor Elect Jay Nixon in Branson today to meet with Republicans


Jay Nixon is meeting with Missouri's Republican leadership in Branson today marking an environment of forced bipartisanship. November elections left a Republican majority in the state legislature with Democrats easing into the top spots.

Last week Jay Nixon met with President Elect Barack Obama where billions in new funds towards infrastructure were discussed as a means of stimulating the nations dismal economic environment.

Missouri's Budget shows coffers are $340,000,000 short of projected expenditures prompting Nixon to regress on campaign promises immediately after taking office.

In other news, three Branson area residents were cited as being part of Nixon's transition team.

Katie Steele Danner, consultant, Hollister
William Fischbach, businessman, Branson
Debra Lowther, film and television producer, Hollister

(Photo by Darin Codon)

Branson's 60th Christmas Adoration Parade Route (Photo)

 
Branson's 60th Adoration Parade will ensue Sunday. Click image to see the parade route with a 3d model of the city rendered in Google Earth. From the Press Release:

More than 30,000 people are expected to see the 60th Annual Adoration Parade in Downtown Branson Sunday.

The parade, which starts at 5 p.m., will go on a 1.5-mile route beginning at Commercial and Long streets. It will go through downtown, then to Branson Landing.

According to the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the route will feature 39 floats and 16 bands from area high schools as well as two from Kansas.

As always, the parade will kick off with the lighting of the Adoration Scene, a large nativity with figures as tall at 28 feet, that overlooks downtown Branson from a bluff along Lake Taneycomo. The figures were repainted this year by Branson High School art students.

Also on Sunday, at 2 p.m., area singers and musicians will present a free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the First Baptist Church in Branson. Performance will feature an orchestra and more than 50 singers.

Gambling in Rockaway Beach

It's not the type of gambling Rockaway Beach wanted, but, starting tomorrow, Rockaway Beach will have gambling in the form of a Texas Hold Em Tournament.

Branson Hookers Solicited on Craig's List


KSPR released new information today regarding the recent prostitution bust in Branson on Oct. 9th a month after the "Branson Missouri Blogger" brought up the problem of human smuggling and prostitution rampant in the Hotel and Restaurant industry during a Branson, Missouri City Council Meeting. Branson Alderman Stephen Marshall doubles as head of a trade organization for the Hotel and Restaurant Industry in Branson.


"Branson police and Combined Ozarks Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Team or COMET task force officers arrested four women on October 9, 2008.18-year-old Desiree L. Nicks, 44-year-old Tonya Rochell Osborne and 25-year-old Indianda L. Young are charged with misdemeanor prostitution.Officers may have gone undercover but they say the women they arrested were trying to sell sex in very public ways; online and in the phonebook. Branson is known for country music and family entertainment."That's the way we want Branson to stay," Assistant Manager of a Motel Rebecca Shetler says....."You can tell by their attire but you can't just come out and ask them." Shetler says. "You can't ask are you a prostitute because people have rights."Investigators went online to "Craig's List" and clicked on erotic services. They say several women they contacted didn't show up to their sting but Osborne did. They say Osborne charged $200 dollars. Then officers opened up a phone book and called Jamie's Escort Service. They say Nicks and Young were sent to the hotel by a dispatcher named "Sam."
...."We see it because we are here everyday." Shetler says. "We just hope the tourists don't see it.",,," Full text archive



Branson Leaders Have a new campaign strategy

Put your boots on, Raeanne Presley's laying it on thick.

Presley, the first mayor to run a deficit budget in a decade, (with revenues at an all time high mind you) published a press release in the Springfield Business Journal today promoting open government and fiscal responsibility.

Tomorrow, perhaps, another press release will run announcing Osama Bin Laden's conversion to Christianity.

When Presley took office, Branson's City Coffer's packed 10 million dollars in savings. Of course, that was before Presley's multi-million dollar handout to the County Health Department and another pork flavored check to Skaggs Hospital.

After seeing the City of Branson was leaking money, Branson Alderman Stephen Marshall demanded answers and someone to point a finger at in a Branson Daily News article, that is until the facts pointed to the current administration.

On the Branson Edge, Branson sales trends were posted until the Presley administration began locking down on "Information Flow" and consistently denying Sunshine Requests.

In lieu, Branson Alderman have found new means to restrict open government which include "canvassing" in a continuous two year retail politicking cycle where sitting alderman go door to door enforcing prejudices dispersing questionable data below the radar of a meaningful press.

Quick question for the Springfield Business Journal, "Which Email Address Did the Press Release come from?"

Raeanne Presley Launches Mayoral Re-Election Bid Using Stolen City Database

As predicted, Raeanne Presley launched her re-election campaign today using city resources funneled to a private e-mail account. As posted earlier this week, Presley has been using a private e-mail address to steal city communications resources for her private ventures which include promotion and marketing for her favorite Democratic candidates.

The City of Branson has denied Missouri standards regarding open government and the Sunshine law claiming a re-route of communications to a private address prevents the press from access to the tax payer funded database.

Branson Documentary In Development - 417 Magazine Reports

Gregory Holman recently posted an article in 417 magazine regarding a documentary about Branson.

“Two talented friends are spending the summer in Branson working on a documentary,” Chilton wrote, “and based on their subject matter and something I thought I remember reading about your family, I thought they might be a good fit? The film is about two sides of Branson: the stereotypical show-loving USA and God-loving folk, and then those who live in Branson but don’t necessarily fit that mold.”


Full Story

Branson Mayoral Race - Dec 16th Filing Begins


Branson's mayoral position will be up for grabs again with filing beginning December 16th.

An objective look at political favors and cash flow exiting the city seems to reveal a re-election bid by Presley before moving on to another position at the state level. Clearly, political favors and cash rewards to entities outside of Branson indicate Presley is using her position as a stepping stone - or rather stepping on the Branson economy to further her political career (you can bookmark this one).

Why else would a politico flow cash to entities far from contributing taxpayers responsibility and far from the benefit of the city she's managing ?

Demographics show Presley performs well with older women with a high school education and below.

Meanwhile, at city hall, Raeanne Presley has tightened up on revealing documents in a semi-successful battle against open government and the Sunshine Law (not yet challenged in court). This appeals to the old-school Branson leadership who once ruled with a mafia style approach and Presley's successful restoration of a monolithic leadership structure designed to decrease worker wages to the benefit of an old-school watch with a kung-fu grip on tax dollars. There is millions of dollars at stake and a conscious effort to send higher paying jobs outside of the county.

Ironically, Presley's target market is the most harmed by the implementation of her fiscal policy. While Taney County is the third highest in state revenue it's also ranks as the third highest poverty rate in Missouri and a few beneficiaries like it that way. The Branson Chamber of Commerce fought hard to block a minimum wage increase when the issue came up on the state value a couple years ago. Presley has taken an additional $30,000 from Branson's budget to finance and support the "almost private" (they take millions in tax funds) to support the Branson Chamber political agenda.

Presley's solution - socialist style housing. The effective code word for this strategy is "Work Force Housing". Though beneficial if it involves federal and state funding, Presley isn't that patient and is moving to take millions in loans to initiate housing projects at local taxpayers expense. These socialist style housing projects generally raise demand for law enforcement as "Section 8" housing is historically synonymous with higher crime and decreased property values for nearby neighborhoods.

In Branson newspaper men make special deals with politicians. Tn an open meeting, pretendo journalist Gary G. successfully asked for the completion of a road near his newly purchased home. The writer gave some nice cookies in the form of news articles and is a main player in the coverup of Branson's money drain promoting tax increases several times running.

Is Presley beatable? It'll be hard enough and possibly dangerous for a political contender, particularly if database resources from the city continue to be laundered to her political campaign.

Branson Finance Numbers Coming out - Editorial


New data regarding Branson's finances will come out this week. Branson sales tax over the year 12 month rolling funds will reveal overall city income is at an all time high and though Branson may be somewhat recession proof it's certainly not Raeanne Presley proof, though the coverup is impressive. The sycophantic worship of Presley by time-share scamster Gary Godless is always a fine read.

I'm impressed. It's simply amazing how irresponsible government can be counteracted with an effective misinformation campaign. As one local news director proclaimed, "In Public Relations you eventually have to lie."

The shell game involved firing everyone in the finance department and nearly everyone at city hall with an IQ over 120. Word to city employees who want to keep their jobs, "Play Dumb".

The total money drain to the Taney County health department still hasn't been properly tabulated and Presley's million dollar witch hunt to find corruption with the past administration still remains fruitless though millions in favors to Presley's political partners is subsidized by the success of the Branson Landing - the very project Presley was elected to "clean up". It's sort of like hiring Stalin to clean up Lenin's mess - the solution creating far more problems than the original issue.

There's a lesson to learn here and it involves show business. While Presley plays Kirby Van Birch with city finances, personality plays a role. When a "financially involved" press plays Bambi all types of illusions can be pulled off effectively.

In a recent New York Times article Presley promoted balanced budgets. The article made me so happy I almost cried. Then I saw the city numbers and the sincere lack of integrity Branson city leaders have been demonstrating and I did cry.

Speaking of outright dishonesty, Presley's promise to "restore open government" is the biggest illusion of the current administration. Branson's Mayor Presley has found a whole new way to introduce "closed door government" - funneling e-mail to a private address. Her personal e-mail address has been printed on city stationary and a direct link from the City of Branson website. Sunshine requests for these documents have been repeatedly denied since the takeover by Sandra "the leak" Williams who collaborated with Gary G. to overthrow the leadership of former administrator Terry Dody- a boss she truly hated.

Sometimes in politics, personality trumps practicality. Dody wasn't good at passing out warm fuzzy's rather looking at his job as improving city income. On the flip, Preslsy's very good at "show business" but lacking in common sense fiscal management and responsibility, unless the purpose of Branson's government is to increase funding for Skaggs Hospital and draining city savings - in which case, she's a great leader.

Branson Landing Fireshow(Photo)

 
New effects were added to the fire and water show at the Btanson Landing which includes this burst effect. (Photo by Darin Codon)

Yakov TV Show Launches Saturday

Yakov Smirnoff will launch a new television show on KY3 Saturday.
From a press release posted earlier this week:
"Yakov Smirnoff announced today that his new TV Talk Show pilot will air on KY-3 TV on Saturday, November 22 at 9:00 pm. Yakov's guests for this episode are ventriloquist & comedian Jim Barber and his wife Diane; author Willard Harley who wrote the book "His Needs, Her Needs;" and an amazing couple, Ray & Irma Ziff, who have been married for over 75 years. "My new TV talk show is a cross between Dr. Phil and Ellen, where it's a lot of entertainment and a little bit of information, so you can learn and laugh your Yak-Off," says Yakov. "My guests were great fun and an inspiration to us all. Tune in on the 22nd and you'll find out why Law & Order got pre-empted for Love & Laughter!"

Full Press Realease
(Photo Yakov with Hulshofs by Darin Codon)

Branson Missouri Government Sunshine Law Boycott Enters Day 45

Branson Missouri's current administration marks the most corrupt government body the city has yet to experience with laundering activities at an all time high.

$5,000,000 Unaccounted for with new and exciting reasons why such is so. That's just the cash. Hard assets have been liquidated at an unknown sum - after 10 meetings and hours of research I still can't calculate the amount of value transferred to the Taney County Health Department. Vehicles, if memory serves me correctly were reduced to $1 a piece.

Branson's leaders have every reason to hide - and hide they are. This post marks the 45th day Branson City Leaders have chosen to deny Sunshine Law requests videotaped as they were drafted at city hall. One includes a request for complaints to the Branson Police Department.

Branson Missouri's Jolie Justus Leads Gay Marriage Rights Rally in Kansas City


Branson native Jolie Justus spoke to a crowd of 500 this weekend in downtown Kansas City in opposition to Proposition 8, a ballot proposal in California that defined - or in this case - redefined marriage to exclude same sex couples.

Same gender couples flocked to California earlier this year where 16,000 gay marriages were performed before voters overturned a judicial decision that opened the gates for same-sex couples to marry. California law remains gender neutral on matters relating to domestic partnerships.

Proposition 8 squeaked by with 51 percent of Californians and 70 percent of black voters supporting the initiative which limited marriage to "one man and one woman." The initiative sparked passion throughout the states where record sums of money were dumped into both sides of the campaign. The California Teachers association dropped a cool million supporting the right for gays to marry while the Mormon church voiced strong opposition to same-sex marriage after the president (also known to members as a prophet) released a manifesto on marriage which mobilized church members in support of the proposition alongside evangelicals prior to the election.

Mormon churches and temples have been the target of protests since the proposition passed. Interestingly, Justus's district sits in Jackson County, Missouri where the Mormon church was founded. According to Mormon lore the saints promise to return to Jackson County where more liberal sects are currently dominant.

The largest offshoot of the Mormon Church - or rather church founder Joseph Smith - is the Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (RLDS). Some believe the Community of Christ may embrace gay membership in the near future. Several years ago the organization began ordaining female pastors after the Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants Chap. 156 commanded congregations to accept women priesthood holders. The move by Community of Christ leadership caused a rift among Community of Christ members and several conservative congregations broke away from central leadership.

Midtown Kansas City is known for tolerant attitudes towards gay couples as neighborhood churches embracing gay members is more of a norm than an exception.

During a series of interviews with Jolie Justus before her freshman session in the Missouri Senate we spoke about growing up in Branson and how that affected her attitudes or acceptance of her own migration from a heterosexual marriage to a committed relationship with a female. Justus didn't seem to hold any resentment or acknowledge experiencing homophobic attitudes that stunted her development. Still, when Justus became the first "outed lesbian" Missouri Senator many Branson residents were unaware of her orientation - including some family members.

Justus has earned the respect of her colleagues and maintains positive report from legislators on her own merit as a Senator - a Senator who happens to be gay.

Branson Passes Deficit Budget Despite Increase in Tax Revenue


Despite modest decreases in Branson's highly subsidized theater industry sales tax is at an all time high.

While Branson's income has increased spending is at an all time high. As a result, the city has moved from several years of savings to a serious deficit which has been reported on this website for over a year.

The facts have taken some time to come to light; however, the Branson Daily News ran the story of Branson's 12 million dollar surplus moving to a $6 million dollar deficit in one year....

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It's with no pleasure that I post this story; but, it is nice to be vindicated after having the unfortunate responsibility of reporting Branson's city administration's fiscal mismanagement and taking heavy fire for it. But, I'd rather Branson practice fiscal responsibility and the philosophy of balanced budgets spoken but not practiced.

BDN Story

Oliver North in Branson



Branson, MO (Vocus) October 2, 2008 -- Lt. Col. Oliver North (USMC-ret) will be featured as the keynote speaker at the 233rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball, a celebration of the Founding of the United States Marine Corps.



The event, which is open to the public, will take place on November 10, 2008 at Branson, Missouri's stately Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa and Convention Center. The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will highlight Branson's Veterans Homecoming, a week-long festival widely touted as America's largest event honoring the nation's veterans.

The evening's agenda will include the Marine Corps Birthday Ceremony, Lt. Col. North's keynote address, dinner and dancing. During the time-honored ceremony, a sword is used to cut the birthday cake as a reminder that through time, Marine Corps members are 'a band of warriors, committed to carrying the sword so that our nation may live in peace.'

Rob Dixon, a Branson area Marine Corps Veteran shared "The Birthday Ball really is a big deal to members of the Corps. My favorite USMC birthday was Nov. 10, 2001. A few days before I went into Afghanistan, my friends and I had a small birthday ceremony in a room on a Pakistani Air Force Base. We used a piece of cake from our MRE (meals ready to eat) combat rations and held our own cake cutting ceremony. I'll never forget it." Dixon, whose parents and brother are also members of the Marine Corps stated "Lt. Col. North is a highly esteemed member of the Corps. I wouldn't miss this event for anything!"

The Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775 at Tuns Tavern in Philadelphia, and from that day forward, November 10 has been the high point of the Marine Corps calendar year. The birthday is celebrated wherever one or more Marines are stationed; aboard a ship, on bases and posts of other service branches, or in theaters of conflict across the world.

Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Oliver L. North (USMC-ret) is a combat decorated Marine, a #1 bestselling author of novels and true-life stories, the founder of a small business which manufactures protective body armor for law enforcement officers, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of 'War Stories' on the FOX News Channel. His bio claims however, that his most important accomplishment is 'being the husband of one and the father of four.'

Lt. Col. North also helped establish the Freedom Alliance, a foundation which provides scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.

Branson to Host Capitol Christmas Tree

BRANSON WELCOMES OUR NATION'S CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE (City of Branson Official Release)

For the first time, our nation’s official Christmas tree will make an appearance in Branson, arriving on Saturday, Nov. 15, for public viewing in front of the Grand Palace.
At 11 a.m., there will be a 30-minute, star-filled, patriotic and Christmas musical presentation. "Mr. Christmas” Andy Williams will emcee and The Spirit of Christmas dancers, The Lennon Sisters, Pierce Arrow, Bob Anderson, SIX and the cast of Celebrate America will perform.
The 138-year-old sub-Alpine Fir — or Rocky Mountain Fir — left Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest on Nov. 4. It was about 100 feet tall when felled, and 77 feet will be transported.
They rejected some more perfect tree specimens because of their environmentally sensitive positions along creek banks. An elder of the local Salish Indian tribe blessed the tree at a ceremony attended by more than 600 people.
According to US Forest Service representatives, the elder said the tree has a greater calling now, to bring joy to many people. On the 3,100-mile trip, the caravan will stop in 18 Montana cities and three in North Dakota before arriving in Branson, where it will be parked in front of the Grand Palace on Saturday, November 15.
The crew of 13 people who accompany the tree will stay in Branson on Sunday, visiting local attractions. The tree on its 95-foot trailer will be housed overnight inside the Branson Convention Center.
The tree is kept fresh with a rubber “vase” on the cut end with a ready supply of water. Asking a national forest to provide “the people’s tree,” as the Capitol Christmas Tree is often called, is a tradition that started in 1970. Each year since then, a different national forest, and the state in which the forest is located, is asked to provide the tree, and all of the trimmings, as a gift to our nation.
The tree will be officially lit in front of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 2.

Branson Coverage Continuing Monday - Political Brief

There are some great election stories and no greater than those found within the results at the polls. The raw information is reported below and after a brief hiatus analysis and follow up on the elections will continue.

Meanwhile, Branson's budget shortfall - as predicted would be a major issue due to liberal fiscal policies enacted by the Branson's City Administration has finally come to light toppling over as this year's budget is being approved with a whopping 1.4 million dollar projected deficit - actual spending will be much higher than the city is letting on.

At the state level, legislators met in Jefferson City where Governor Elect Jay Nixon revealed campaign promises could be put on hold due to Missouri's 2008 budget shortfalls. A Republican majority promises a fiesty 2009 session.

Branson City Hall - Reponse to threats and "Special Procedures"

Reporting on corruption at Branson City Hall has come at a high cost; recently Branson City Manager Dean Kruithof sent correspondence dated August 25th setting "special rules" for access to City Hall. This is one of several actions Branson officials have made in an effort to intimidate "the Branson Blogger" from covering city business.

Response to Kruithof

Branson Area Election Results 2008

Taney County Election Results Nov. 2008
Stone County Election Results Nov. 2008

Stone County Election Results

PRESIDENT/V.P.
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16500/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 16431
McCAIN/PALIN REP 11137 67.78%
OBAMA/BIDEN DEM 5025 30.58%
BARR/ROOT LIB 65 0.40%
BALDWIN/CASTLE CST 47 0.29%
NADER/GONZALEZ IND 99 0.60%
Write-in Votes 58 0.35%

GOVERNOR


Total Votes 16242
KENNY HULSHOF REP 8035 49.47%
JEREMIAH W. NIXON DEM 7701 47.41%
ANDREW FINKENSTADT LIB 198 1.22%
GREGORY E. THOMPSON CST 291 1.79%
Write-in Votes 17 0.10%

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

PETER KINDER
REP 11097 69.62%
SAM PAGE DEM 4342 27.24%
TEDDY FLECK LIB 282 1.77%
JAMES C. RENSING CST 208 1.30%
Write-in Votes 10 0.06%

SECRETARY OF STATE

MITCHELL HUBBARD REP 7883 49.35%
ROBIN CARNAHAN DEM 7613 47.66%
WES UPCHURCH LIB 223 1.40%
DENISE C. NEELY CST 249 1.56%
Write-in Votes 5 0.03%

STATE TREASURER

BRAD LAGER REP 10219 65.09%
CLINT ZWEIFEL DEM 5064 32.25%
RODNEY D. FARTHING CST 407 2.59%
Write-in Votes 10 0.06%

ATTORNEY GENERAL
MIKE GIBBONS REP 10498 66.51%
CHRIS KOSTER DEM 5275 33.42%
Write-in Votes 11 0.07%

U.S. REP DIST 7

ROY BLUNT REP 11624 72.23%
RICHARD MONROE DEM 3903 24.25%
KEVIN CRAIG LIB 293 1.82%
TRAVIS MADDOX CST 264 1.64%
Write-in Votes 8 0.05%
STATE SENATE DIST 29
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16492/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 13599
JACK GOODMAN REP 13471 99.06%
Write-in Votes 128 0.94%

STATE REP DIST 62
DENNIS F. WOOD REP 7939 75.32%
PETER D. TSAHIRIDIS DEM 2592 24.59%
Write-in Votes 10 0.09%

STATE REP DIST 68

DAVID SATER REP 114 99.13%
Write-in Votes 1 0.87%
STATE REP DIST 141
Total
Number of Precincts 10
Precincts Reporting 10 100.0 %
Times Counted 4264/5297 80.5 %
Total Votes 4076
JAY WASSON REP 3112 76.35%
RON SHAWGO DEM 961 23.58%
Write-in Votes 3 0.07%
STATE REP DIST 143
Total
Number of Precincts 4
Precincts Reporting 4 100.0 %
Times Counted 1215/1482 82.0 %
Total Votes 1141
MAYNARD WALLACE REP 781 68.45%
CATHY HILLIARD DEM 360 31.55%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%
CIR. JUDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16492/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 15573
MARK A. STEPHENS REP 11201 71.93%
JAMES A. RYNARD DEM 4355 27.97%
Write-in Votes 17 0.11%
NORTH COMMISSIONER
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Times Counted 7088/8971 79.0 %
Total Votes 6684
KENNETH BOOTH REP 4337 64.89%
CHRIS DAUGHERTY DEM 2342 35.04%
Write-in Votes 5 0.07%
SOUTH COMMISSIONER
Total
Number of Precincts 10
Precincts Reporting 10 100.0 %
Times Counted 9404/11175 84.2 %
Total Votes 8959
JERRY L. DODD REP 6426 71.73%
WAYNE M. FRY DEM 2524 28.17%
Write-in Votes 9 0.10%
SHERIFF
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16492/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 13774
RICHARD HILL REP 13454 97.68%
Write-in Votes 320 2.32%
ASSESSOR
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16492/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 15595
BRAD HUDSON REP 11856 76.02%
JIM B. HUY DEM 3727 23.90%
Write-in Votes 12 0.08%

PUBLIC ADMIN
Total
Number of Precincts 22
Precincts Reporting 22 100.0 %
Times Counted 16492/20146 81.9 %
Total Votes 13723
GLENDA METCALF REP 13628 99.31%
Write-in Votes 95 0.69%

CORONER
G.M. (RICK) STUMPFF REP 14123 99.38%
Write-in Votes 88 0.62%

Taney County Election Results

PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21789/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 21712

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McCAIN/PALIN REP 14714 67.77%
OBAMA/BIDEN DEM 6676 30.75%
BARR/ROOT LIB 80 0.37%
BALDWIN/CASTLE CST 42 0.19%
NADER/GONZALEZ IND 123 0.57%
Write-in Votes 77 0.35%


GOVERNOR
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 21308

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KENNY HULSHOF REP 10885 51.08%
JEREMIAH W. NIXON DEM 9862 46.28%
ANDREW W FINKENSTADT LIB 261 1.22%
GREGORY E. THOMPSON CST 278 1.30%
Write-in Votes 22 0.10%


LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20876

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PETER KINDER REP 14424 69.09%
SAM PAGE DEM 5761 27.60%
TEDDY FLECK LIB 409 1.96%
JAMES C. RENSING CST 267 1.28%
Write-in Votes 15 0.07%


SECRETARY OF STATE
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20929

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MITCHELL HUBBARD REP 10504 50.19%
ROBIN CARNAHAN DEM 9612 45.93%
WES UPCHURCH LIB 320 1.53%
DENISE C. NEELY CST 485 2.32%
Write-in Votes 8 0.04%


STATE TREASURER
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20506

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BRAD LAGER REP 13176 64.25%
CLINT ZWEIFEL DEM 6664 32.50%
RODNEY D. FARTHING CST 654 3.19%
Write-in Votes 12 0.06%


ATTORNEY GENERAL
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20630

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MIKE GIBBONS REP 13655 66.19%
CHRIS KOSTER DEM 6955 33.71%
Write-in Votes 20 0.10%


U.S. REP DIST 7
Total
Number of Precincts 16
Precincts Reporting 16 100.0 %
Times Counted 16287/25016 65.1 %
Total Votes 15768

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ROY BLUNT REP 11650 73.88%
RICHARD MONROE DEM 3635 23.05%
KEVIN CRAIG LIB 296 1.88%
TRAVIS MADDOX CST 179 1.14%
Write-in Votes 8 0.05%


U.S. REP DIST 8
Total
Number of Precincts 13
Precincts Reporting 13 100.0 %
Times Counted 5495/7983 68.8 %
Total Votes 5240

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JO ANN EMERSON REP 3500 66.79%
JOE ALLEN DEM 1545 29.48%
BRANDEN McCULLOUGH LIB 138 2.63%
RICHARD L. SMITH CST 57 1.09%
Write-in Votes 0 0.00%


STATE SENATE DIST 29
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 17729

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JACK GOODMAN REP 17540 98.93%
Write-in Votes 189 1.07%


STATE REP DIST 62
Total
Number of Precincts 8
Precincts Reporting 8 100.0 %
Times Counted 8910/13934 63.9 %
Total Votes 8535

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DENNIS F. WOOD REP 5996 70.25%
PETER D. TSAHIRIDIS DEM 2529 29.63%
Write-in Votes 10 0.12%


STATE REP DIST 142
Total
Number of Precincts 6
Precincts Reporting 6 100.0 %
Times Counted 2399/3508 68.4 %
Total Votes 1981

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RAYMOND (RAY) WETER REP 1964 99.14%
Write-in Votes 17 0.86%


STATE REP DIST 143
Total
Number of Precincts 18
Precincts Reporting 18 100.0 %
Times Counted 10466/15557 67.3 %
Total Votes 9926

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MAYNARD WALLACE REP 6534 65.83%
CATHY HILLIARD DEM 3386 34.11%
Write-in Votes 6 0.06%


CO. COMM. WESTERN
Total
Number of Precincts 10
Precincts Reporting 10 100.0 %
Times Counted 11527/17795 64.8 %
Total Votes 9703

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JIM STRAFUSS REP 9598 98.92%
Write-in Votes 105 1.08%


CO. COMM. EASTERN
Total
Number of Precincts 16
Precincts Reporting 16 100.0 %
Times Counted 10248/15204 67.4 %
Total Votes 8604

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DANNY STRAHAN REP 8481 98.57%
Write-in Votes 123 1.43%


SHERIFF
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18301

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JIMMIE RUSSELL REP 18012 98.42%
Write-in Votes 289 1.58%


ASSESSOR
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18271

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JAMES E. STRAHAN REP 18093 99.03%
Write-in Votes 178 0.97%


CO. TREASURER
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18289

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HELEN SOUTEE REP 18159 99.29%
Write-in Votes 130 0.71%


PUBLIC ADMIN.
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18024

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CAROL DAVIS REP 17886 99.23%
Write-in Votes 138 0.77%


CORONER
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 19780

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KEVIN TWEEDY REP 14557 73.59%
DEBBY WARE IND 5186 26.22%
Write-in Votes 37 0.19%


MO SUP JUD BRECKENRIDGE
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18304

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YES 14475 79.08%
NO 3829 20.92%


APPEALS JUDGE LYNCH
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18039

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YES 14047 77.87%
NO 3992 22.13%


APPEALS JUDGE SCOTT
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21775/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 17878

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YES 14082 78.77%
NO 3796 21.23%


CONS AMENDMENT #1
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20877

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YES 19052 91.26%
NO 1825 8.74%


CONS AMENDMENT #4
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 18915

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YES 11256 59.51%
NO 7659 40.49%


PROPOSITION A
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20615

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YES 10253 49.74%
NO 10362 50.26%


PROPOSITION B
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 20438

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YES 15338 75.05%
NO 5100 24.95%


PROPOSITION C
Total
Number of Precincts 24
Precincts Reporting 24 100.0 %
Times Counted 21782/32999 66.0 %
Total Votes 19982

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YES 12685 63.48%
NO 7297 36.52%

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Branson Missouri Government

Having breathed freedoms sweet air my whole life - being born an American citizen it's hard for me to believe the Republic of Congo mentality of the Branson Police Department could actually exist in this great land of ours. As for me, I cannot find a greater cause this friday morning than encourage the leadership of Branson to restore adherence to the constitution - whose foundation was laid forth to keep us free from tyranny and corruption from both small armies and self-serving legislators whose fruits can only be the suffering of both citizens and the economy which provides livelihood for our families.

After making simple Sunshine requests to the Branson Police Department and continued adherence to a tradition to being forthcoming and providing advance notice to politicos whose deeds cannot be ignored for the good of the fine citizens leaders promise to protect I find myself in a complex circumstance. Such integrity was punished with outlandish pre-emptive action by Carroll McCullough and a rediculous democratic political hopeful Peter Tsahiridis.

When I print the goal of journalism is to keep us free and self-governed, I reflect the lofty sermons of Journalism professors throughout the state who use my materials to teach young students the tools available to keep the great tradition of news creation - even the 4th of state alive for another generation.

Let us not forget the our forefathers who escaped the reach of the King of England who chose to dictate both how citizens worshipped the almighty and to what extent a free press could operate. Lives were lost pursuing the civil liberties we have today and none could be quite as important as the very first amendment to our glorious constitution whose tenants Branson's government has chosen to ignore.

Some might ask, "Why was freedom of the press cited first by our forefather's as an unalienable right?". History provides the answer. The forefathers intentions were virtuous and exposure to such Godly ideals as prescribed by their written works, even the Declaration of Independence itself , threatened a government whose intentions were selfish and unbecoming to civic leadership. In essence, freedom of the press throughout the British Empire threatened exposure of the leaders folly. As a result, newsman of the time resorted to prose - fiction - to infiltrate ideals into the public debate. Unfortunately, it was not enough to stop the unnecessary incidents which took the lives of both British soldiers and American patriots alike. Contemporaries of the time believed lives could have been saved by preserving the rights of citizens to communicate peaceably through written and oral intercourse.

Come now some 232 years later Branson's new confederacy of dunces initiates tyranny in the name of Jesus Christ - a strange version - foreign to both the saints and sacred texts . The City of Branson has enacted code to assign city employees as prayer master, a false form of righteousness prescribed through new liquor laws and a police force without time for the dictates of law commanded by the state legislature.

Even the most devout atheists have a morality superior to the elected officials serving today. Such is the reason no theocracy has yet to righteously rule - through God we find freedom - through man oppression - And like so many before we find a team of self-serving bureaucrats enacting Godlessness in the name of God - no greater blasphemy has shaken the very foundation of the planet - no greater sin than mortals claiming holiness when the facts speak volumes otherwise. And no greater example have I seen then the two children being imprisoned falsely for a crime they didn't commit - one single mother and a child orphaned at the hands of our cities leadership. And no greater demonstration of unholiness visible though King Raeanne Presley - a willingness to prosecute the innocent and ignore the cries of the parentless. If the child were a Presley - no such atrocity would occur. It would seem the God they trust is apparent solely on the bills they steal from the city coffers and allocate towards their own business enterprises. As the Frenchman wouuld say, "prosque tout aimer richesses et pouvior:" (almost all men like wealth and power.)

The Branson City Administration and their counterpart - the Branson Chamber of Commerce is filled with fine - decent individuals -but collectively demonstrate the integrity of a giant rat eating the fields planted by tax payers inevitably destroying the very economy they are assigned to steward.

And yet, my job is to scribe not to be an activist with the exception of access to information that helps citizens remain free. The government of Branson's new policy of lawlessness, organized corruption, money laundering and infringement on civil liberties accessible through the very documents required by the Missouri Constitution to keep should be retrievable on request. And though by law a response to my Sunshine Requests is required in 72 hours, another two weeks have passed where the Constitution is ignored.

I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist myself needing a firsthand account in my thirst for truth - but from what I've seen over the past two months - very little could surprise me. Curiosity killed the cat but earned the reporter his wage.

It would seem the Branson Chief of Police has positioned himself as a dog protecting the citizens of Branson from information needed to assess the department. Perhaps, expressing my sentiments could help alleviate the Branson Police Department's need to send threatening phone calls, issuing false reports and collaborating with silly political wannabees - such as Peter T. I'm only trying to access the information and the City of Branson's terroristic practices have now cost significant time, money and undue damages.

I believe the people have a right to know what their government is doing in the simplest, clearest most honest way possible. Accessing citizens complaints to the police department is the nature of my request. In addition, opening the documents and transcripts of police activity as the law demands and filling the City of Branson's obligation to those they promise to serve benefits all of us. In the event the police chief was just being a nuisance rather than a common criminal covering up the tracks of his mob cohorts would be beneficial.

As for me and mine - my family has evaded Egyptian Pharaohs, King Herod and the third Reich. Certainly the corruption and threats of a third rate inbred political structure is small in the scheme of things - but it means everything to me as I pursue the goal of obtaining truth and dispersing it to the citizens whose responsibility it is to manage and ensure the reign of kings does not return and threaten the soverity of our community.

I can only ask and hope that the practice of the City of Branson of urinating on the American Flag and begins to subside rediculous threats and report returning to common sense, common decency and restore the spirit of the text placed on the side of the Branson Police Vehicles - integrity - which today - the leadership of Branson so severely lacks