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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | February 22, 2013
BRANSON, Mo. - City leaders are excited about Mercy's major expansion plans for the Branson area- including a new “super-clinic” "It really is the continued growth and health care needs with the baby boomers aging and needing  health care more and more," stated John Swope, president and CEO of Mercy Springfield. Not quite a full-scale hospital, the new 62,000 square foot facility will go up where the old Branson Inn now stands.  It'll have doctor's offices, urgent care, surgery center- and pharmacy "It is smarter for us to take our services to the patient than expect everyone to drive to Springfield," explained Swope.
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by Steve Grant, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | December 21, 2012
GALENA, Mo. -- The owner of Predator World, a former business in Branson West, is charged with repeatedly abusing two teenagers.   In a case filed by the Stone County prosecuting attorney on Wednesday, Breck Wakefield is accused of regularly having sexual encounters with two boys who worked or volunteered at Predator World from 2001 through 2008.  The former employees are now 20 and 27 years old.  The probable cause statement used as the basis...
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by KY3 News | April 22, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man is being questioned for a shooting in Branson West. The man, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody after a traffic stop on I-44 west of Springfield last night. The shooting happened at a duplex on Fritts way in Branson West. It happened a couple of hours before the man was pulled over. The Stone County Sheriff says the victim of the shooting has non-life threatening injuries.
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KY3 News | June 4, 2012
BRANSON WEST, Mo. - A suspicious fire is under investigation in southern Stone County. The flames broke out early Sunday morning at a mobile home near Aunts Creek Road and Stevens Lane in Branson West. Investigators say it appears the home was vacant. No one was hurt.
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by Cara Restelli, KY3 News and crestelli@ky3.com | March 10, 2011
In just the last few weeks, we've received a number of phone calls from viewers saying they've been paying too much in taxes on their cellular telephone bills.  For some of you, the problem could extend to many of your bills. ---- REEDS SPRING, Mo. -- With his brand-new Droid in hand, Tom Skrzeczkoski is loving his cell service.  Just a few weeks ago, however, he considered changing providers after he learned he was paying too much.  "It's around $2 a month," he said.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | May 9, 2012
Students and staff at two high schools in the Ozarks are mourning the losses of classmates.  A teenager from Branson West and another from Newburg died in separate crashes on Tuesday. In Phelps County, troopers say Devin Jones of Newburg died on Tuesday afternoon when his car ran off a county road north of Rolla and smashed into several trees.  Jones, 18, was a senior at Rolla High School. A passenger in the car, Dylan Harmount, 17, of Rolla, was flown to a hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
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June 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo-- Police have released the names of the two people who were killed in a car crash in Stone County. It happened Friday night on Highway 13, just north of Branson West. Troopers say Richard and Dorothy Blubaugh of Kansas were killed when their car, driven by Richard, failed to stop at a stop sign on 13.  The couple was 66 and 60 years old. That's when a southbound truck slammed into their car, forcing both vehicles off the road. Troopers say the 3-people in the truck were injured, and taken away by ambulance.
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edited news release | November 21, 2011
  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two companies pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday for violating the Clean Water Act in the development of Indian Ridge Resort Community near Branson West.  Both companies admitted they failed to prevent storm water runoff at a construction site from discharging silt into Table Rock Lake. The two firms are the developers of Indian Ridge Resort Community.  They're Indian Ridge Resort, represented in court by owner and president James Shirato Sr., and North Shore Investments, represented in court by owner Donald Snider Jr.   They pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate James England to the charge contained in a superseding indictment that was handed up on Sept.
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | May 9, 2012
STONE COUNTY, -- He wanted to be a marine, but his life was cut short. Reeds Spring is mourning the loss of a well-known high school student. Mason Weitzel was a junior and a student athlete. He was driving home from a birthday party Tuesday night, but he never made it. Weitzel crashed into trees on highway DD, south of Branson West. Troopers say his 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo hit two trees then burst into flames. "He was fun to be around.  He always made people happy," said friend, Nathan Huston.
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | October 2, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. - Skaggs Hospital in Branson is marking a medical milestone as its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab program celebrated its 25th birthday this past weekend. It began in November 1987 and had 7 patients in its first month, and since then it's helped more than 8,500 people. The program helps people who have had a heart attack or heart surgery or been diagnosed with a major pulmonary illness. In 1998 it opened a branch in Branson West which has helped more than 1,200 patients alone.
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