12-year-old boy injured in Branson roller coaster accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) – A 12-year-old boy is hospitalized after an accident at a roller coaster attraction in Branson.

Branson officials say the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Branson Coaster. Emergency responders found the child trapped on a ride with what appeared to be serious injuries. The child had to be extricated. He was flown by helicopter to a Springfield hospital. Details about his injuries have not been released.

The Missouri State Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the accident.


Pair of UTV accidents in SW Missouri kills two

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. – Two separate UTV accidents leave two people dead in Southwest Missouri.

The first crash occurred Tuesday just after 11:00 a.m.  near Highway 90, 10 miles east of Jane, Missouri. Police say a UTV overturned on a private trail. 63 year old Dennis Hurley and 60 year old Jacqueline Hurley both of Warsaw exited a separate UTV and walked downhill towards the wreck. Authorities say the second UTV rolled downhill, striking Dennis and Jacqueline Hurley. Dennis died at the hospital, and Jacqueline suffered moderate injuries.

The second wreck happened near Table Rock Lake in Barry County, Missouri. According to Missouri Highway Patrol, a UTV overturned at Fox Woods Circle about three miles south of Shell Knob. 59-year-old Shari Rains was thrown from the vehicle, she died at the scene.


1 dead in 3 vehicle crash near Butterfield, MO

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – A Monett, Missouri woman is dead following a wreck that involved three vehicles.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened a little after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on Highway 37, one mile south of Butterfield, Missouri. Police say a van failed to yield and turned in front of 74-year-old Linda Gunter, causing their vehicles to collide. That pushed the van into another vehicle in the opposite lane

Linda Gunter was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her passenger 42-year-old Sammie Gunter was last reported in serious condition.


SW Missouri man killed after being ran over by own tractor

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – Missouri Highway Patrol (MHP) says  a Crane, Missouri man died in tractor accident Tuesday afternoon.

It happened on Farm Road 2012 about five miles south of Aurora, Missouri around 1:38 p.m. According to MHP, 69-year-old Burl Baum fell off his tractor when it began rolling backwards. The tractor ran Baum over. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is MHP Troop D’s 5th fatality for the month and 51st for the year.


SW Missouri senior centers to full reopen July 12


JOPLIN, Mo. – The Area Agency on Aging Region X (AAAX) announced all seven of its senior centers in Southwest Missouri will fully reopen on July 12. That includes centers in Barton County, Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, Joplin, Neosho and McDonald County.

Jennifer Shotwell, AAAX CEO, says, “After having our soft opening in May and June we feel that we are in a great position to fully open the centers. Vaccination rates have increased, and cases of COVID-19 have decreased overall.”

Each center will resume all activities (pool, bingo, lunch, cards, puzzles, exercise classes, quilting, etc.) everyday Monday thru Friday with no limitation on capacity.  The Agency is adhering to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that vaccinated patrons do not have to wear a mask or socially distance. However if a patron or staff member contracts COVID-19, AAAX will close the affecter center without notice.


Live music returns to Neosho’s Big Spring Park

NEOSHO, Mo. – People in Neosho were invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy some music.

“Live Music in Big Spring Park” was sponsored by the Neosho Arts Council. It featured family-friendly music from performers like harmony street, folk roll, and whiskey outlaws.

The event was free of charge.


Webb City Farmer’s Market welcomes back kid’s program

WEBB CITY, Mo. – The kids program is back at the Webb City Farmers Market.

This includes free food and special lessons geared towards kids. Thursday’s meal included hotdogs, broccoli, salad and strawberries, and milk.

MU Extension nutrition educators talked about eating from the garden.

“As a Mom it’s very important to me,” said Webb City Market Manager Rachel Lynch. “I prioritize nutrition. We want our citizens that are growing up, to grow with the best nutrients possible, so that’s why we utilize a lot of our own farms foods in our meals. Today is a hot dog and sliced apples, but they are also getting sweet potato fries from a local farm.”

The free kids meals are given every Thursday at the farmers market. Parents can pick one up for their child without the child present, but parents need to show a photo of themselves with their children.


Thousands apply for Missouri bear hunting permit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri’s first-ever bear hunt is drawing plenty of interest.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that 6,335 people applied for one of the 400 permits the Missouri Department of Conservation will issue for a harvest of 40 bears. Winners of a random drawing of eligible applicants will be determined by July 1. The black bear hunting will be allowed Oct. 18-27. It was approved earlier this year by the Missouri Conservation Commission.

The bear population in Missouri has been growing. Officials now estimate there are 600 to 1,000 black bears in the state. Hunters can apply for permits at mdc-web.s3licensing.com


Joplin Boys & Girls Club of SWMO awarded $15,670 grant

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri received a $15,670 grant from the Taco Bell foundation Wednesday. The funds will be used to support more than 1,500 youth in the Joplin and Webb City communities.

The Boys & Girls Club will  put the money toward career/college prep sessions, mentoring, providing resources and other programs that educate and inspire that next generation of leaders.

“We are honored to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation in championing the educational dreams of our young people,” said Amia Warren, Development Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Missouri. “The vision we share with the Taco Bell Foundation is one in which every young person has access to quality education and the resources they need to create good.”

Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri is one of more than 400+ youth-serving organizations that will receive a portion of the $10 million in grants being presented by the Taco Bell Foundation this year. The grants are an example of the Taco Bell Foundation’s mission to fuel young people’s boldest educational ambitions.

“We are proud to support like-minded organizations through our Local Grants Program,” said Jennifer Bradbury, Interim Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation. “Together with these organizations, we work to break down barriers so students nationwide can continue creating and innovating. This $10 million is going back to those in our local communities who are most hungry to learn.”