Branson

You can now be pulled over in Branson for not wearing a seat belt.  The Branson Board of Aldermen voted in favor of a proposed seat belt ordinance making not wearing the safety device a primary violation.

The vote was tied, and the tie was broken by Branson Mayor Karen Best who voted yes on the measure.

The city of  Springfield voted in February to allow police to pull over motorists if they're not wearing a seat belt.  Before, a driver would have to commit another violation before they could be ticketed for not having a seat belt on.

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The Branson Airport will resume seasonal flights to Austin, Texas this summer for the second consecutive year.

Flights will be offered through Via Airlines as part of the airport's 2018 expansion, according to a press release from the Branson Airport. 

Flights will be scheduled Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday of each week from May 24 through September 3 of this year.

The airport said there will be occasional flights offered on Fridays as well.

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With the heat index nearing 100 degrees, a late Thursday afternoon little league baseball game in Branson drew strong attendance. Fans of the Hollister Tigers cheered loudly after a double to deep right center field gave the team an early 1-0 lead over the Springfield Mavericks.

This, however, was just a three-inning scrimmage between two 12 and under squads. The significance of the competition was not in the game itself but in its venue.

Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
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Demolition has begun on Branson’s historic Oak Ridge Boys Theatre to make way for a new Mercy clinic.

Built in 1994 and originally the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre, the 80,000 square-foot venue has also played host to Tony Orlando, the Acrobats of China and more.  The theatre attracted over half a million visitors during that span.

Demolition of the facility began this morning to make way for Mercy’s new $19 million multi-purpose clinic.

Navy Pier

Branson is getting a new “old” attraction.  The ferris wheel that was dismantled at Navy Pier in Chicago in September to make way for an even larger one (nearly 50 feet taller and allowing 180 more passengers per ride year-round) is coming to the tourist town.

Track Family Fun Parks purchased the ferris wheel, which will be located at Track 4, 3345 W. 76 Blvd. The total cost of the new addition is expected to be around $2.5 million.

Craig Wescott, president and owner of Track Family Fun Parks,  said it’s expected to open  around Memorial Day.

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