Rockaway Beach

AngelandDaniel Meyer

A meeting Thursday night in Rockaway Beach marks the start of the Main Street Affiliate Project.  The town, along Lake Taneycomo northeast of Branson, is the recipient of a Downtown Revitalization Grant from Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc.  The grant totals $25,000 with MMSC providing 60 percent and Rockaway Beach 40 percent.

During the next two years, the organization will provide Rockaway Beach with training and mentoring to establish a revitalization organization. 

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

Voters in Newton and Jasper Counties approved a $16.5 million bond issue for Carl Junction Schools.  The district plans to build a classroom for early childhood to first grade, a multi-purpose cafeteria and kitchen for second through sixth grade and a multi-purpose facility for seventh through 12th grades.  Two of those facilities will serve as tornado safe rooms for the school and the community. 

The district’s current debt levy will go up ten cents to 99 cents.  Property taxes on a $100,000 home will increase $19 a year. 

Tourism has long been a primary driver of the economy in southwest Missouri. For our series, Sense of Place, we look at the development of that economy from a historical perspective. Today, KSMU’s Emma Wilson brings us the story of a small Ozarks town that was once a booming resort village. 

On the so-called “swimming island” in Rockaway Beach, Missouri, a few trout fishermen cast their lines into Lake Taneycomo. The cold water of the lake is perfect for the trout that come from the fish hatchery near Table Rock Dam, 22 miles upstream.