Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bull Shoals bridge blown!

Live video here!

Forsyth Mo. - At around 10:12 AM on a chilly Oct the 16th, the 65 year old Bull Shoals bridge superstructure was dynamited free of its supporting pillars. And it was a breathtaking event for hundreds of area residents, who gathered just to the west of the location, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the blast was enormous as the entire structure came down in less that a second. For another, most of us were not prepared for it as the was not 'just before blast' warning given. So, everyone was shouting, 'did you get that'? Still, all in all, I was blessed to have witnessed something you just don't see every day!

In the field where I was located, I was surprised to see so many cars, this for an event that was word of mouth only. Yet, for all of that, emergency services were everywhere, both on land and water to make sure everyone was safe.

In this close up you can see how the blasts sheared the supports at the pillar hinge areas. The superstructure beams had been cut by acetylene torch beforehand. I understand that the remaining pillars will be removed once the steel superstructure and road bed is removed.
So it was, we locals bid a fond farewell to what had been a fixture in the Forsyth Missouri area for as long as many had been alive!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Demolition of Bull Shoals bridge getting near!

Forsyth MO. - Construction works and demolition experts were busy on Monday, October 15, 2018 getting the old bridge that spans Bull Shoals near Forsyth MO ready to be brought down. And while I'm not at liberty to disclose that actual date or time, I can state that it will be soon.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Sonic mini review! The All American Dog!

Forsyth MO. - Once in a while I develop a taste for a good old fashioned hot dog and when that happens I always think of the Sonic fast food venue located on the main Hwy 160 drag in Forsyth Missouri!

My only hesitation centered around the 'order box' where you can place an order in the drive thru lane. At times I've found it difficult to understand what was being said. On a few occasions, I just went ahead and repeated my order then drove forward, hoping for the best. Yes, it was that difficult to understand the little squeaky little voice coming out of that box! And yet, it was well worth the effort, as I could score an all American Hot dog and medium fries for only $4.31 including tax!


On this occasion, however, I breezed through the line, could clearly hear (see the short video) and was on my way in just a few short minutes!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mintex Appliance Services!

Forsyth MO. - As my garbage disposal was making all sorts of noises, I looked around and heard about a company named Mintex that a few people had said performed excellent service. I gave them a call and was handled in a very professional manner. They also issued me a very complete quote. Technician/owner Chris Didlot arrived ahead of schedule and who was extremely courteous before getting right to work. Everything went smoothly and I was a very happy customer. Please, next time you need help with an appliance, give Mintex a call at 417-335-8308!

Forsyth Car and Craft Show - Oct 6,2018!

Forsyth Mo - The annual Forsyth Car and Craft show will be held at the town square near the court house on Saturday, October 6 from 9AM until about 2PM. There will be loads of beautiful cars to look at along with many vendors who will be displaying all sorts of crafts. Along with all that glam and glitter will be food vendors and live entertainment! The day is forecast as having a few scattered thunderstorms with a high near 85F. Winds will be SSW at 5 to 10 mph. So, there is no reason not to pack up the family and come on down to see the sights!

Update: I attended the event and while there were lots of cars and vendors, the place was a bit short of attendees as I found out that no one had apparently thought to really advertise the event ahead of time. That said, the one that did show up had a great time with lots of vendors present to browse through. I bought myself a bag of assort hot peppers from the vendor shown at right!

Oh, and before you go there, Peggy's Park Place Market, near the new Bull Shoals bridge, will be hosting a Customer Appreciation Day! They'll be handing out free hot dogs, chips and a beverage along with having a raffle for all sorts of great prizes! Folks, both these venues offer fun, excitement and good food so be sure to take some time out to have a last minute summer fling! Call the Chamber at 417-546-2741 for additional information.

Alzheimer Detection Workshop at the Taneyhills Library!

Taneyhills Community Library is hosting a special INFO 2 KNOW workshop on Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 pm about Alzheimer detection.

This special workshop is free to the public and led by Melissa Ford, Community Educator for the Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“Alzheimer's: Know the 10 Signs Early Detection Matters” will separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll find out how to recognize the signs, learn the benefits of early detection, and discover resources to help.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter strives to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The offer care and support at no charge to families and individuals living with Alzheimer's and other dementia related illnesses.

Registration is strongly encouraged as space is limited to 34 people. Sign-up at the Library front desk to reserve your seat.(417-334-1418).

Monday, October 1, 2018

Frosted Mug gains a great new bartender!

Forsyth MO. - As an old and aging man, who like Judge Kavanaugh, enjoys a good beer now and then, the Frosted Mug has been a good an venerable watering hole for many decades. And while I love all the bartenders who have worked there, I also understand the need to bring the young and energetic up from the ranks. Ms. Jesse fills that bill. At this juncture in time, she was working on Sunday and Monday nights after 5PM. And, I was very impressed. Sure, she is pleasing to the eye, but even more importantly, this woman is AWARE. A very good and well liked trait for any patron whose drink is found wanting!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Peggy's Park Place Customer Appreciation Day!


I ran across this post in on a local media channel. Sure hope it's true!

'We're having a customer appreciation picnic on October 6th. From 11-2 we will be giving away hot dogs and drinks. We're also going to be selling raffle tickets during the picnic This awesome kayak cooler is one of many things to be raffled off. So come in and see us on Saturday October 6th for a chance to win something awesome. Thank you, for all of your continued business!'

17463 US-160, Forsyth, MO 65653 Tel

(417) 546-5845


Update: Oct 6, 2018 - Peggy's Park Place had a great turnout with lots of happy customers devouring free hotdogs, chips and drinks. 














Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bull Shoals Roundabout drive bys! Sept 19, 2018!


Update: September 19, 2018 - It looked as though both lanes on the new bridge were open as construction now seemed to be focusing on the Roundabout end.

September 13 update video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGTbw0GwEHg&feature=youtu.be

August 14, 2018

One-Lane Traffic ?Round the Clock
At Route 76/Bull Shoals Bridge Further Delayed until Aug. 20
 
Forsyth Area, Taney County – Drivers can expect one-lane traffic with temporary traffic signals regulating traffic on Route 76 at the Bull Shoals Lake bridge project east of Forsyth starting Monday, August 20, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

The move to the temporary traffic pattern during this phase of the bridge project has been further delayed due to weather.

Originally, the plan called for Route 76 to be closed for up to two weeks to connect the new bridge into the existing highway. However, after hearing strong concerns from the community about the closing of the Route 76, MoDOT committed to work with its project contractor to minimize the impacts to the traveling public. MoDOT and the contractor developed an approach to keep traffic flowing during this part of the project.

It’s expected the one-lane traffic and temporary traffic signals will remain in place for up to two weeks.

Mid-way through the process of building the new pavement connection, Route 76 traffic will move to the new bridge. However, one-lane traffic and the temporary traffic signals will remain in place until all the connecting pavement is complete.

Drivers can expect delays on Route 76 during this phase of the project. They are urged to allow plenty of extra travel time and expect backups on Route 76 approaching the bridge.
During the work, law enforcement officers will assist with traffic control during busy traffic times. Contractor crews along with law enforcement will assist first responders through the work zone during emergencies.




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Taneyhills Community Library to feature a talk on Lord of the Rings!

Branson MO - J. R. R. Tolkien lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to join with James S. Baumlin, Distinguished Professor of English at Missouri State University, to discuss the inspiring literature of The Lord of the Rings on October 2nd at 6:00 pm in the Stanley and Elaine Ball Tech Room at the Taneyhills Community Library. In this talk and Q&A session, Baumlin will explore the ways that literature—Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings specifically—accompanies us through our life stages.

Baumlin will read select brief passages and encourages audience members to bring their own copies of Tolkien.

This rare FREE opportunity is being provided in part through Ozark Public Television’s The Great American Read program. The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). The series appears on OPT Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

Space is limited. Please stop in at the library and sign up at the front desk for this free session or call 417-334-1418 to make a reservation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The forgotten Park - River Run!

Forsyth MO. - One of the great pleasures of living in a rural setting that is hilly, green and blessed with water ways are the parks, wherever and whenever you find them.

The Forsyth Missouri area in southwest Missouri is blessed with two great recreational parks; Shadowrock Park which the town leases from the Corp of Engineers and River Run which is run by the Corps. Shadowrock has faced some challenges over the last year or two with the construction of a nearby bridge and roundabout. That process, thankfully, is nearing an end and the hope is that this great park will be restored to full usefulness. River Run had also been impacted by the bridge construction but additionally faced other obstacles,  notably the aforementioned Corps of Engineers. And that is the topic of this post.
Two gates control access!

Years ago, I lived in a neighborhood that was adjacent to River Run and for many years, I fully enjoyed the covered RV sites and the boat launch. Then sometime around 2012 or 2013, a pair of gates (see diagram above) were erected at the Hwy 76 junction and at the top of the hill on Baker street. When they were closed, the park was effectively closed. I recall that the first time I really paid attention was during the government shutdown in October of 2013. Over the course of the years to come, these gates were closed more and more often. Many times it was explained by the Corp that it was over 'safety' concerns due to flooding. OK. But I wondered about all the decades that came before there were gates. Whenever the park flooded, folks knew not to drive there... Whatever, now the Corps had a convenient way to completely shut down that park whenever the mood hit them.


Then, a series of event occurred. First, it was the installation of sewers and then it was the bridge construction that keep both gates closed most all the time. And I could understand the reasoning there. However today, not so much so. You see, even as it may be proper to keep Gate 1 closed due to road construction for the new bridge, Gate 2 could be opened. Guys with boats could then use the boat ramp while others could walk or picnic. Sorry! There is a sign at gate 2 that states the park is flooded - Uh, no the Bull Shoals level was only at 657 feet msl, or about two feet below normal! So, you can see my confusion here.

While all these events were going on, the park has continued down the path of neglect and decay, not showing much in the way of care that I could determine from my viewpoint across the river. Hey! That's my park they're messing with!

Here's my thinking for 2019. Why not encourage the Town of Forsyth to take out a lease on River Run, like it has for the other park? It seems to me that the Corps of Engineers may be too busy doing other stuff (what stuff I have no clue?) to be effective and perhaps our City Hall might even make a few bucks off it come next summer. Just a thought.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Kar Lot Oil & Lube!

Forsyth MO. - Oil changes are fact of life, and after I discovered that the Mobile One facility had closed yet again, I went on search of a new facility. I quickly discovered the Kar Lot Oil & Lube located close to the Long Horn Family Dining restaurant at 16099 US-160. The garage is run by a gentleman named David who told me has had decades of experience and who I personally found to be very professional....

When and if you need service that includes oil changes, but which also which encompasses just about everything other than transmissions and exhaust work, a quick call to 417-546-8484 will allow you to set up an appointment. When I arrived at mine, I my auto was serviced in a fast and friendly fashion. David not only changed the oil, but also check my fluid levels, adjusted my tire air pressures and did a good overall inspection. The whole process took only about twenty minutes and while I was waiting, I was impressed with David's attention to detail and the manner in which he kept his garage in almost immaculate condition. A good place to try for your next service needs!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

INFO 2 KNOW : In-Home Safe Wi-Fi and DATA workshop!

Taneyhills Community Library announces another great INFO 2 KNOW workshop free to the public. Tuesday, September 11th at 5:30 pm, K. Michael Prince, Director of Becausefamily.org, will present “In-Home Safe Wi-fi and Data.”

Michael says, “Don’t let your home be smarter than you. I strive in teaching people to be in the loop of their tech capabilities when dealing with modems and smart home products.”

Prince’s workshop will highlight securing your home modems and learning the vulnerabilities of smart tech products such as smart thermostats and Amazon Alexa.

Be sure to reserve your seat as space will be limited to 32 participants. Sign up at Taneyhills Library Front Desk or call 417-334-1418. KNFO 2 KNOW is an example of the services and community outreach the Library provides. Taneyhills Community Library is funded solely through donative and volunteer efforts.  The Library receives no local, State or Federal tax monies. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Empire Electric to build a billion dollar wind farm!

Empire Electric. now Algonquin Liberty out of Toronto Canada, is building a new Wind Farm in Missouri at a cost of one billion dollars. Until 2020, there will be huge credits given out by the Federal government. That money will greatly enhance the profit picture for the company's investors, many of who are Canadians. Prior to its sale in 2016, empire levied one of the biggest increases of any other electric service in Missouri, over 63%. That made us one of the highest payers for electricity anywhere around. Then in May, Empire levied another 'fuel cost' tax to offset increased fuel costs. This idea of paying on costs has been a tried and true tactic. One of my favorites was the manner in which they offered cash for anyone who installed certain efficient air conditioners and suck. Sadly, the customer that didn't upgrade, ended up paying for those who got checks! Now, they are cashing in on tax credits that will bolster the coffers of the company in Canada and which will like result in higher not lower rates over time.

In my view this will turn out to be yet another ripoff as we move through time. Orchestrated by a socialist democracy off to our north! You can contact the Missouri Office of public Consul and complain at:

Governor Office Building, Suite 650
200 Madison Street
PO Box 2230
Jefferson City, MO 65102-2230
Voice: 573-751-4857
Toll-Free: 866-922-2959
Fax: 573-751-5562
mopco@ded.mo.gov

Friday, August 10, 2018

A day in August!


Forsyth MO. - It was a nice Friday. A hazy sort of day that promised gentle winds and warm temps somewhere in the low nineties. In other words, a pretty typical, late summer sort of deal. My agenda was also straightforward and rather simple; get some breakfast and then go grocery shopping.

People on diets tend to eat quickly!
My choice of eatery was the Long Horn Family Dining establishment that was located along the main highway that snaked through my very nondescript town. The restaurant was being managed by a very nice lady by the name of Lyn. She followed me to my seat, took my order and got me a hot cup of coffee all within just a few minutes. And five minutes after that, my food arrived! Wow! Great service and I enjoyed my selection called the Works - a great dish at under $9.


Next, I was off to the Country Mart, one of two grocery stores inside the city limits. At the 8AM hour, it was slow which was just the way I liked it. After grabbing a cart, I almost immediately ran into one of the stores star employees - A gal by the name of Sheila. (If your a bit down, spending just a few minutes talking to her will definitely brighten your day).

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Peggy's Park Place features new Nacho Machine!

Forsyth MO. - I recently discovered that Peggy's Park Place located at 17463 US-160 in Forsyth MO had just installed a new hot 'Nachos' cheese machine! For about $4 bucks you can take your chose of any of the 3 1/2 ounce bags of Tostitos, Fritos or Cheetos and cover them in specially made bags. Just zip one open, hold it under the spout and hit the button. Wow!

 Peggy's Park Place is located near the intersections of 160-76. questions can be answered bu calling 417-546-6845 during normal business hours!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

M.A.B. Computer & Electronic Repair!

Walnut Shade Mo - It was on a beautiful Tuesday in August, 2018 that I happened to run into a young man at the Long Horn Family Dining cafe where I had gone to enjoy an early breakfast before heading out to vote. His name was Brandon Baldwin and I mentioned to him that I'd noticed a truck out in front that bore the MAB logo. Since he was the only young person in the place (the rest being old farts like myself), I made the logical connection.

Brandon told me that he can perform all type of computer repair at very reasonable prices and had no problems with visiting customers on site. Since there was really only one other computer place in town, I thought to give this young entrepreneur a plug. His web page is located at www.mabtech386.com.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What is this place?

Kissee Mills, MO - While driving down Hwy 76 in Kissee Mills, I had just reach Highway O when I noticed an establishment on the left. Large lettering announced that it was 'The Outpost', but that was all. A small sign indicated they were open, but with nothing else to go by, I decided not to stop.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's election time - August 7, 2018!

Taney County, MO.  - It's time to elect or even to re-elect some very good people to demanding jobs in both the State and in Taney County. Here's a complete voting sheet as provided by KSGF radio at 104.1 on the FM dial






Monday, July 23, 2018

Photo of sky taken at the time of the Duck boat accident.

The photo was taken at my residence balcony located at Lat 36.69045541922207, Long -93.12413837409667. Elevation 241 meters. Time of photo ~7:05 PM, July 19, 2018. Below is the direction line of the location of the Ride the Ducks accident some 12 miles straight line distance.


Google map showing this line.

It's my thought that what the photo maybe showed indications of what  was a micro-burst in progress which struck the boat that saw 17 individuals lose their lives.

Bull Shoals Bridge video cam ...gone!

Forsyth MO. I get it. Things sometimes break. But, then they can get repaired, right? That, apparently, has not been the case with the Ox Blue video cam that was recording time lapse photography at the Bull Shoals Bridge Project just east of town. It broke on July the 12th and was still non functional on July the 23rd. And while I was uncertain as to how many citizens really paid any attention to the site - see https://app.oxblue.com/open/modot/cams, I thought it would be neat to have a visual record of the new bridge construction available for future generations.

Update: July 23, 2018 - Apparently MODOT removed the camera as they felt that the project was 'completed'. This in the face of the asphalt not yet being laid, nor the roundabout being completed.... 

Following is a statement from a MODOT spokesperson: 
 
'The camera at the Bull Shoals bridge project has been removed. The camera was in the way of the new roundabout being built at Route 160/76 at the north end of the new bridge. It will not be reinstalled on the project.' 

So, it would have been nice to have had a 'video eye' on that intersection during a phase of construction when traffic was to be the most impacted....

Friday, July 20, 2018

On Country Mart and slippage!

Forsyth MO. - On a promised to be hot July day in 2018, I wandered into a local grocery store known as Country Mart and as I stepped into the Produce Department, a line from Stephan King's book. 'Dark House' came to mind. It concerned the term 'slippage'; 'It’s a feeling of a kind of inevitable, sometimes hard to detect degradation into darkness. Everything is in a state of entropy. So, you’re either working to improve or letting things degrade and break up.' Half empty bins, containing limp produce greeted my eye in a department that heretofore had always been a shining example of veggies done right! I was going to purchase some Romaine, but after looking at the ragged offerings, I passed.

As I quickly exited the area, the damage had been done and now my mind was queued in to spot other areas and shelves with products that had gaps in between one item and the next. An image that was not at all like the one pictured above... Like I said, slippage was apparent most everywhere on this date and in this store....

Update: The very next day, the Produce area looked a lot better (see picture at right)! Just perhaps, I did show up on an off sort of day.... I was also informed that the long term employee, Randy, who did such an outstanding job maintaining that area had moved on...


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shanna Tilley needs your vote!

Shanna Tilley is currently running for the position of County Clerk for Taney County Missouri in 2018. Now according to one internet source, (for anyone who is not sure of the duties involved); The county clerk is responsible for filing vital records, or important documents related to a specific county's population, including birth, death and marriage certificates. And, depending on the size of the county's population, the duties of the job can go a lot further than that!

I knew Shanna some years ago when we both worked for the same company. Back then, she was a real go-getter whose energy and focus was apparent in everything she did. And today, she's looks to be even more energetic and focused than ever before!

I feel that citizens like Shanna Tilley are exactly the type of people we need to fill critical positions in local government, during otherwise trying and difficult political times. I would hope that all my friends, who reside in the Country, see fit to get out and vote their choices on August 7, 2018!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bull Shoals bridge roaundabout set to start!

Forsyth MO. - I had a conversation on July 10 concerning the Bull Shoals bridge project and learned from MODOT officials that work on the bridge itself was mostly complete and that there were getting ready to begin work on the roundabout sometime around August first. They also informed me that work on laying asphalting the roadway connecting the new bridge would also begin in short order.

Left unanswered was what traffic problems were anticipated and I was told that these would be addressed in an upcoming press release from MODOT in a few days.

Following was the most recent press release from MODOT:

Southwest District Office 417.895.7600
July 03, 2018 02:45 PM
Construction Starts on New Roundabout
At Route 160/76 Intersection near Forsyth


Forsyth area, Taney County – Work to build a roundabout at the intersection of Route 160 and Route 76 east of Forsyth is underway, as the same contractor continues work on the new Route 76 bridge over Bull Shoals Lake, which is adjacent to the roundabout project, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

During the roundabout project, drivers can expect one-lane traffic, traffic shifts and increased construction at the intersection. Contractor crews will avoid disruptions during morning and afternoon rush hour as much as possible.

The construction on the roundabout will take place within the same work zone as the new Route 76 bridge over Bull Shoals Lake. Contractor crews are making good progress on the bridge and are now focusing on building the road approaching the new structure.

Drivers are urged to use caution in the area and expect delays at times.

The prime contractor on the roundabout project is Lehman Construction of California, Mo.

The total project cost for the roundabout project is $1.4 million.

The project is a partnership between MoDOT and Taney County.

The project is scheduled for completion by November 1, 2018.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Creek Devils to appear at local bar!

Forsyth MO. - The Creek Devils will be appearing at the Frosted Mug on Hwy 160 in Forsyth MO on Friday the 13th starting at 8PM. I've heard that this band is worth a listen and plan to attend the event! You can check their sound out on YouTube!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Around and about Forsyth MO in July 2018!

Forsyth MO. – It was July 2 and we'd just survived a mini-heat wave that had lasted almost week. And this day was proving to be no slouch either as it was 85°F even before 10AM in the morning!

Pat and Leo B. with an unnamed person!
I had gone to the Long Horn Family Dining restaurant on Hwy 160 for breakfast where I enjoyed Eggs and hash browns with toast and sausages. While I was there, I ran into Pat and Leo Bennett who had just arrived from Arizona. Both maintain homes here in Kissee Mills and Parker AZ. They told me they were planning to be here until about October before heading back to their winter quarters. And, no that isn't Trump in the pic, just weird uncle Ernie.

After taking my leave of the restaurant, I headed over to a local grocery store for some more grub. As I walked in from the parking lot, I couldn't help but to notice that many of the cars had out of state plates. That was good news for local businesses as vacationers do like to spend money!

Tomatoes from last year's Market!
On a sadder note, when I stopped to visit the Farmer's Market that was most always around this time of year, I discovered that they had been moved out of town over t the Fair Grounds. What? That location is a fer piece of distance from town and I elected not to travel that far for home grown veggies. Seriously, I really liked it when the market was located in the parking lot next to the Historical Society. I'd even go as far as Shadowrock Park, but the powers that be must have decided that the Fair Grounds would be a better location. Good luck with that!

Well, the Fourth of July is upon us and I'd heard that Rockaway Beach was going to put on a number of events starting on Tuesday, July 3rd. I hoped to stop down that way and get a few pictures. I thought I might even grab a hamburger and chips if they had a vendor that offered such. Do stop by, if you can as it is generally a fun time.

Lastly, a friendly reminder  that the Fourth is one of those holidays that seem to get more than their fair share of impaired drivers. Twenty six people died last year with 16 seeing someone in the vehicle that was impaired. Because of stats like that, the police will be out in force starting June 20 thru July 4th watching for anyone who is driving in an erratic manner. Those who are caught will be arrested and charged, so don't you be one of them! www.taneyweather.com


Friday, June 29, 2018

Shadowrock Lodge sold??

Forsyth MO. – Yes, just recently, in June 2018 the Shadowrock Lodge was sold by an agent of Keller Williams to an undisclosed party or parties. I had a chance to stop there on June 28 and spoke briefly with some individuals who were charge with renovation of the Restaurant/Bar area. And, while they were not forthcoming with information as to the identity of the owners, they did indicate that the establishment might re-open by September or October. They also promised to email me with any forthcoming announcements. I await with much anticipation, to see what transpires....

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Branson Bank VP to Present Internet Banking Safety

Branson Bank VP and Chief Information Officer, Scott Ford, will be presenting an “Internet Banking Safety and Scam Avoidance” session at the Taneyhills Community Library as part of the INFO to KNOW Program on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:00 pm in the Stanley and Elaine Ball Tech Room. The session will provide information about online banking security and how to avoid bank scams.

“There is a drastic need for channels to distribute this type of education and few have the basic knowledge needed to remain safe from online banking criminals, “ Ford stated.

“We’re excited to have Scott and Branson Bank share this vital information with the community and especially utilize the library, as this information is exactly what INFO to KNOW was developed to provide,” said Adele Groote, Coordinator of INFO to KNOW at the Taneyhills Library.

The session is limited to 32 participants and reservations to attend are highly encouraged. Contact Taneyhills Community Library to reserve your place, 417-334-1418. 

When/ Where: Taneyhills Community Library, Tuesday, July 10 @ 6:00 pm in the Stanley & Elaine Ball Tech Room.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Three way woes to come to an end in November!

Forsyth MO. - After what might seem a very long time for citizens who routinely cross the Bull Shoals bridge just to the south of Forsyth Missouri, it looks as though the bridge construction will be wrapping up fairly soon. According to a communique from MODOT Project Manager, Johnny Teegardin, 'The completion date for both the roundabout and the bridge projects are November 1, 2018.

So, by late this coming Fall, things should be back to 'normal' for commuter traffic. That will be good news for Peggy's Park Place Market that has seen a small drop off in business due to all the construction. On a promising note, I also understand from Jay Kirschenmann, a representative of the Real Estate company that represented the Shadowrock Hotel, that they had 'Finally sold the Shadow Rock Lodge in Forsyth Missouri after many showings during the past year.' He went on to state that they were, 'Talking to the new owners about starting a Facebook page so that people can follow the progress of bringing it back to life. Restaurant, lounge, and 21 rooms upstairs!' That would be great news for anyone who works or does business in or around the Park area!

Now, if the spring of 2019 will just behave herself and we don't get excessive rainfall, perhaps we will see a full Park with lots of happy tourists and locals!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

New welding comapny in Kissee Mills!

Kissee Mills - I recently met the owner of a welding service that's located off 160 in Kissee Mills. His name is Gary and he does just about anything to do with welding! Gary can be reached by calling 816-853-4903 during regular business hours.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Basic Computer Workshops offered!

Basic Microsoft computer skill workshops will be offered through the INFO to KNOW Program at the Taneyhills Community Library on Mondays in June at 5:00 pm. There will be 4 different workshops, each covering basic knowledge of every subject. Please arrive prior to 5:00 pm as the library locks its doors at 5:00. Registration is required as space is extremely limited.

The workshops will be as follows:
Monday, June 4 @ 5:00 pm: Basic Computer Components & Creating a WORD Document - A basic tour of the computer. Learning to use keyboard, mouse, etc. Creating a very basic WORD document.
Monday, June 11 @ 5:00 pm: Using E-Mail – Setting up a Gmail account. Sending an email. Participants will need to bring their cell phone to this workshop.
Monday, June 18 @ 5:00 pm: Basic Internet Skills – Touring web browsers. Performing a search. Learning basic Internet terms.
Monday, June 25 @ 5:00pm: Facebook – What is Facebook? How to create a Facebook account, understanding basic privacy settings, and requesting friends. Participants must have a personal email account already set up to take this workshop.

“Coordinating the INFO to KNOW program over the past 9 months has made us aware of the many requests for basic computer skills training from program attendees and the public at large,” said Adele Groote, the Taneyhills INFO to KNOW Program Director. “We have learned through previous workshops that trying to teach on multiple devices such a Microsoft vs. Macintosh vs. iPads or Androids, creates chaos in the classroom. In these workshops we will be concentrating only on the Microsoft operating system by using our public computers. That way, every participant will be seeing and interacting in the same computer environment. Because we have limited computers for public use, the workshops will be very small and it will be absolutely imperative to register for the workshop in advance.”

Groote added, “The library takes pride in the fact we are a vital link in our community by providing computer access and free Wifi for residents and our visitors. We try and accommodate these needs while receiving no public funding. We rely on donations to sustain us so that we can serve the community. Our hope is to obtain a grant or monetary gift to acquire 15 laptop computers so we can to provide more access and more available times to teach free computer courses. Because we must use the public computers for general usage during operating hours, we can only hold the classes after closing time and must make the classes very small.”
To register for any of the computer workshops in June, call the front desk to reserve your seat. 417-334-1418 .

 The INFO to KNOW program provides the community with helpful information to improve their daily lives while receiving no tax-related funding from the cities of Branson or Hollister, or Taney County, or the State of Missouri, or other government agency. Donations are always welcomed in supporting this vibrant service to our Tri-Lakes Community.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fat Daddy's Breakfast!

Forsyth Mo. - Of the many and sundry restaurants, fast food joints and other assorted eateries located in and around Forsyth Missouri, Fat Daddy's is most definitely a must visit establishment!


As it had been some time since I last had breakfast at Fat Daddy's Family BBQ, I picked a very nice morning in may to stop in and enjoy a smoke free establishment that had no less than three servers in attendance! Needless to say, service was fast, friendly and professional! And, a good friend by the name of Louis Murray who was now the Manager of the kitchen, was in attendance. I'd known the man for many a year and can attest to his ability to cook most anything.

On this particular day, I elected to order the Smoked Breakfast Platter that consisted of two eggs, hash browns, toast and a choice of ham, bacon or sausage. A truly great menu item with which to start any day! The eggs were done to perfection along with everything else. (Something I'd grown to expect when eating at Fat Daddy's). Stop in and give them a try!

Fat Daddy's is located at 16020 US Highway 160 in Forsyth and can be reached by calling 417-546-4604!