Tag Archives: The Ozarks

High Resolution Aerial Photo of Joplin

25 May

Witness the depths of destruction in Joplin, Mo., with this high-resolution aerial photo.

Man swept away in Lake Taneycomo still missing

25 May
Written by Cliff Sain – News-Leader

A man who was swept away after falling into Lake Taneycomo is still missing according to an emergency official.

“He is still unaccounted for,” said Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne. “We have no reason to believe the individual came out of the water on his own.”

According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne, the unidentified man was trapped on a steep embankment above the lake just off Acacia Club Road and Lowell Road, near Hollister and just upstream from College of the Ozarks, before he went into the water.

Bjorne said firefighters were called at about 7:30 a.m. to assist Taney County deputies in retrieving the person who was apparently calling out that he was injured.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said they were called to the scene by a resident.

He said the homeowner discovered the man inside the homeowner’s car.

“He took off when he was seen and he went over the embankment,” Russell said.

The entire embankment rises about 200 feet above Lake Taneycomo, Bjorne said. It was not clear how far down the embankment the man was when firefighters arrived to assist.

Tornado ranked among deadliest

25 May

By Wally Kennedy news@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Bill Davis, head meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Springfield, did not mince words Tuesday when he described the tornado that struck Joplin on Sunday.

“There were a few little swirling vortexes, and then it came down like a fist coming right out of the sky,” he said.

Davis, part of a team that arrived in Joplin on Monday to assess the damage, said the tornado that struck Joplin was the most powerful of all on the Enhanced Fujita Scale — an EF-5. Wind speeds exceeded 200 mph.

The Race to Find Survivors in Joplin

25 May

E-F- 2 Twister hits northwest of Galena Sunday

23 May

The National Weather Service says there was another tornado – an E-F- 2 northwest of Galena. It hit just after seven last night. It was on the ground for seven miles. It damaged a mobile home on Highway AA in Stone County and several barns were damaged along Horse Creek road.

Monett Strawberry Festival

22 May

1st Annual Monett Strawberry Festival

June 3rd and the 5th, 2011 5:00- 10:00PM • June 4th 8:00AM- 10:00PM

In the early 1900’s Strawberries were shipped from Monett all over the U.S.A. from the railroad, just one block south of Broadway.  With that extensive history, and the fact Strawberries are in season in early June, Monett is presenting a sweet fun Festival.

The attendance to the Monett Strawberry Festival is free to the general public.  All events are accessible for people with disabilities.

Here is a listing for some of the events that will be part of the Strawberry Festival

There will be local bands and musicians playing during the day on the stage at the east end of the 400 block of Broadway.
Friday evening will feature a concert by Mark Chapman
Saturday evening will feature a concert by The Timberline Bluegrass Band
There will also be performances by Captain’s Son, Angela Bennett, Robert Pommert and The Bootkickers.
All music events are free to the public.

A play about the history of Strawberries in Monett has been written, and will be performed each evening.

Talent Show:
There will be a “Talent Show” each day, featuring acts of all kinds, from dancing and singing to juggling, it’s open, as long as it is “Family Friendly”.

Karaoke Contest:
A Karaoke Contest will take place on Saturday.

Children’s Pageant:
A “Petite” Strawberry King and Queen will be crowned at the Strawberry Festival.  Children from infants to 5 years old can enter.

Poetry, Prose, Song, and Poster Contests:
In April and May we will be having contests for Grade School, Middle School, and High School students for Poetry, Prose, Songs and Posters relating to Strawberries in Monett.  The winners will be showcased on stage during the Festival.

Car Show:
There will be a Cruise In Car Show on Saturday.  The public will get to vote for their favorite cars, trucks and motorcycles in “Decade” categories.

Art Show:
Friday and Saturday there will be an Art Show in one of the stores on Broadway.  This art show will feature Children, Teen, and adult categories.  This will include Paintings, drawings, wood carvings, sculptures, photography, and “Other Media” catagories.

Bake Off:
There will be a contest for the best Strawberry Preserves, Jams, Pies, Cakes, Cookies, and any other Strawberry related foods, as well as best “Non-Strawberry” Berry foods.  This will be simular to the old County Fairs.

Inflatable Kid’s Rides:
There will inflatable kid’s rides provided by the Fun Zone from Cassville.  There will be a charge for these rides.

There will Craft Booths, Food Booths, and Non-Profit Organizaing Booths.  For information.

Our goal is to bring a fun event to Monett that is as refreshing as a step back into the past and relaxing as well as entertaining.

Come downtown, eat some strawberry ice cream or maybe some strawberry shortcake, enjoy the show.

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Galena Farmers And Crafters Market a Success

22 May

The Galena Farmers And Crafters Market kicked off it’s 2011 season earlier this month and by all accounts it was a success. More vendors are needed to supply spring produce including lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage and onions. Fee’s are $10 and according to Debbie Bridges you can sell all summer long! It is a perfect way for the community to come together and provide fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods and local crafts for our community and visitors alike. And once a month on Saturday’s we can all enjoy some family entertainment! For more information on how to join call Debbie Bridges at 417-559- 1089 or Connie Johnson at 417- 357-6061

The Crane Creek Market also looking for vendors

Crane Creek Market opens at 8:00 a.m. till noon every Saturday. Located on highway 413 at the old grocery store parking lot. There is still vendor space available. Vendors that have not already signed up are welcome to come that morning, and remember that everything must be locally produced, homemade or handmade. There will not be any fees for vendors. The are also looking for local musicians so grab your fiddles, guitars and banjos for an hometown jam session. Come join us Saturday to sell or shop and support your local community. Contact Patty at mcmpatty@gmail.com for more information and with any questions.

Annual Outdoor Adventure Fair for disabled people is June 18 near Bois D’Arc

22 May

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Southwest Center for Independent Living (SCIL) invites people with disabilities of all ages and their family and friends to the 8th annual “Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair,” Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center near Bois D’Arc.

“SCIL proudly co-hosts the annual Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair event to provide recreational opportunities to persons with disabilities that they would not typically have,” said Gary Maddox, SCIL Executive Director. (more)

In The Ozarks Tomorrow

20 May

The Master Gardeners of Greene County are hosting a free gardening event for kids Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at Nathanael Greene|Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic in Springfield. Organizers say the event will take place rain or shine.

The 5th Annual Springfield Missouri Indian Artifact Show is scheduled for Saturday at Remington’s Event Center at 1655 W Republic in Springfield. It starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. Collectors from eight states will present authentic artifacts for sale and display. An artifact authenticator will be in attendance to help you with your finds.

Piney River Brewing Company

12 May

I just found this while stumbling through twitter…thought I would share it with all you beer aficionados.

Founded in 2010, Piney River Brewing Company is a microbrewery dedicated to making distinctive craft beers that celebrate life in the Ozarks. Joleen and Brian Durham, owners, have lived and farmed in Texas County for many years, and they have enjoyed craft beer for a long time, too.

Today, Joleen and Brian live up the hill from the Little Piney River that flows into the Big Piney. They benefit from multiple fresh water springs and a waterfall on their farm, and they continually find themselves drawn to the rivers that flow around their farm and throughout the Ozarks.

Joleen and Brian first made beer on the kitchen stove, fermenting it in the basement of their 100-year old farm house. In July 2010 they partnered together to revive a 70-year old barn made from red and white oak trees harvested off the farm, and Piney River Brewing Company was born.

The barn, rechristened BARn, is home to Piney River Brewing Company. Joleen and Brian are currently brewing on a 10-gallon Sabco system, officially a nanobrewery. They are filling growlers at the brewery.

Plans are already underway for a larger brewing system and distribution throughout the Ozarks. Soon, you too can enjoy a handcrafted Piney River Brewing Company beer when you enjoy a day in the Ozarks. Keep track of our progress on the PRBC Blog.

Insane?  No…we’re having the time of our lives.

Visit the website.