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If you’re familiar with the phrase “for all of us here in the News Room, I’m Tim Church,” then you’re already acquainted to my name or hopefully a few of my stories. 

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This is the last edition of the Branson Tri-Lakes News for 2018. It’s been a great year in a lot of ways, and – being that this is the news business – a tragic year, too.

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It’s that time of year, folks. If you are reading this, and you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, maybe you should get up and go to the store – but only after thoroughly reading your newspaper, of course – and make sure you shop local as much as you can.

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If you voted in Taney or Stone county on Nov. 6, pat yourself on the back. You took part in one of the greatest exercises of freedom in history.

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Whether they’re trying to sell us a new insurance plan or congratulating us on winning a free cruise, if you have a cell phone, you’re bound to have experienced some sort of spam call. Well, I got one such call, but it set itself apart from all the rest. You see, this caller stated I had a w…

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It’s been a couple of weeks since Missourians went to the polls to decide primary candidates, as well as a few other issues.

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On Tuesday, voters will make their decisions in the primary election. A few candidates will be victorious, but most will be disappointed.

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The Central Ozark Conference, in which Branson has played for decades, and which Reeds Spring and Hollister joined in later years, is gone.

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Opioid abuse-related talks appear to be everywhere. It pops up in advertisements before YouTube videos play, it is at the forefront of many political candidates’ platform and it seems to be an ever-growing issue, especially in the Tri-Lakes Area.

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Unless you’ve been taking a break from the ol’ Branson Tri-Lakes News over the last few weeks, you already know “The Janet Ellis Benefit Spectacular: She Lost Her Hair, But Not Her Flair” show was held last week at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater.

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Hello! My name is Emily Cole. I’m a new face in the newsroom here at the Branson Tri-Lakes News. I’m going to be working here this summer as an intern, writing stories and exploring Branson. I’m a senior journalism and mass media student at Missouri State University in Springfield.

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Few major events in the Tri-Lakes Area are done bigger or better than the Legends of Golf Tournament that took place two weeks ago at Top of the Rock.

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It’s election season folks, and it’s not just time to get out and vote – it’s time to get out and vote local.

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I willingly held a snake this week. And it wasn’t just any snake. It was a two-headed western rat snake at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

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Critics, both Democrats and Republicans, have been taking potshots at the 45th president since he won the election over Hilliary Rodham Clinton on Nov. 8, 2016. Donald J. Trump has been tweeting, pushing back and just simply doing the job he said he would for the American people (without pay).

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Finally, something good is happening in Washington, D.C. No, not the senate passage of a tax bill. Certainly not the lighting of the Congressional Christmas tree. And, certainly not the resignations of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, although both needed to go.

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Americans are feeling exuberant this Christmas. Consumer confidence (at a 17-year high) is driving the expected growth in retail sales. And that, forecasters suggest, means retailers should see a growth in seasonal sales of 4.5 percent. That compares to 3.6 percent growth in 2016. What does …

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Impressions. Many impressions were made as our area was honored to host American military veterans and their families. Most of those veterans served in Korea, Vietnam and the Afghan/Iraqi wars. There were a few from World War II, but the count is getting smaller.

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“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power,” George Orwell penned in 1948 in his epic futuristic novel 1984. “We know that no one ever …

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I’ve been thinking about how to write this column for the last few days, and after starting and stopping a handful of times, I finally decided to throw caution to the wind and simply speak from the heart. While some may consider what I’m about to say a bold statement, I assure you, it is som…

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It happened again. It happened near the World Trade Center (WTC) in Manhattan. A driver of a vehicle drove onto a bike path near WTC killing at least eight individuals and injuring several others. It happened just last Tuesday.

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Now the Boy Scouts of America will admit girls. Does it become the Boy/Girl Scouts of America? Or, will the organization become the Scouts of America? What happens to the Girls Scouts of America?

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September is a great month. Not only does it usher in the (theoretically) cooler fall season, but it also brings us football and the pennant races of baseball, Labor Day weekend and, of course, International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19 for those of you who have not been introduced).

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Within hours of most Americans learning of the madman who gunned down country music concertgoers in Las Vegas late Sunday night, there was a clarion cry from the anti-gun crowd renewing their demand for gun control. Nothing is ever mentioned about dealing with the mental health issues these …

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As hard as it is to believe, we have reached September. Honestly, I had just gotten used to the idea that we were in August. Before you know it, we’ll be shoveling snow and opening Christmas presents.