Parkway west in Osage Beach is participating in its first annual small Business Saturday tomorrow to support independent businesses. Founded by American Express in 2010, small business Saturday is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support local communities. It’s held every year on the Saturday after thanksgiving. Approximately 30 businesses along the parkway, west of the Grand Glaize Bridge will feature special promotions and goodie bags. Residents are encouraged to come out tomorrow and support their local businesses.
Black Friday is here and is expected to once again be one of the most popular and busiest shopping days of the year. According to the better business bureau, to get the most out the day for those participating, they suggest making a list, setting a budget and sticking to it. They also say it’s a good idea to pay with plastic instead of a debit card as there are certain protections in place if and when disputing charges. Shoppers are also encouraged to have their smart phone ready as they may find good deals on social media. When in stores, look for “QR” codes to possibly save even more money.
Common core is back in the news. A Missouri judge says taxes from three people suing Governor Jay Nixon won’t go to a group creating tests for the common core education standards as the Judge believes the lawsuit has a shot at success. The plaintiffs allege Nixon illegally partnered with the smarter balanced assessment consortium to draft tests for common core. Two of those suing Nixon are members of the Missouri Coalition against common core which has criticized the Governor for adopting the learning standards without sufficient public input.
Another Lake area business has closed its doors. As of Thanksgiving, Papa Johns Pizza called it quits. Reports first showed on their fanpage, which no longer exists, but became reality as you dialed the numbers and received no answer. Papa Johns at the lake opened in 2004 and celebrated their 10th anniversary this year. Sources say that the owner wanted to retire and called it quits on Wednesday night. At this time it is unknown if it will ever reopen.
If you thought your thanksgiving was a hard one to cook, just imagine feeding over 10,000 people. That’s what happened yesterday at Fort Leonard Wood as the annual thanksgiving dinner was served to members of the military. Each year the Fort serves it’s companies, battalion command teams, cadre and their friends and family members a thanksgiving meal. They also opened the doors to veterans and retired military personal. Sources say the 1,000 pounds of shrimp, four tons of turkey, 1,800 pies and 3,000 pounds of rib eye couple with other traditional foods made for a mighty fine meal. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.
An 11 year old boy is dead following a crash in Laclede County. According to reports, Tyler Green was riding in his mother, 31 year old Sarah Green, in their 2003 Dodge Durango heading westbound on highway 32 when they lost control of the vehicle due to ice and then traveled into the eastbound lane and struck a 1998 Ford Escape driven by 36 year old Adele Berry. Berry was taken to Mercy hospital in Lebanon while Sarah Green was taken to Mercy hospital in Springfield. All individuals were wearing seat belts.
With large numbers of people traveling lake area highways this holiday weekend, law enforcement and officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation are encouraging motorists to wear their seatbelts. MODOT Area Engineer Bob Lynch says this is especially important for teen drivers as too many are still not wearing their seat belts
MODOT officials also say distracted driving is one of the biggest causes for accidents, so it’s imperative that all motorists not text and drive.