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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | December 12, 2012
BRANSON, Mo -- The Leap Day tornado didn't damage any schools in Branson - until now. 'The Taney County Assessor says he'll lower property values across the area next year, and that will affect property tax revenues - the lifeline for public schools. Branson schools run on a yearly budget of $40 million. But thanks to a perfect storm of bad weather and a bad housing market, the Taney County Assessor estimates a huge county-wide loss of property value. The assessor says it could be up to $100 million - money that can't be taxed anymore.
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Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | December 7, 2012
HOLLISTER, Mo -- Families affected by the 2011 floods in Taney County continue to wait for promised help. Several agencies worked out a deal to buy damaged homes in the Foggy River Road neighborhood - but progress has hit a snag. KSPR has been the only news team to cover the floods since the first rains fell. We took a boat out on our first visit to Foggy River Road in April 2011. A few weeks after the floods, we were there as FEMA surveyed the damage. Officials condemned nine homes and offered homeowners a buyout on their property.
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Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | December 6, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo -- Lower property values could mean some tax relief for Taney County residents, but the dip in value could create a looming financial crisis for county agencies. Banks foreclosed more than 380 properties in Taney County last year. The weather also plays a factor - some Branson businesses chose not to rebuild after the Leap Day Tornado. The end result is up to $100 million lost in property values, a large sum of money that can't be taxed anymore. "Everyone will be affected by this," Jim Strahan, the Taney County Assessor, tells KSPR News.
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Leigh Moody and Anchor | December 6, 2012
One of the three men accused of killing a Willard couple last April pleaded not guilty today in a Taney county courtroom. Phillip Friend is charged with first degree murder, weapons charges and holding Rebecca and Russell Porter against their will. His father, Tony Friend, and Dusty Hicks of Walnut Grove, are also charged with murder. They've both pleaded not guilty. Family members reported the Porters missing in April 2011. Their bodies were found three months later in rural Taney county.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor | December 6, 2012
HIGHLANDVILLE, Mo. -- A man who led law enforcement officers on a chase up U.S. 65 from an area north of Branson is on the run.  The chase followed a call to police about an assault on Bee Creek Road in Branson at 1 a.m. Thursday. Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell and Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle says officers are looking for Johnny Bryan Jr., 36, of Hollister, after a series of crimes that began with him trying to run over a deputy and strike a patrol car. Deputies pursued Bryan, who fled in a vehicle up U.S. 65 and several county roads toward Highlandville.  Bryan ditched his vehicle in Christian County on Shire Court, roughly six miles southeast of Highlandville.
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KSPR News and news@kspr.com | December 5, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. - Voters in Taney County will cast ballots on two tax proposals in April. The first issue is a sales tax proposal to find the 911 service there. Commissioners have voted to tax all phones, not just landlines -- but it's unclear what the sales tax would be. Also, a county-appointed board is asking voters to approve a 20-cent property tax levy to start Taney County's first-ever library district. If approved, someone who owns a home assessed at $100,000 would pay an extra $37 per year.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | December 5, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo -- Too many choices? Taney County voters to whom we spoke had mixed emotions about two upcoming ballot issues: a tax for 911 and a tax for a public library.   Both will appear on the April 2013 ballot. If approved, a sales tax would fund Taney County's 911 overhaul. Officials want to merge emergency dispatch services into one location. Issue #2 would be a new property tax to staff and stock public libraries. Taney County is one of only three in Missouri without a library district.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | November 14, 2012
BRANSON, Mo. -- 911 in Taney County is over cost and under budget. County leaders fear if nothing is done, people in Taney may not be able to call the emergency number in 2016. Inside one of the county's 911 call centers, dispatchers work to save lives. The service may go away because of the budget. "It's important that our residents and our visitors don't have to go looking in a phone book through two or three pages of emergency numbers," said Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin. 911 is funded by a tax on landline phones.
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November 13, 2012
KISSEE MILLS, Missouri -- New charges against a Taney County, Missouri man accused of molesting a child. Gerald Chambers, 38, of Kissee Mills has pleaded not guilty to 1st and 2nd degree child molestation, tampering with a victim or witness and enticement of a child. The charges date back to July 2011. Chambers is also facing similar counts from a case filed earlier this year. He's due in court November 26th for the earlier case, and on December 20th for the new charges. Chambers remains in the Taney County jail on $300,000 bond.
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Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Tony Nguyen and lmatter@kspr.com, tnguyen@kspr.com | November 1, 2012
TANEY COUNTY, Mo. - An Ozarks community is seeing an uptick in a common childhood illness. It's called fifth disease and that's what's going around this week. You may not have heard of the name, but you've probably seen what it does to a person. Another name for the illness is slapped cheek disease. A child will develop a big red rash on their cheeks if they get sick. The rash can vary in intensity and may come and go for several weeks. But the first symptom isn't the rash.
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