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Google Gambles You Can Live to 500

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Google gambles you can live to 500 and they’re putting money where their mouth is.

Bloomberg profiled Bio-Technologist Bill Marris today signalling wider details in Bloomberg Markets next month and the merger of machine and humans armed with nanobots for longevity of life.  Marris hopes his research will help him beat the clock:

 “We actually have the tools in the life sciences to achieve anything that you have the audacity to envision,” he says. “I just hope to live long enough not to die.”

Highlights:

Google Ventures has close to $2 billion in assets under management, with stakes in more than 280 startups.

Google Ventures was the fourth-most-active venture firm in the U.S. last year, participating in 87 deals.

Robert Peck, an analyst at the investment bank SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, who published a report in February examining Google’s outside investment units, including Google Ventures. “Look at what happened to BlackBerry when it missed the advent of smartphones. And Yahoo! missed Facebook.

Read Full Story on Bloomberg : Google Ventures

 

Branson City Administrator Highlights Branson Landing Lawsuit – Says Insurance Company Is Indemnified

1-23-14 Affidavit of Terry Dody in support of HCW (1)

Affidavit of Former City Administrator Terry Doty f HCW (1) by Missouri Netizen News

Branson Business Community Embarrassed Over City Council’s Lack of Integrity Airport Contract

Open Letter to City of Branson Board of Aldermen

In Regards to the Branson Airport Contract Payment……..

Sirs and Madams,

I have important clients in town this coming Tuesday evening and simply do not have time to once again stop everything and come down to City Hall and wait in another meeting to get up and ask you to do the honorable thing and pay the bill.  I am sending this short note asking that one of you grow a pair and make a motion to first fund the current bill and secondly make a motion to permanently have the funding of this agreement unless specifically removed by vote due to appropriation problems.  This allows the public and this airport to finally assume the city will honor the commitment it has signed and amended and re-signed.  When and if it is ever necessary to remove the funding it will then be necessary for the public to once again stop their lives to come to city hall and tell you all to do the right thing.

No other “appropriations” contingent line items are purposefully left off the budget, yet the same right s of non-appropriation exists.  This repeated negligence on your parts is an embarrassment.  The news reported every six months is misinterpreted by the public as well as our visitors.  I am ashamed of a “Family Values” community that repeatedly threatens to withhold payment in a contract they signs and later ratified.  Making the vendor on a contract publicly beg for money owed it over and over again is an abuse of power, an inexcusable political maneuver, and a despicable action.

Yes for the protection of the community a common clause regarding payment being subject to appropriations was included in this contract as well as many more contracts. However, this is the only contract you all choose to habitually threaten to use this clause on.  SHAME ON YOU!  The purpose of that clause is to protect the city from an unforeseen cataclysmic financial hardship, not to hold over the heads of the vendor who already delivered the goods.

The intent of that all too common clause in governmental contracts was to always be appropriated and funded unless it became necessary to exercise the rights of that provision and vote openly to un-appropriate the funding with cause.  Your use of it over the past few years is once again EMBARRASSING and SHAMEFUL.

One of you sitting on that board should once and for all make a motion to do the right thing.

Not Very Respectfully,

 

Bob Huels

Multiple Business Owner in Branson, Mo.

PRAYER BREAKFAST WITH NEW NAME, NEW LOCATION

CBMC ANNOUNCES PRAYER BREAKFAST CHANGES

What was formerly the Branson Mayors Prayer Breakfast has a new name and a new location.

After prayerful consideration the organizing committee for Branson Christian Business Men’s Committee decided to change the name from Branson Mayors Prayer Breakfast to OZARK MOUNTAIN PRAYER BREAKFAST (TM), according to CBMC President, Bill Budnick.

 Budnick said the committee appreciates the mayors who have participated in this event over the past 12 years, especially Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley who lent her support since she was elected.

However, because the organization has a new location and the opportunity to reach more people, they chose to rename the event to reflect their desire to be more inclusive.

The new location is the Branson Convention Center in Downtown Branson. As in the past, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, according to advanced ticket sales.

Tickets are on sale now for the event. Because of the underwriting of area businesses, CBMC has been able to keep ticket prices comparable to previous years.

Individual advanced tickets are still $25 and $27.50 at the door (as available) and tables of eight may be sponsored for $185.00. 

The breakfast event includes a hot and hearty breakfast, inspirational songs, prayers led by local pastors and ministry leaders, the presentation of the Kingdom Builder Award, and the keynote address.

This year, the keynote address will be given by Emeal (E.Z.) Zwayne, Executive Vice President of Living Waters, the ministry of Ray Comfort. Living Waters produces the popular TV show, “The Way of the Master,” which is co-hosted by Ray Comfort and actor Kirk Cameron, which helps prepare Christians to confidently share the gospel even in the most adverse circumstances. 
This ministry also developed 180, an award winning movie that gives another perspective on abortion. According to Ray Comfort, President of Living Waters, “more often than not, those who watch it do a complete 180.”

Everyone is invited to this regional prayer event. OZARK MOUNTAIN PRAYER BREAKFAST(TM), celebrating the National Day of Prayer, will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013 beginning promptly at 6:45 a.m. and ending promptly at 8:30 a.m.

According to Budnick, “Our goal remains the same: to glorify our Heavenly Father and his son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for an hour and forty-five minutes, and to join our voices with those around the nation in prayer for our regions, states, country, our elected officials and those who bravely serve in our nation’s military.”

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Southwest Airlines Lands First Branson Flight

Branson Airport LogoLUV Lands In Branson! Southwest Airlines Converts AirTran Airways Service, Adding 79th Destination To Route Map. Airline Offers Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas Customers Low Fares and More Destinations

DALLAS, March 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is excited to announce that LUV has officially landed in Branson, Missouri! The Branson Community rolled out the red carpet today as Congressman Billy Long joined the Branson Airport in welcoming Southwest’s first Customers to Branson.

Southwest attributes its entrance into the market to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. AirTran began service to the market in 2009 and currently serves one nonstop flight to Atlanta. Southwest will increase service options for Branson Customers by offering three daily nonstop flights to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, and Chicago Midway, with additional Saturday-only nonstop service to Orlando. The introduction of Southwest’s larger Boeing 737 aircraft to the market means that passenger seat availability will increase, providing Branson Customers greater access to the airline’s vast network.

“Our arrival in Branson represents one of the true benefits of our integration with AirTran Airways, allowing us to continue providing low fares and legendary Customer Service to the People of Missouri,” said Rick Pelc, Southwest Airlines Station Director. “We’re excited to provide our Southern Missouri Customers access to a broad network of destinations, and just as important, allowing better access to Branson for our existing Customers across America.”

The Branson Airport celebrated the Southwest inaugural service today with a press conference and a tailgate party to welcome the airline’s first Customers to Branson. Community Members joined the Branson Airport to celebrate the long-anticipated arrival of Southwest Airlines and its Employees to the market. Southwest also showed its passion for the community by joining the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri to help make a child’s wish come true. Southwest and the Southwest region of Make-A-Wish Missouri will help send five-year-old Kyah to San Diego to visit the zoo.

Southwest Airlines’ inflight publication Spirit Magazine is celebrating the new service with its Customers nationwide by launching an enter-to-win sweepstakes for a chance to win a six-night Branson Travel Package! The package includes two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, free hotel stays, dining gift certificates, show tickets, and more! To enter, visit www.spiritmag.com and register by March 31, 2013. Rules and restrictions apply.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line thinking that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of the People who work there and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the Planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,200 flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.

AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day to 54 destinations. The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.

ABOUT THE BRANSON AIRPORT
The Branson Airport currently has 5 nonstop destinations and one stop connecting service to more than 100 major cities in the United States. Nonstop destinations include: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Orlando on Southwest Airlines; and Denver on Frontier Airlines. For a complete list of destinations available at the Branson Airport, visit www.FlyBranson.com.

Known for the unique airport experience and unparalleled customer service, Branson Airport LLC is the first privately developed and operated commercial service airport in the United States. Branson Airport is currently serviced by Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Branson AirExpress (a seasonal chartered service); allowing passengers the ability to access over 100 destinations all on low cost carriers. Located in the heart of the Ozarks and centrally located in the Midwest, the airport also boasts a state of the art FBO, Branson JetCenter and a full service travel agency, FlyBranson Travel. For more information visit www.FlyBranson.com or call toll free 1-888-FLY-BKG1 (1-888-359-2541).

ABOUT THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF MISSOURI
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri, visit www.mo.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®

JOHN HAGEE SPRINGING INTO BRANSON

JOHN HAGEE BRINGING MINISTRY AND SONG TO BRANSON

Introduced to Branson several years ago by Revival Fires Ministry Leader Cecil Todd, mega-minister John Hagee has maintained a close connection with the community. He continues that connection by bringing his John Hagee Rally and Concert to the Hilton Branson Convention Center on March 22, at 7 p.m.

Canton Junction and Aaron and Amanda Crabb will be featured in concert.  Canton Junction is a toe-tapping four-square sound creating quartet consisting of Hagee’s son and ministry leader-in-waiting, Matthew Hagee, Michael Sykes, Tim Duncan and Aaron Crabb.

According to Hagee, the mission of John Hagee Ministries is to “aggressively fulfill the commission that Jesus Christ gave to his followers to go into the world and make disciples of all people,” he says.

“Our purpose is to bring the lost to Jesus Christ and to build up and encourage those who are already believers. We pledge to our viewers & supporters to take The Gospel to all the World and to all Generations.”

This square-jawed, podium thumping Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, is the founder of the San Antonio based non-denominational evangelical church with more than 20,000 active members. Hagee telecasts his message to national radio and television stations and throughout 249 nations worldwide, according to his ministry website.

LOVE FOR ISRAEL HALLMARK OF HAGEE’S WORK

A devoted love for the land and people of Israel is a hallmark of Hagee’s ministry which has given more than $69 million toward humanitarian causes in Israel. In 2006, Dr. Hagee founded, and is the National Chairman of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), a grass roots national association “through which every pro—Israel Christian ministry, para-church organization, or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to biblical issues,” says Hagee.

Each year, Hagee gains support for this cause by conducting A Night to Honor Israel in every major city in America and by organizing an annual Washington D.C.-Israel Summit where CUFI delegates have the opportunity to meet the members of congress face to face on behalf of Israel. Christians United for Israel has grown to become the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States – with over one million members– and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world.

HAGEE BELIEVES GOD, FAMILY AND COUNTRY ARE STILL NUMBER ONE

Hagee has been married to his wife, Diana for years and together they have five children and a bundle of grandchildren. Diana Hagee, a folksy, sweet pastor’s wife, shares family moments, personal insights and recipes in her One Way Everyday Blog at http://www.jhm.org/Resources/JhmBlog.

John Hagee, built like a cornerstone, upends traditional church norms on occasion when he reaches for his saxophone and lays in some sweet soul behind Canton Junction.

That in itself is worth a look and listen. Perhaps he’ll do this in Branson.

More information about John Hagee and his rally and concert in Branson can be found at: http://www.jhm.org.

 

 

 

BLOOM HERE

BLOOM IS NEWEST CHURCH PLANT

BLOOM is an odd name for a church, but not an odd thing for church members to do.

BLOOM CHURCH OPENED DOORS LAST SUNDAY

BLOOM CHURCH OPENED DOORS LAST SUNDAY

 

That’s why Mike Carlton and his wife, Amanda, felt the call of God to plant a new house of worship for the body of Christ in Branson.

Carlton said when they decided to obey the call, they contacted six of their closest friends and had a launch meeting. Eventually the group grew to 30 people.

“We were organically grown,” says Carlton.

Bloom Church held its first service last Sunday, March 3, in the Americana Theatre on West Highway 76.

“That was just a blessing because God put us into relationship with the Haygoods,” says Carlton.

BLOOM CHAMPIONS PEOPLE’S DREAMS

Bloom Church staff and members are devoting themselves to being champions for people’s dreams. “We want to discover where their hearts are, what God has put in their hearts and then help them do it. We rally behind them to help them live their callings,” says Carlton.

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Carlton’s wife, Amanda, is leading the ministry for children which they have generously help populate with their three-year-old tripletts.

Bloom Church’s volunteer staff also includes Youth Pastors Tyler and Dana Morton, Worship Pastor Ernie Garza, who along with his wife Sarah, daughters Jordan and Mayah, and son Jaxton, recently moved from Idaho to Branson to be a part of what God is doing at Bloom Church.

Bloom’s Creative Director is Scott Richards, who fills a position not often fully considered in churches today. Carlton says he “really believes the church needs to be epicenter of community. I feel the greatest minds in the community should be bringing things such as video elements to hit a wide-range of audiences.”

Carlton makes it clear however, that this is no church meeting in order to entertain. He says Bloom loves people and truly desires to see people walk in a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Bloom Church members are community-minded and missions-minded. They support church plants in other communities and missionaries in Israel.

Carlton and his wife were staffers at Master’s Commission in Springfield for five years and for eleven years have been devoted to discipleship and building the Kingdom of God through his son, Jesus Christ. They most recently served as Associate Pastors at Common Ground in Springfield.

Bloom church has a “definite appeal to younger families with children,” says Carlton, but he insists older couples are also welcomed to the congregation.

“We’re about building healthy life-giving relationships.”

Bloom Church’s Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Americana Theatre on West Highway 76, Branson.

More information can be found at www.bloomhere.org. Pastor Mike Carlton can be reached at 417-234-7359.

 

Branson Commercial Real Estate Forecast 2013

Commercial One Broker’s annual commercial market report projects incremental growth in Branson Commercial Property. The report analyzes inventory and market trends across residential, retail, office and industrial real estate. The industrial category is a new feature of Commercial One Broker’s annual report.

According to the report,recent  natural disasters in the Branson area  have an overall  positive affect on commercial valuation due to a decrease in inventory. On the flip side, overall demand for Branson is down. The Factory Merchants Mall is slated for demolition by the City of Branson reducing 300,00 sq ft of inventory. Retail occupancy on the strip is at a low 8.83% compared with 17.765 vacancy off strip.

The Full report is embedded below in addition to the Commerial One Broker Website:   Branson Commercial Real Estate Forecast 2013 

Branson Commercial Real Estate 2013 by Steve Critchfield