A Very, Merry Branson Christmas!

Christmas Surprises Are Everywhere in Branson

   by Pat Lindsey

ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA includes host Jimmy Osmond, the Fifth Dimension, The Lennons Sisters and Rich Thomas Illusionist, and the Moon River Band, plus many singers and dancers.

ANDY WILLIAMS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA includes host Jimmy Osmond, the Fifth Dimension, The Lennons Sisters and Rich Thomas Illusionist, and the Moon River Band, plus many singers and dancers.

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Silver Dollar City Christmas Dazzles

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The Brightest Lights

in Branson or Anywhere

Are At Silver Dollar City

                  Story and photos By Bob Lindsey

A good comparison of the bigger and brighter new Christmas in Midtown at Silver Dollar City is with the ABC show, The Great American Light Fight.   While the intense illuminations are nearly the same, the Silver Dollar display in Branson is much bigger in size and scope. And better.

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Three Thanksgiving Weekend Films Worth Seeing

by Sandra Olmsted

Lady Bird aka Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) shop the resale store in director Greta Gerwig’s 'Lady Bird.'

Lady Bird aka Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and her mother (Laurie Metcalf) shop the resale store in director Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird.’

Lady Bird

While most coming of age films aren’t very compelling because the subject matter doesn’t resonate with a board audience, director Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird provides a look at making changes and find one’s self with which many can identify. In 2002, Christine aka Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan), a high school senior, is ready to live and can’t wait to leave home for college. The only problem is her family’s financial situation is difficult, and Lady Bird’s options are limited. As she sets out to experience as much living a possible, especially boys and parties, she enlists the help of her father Larry (Tracy Letts) to apply for East coast art schools as far away from her Sacramento, California home as possible. Lady Bird’s difficult relationship with her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), provides the main conflict in the film. Marion, a nurse, holds the family together by working as many shifts as she can, which complicates the already strained relationship between her and Lady Bird. Although one of the teaching nuns at Lady Bird’s Catholic high school suggests that Lady Bird loves her home town, Lady Bird deeply feelings she needs to escape to become her own person. Gerwig delicately and precisely explores the difficult relationship between mothers and daughters with a singular cinematic voice in this her directorial debut. Lady Bird is well worth seeing for the carefully crafted humor and pathos and the stunning acting; this A24 release is rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying and runs well paced 93 minute. In theaters now.

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Another Local Restaurant Coming to Florissant Soon

City of Florissant logoBy Carol Arnett

Fresh off the opening of popular chain Raising Cane’s, Florissant will soon have another new major restaurant. Crazy Bowls and Wraps plans to move into the property at 8180 N. Lindbergh, previously a Del Taco.

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Hazelwood Schools’ Annual Performance Report Shows the District Remains Stable

Hazelwood District Performance 2013-2017

Hazelwood District Performance 2013-2017

Hazelwood School District (HSD) continues to be fully accredited. The district’s Annual Performance Report (APR) remains stable with a continued focus on earning accreditation with distinction.

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Stenger Announces Jamestown Mall Site Open House on Nov. 27

jamestownrendering pg 1    St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is inviting all interested parties to attend an Informational Open House regarding the future of the Jamestown Mall site on Monday, Nov. 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christian Hospital’s Northeast Campus, Dietrick Building Atrium, 1133 Dunn Road.

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