A Look Around The Tri-Lakes: December 9, 2016

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BRANSON, Mo. – This week the RFD Theater in Branson, a venue built by comedian Ray Stevens in 1991, sold at auction for $3.2-million.

The 2000-seat theater is located at the end of the strip, at the corner of Highway 76 and Shepherd of the Hills Expressway.

The group who purchased the theater is the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. The company currently operates the Hatfield & McCoy Family Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The new owners haven’t tipped their hand yet regarding future plans, but Branson Mayor Karen Best says it’s good to see an old theater come back to life.

“I’ve seen plans for a couple different ideas,” she says, “We will see what direction they head, but I know whatever they do it’s going to be a quality show and bring a lot of new tourists to town.”

In a press release the company said it has long-term plans that include major renovations. However, those plans may be delayed due to the recent wildfires in Pigeon Forge

BRANSON, Mo. – The Branson Gondola project took another step forward Thursday.

The Branson Board of Alderman approved the first reading of a memorandum of understanding with the project’s investors.

The agreement would provide protection for backers from similar projects coming to town during the development phases.

The air-transit system would stretch from The Landing to Silver Dollar City and is expected to cost around $200-million.

The memorandum will go for a second and third reading next week.

LITTLE ROCK, Ar. – An Arkansas lawmaker wants to ban the use of cells phones and other electronic devices in public schools.

State Representative, Kim Hendren, from Benton County says it’s time for students to disconnect.

He’s proposing students turn in all portable electronic devices at the beginning of the day to be kept in a secure area and picked at the end of school.

Hendren says it’s a step toward respecting authority.        

The bill would allow each district to decide whether to allow a student to use their cell phone in the case of an emergency.

Hendren says he is willing to consider changes to his bill to make it more workable. 

Parents argue that handing all those cell phones back to kids at the end of the day would take too much time.

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