The kidnapping and murder of a girl who was playing with her sister and friends in a park in Golden City shocked the Ozarks in 2013.   The death of businessman and philanthropist John Q. Hammons of Springfield on the night before Memorial Day was a close second in the list of the top stories of the year in the Ozarks.

Adriaunna Horton

Adrianna Horton (above), 12, was snatched from a park in Golden City, raped and murdered, on the day that school started in August.  A parole-violating former employee of her father is back in prison until a jury decides his fate.

Body of John Q. Hammons is buried near parents in Fairview

Hammons (above) gave up small town coaching for a lifetime of building big.  His projects changed Springfield's skyline.  By the time he died at age 94, he had developed entire subdivisions, shopping centers and a major hotel chain all around the country.

After a two-year drought, summer rains came in torrents.  A cloudburst over downtown Waynesville drowned a 4-year-old boy and his mother.  It also damaged or destroyed about 100 homes and businesses, damaged roads, and closed Interstate 44 near Jerome, between Rolla and Waynesville, for a time.  The same storm dumped a foot of water on Hollister, sweeping away homes.

Investigators say anti-freeze was the weapon in the cold blooded murders of a father and his son from Springfield.  The same substance nearly killed one of his daughters.  The man’s wife, Diane Staudt, a registered nurse, and her daughter, Rachel, who smiled through court appearances, could go on trial this year.

Shepherd of the Hills

After 50 years, the curtain dropped on the story that started it all.  The Shepherd of the Hills outdoor play (above) is now just a memory for generations who came to Branson to see the Ozarks soap opera portrayed by live actors.

Dribblers, swimmers and divers made Drury University and the Ozarks proud as the men's basketball and swim teams racked up national championships.

After winning the World Series in 2011, Cardinal Nation was ready for a repeat from the Redbirds.  The Boston Red Sox had the power hitting to deny St. Louis the crown, however.

The Ozark Empire Fair was more fun for those who wanted to enjoy a cool one.  Sixty years of prohibition ended with no incidents or accidents.

Twists and turns at 87 miles per hour on the second largest wooden roller coaster in the world, Outlaw Run (above), brought 87,000 extra visitors to Silver Dollar City in 2013.

KY3 marked 60 years on the air by Celebrating the Ozarks on the road where you live.  We realized again we're not just a TV station anymore with hundreds of thousands of you watching us and our website on your smartphones and desktops around the clock.


Here are links to our past stories about the top news items of the year, more or less in chronological order.   Videographer Tom Schultheis compiled the list of events and edited the two video pieces: Part 1 and Part 2.

CoxHealth completes partnership with Skaggs Hospital in Branson

Lawsuit ties up proposed Walmart store just south of downtown Springfield

Two runaway teens from boys ranch are charged with murders of couple near Lampe

Springfield police officers kill man who fired shots at them (Feb. 22); prosecutor says shooting was justified (Dec. 31)

Mother, two children die in fire; children were stabbed and strangled first

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Springfield

Car thief drives away with children in back seat in Springfield

Republic High School boys win state basketball championship