BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - A Branson attraction will end a 54-year run this month when "The Shepherd of the Hills" is performed for the last time this month.
The owners of Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre said Wednesday the play's last performance will take place October 19th. The outdoor drama was first staged in 1960.
Each production involves more than 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep and the burning of a cabin. The play is based on Harold Bell Wright's 1907 book about coming to the Ozarks homestead where the drama is set.
The owners cited declining attendance, rising costs and the federal health care overhaul as reasons for the closing. Summer tours of Old Matt's Cabin, which is on the National Registry of Historic Places, will continue to be offered.
With their first Central Division title since 2009, and the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals have home field advantage when the National League Division Series starts Thursday. The Cardinals will take on familiar rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium.
Fans are expected to flock to downtown St. Louis for a pregame pep rally on the Ballpark Village parking lot. That gets underway at 1:00 p.m. The rally will feature appearances by former Cardinal pitcher Andy Benes, Fredbird, the Budweiser Clydesdales and the 2011 World Series Trophy.
The Busch Stadium gates open at 2:00 p.m. And the game gets underway about 4:00.
This is the team's tenth appearance in the postseason since 2000.
A metro-east nursing home will appeal a citation by the state license authority over it's handling of a resident who refused to submit to a fingerprint background check.
The Illinois Department of Public Health Wednesday ruled that the staff at the Lebanon Care Center acted improperly when they left 56 year old Thomas Hearty sitting in his wheelchair outside the Flying J truck stop in Alorton.
Nursing home officials told the Belleville News-Democrat that they couldn't legally admit him without the background check and Hearty had asked them to take him to the truck stop because it was near a relative's home.
Hearty eventually agreed to the background check and was admitted to the Lebanon, Illinois nursing home.
Petersen Health Care, which owns the nursing home, plans to appeal the health department's citation.