The definition of news must be different in Branson than it is in the rest of the country.
Considering the national reputation of Kanakuk Kamps, the news that one of the people most associaed with the Christian sports camp, in fact, the man who was pretty much the face of the venture for the last several years, was charged with felony sex crimes involving underage male campers, would seem to be destined to be a front page staple for the local newspaper.
That has not been the case.
As I have noted in earlier posts, the Branson Daily News online edition has mentioned Pete Newman's arrest only once...several days after it had been reported by other media outlets, and has not had a word about it since.
That includes coverage of Thursday's hearing, in which Newman failed to show on time, and a warrant was issued for his arrest, and later after he came in 14 minutes late, bail was set at a higher amount and he spent several hours in lockup.
The Branson Daily News website has a link for "breaking news," but that page has been empty for a long time. When the content on the page was updated sometime yesterday or today, there was no mention of Pete Newman.
I would be interested in hearing from the publisher and editor just why this news story has been virtually ignored. Of course, that would require mentioning it in the newspaper, so I won't hold my breath waiting.
(Randy Turner's new book, Newspaper Days, is available at Amazon.com.)