Co-Mo Electric is preparing to celebrate 75 years of operation. The official celebration will take place at its annual meeting in May. CEO and General Manager Ken Johnson says this is an exciting time to be part of the cooperative and adds that to be able to look back and see where they’ve been makes it all the more exciting to look ahead and see where they’re going. In preparation for the event, the Cooperative has compiled a history book that will be given away at no cost to members who register at the meeting. The book delves into the origin of the cooperative and the struggles it faced to become one of the most technologically advanced cooperatives in the country. Co-Mo Electric was founded in 1939 and provides service to customers across central Missouri. Its service area comprises approximately 23-hundred square miles.
Governor Jay Nixon has signed the first bill of the 2014 legislative session. Under House Bill 1125, candidates who cannot file their paperwork in person due to a physical disability or military deployment can now send someone do so on their behalf. The measure passed both chambers without a single dissenting vote. The bill became law as soon as the Governor signed it and applies to candidates who file beginning February 25th.
The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri chapter is providing assistance to a Montreal family that lost their home in a fire this week. Camden county volunteers met with the family yesterday (Wednesday) and provided financial assistance for them to meet their immediate emergency needs with the purchase of food. Family members also received comfort kits which contain personal hygiene items. The family, which consists of three adults and two children, were not injured in the fire and are now staying with relatives.
A Lebanon R-3 bus driver and two monitors have been suspended after a pre-school student was left on a bus alone for nearly two hours. A pre-school student was suppose to be dropped off at Esther Elementary yesterday (Wednesday) for the afternoon pre-school session. However, the child fell asleep and remained on the bus after it had been parked at the transfer station. School superintendent Dr. Duane Widhalm says the district’s procedure was not followed in the way staff have been trained and there is no excuse for not following procedure. He adds this should have never happened.
A camdenton woman who is accused of slashing the throat of her 9 month old baby has seen a judge set aside her Alford plea. A psychiatrist’s testimony yesterday (Wednesday) in court convinced the judge to set aside the plea entered by Bradie Simpson. The doctor said she was suffering from a mental disease at the time of the alleged attack. Bradie Simpson was accused of attacking her 9 month old baby in Camden county back in February of 2012. The child survived and was later found along with Simpson in a wooded area behind their home. By trying to use an Alford plea, Simpson was admitting prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her, but she still maintains her innocence.