Governor Greitens has released a list of principles to base his proposed tax plan on. Over the coming weeks the Governor says the detailed plans of how to accomplish his goals will come into view. Greitens has pledged to cut taxes for more than 97% of state residents, including anyone earning more than $9,072 a year. He says under his plan, at least 380,000 state residents will pay no taxes at all.
Local farmers that suffered effects of drought conditions have some remedy available to them. The USDA has announced that they’re accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program from farmers and ranchers in Camden, Pulaski, and Laclede counties. It’s a cost-share assistance program that helps in cases where water availability for livestock, orchards, and vineyards is low that they may not survive without help. The available funds can be used for installing pipelines for livestock water or irrigation systems, constructing and deepening wells, and other projects. For more information call 417-532-5741.
The case of an Osage Beach man accused of firing two shots at a Camden County deputy in September has taken an unusual twist in the courtroom. Bradford Prugh had been charged with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree assault in connection to the incident which happened off Route-KK. Prugh was accused of firing shots in the direction of the deputy despite the deputy, reportedly, identifying himself as law enforcement. Prugh claimed that he had had problems with trespassers and was only firing warning shots. Following a court date last week, according to Prosecuting Attorney Heather Miller, the case is now officially out of the jurisdiction of the courtroom. In exchange for the case to be kept from going in front of a jury, Prugh has, apparently, entered into an agreement to abide by certain conditions described as being in the best interest of the safety of law enforcement and the community. Any violations of the conditions could put the case, which is still considered active according to Miller, back into the courtroom.
A shoplifting report at an area retailer spells trouble for a Russellville man who found himself booked into the Miller County Jail. Lake Ozark Police say the report was received Sunday evening and, upon arrival at Menards, it was determined that the suspect had fled the store with several items. An officer was able to pull the suspect over a short time later on eastbound Hwy. 54 and recover two knives, flashlights, hand warmers and other tools allegedly taken from the store. A subsequent search of the vehicle also revealed a rifle and a container with an undisclosed amount of a substance that field-tested positive to be methamphetamine. Taken into custody was 59-year-old Bradley Hodler. Hodler is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a weapon while in possession of a controlled substance. He also faces misdemeanor charges of stealing and driving revoked. Hodler is free after posting a $30-thousand bond.
The Osage Beach Fire Protection District will have a levy increase on the ballot in April. They’re looking to raise their operating levy by 15 cents. A similar request was defeated by voters in 2015. The additional funding will be used for personnel, and in part, for training, including the cost of building a training tower.
Missouri hunters bagged nearly 300,000 deer during the 2017-18 seasons. The Department of Conservation reports a preliminary harvest total of 283,940. That total included 135,891 antlered bucks. 51,722 deer were taken during archery season, including over 19,000 taken with crossbows.
Camden – 3586
Miller – 3086
Morgan – 3924
There were five hunting-related shootings. Three were self-inflicted, while two involved hunters shooting other hunters. None were fatal.
Missouri’s unemployment rate for December was 3.5%. The seasonally-adjusted rate is more is more than half a percent lower than the national rate. That marks the 34th consecutive month that the state’s rate has been below the national figure. The private sector lost 300 jobs in December. Over the last year construction jobs have decreased by 8800 while manufacturing jobs rose by 7200. The largest growth sector was professional & business services, which added 13,000 jobs.