Laurie Board Approves Pay Raise Increases

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The Laurie Board of Aldermen approved a pay raise increase for four employees during a closed session meeting on Tuesday. The employees who received the pay increases were public works employees Dean Smith, Brian Scheiter and Larry Westfall, as well as Assistant City Clerk Barb Cameron. The board also approved moving Smith from the Maintenance Department to the Water and Sewer Department. Even with the pay raises, the city will save approximately $40,000 annually due to the recent elimination of the public works director position, and the reorganization of employee responsibilities. In other business, the board approved the mayor’s appointment of Doug Mattenlee, resident of Wellington Woods subdivision, to the Laurie Planning and Zoning Commission. Mattenlee will replace Chris Jackson whose term is expiring. The next meeting of the Laurie Board of Aldermen is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Laurie City Hall.

Officials Say Snakebite Death Is Rare

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Missouri conservation officials say the death of a Missouri man this week is only the state’s third recorded fatality from a copperhead snake bite. Timothy Levins died Tuesday evening after being bitten by a copperhead he had picked up after pointing it out to his son at a cabin. Conservation officials said copperhead bites usually aren’t fatal because the venom isn’t as strong as that of other snakes. Also Camden County Conservation Agent Derek Warnke told us most of the snakes you will encounter here at the lake are non poisonous.

Nearly 100 people are bitten by snakes each year in Missouri, and about 25 percent of those are non-venomous. Most bite victims are men in their 20s who were bitten while trying to pick up or kill the snake.

Summer Roadwork Continues In Lake Area

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More summer roadwork will be taking place around the lake over the next two weeks. In Miller County MODOT will be continuing roadway maintenance on Business Route 54 between Route W and Bagnell Dam and also on Route H between Jim Henry Road and the end of state maintenance. The projects are scheduled for completion by the end of the month. In Camden County roadway resurfacing will take place on Route KK between Route 54 and Osage Beach Parkway. Route 7 will also see roadway resurfacing continue between Route 5 and Route 65. In all work zones one lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Pedestrian Killed In Benton County Accident

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One pedestrian is dead after a late night accident in Benton County on Friday. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 23 year old Mercade Jones was killed when she was struck with the left front end of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt that was trying to avoid Jones who was in the lane of traffic on southbound US 65. The Chevy went off the left side of the road into the trees and came to a rest while Jones was launched into the northbound lanes of traffic where she was then struck by a second vehicle, a 2006 GMC. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene by the Benton County Coroner and one of the drivers received minor injuries and was transported to Citizens Memorial in Bolivar.

Vehicle Rams The Butcher Shop

Accident at the Butcher Shop, Photo from their Facebook page

Accident at the Butcher Shop, Photo from their Facebook page

According to news tip, someone driving a Toyota drove straight into the front doors at The Butcher’s Shop in Camdenton on Friday Morning leaving significant damage to the vehicle and the building. No serious structural damage was done to the building but the big shelves in the front where shoved to the back wall. No injuries where reported but a few individuals where checked by the ambulance crew. Shortly afterwards the building was reopened for business.

Camden County Commission Gets Heated

3734571-Camden_County_Courthouse_Camdenton_Missouri_CamdentonAt the most recent meeting of the Camden County Commission, things got a tad bit heated to say the least. Plans on the agenda called for a conversation on the fees paid by local business owner Theresa Townsend, who has had issues with this commission for quite some time now on a project she wanted to build at her business. During a discussion with Ms. Townsend, things got way out of hand

After that Presiding Commissioner Kris Frankin and 2nd District Commissioner Cliff Luber had at it out over viewing of emails

Then over Frankin advocating for a resident

The Commissioners continued to argue with one another for the remainder of the meeting over other items. This comes after the Prewitt Development was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission, to which a lawsuit has been threatened for such action that according to Camden County Law is not allowed to even happen after a 60 day waiting period which had already passed at the time. The full 40 minute meeting is available for listening by visiting http://camdenmo.org/min2012/July%2010,%202014.mp3

Business Owners Arrested On Federal Drug Charges

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Former Hippie Spirit Logo, Image from Google Images

A long term investigation by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group and several federal agencies has led to the arrest of 28 people including the owners of a Camden County business. Brett and Sheri Beeman owners of Hippie Spirit were arrested on federal charges connected to the importation, manufacture and nationwide sale of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The investigation started in 2012 when local law enforcement executed a search warrant at the location of the business. Officers recovered 754 packages of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia used in the distribution and consumption of controlled substances.