Tornado Safe Room Constuction Has Begun For The Eldon School District

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Construction of a new early learning center and tornado safe room for the Eldon School District will soon get underway.  The District’s School Board has awarded a two million dollar contract to GBH Builders to complete the project.  Work is scheduled to begin in late may and is expected to be completed in February.  School Superintendent Matt Davis says the tornado safe room will be a welcome addition to the district as student safety continues to be a top priority for the district.

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Earlier this month voters approved a no tax increase bond issue that will help provide the funds necessary to complete the proposed project as well as the installation of safety upgrades throughout the district.

Search Continues For New Camden County Planning and Zoning Administrator

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The search continues for a new Camden County Planning and Zoning Administrator following Don Hathaway’s resignation last month.  The county has received ten applications up to this point and the commission’s sub-committee will be reviewing résumé’s submitted by qualified candidates in early may.  Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken is currently serving as acting administrator until the position is filled.

Camdenton Accident Involving Car and Motorcycle

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A Camdenton man received serious injuries following a two vehicle accident yesterday in Camden County.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a motorcycle driven by 48 year old Richard Williams crested a hill, began to skid and then overturned striking a car driven by 25 year old Elizabeth Arnall of Camdenton.  Williams was seriously injured and taken to university hospital for treatment.  The accident occurred on route “D” about a mile south of Tunnel Dam Road.

Litton Trial Rescheduled

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A Morgan County woman accused of helping her boyfriend kill her three year old son in 2012 won’t be going to trial next week as originally planned.  28 year old Jamie Litton was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Lebanon, however, the trial has been rescheduled for December 8th.  Litton and her boyfriend 23 year old Thomas Presley are charged with first degree murder and abuse of a child resulting in the death.  Both are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole.  A trial date for Presley, whose case was moved to Cass County, near Kansas City has not yet been scheduled.

Motorcyclists Fight State Helmet Law

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With the warmer temperatures, lake area residents are sure to see more motorcycles on the highways.  And they might soon notice something different about some of the riders…no helmets. The Missouri House of Representatives has given first round approval to a proposal that would allow motorcyclists to ride without a helmet if they’re at least 21 years old. Andy Nockunas is the President of Fishers of Men, the Local Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association.  He says he has mixed feelings about the proposed bill.

Many motorcyclists like Nockunas believe the use of a helmet should be left up to the rider and not the government.  The helmet bill needs one more house vote before moving to the senate.

Mid-Year Spending Bill Has Been Signed By Governor Nixon

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A mid-year spending bill has been signed by Governor Jay Nixon.  The supplemental budget signed into law yesterday will move $69-million dollars to the State Medicaid program to offset a shortfall in Missouri’s settlement payments from tobacco companies.  It also includes an additional $3-million dollars to help low income people pay utility bills and $2-million dollars to help an unaccredited St. Louis County School District.  The bill also provides additional funding for public schools and colleges through June 30th to make up for shortfalls in gambling and lottery revenues.

Efforts By Lawmakers To Impeach Governor Nixon Continue

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Efforts by some lawmakers to impeach Governor Jay Nixon continue at the State Capital.  A republican led house committee began hearings yesterday on three separate proposals to impeach the governor.  The State Representatives who wrote the proposals say they want to impeach Nixon for his stance on gay couples filing joint tax returns, his delay in filling open legislative seats through a special election and his refusal to fire state officials involved with the department of revenue’s decision last year to scan driver’s license applicants’ personal documents into a computer system.  Governor Nixon has called the hearings “some sort of show.”