A fire at a Camdenton business Sunday evening left the bathroom of the business damaged. The Camdenton Fire Department was alerted when a fire alarm went off at Bear Market and, upon arrival there was significant smoke but the fire had been contained to the bathroom. The markets sprinkler system was able to help control the fire and keep it from spreading. The bathroom ceiling, as well as the center of Bear Market suffered minor water damage, while the entire market suffered minor smoke damage. The fire started in the bathroom ceiling near the ventilation fan. Multiple units assisted, including Camdenton Police, Camden County Ambulance, Camden County Sheriff’s Department, Mid County Fire Protection District, and the Highway Patrol.
America’s pastime is about to get even more popular in the Lake Area. Construction of a multi-million dollar baseball facility is expected to begin next month, with a groundbreaking ceremony being held on September 21st. The facility, which will be located off Highway 54 near state Highway J outside Camdenton, will include 9 baseball fields, batting cages, a field house, bullpens, and a barbeque restaurant. The facility will host tournaments for teams all over the country and each field will be designed for a specific age group. The plan is for the fields to be read by next year.
The plans for the Macks Creek Park are coming along smoothly. Camden County has approved adding a budget line in their budget so they can receive funding from various sources. Commissioner Greg Hasty says they have been working to make the park completely handicapped accessible.
The idea for the park has been in motion since the Camden County Commission appointed an Advisory Park Board Committee on July 7th.
With two of the, arguably, busiest weekends of the summer still to come, the Shootout and Labor Day, Lake Area fire districts report staying busier this year than years past. The Sunrise Beach District is no different according to Chief Dennis Reilly who says there has been little rest for the weary.
Chief Reilly goes on to say that his district remains busy all year long.
48-52 percent of calls for service in the Sunrise Beach Fire District are for actual fires, whether they are structures or natural cover fires. Chief Reilly says his district, like any other district around the Lake Area, knows that it’s not a matter of “if” but rather “when” the next call will be received.
This year’s tax sales in the Lake Area, and statewide, are history with properties being sold off as a way to try collecting on delinquent taxes. In Camden County, there were 729 properties put up for sale on the courthouse steps with 89 being sold. A majority of the un-sold properties, according to the collector’s office, are smaller lots with association fees attached in the Village of Four Seasons and others described as tent-size in the area around Edwards. The tax sale was more productive in Miller County with 70 of the 110 pieces of property being sold, $40-thousand worth purchased by one individual. The numbers from Morgan County were unavailable.
Good things come to those who wait…it could be a theme for motorists as the Missouri Department of Transportation continues several roadway improvements here in the Lake Area. One of the projects, according to Central District Engineer Bob Lynch, is the re-surfacing of Highway-54 between Osage Beach and Camdenton which is winding down
Another re-surfacing project mainly being done during the daylight hours stretches from Lake Ozark to Eugene. One lane of traffic will be open in each direction until the project is done which should be sometime during the fall.
Health officials now say the number of confirmed Zika cases in Missouri is up to, at least, 21. The virus is transmitted by a couple breeds of mosquitoes not commonly found in the U.S. and spread, mainly, by physical contact involving someone who has visited some areas in South America. Camden County Health Department Administrator Bee Dampier says while the virus is a concern, here in Missouri, we are more likely to contract a more serious virus such as West Nile or other forms of encephalitis.
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are more susceptible to Zika and other viruses. There is no specific treatment for Zika other than rest and staying out of the elements where mosquitoes are generally found. Dampier goes on to say, if you do have to be out in the elements, it’s always best to protect yourself from any mosquitoes with a good repellent.