Tomorrow is Flag Day. This year, a fallen soldier from the Civil War will be honored at the ceremony at the Kenneth E Cowan Civic Center. The Fallen Warriors Memorial is on the upper level of the Civic Center grounds. It’s there that the event begins tomorrow, at 10am. John Peterson will be honored for his sacrifice. He died at Wilson Creek Battlefield. Before the war, he and his wife lived near Arlington. He worked construction for the railroad. And, three of his five children were born in Missouri.
The Camdenton Board of Education meets today and will get information about the 2011 2012 School Budget, in preparation for a final vote on the spending plan, later this month. Board members will get an update on the health insurance plan for employees, including a wellness plan program. And, Jeff Whitney will review the District’s first year of student drug testing. The meeting starts at 5:30 in the Administration Building Board Room.
A suspended member of the Osage Beach Police Department will face a jury in December. The trial date was set for Lieutenant Richard Calvino, who is charged with felony sexual abuse and sodomy with a minor in the 1980s. The woman, who babysat for Calvino’s children, says the abuse first started when she was 11.
Lake Regional Cancer Center is hosting a reunion for any area cancer survivor and their family members, today, from four to six. Anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer is also invited to the gathering. There will be refreshments and a display from Oncology on Canvas, Expressions of a Cancer Journey.
The U-S Department of Agriculture has designated 23 counties as primary natural disaster areas, including Camden, Laclede and Pulaski. In each of the counties, there was 30 percent or more crop loss, after historic flooding along with excessive rain and high winds. Farmers and ranchers in Benton, Miller and Morgan counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, because the counties are contiguous. Those affected have eight months to apply for low interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to help cover part of the actual losses.
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer is encouraging everyone who lives along an area that could flood, later this summer, to be prepared for the possibility that they may have to leave their home. Luetkemeyer says he’s heard between 12 and 50 levees in Missouri could be breached, depending on the severity of flooding. Key ways to prepare include: copy and store important documents in a waterproof bag or container. Take some pictures, for comparison purposes. After a flood, enter structures with caution. Throw out all food, drinks and medicine exposed to flood water, including canned goods. Take pictures.
Gas prices keep dropping, and the Lake Area has some of the lowest prices in the country: The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular has dropped about 17 cents over the past three weeks, according to oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg, who says “The majority of cities we surveyed are already below four dollars.” They’re well below that in the Lake Area, where prices over the weekend were found as low as $3.46/gallon for unleaded regular. That’s just pennies above the price in Jackson, Mississippi, the city with the nation’s lowest average price for gas price, $3.41. Chicago has the highest, $4.29. The nationwide average is $3.74 a gallon.