A 68 year old Henley man fell asleep at the wheel on Highway 87, just north of Route 54, about 8:30 yesterday morning. He was headed southbound and drove off the left side of the road and hit a culvert. Missouri State Highway Patrol says Arthur Hale had moderate injuries and totaled his Buick.
The city of Stoutland will not get its own gas station. The owner of a liquor store wants to buy a shuttered gas station and sell gas and alcohol, as well as other snacks and beverages. But, he needed a change to the zoning, because the station is within 300 feet of a church. Stoutland city council voted no, with Mayor Della Sage casting the tie breaker against.
Missourians who produce and sell organic products with annual sales of less than $5,000 may be eligible for federal financial and technical assistance even if their operations are not certified organic. But they must apply by May 20. J.R. Flores, state conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), says this is a good time for small-scale, certification-exempt organic producers, as well certified and transitional producers, to take advantage of a program that pays up to $80,000 over six years to help them plan and implement conservation practices for their organic farms or gardens. Flores says funding’s available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). To apply for, or get more information on EQIP and other NRCS programs, contact the NRCS office serving your county, go to http://offices.usda.gov.
The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance public meeting is scheduled 6:30 p.m., May 16 at the Outlook/Truman Dam Visitors Center in Warsaw . Scott Robinett, an Environmental Specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will be there to talk about DNR’s Lake of the Ozarks E. coli Cove Study. Robinette will also have the results of the first four years of the survey and present plans for the upcoming monitoring season.
LOWA Project Manager Caroline Toole will have the latest information on the LOWA 319 grant and the LOWA LILs program.
LOWA LILs are steps lake property owners can take to protect lake water quality. Among the things you can do: using rain
gardens, native plants, vegetated buffer strips, rain barrels, and pervious pavement, to keep rain water pollution from flowing into the lake.
Gravois Arm Sewer District Board Chairman David Taylor’s talking about complaints of foul odors coming from the sewers. Taylor says, “The Department of Natural Resources came out because of anonymous complaints and checked the system and noted there were ‘no odors. We are in full compliance and our numbers meet or exceed the DNR requirements . If anyone has complaints they need to come to the district office and tell us, not the Gravois Mills trustees, they are not in the sewer business. We welcome input, and we will be happy to do whatever is necessary to fix any problems. But there are no problems.
How fast is your Internet? The state will survey about 44,000 people in 75 Missouri counties, including Camden, Laclede, Miller and Morgan, to determine usage, needs and interests in an effort to increase broadband access. Survey recipients will be asked how much they use the Internet and whether they’d interested in having a faster connection. The questionnaires were mailed Monday to people selected at random. They’re due back by May 31. Missouri officials want to make high-speed Internet accessible to 95 percent of all residents by 2014.
A man wanted for murder in Chicago has been arrested in Lebanon. The U.S. Marshals Service says 26-year-old Brandon Jones is accused of killing a man with a baseball bat in February. He was reportedly found hidng under a mattress at a home in the 1200 block of Britney Lane shortly before 7 a.m., with his girlfriend a three small children. He’s being held in the Laclede County Jail, awaiting extradition.