An 18 year old from Roache died, after a one car crash in Camden County, this weekend. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Blayne Fryer drove his 2003 Pontiac across the center line on Bollinger Creek Road, about a half mile south of Missouri 7, and struck a tree.
Missouri will receive eight point nine million dollars to try and turn around schools that are not performing up to standards. Only two states in the country will receive money from the School Improvement Grant Program. U-S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says something dramatic needs to be done with persistently low achieving schools. Now, school districts have to apply to the state to get some of the funding.
The City of Eldon Board of Aldermen is already looking ahead to Independence Day. Mayor John Holland says the city staff has met to discuss plans for the celebration. They’ve selected a new site for the fireworks. And, they’ve had several requests from vendors who want to sell fireworks within the city limits. There are currently several fireworks stands outside city limits, and aldermen will discuss a bill that would allow sales within the city at their meeting tomorrow night.
The road construction project on Interstate 44 is progressing. Paving crews have completed about half of the driving lanes for stage two. Expect some lane closures near mile marker 156, today, while they lay down fresh concrete. Traffic is also down to one lane in each direction for bridge work on the Gasconade River Bridge, at mile marker 144. Crews are removing the old bridge deck, this week.
As part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, Lake Regional Cancer Center in Osage Beach’s scheduled a skin cancer screening from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. next Friday, May 13. Space is limited, so appointments are required. Skin cancer accounts for over half of all cancers, making it the most common form of the disease. Lake Regional Oncologist Dr. Michael Wang, says annual screenings are a good way to catch problems when they’re more easily treatable. You should also check your skin at least once a month for new growths, spots, bumps, patches or sores that don’t heal after two or three months. To participate in Lake Regional’s free skin cancer screening, call 573-302-2784 to schedule an appointment.
Security has been stepped-up at Fort Leonard Wood. The base Public Affairs Office says additional security procedures have been enacted in the wake of the recent actions in Pakistan. These are random and may at times cause delays at any of the entry points to the Fort, or at other locations on the installation.
State park officials say the wastewater treatment plant at Public Beach 1 in Lake of the Ozarks State Park could not have contributed to elevated levels of E. coli found in water samples last summer. The beach closed three times last summer, but State Park Director Bill Bryan says there was no correlation between sample results at the beach and those at the wastewater treatment plant outfall. The treatment plant underwent an overhaul last year and will be monitored closely throughout the season, with the first round of testing before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.