Several bystanders saved the lives of the passengers inside a burning vehicle Tuesday in Lake Ozark. According to reports, a two car accident on business 54 in front of Menards resulted in three injuries and a vehicle fire. The car burst into flames after being struck in the rear which impacted the gas tank and caused a spark. Bystanders rushed to pull the people out of the fire which officials say caused so much damage to the road that MODOT will have to replace part of it. Motorists were detoured for several hours as police and rescue personnel worked the scene.
The Mayor of Richland was among a number of area officials that attended a hearing on Monday regarding possible job cuts at Fort Leonard Wood. Richland Mayor Lucy Henson joined a number of local leaders including the Mayors of Waynesville, St. Robert, Crocker and Dixon for a hearing of the Missouri House Interim Committee on military impact and sustainability that was held in St. Robert. Many believe the proposed cutbacks at the military base would be devastating to the area’s economy. The Army estimates the base could lose more than five thousand civilian and military positions by 2020 if the proposed cuts are approved.
A fire that consumed a vehicle caused a long delay for motorist late Tuesday afternoon. According to the Lake Ozark Police Department, a vehicle caught on fire on business 54 in front of Menards. All of the passengers were able to escape the vehicle before it burned completely. Motorists where forced to go around the incident through the Eagles Landing complex or other routes until Police and Fire fighters were able to put the fire out and clear the scene several hours later. No other information is available at this time.
The Village of Sunrise Beach is celebrating after the Department of Natural Resources not only approved their requests for a Grant and a Loan, but increased the Grant amount for the water project. MDNR’s revolving fund Grant was increased from $564,479 to $920,697. The Grant is 75% of the project cost and the 25%, that totals $230,175, will be funded by the Loan. The DNR split the project into two phases because a few sections of the project were not within the city limits. Now that the deal has been completed, the city can go ahead with the annexation of the Castle Gardens and Lucky Strike subdivisions.
Its Shootout week and thousands of visitors and racers are preparing for what is one of the biggest events of the season for the Lake of the Ozarks. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says they’re ready to help traffic on highway 5
Franklin says visitors should pay close attention to the signs directing where to park and avoid walking on highway 5 to Captain Rons. Instead he recommends taking the shuttles that are free for those who park in the designated parking locations.
Franklin says the department not only helps with traffic flow up and down north 5, but also assists with flow of traffic in and out of Captain Ron’s as well. The official parking locations for the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Vendor Village at Captain Ron’s can be found by visiting http://lakeoftheozarksshootout.org
Students in the Camdenton school district started school on Tuesday. Superintendent of schools Dr. Tim Hadfield says they’re starting this year off with some improvements in the schools including security systems
Students in some area schools will also start this week while other students started last week. A rush for back to school shopping was felt all across the Lake area this past weekend with stores reporting decent sales of school supplies.
The Benton County Commission recently approved hiring a full time jailer for the Benton County Jail in Warsaw. Previously, Sheriff Rick Fajen had been searching for someone to fill in the part time position but at the most recent Commissioners meeting he requested a full time jailer instead. The Commission also discussed the option of leasing some equipment for the road district but elected to hold off until the next meeting to gather more information. Finally the E-911 director submitted to the commission that she will be opening up bids for a camera and security system replacement, which is set to start on the 25th of this month.