The State unemployment rate dropped slightly last month according to a new report. The State Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday showing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 6.5 percent in July to 6.3 percent in August. The rate for August was also down from 6.6 percent for the same month last year. The seasonally adjusted workforce of more than three million people also grew by about a thousand last month.
Other items approved in the veto session include allowing captive deer to be deemed livestock as well as women wanting to have an abortion will now have to wait 72 hours before they can proceed.
A brother and sister whose murder trial was to be held this week in Camden County have taken a plea deal and are now headed to prison. Garland and Mandy Mitchell both entered guilty pleas on reduced charges for drugs in last year’s deaths of Fred and Carol Wilson in Morgan County. Prosecutors say the Mitchell’s drove to the couple’s home south of Versailles in February of 2013 looking for prescription drugs. Garland Mitchell was sentenced to 8 years while Mandy Mitchell received 12 years in prison. A third defendant in the case, 44 year old Derrell Spellmeyer from Eldon pled guilty to second degree murder and armed criminal action back in June and received two life sentences.
The Village of Four Seasons is reaching out to their residents to oppose the proposed zoning changes that the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission could decide on at their upcoming meeting Wednesday evening. At the Trustee’s meeting, Village President Arnold Sandbothe indicated he will attend the meeting and asked for more to be there. Previously the Village submitted several letters indicating the plans that Gary Prewitt has put in place for a convenience store and housing is damaging to the community. Some have argued that the Planning and Zoning Commission should not be hearing the case, rather the Board of Adjustments should due to Camden County Law since P&Z approved the plans already once before. The attorney for Prewitt has indicated they will file a suit if this does not go through.
The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees recently made the decision to keep the status quo in regards to the tax increment financing district at Sunrise Beach Market Center. The board decided to stay with the pay-as-you-go system rather than issue public bonds. According to state statute, a “TIF” district allows a portion of future taxes generated by a designated development to pay for certain project costs. In regards to the sunrise beach market center “TIF” would fund site development or excavation costs and professional fees.
Franklin says his department also investigated a false report of an armed robbery at Woods Supermarket in Sunrise Beach on Friday that has since been turned over to the Village’s Police Department for further investigation. Franklin says his deputies have handled a number of calls including some that you just don’t come across very often.
Franklin says he’s pleased with the performance of his department as it continues to handle a variety of calls.
Reaction continues to come in following last month’s defeat of the three quarter cent sales tax amendment for transportation. MODOT area engineer Bob Lynch explains the impact this will have on current and future projects.
Lynch says new projects that expand the current system such as interchanges and additional lanes will be few and far between until a new funding source is found.