A letter from State Representative Diane Franklin to the State education commissioner regarding transgender bathrooms in school is requesting they reject new mandates from the Obama administration. Franklin called the new Obama Administration guidelines a passive threat to punish schools that do not follow the new interpretation. She also baulked at the idea that a person’s sex is assigned at birth, arguing sexual identity or biological sex is a natural occurrence before birth. Franklin wants the state education commissioner to disregard any potential unfounded consequence until this new interpretation of the law is constitutionally verified.
Growth in the economy is happening all over the lake area, and Camdenton is no exception. Camdenton City administrator Jeff Hancock reports to KRMS news that construction valuation for the month of April saw an increase of nearly 236 percent over the same month last year. Hancock also noted that all easements for the Highway 54 sidewalk projects have now been received and will be sent to Missouri’s Department of Transportation. Once approved, the work will require approximately 4 weeks to complete. The work on the city tennis courts have been delayed due to persistent rain, but should be on track soon.
Several events in the Osage Beach area will be receiving funding from the City. Osage Beach City of Aldermen have designated $10,000 this year to help fund events like the Bikefest, Festival of Speed, Firefighter Combat Challenge and the Can Am Police and Fire games. The city is hoping that this investment in these events will pay off in the form of boosted economic activity in the city. These events draw thousands to the Lake Area and the city wants to see great success and a boost in the economy.
A Camdenton man charged with first degree murder has his May jury trial date rescheduled to late November. 53 year old David Smith was charged with first degree murder of Shawn Spencer in an alleged shooting that took place in April 2006. The case went cold, and it took nearly a year before Spencer was listed as a missing person. In 2011 the case was revisited by a Camden County Detective. After further investigation eyewitnesses came forward with details of the shooting and the disposing of the body and cover up of the evidence. The trial is set for November 28th at the Camden County Courthouse.
A 29 year old Grain Valley, MO resident is spending some time in Jail for boating while intoxicated on Lake of the Ozarks. This weekend the water patrol saw more boat traffic on the Lake, and along with that, they are seeing more drinking and boating. 29 year old James Beard was pilled over for displaying his boat lights other than prescribed, and after investigation he was charged with Boating while Intoxicated and operating a vessel without a boater safety identification card on board. Beard is held on no bond in the Camden County Jail.
If you’ve stopped for gas lately, you’ve probably noticed a price jump. The National average of regular, unleaded gas as of today is about $2.23. This is still 50 cents less than this time last year. The reason for the jump is seasonal increases in fuel demand, reduced production as refineries undergo maintenance. Mid Missouri still has some of the nation’s lowest gas prices. Experts are hopeful of a reduction in the price of gasoline for the summer season.
Sheriff Dwight Franklin, on behalf of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association presented the John Dennis Scholarship to a School of the Osage Senior, Courtney Grasshoff. On Thursday Sheriff Franklin was in attendance at the School of the Osage senior awards ceremony, where Grasshoff was awarded the $1,000 scholarship. The John Dennis Scholarship is awarded to sixteen college-bound Missouri High school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or University. Congratulations to Courtney Grasshoff and all of our area graduating seniors.