The Camden County Sheriff’s office is reporting the Niangua bridge on north highway 5 will be closed for several hours due to a fatal, multiple vehicle accident. Sheriff’s Deputies, the Highway Patrol and Mid-County Fire are on the scene. The Missouri Department Of Transportation is reporting both lanes are blocked and motorists traveling southbound on Route 5 should take Route 7 to Route “J” to Route 54. Motorists driving northbound on Route 5 should detour around the closure via Route 54 to Route “J” to Route 7. Tractor trailer trucks should also avoid the area. Southbound trucks should detour to Route 5 to Route 52 thru Eldon to Route 54. Northbound trucks should detour via Route 54 to Route 52 thru Eldon to Route 5.
A woman who was missing for the past few days in Camden County has been found. Late Tuesday evening, a private citizen contacted the Camden County Sheriff’s office about a woman he had found west of the original search area near Montreal. The Sheriff’s office went to the remote area that was heavily wooded to find 54 year old Kathleen Rogers. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says it was a tough rescue due to the terrain:
Rogers was alive when officers arrived and is currently recovering in a local hospital. Officers from Camden County, Osage Beach Fire and Ambulance assisted in the rescue.
The trial of a local woman who allegedly confessed to an unsolved murder in Camden County over nine years ago has been delayed without reason. 36 year old Clara Rector was scheduled to go on trial Monday for the 2004 murder of 48 year old Tommy Hope. Rector was originally questioned in the case prior to her confession but police were unable to link her to the crime at that time. Rector is being held without bond in the Camden County jail. The court has not said what caused the delay.
At Monday’s meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments it was announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had accepted the hazard mitigation plans the council had been working on for the Laclede County area. Planner Andy Draper says they’re very excited to see that get into motion:
Draper says this was the second revision to the plan:
Draper says they’re going to start working on the hazard mitigation plans for Camden County closer to August. At the meeting a staff member from Senator Mike Kehoe’s office attended the meeting to update the board on the plans for the August 5 ballot decision for Amendment 7, the question to raise a sales tax for transportation projects.
Congress woman Vicky Hartzler who represents the 4th congressional district serving the Lake of the Ozarks region was in town this past weekend visiting the Laclede Electric Cooperative. Hartzler visited the co-op to learn more about the power grid reliability in our region and what impact the new E.P.A. rules could have on the Cooperative and it’s members. Several members of the co-ops across the state also attended the meeting to inform Hartzler of their worries about the new E.P.A. standards that could make coal powered electric extremely difficult to produce without major costs. The majority of the electricity produced in Missouri is powered by coal plants.
At the most recent meeting of the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council, members of the board debated heavily on the issue of an economic study. According to the board, the last economic study on the region was several years ago before the crash of the economy and has said our area should already be like Springfield. It was discussed by the superintendents of the area schools that housing is becoming a serious issue. In some areas, people are not moving to the lake to become full time due to drastic differences in costs of housing. An agency that does area economic studies had given the board an estimate in what it would cost to do a study and the board is looking at hiring the firm to do the study to see where the lake needs to go next. L.O.R.D.E.C is considering paying for some of the costs but will also discuss involving the cities of the lake to cover some of the costs as well. They decided to gather more information and will discuss it at the next meeting.
The Missouri Veteran’s Commission has opened a new location at the Lake of the Ozarks. Originally Veterans had to choose between driving to Eldon or Lebanon, but now the commission has opened a new location in Osage Beach. According to Daniel Bell, the public information officer for the M.V.C., they closed the Eldon location and relocated to the Osage Beach city hall under a lease with the city to make it easier for Veterans in the lake area to find out what benefits they are entitled to but may not be getting. Bell says the service officer Gerry Hodge is in charge and you don’t need to setup an appointment to see him
The service officer will be at the new location Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm and Veterans are asked to call 573-348-2641 for more details or visit the MO Vets Commission at http://mvc.dps.mo.gov