A concrete truck caused the closure of State Route 5 North, about 10:30am yesterday. The driver, from Scott’s Concrete swerved into the ditch to avoid hitting a backup of cars trying to turn left. The truck overturned, and it took three tow trucks from Bledsoe’s in Camdenton to right it. The driver was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.
Lebanon City Council has a new budget for the next fiscal year. It passed, Monday night, with a vote of 6-2. There was one last public hearing for budget concerns at the beginning of the meeting. The councilmen who voted against the spending plan were Brian Anthony from Ward 3 and Robert Finley from Ward 4. They both said they did not like the transfer of 200-thousand dollars from Fund 21 Capital Improvements to be used to buy land for the Floyd W. Jones Memorial Airport Expansion Project.
Governor Jay Nixon has asked that the White House declare an emergency for the state of Missouri, based on unprecedented flooding along the northern Missouri River system. Flooding from rain, snow pack melting and releases of water from reservoirs is predicted to affect every county along the river. Nixon asked for federal assistance for work and services to save lives and property, referring to community evacuations in Holt and Platte counties, and even flash flooding in Moniteau.
Fort Leonard Wood resident, Mandy Mickem, has published a new children’s book. Puffy, Squiggy and the Chance of a Flu Shot is intended to help kids prepare for that annual inoculation. She will be signing her book at the Giddy Goat Coffee House on 11th Street in Rolla on July 9th.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a 72 year old Clinton woman was hurt in a two car accident in Camden County, yesterday. About 5:30pm, 30 year old Heather Jackson was trying to make a left hand turn off State Route 5, just south of Twin Rivers Road. 74 year old Robert Brandon was driving north bound and rear ended her car, injuring his passenger, Gayle Brandon, who was taken to Lake Regional Hospital.
Local police departments say they’re getting more and more reports of vehicle accidents with deer. Most of them take place at dawn and dusk, when the deer are active. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources urges caution, when driving. This time of year, young deer, whose mother’s have new fawns, are venturing out of their home territories for the first time. Troopers suggest watching road shoulders closely and giving the horn a blast, if you see one by the side of the road.
Horseshoe Bend residents get a face to face with the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. CCSD’s hosting its’ third community meeting of the year as part of a new campaign to communicate with county citizens. The meeting’s 6:30 Thursday evening at the Property Owners Association (POA) Activity Center on Horseshoe Bend Parkway. Lt. Kelly Lutrell says the department will have information about the budget, crime stats, jail information, patrol information. Horseshoe Bend and Village residents will soon see a new face patrolling the area. Jeff Morgan, who’s been the CCSD zone supervisor for The Bend, is moving back to the Camdenton office. Shawn Gerdiman is his replacement.