Former STL Cardinals Pitcher Al Hrabosky signing autographs Saturday 1-3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods

It’s finally here; the grand opening of Dick’s sporting goods in Osage Beach. This is the first of its kind of store to open in the area and they’re going all out to celebrate with the community. According to the Marketing Manager at Dick’s, Eric Marshall, they are giving away gift cards and will have a special someone signing autographs

Marshall on Cardinals TV Broadcaster signing autographs

You need to be one of the 350 that get a wristband in order to get the autograph and you can do that by going to Dick’s starting at 8AM. They will start a line at noon and Al Hrabosky will be signing autographs between 1 and 3pm. They will have cards that can be signed for free but you’re welcome to bring any items you want signed. They will also be giving away gift cards as well as scratchers cards on Sunday as a part of the big grand opening celebration. Dick’s is located in the Lakeview Pointe Shopping center in Osage Beach.


Modot will be out Tuesday with Snow Plows for Annual Test

For the second year in a row, the Missouri Department of Transportation will test its readiness for the upcoming winter season with a statewide drill this coming Tuesday. The drill is one component of MoDOT’s winter battle plan to make sure travelers can get back on Missouri roadways as quickly as possible after winter storms. Bob Lynch is area engineer with MoDOT and explains the drill’s procedures.

Lynch on what Modot will be doing

Lynch says it takes the work of thousands to do the job.

Lynch on what it takes

Lynch says even though there is no snow on the road you will see all the big plows on state roads.

Lynch on the trucks on the road

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise will take about six hours.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Grand Opening Today

It’s a promise come true, today is the grand opening of the new Dick’s Sporting Goods in Osage Beach. When Dierbergs opening the Lakeview Pointe shopping center, they said two more big name stores where going to join them in that grand opening. One is Bed Bath and Beyond which is scheduled to open in early 2014 and the other is Dick’s which is opening their doors for the first time today. Dick’s will be having huge giveaways throughout the entire weekend. The first 100 adults in line Friday and Saturday will have a shot at winning gift cards between 5 and 500 dollars and on Saturday they will have Cardinals broadcaster Al Hrabosky signing autographs and meeting fans between 1 and 3pm.

Wehrenberg opens Eagles Landing 8 Cine today

Today marks the grand opening of the brand new Wehrenberg (Wear En Berg) Theaters Eagles Landing 8 Cinema which has been a long time in the making. After a few days of private VIP celebrations, the theater is ready for the public and makes its official grand opening today. Kelly Hoskins is the Vice President of Marketing at Wehrenberg and she says this time around its state of the art

Hoskins on the new theater

Hoskins says its just amazing

Hoskins on the inside

Hoskins says they’re opening with some big name movies with tickets selling now

Hoskins on the movies they’ll start with

Executive Vice President and COO of Wehrenberg William Menke says they’ve been involved in the lake area for a long time and are excited about this next phase in the community

Menke on the history of the company at the lake

Besides the all digital audio and visual systems the new theater offers stadium style individual seats, an expanded concession area, 3D movies and a fun kids center to play around with arcade games and more.

Charges filed in teen death at Truman Lake

Two individuals have been charged in the death of a teen in Benton county last year. 15 year old Khighla Parks’s remains where found in Truman Lake by police. 37 year old Amy Hartley of Buffalo has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child by allowing her to live in an uninhabitable home where methamphetamines where being produced as well has having illegal sex with a teenager while helping to dispose of her body. Among that she’s also facing charges of statutory sodomy, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Her boyfriend 48 year old Anthony Balbirnie of Springfield was also charged with second degree murder, statutory rape, child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with evidence while the charge of abandonment of a corpse has been dropped from the current charges.

Summit Natural Gas Rates Increase by 13 cents

Starting today residents who have natural gas supplied by Summit Natural Gas will be seeing a rate increase on their next statement. According to a press release sent by summit natural gas officials yesterday afternoon, the change comes from an adjustment to the charge of the wholesale cost of natural gas. Customers at the lake of the Ozarks will see the purchased gas adjustment on their bill with an increase from 42 cents to 55 cents. The rate is approximately 55 to 60 % of the total cost from the supplier and is driven by supply, demand and weather and is not regulated by the Missouri public service commission. Since this was not an anticipated increase for summit natural gas, they are not planning to collect any profit from this increased rate. Summit currently server over 3,600 customers around the lake area. More information can be found at

Old Kinderhook Unveils plans for a new Lodge in Camdenton

It’s the newest major development story in the lake area, the lodge at old Kinderhook. On Wednesday the famous golf course and restaurant announced the addition of a brand new 84 room lodge that will serve the Camdenton area with luxury and style. Bob Ranken is the executive director of Old Kinderhook and he says this project has been a long time in the making

Ranken on the beginning of the project

Ranken says they started working on the idea to build the lodge as a separate but connected project to the existing golf course and restaurant

Ranken on the location of the lodge itself

Ranken says one of the ideas of the project is to have the lake’s only ice skating rink, something he feels will help bring in visitors during the winter months

Ranken on why he’s building the ice skating rink

There will be 84 units that Ranken says are mixed between doubles, singles and suites with excellent views

Ranken on the rooms and their view

Ranken says they’re building it adjacent to the current Trophy room restaurant but will be adding a unique coffee bar

Ranken on the lobby area

Ranken says the plan has taken him 3 years to design but one element still remains to be figured out and that is where exactly they place the stone fireplace

Ranken on the future of the fireplace

 Ranken says the project will be built adjacent to the existing trophy room with high caliber landscaping, indoor pool, the lake’s only ice skating rink and expanded spa services to better serve guests who come to visit this facility. He believes that if everything stays going as planned that the Lodge should be open by the end of 2014. For photos and renderings of the building check out our Facebook page at