Two men from Sunrise Beach were seriously injured following a boating accident Wednesday night near the ten mile marker of the Osage Arm. According to the Highway Patrol’s water division, a boat driven by 70 year old Robert Jensen was traveling downstream, slowed to make a right turn and struck a concrete breakwater wall. Jensen was transported by staff for life to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of his injuries while a passenger, 59 year old Richard Carl was taken to lake regional hospital.
The father of Brandon Ellingson, the 20 year old who drowned at the Lake after falling out of the highway patrol’s boat in handcuffs and slipped through his P.F.D., is asking for a Federal investigation into the incident. Craig Ellingson claims that, during the corner’s inquest in Morgan County, none of their witnesses were questioned. The Highway Patrol sent their condolences to the family and announced they would “review all of the procedures relating to this incident.”
Years of effort and dedicated service by volunteers in the Rocky Mount sewer district are about to pay off. According to district chairman Red Jennings, the project design is being finalized and a financing package is awaiting final approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Jennings says the first phase of the new sewer system will serve about 250 homes in the lick branch cove. Construction will start this spring and should be complete within a year. The Rocky Mount sewer district encompasses about 1900 homes in Morgan County on the eastern side of the Gravois Arm. In 2004 voters approved $24 million in revenue bonds to fund construction of the system.
The murder trial of a Springfield man that was suppose to be held in Camden County on a change of venue has been moved back to Laclede County. Judge Kenneth Hayden has ruled that 21 year old Benjamin Stidham who has been charged with first degree murder relating to the deaths of Jeffrey and Glenda Smith of Philipsburg and Zachary Porter of Elkland can be moved back to Laclede County at the request of both the prosecution and defense. A bench trial is scheduled to begin on November 18th.
A local attorney has been elected to a new position with the Missouri Bar. Erik Bergmanis, managing member of the Bergmanis law firm in Camdenton is the new President-elect for the organization. Bergmanis has also been a member of the State’s Board of Governors since 1999. The Missouri bar was created in 1944 by order of the state Supreme Court and represents 30 thousand practicing attorneys in the state.
Legislation vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon that would shift oversight of deer ranches and hunting preserves has been passed by the state senate. The bill would classify captive deer as livestock rather than wildlife and would shift regulatory responsibilities from the Missouri Department of Conservation to the Agriculture Department. It would also nullify proposed regulations that ban imports of deer from other states and require double fencing for new deer ranching permits.
Also, Missouri house members have voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto a bill enacting a 72 hour waiting period before a woman can have an abortion. The 117 to 44 vote yesterday Wednesday sends the measure to the senate
The senate’s votes on Wednesday send the bills to the house where a similar two thirds majority is needed to complete the veto overrides.
State lawmakers have voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill creating a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools and expanding where citizens can openly carry firearms. The bill creates a special training program for schools wanting to arm employees. It also lowers the age for obtaining concealed carry permits to age 19 and allows residents with permits to openly carry firearms, even in cities that ban it.
Missouri lawmakers have voted to ban public schools from electronically tracking students. The house voted early Thursday to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the legislation while the senate approved the veto override Wednesday. The new law will bar schools from using radio frequency identification technology to monitor or track the location of students.
The American Legion Post 229 is requesting that the stretch of Highway 54 between the Osage River bridge and Mexicali Blues be named the “Veterans Memorial Expressway.” In order to do this, the legion will need to collect signatures to submit to the state government for approval and raise $4,800 for the signs. The request is being endorsed by several area governments and businesses. More information below:
American Legion Post 229
Lake Ozark Mo 65049
Sep 10, 2014
For: Immediate Release
Ref: Naming of new highway
The American Legion Post 229 of Lake Ozark is requesting that the Missouri Dept of Transportation (MODOT) name the new stretch of highway 54 the VETERANS MEMORIAL EXPRESSWAY.
MODOT is being asked to apply that name to the highway from the Osage River bridge below the dam to the area of the Veterans Administration Clinic near HMI Fireplace and Mexicali Blues.
This request has been endorsed by
The City of Lake Ozark …. The City of Osage Beach
State Rep Rocky Miller ….State Sen Mike Kehoe
The Lake Area Marine Corps League
The Miller County Commission
In order for MODOT to approve this, the Legion will have to get a petition signed by 100 residents to go to the Missouri Senate which Sen Mike Kehoe will then sponsor in the Senate, and 100 signatures on a petition to go to the Missouri House of Representatives which Rep Rocky Miller with then sponsor.
The Legion will have tables set up at various locations this fall to get the needed signatures.
The Legion will then have to raise $4800 to pay for the signs.
The drive is being coordinated by Legion Member Byron Grimes, the post Chaplain
Grimes said that this in no way will change or have any effect on the section designated as Lee Mace Memorial Highway, that section runs from the 54 exit on the old 54 to the main bank of Central Bank in Osage Beach