First span of old Hurricane Deck Bridge scheduled to be blown up Friday afternoon

The Missouri department of transportation is planning to take down a portion of the old Hurricane deck bridge on Friday afternoon. According to area engineer Bob Lynch, depending on the weather the American Bridge company will set the charges and prepare to blow the first span between 2 and 5pm Friday

Lynch on the bridge demo

Lynch says if you want to view it you best find a spot and be ready. He also says traffic will be stopped during the blast on land and water

Lynch on where to watch the demo and traffic delays

More blast will happened within the next few weeks until the bridge has been totally removed.

Iberia Man Arraigned on Murder Charge

Not guilty.  That is the plea entered on Wednesday by an Iberia man accused of stabbing to death his step niece this past summer.  30-year old Steven Henderson was arraigned in Miller County court.  He is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 13-year old Macala Shelton.  She was reported missing on June 22nd before her body was found the next day on an unoccupied farm near Iberia.  During an interview, Henderson admitted to stabbing Shelton with a large survival knife that was later found at the home where they both lived.  No trial date has been set at this time for Henderson.  He remains in custody at the Miller County Jail on a bond of 500 thousand dollars.

Camden County Employees to Get Supplemental Pay

A holiday surprise is on the way to full time employees in Camden County.  The Camden County Commission voted on Wednesday to give the full time employees supplemental pay next week.  County officials say this is the first time anything like this has been done for county employees.  Camden County 2nd District Commissioner Cliff Luber says the money for this is coming from coming from a fee fund that is collected by Camden County Recorder of Deeds Donnie Snelling.

192 thousand 400 dollars will be transferred into the Camden County general revenue account from this fund and all 288 full time county employees will be receiving a supplemental disbursement in the amount of 500 dollars.  The money will be added to their December 13th paycheck.  Elected officials are not receiving the supplemental pay.

Entire Lake area under Winter Weather Advisory until 6pm Friday

The national weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Benton, Camden, Miller and Morgan counties starting at 9AM today and ending at 6pm Friday afternoon. According the NWS we can expect snow mixed with freezing rain and sleet over most of the area today before changing over to all snow later this afternoon and into the evening. Total snow accumulations of 1-3 inches are expected with a glaze of ice in-between which can cause area roadways to become slick and dangerous. Residents are asked to be cautious when driving and aware of their surroundings. The weather service expects the system to be completed by Friday afternoon.

Modot is ready for the upcoming winter storm

Winter weather is upon us in the Ozarks and the Missouri department of Transportation is making sure you are protected. Even before the winter weather arrived, MODOT officials were out and about prepping bridges and overpasses as well as treating some of the lake area roads. This according to area engineer Bob Lynch who says their team will be ready today

Bob Lynch on Modot Preparing

Lynch says unless it’s a major system, they normally won’t warn the public on the roads and will leave it to the public to know what the conditions are on the roadways

Bob Lynch on staying safe

Lynch says his team is ready for the storm system but cautions motorist to be alert on the changing conditions on the roadways and gives us some tips for being prepared for any winter storm that affects the area

Bob Lynch on staying safe and recommendations for winter driving

Modot crews are on standby watching the weather conditions and will jump into action as needed throughout the next few days

Ameren opens it’s Emergency Operations center to prepare for winter storm

With the Winter weather in the area, Ameren Missouri has opened up its Emergency operations center at 5:30 yesterday evening to prepare for any power issues that could arise as a result of the ice, snow or wind. Ameren officials said in a press release that employees who respond to outages have been asked to come to work on Thursday with their bags packed. As the weather develops, employees will be deployed to the hardest hit areas. Ameren encourages residents to report any power outages or downed wires by going to the or by calling 1.800.552.7583. If you do see a downed power line stay away from the line and call Ameren immediately or dial 911. Any wire on the ground can be live and could cause you serious harm if touched or driven over with a vehicle.

Osage Beach Board of Alderman Meeting tonight at 6:30

The city of Osage Beach will meet tonight for their board of Aldermen meeting. Items on the agenda include approving the installation of a street light for Bradford drive, discussion on the 2014 area budget, approval of sidewalk work and acceptance of Osage Beach Parkway from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The meeting is scheduled to being at 6:30 at city hall.