Jacobs Cave Estimates over 30,000 attend Summer Swap Weekend

Jacob’s cave had a busy weekend. Buyers, traders, and tourists looking to find deals or make quick cash attended the Jacob’s Cave Meadowlands Summer Swapping Days over the weekend. Jacobs Cave Meadowlands located between Versailles and Gravois Mills. Workers at Jacobs cave believe to have counted over 30,000 visitors which in their estimation tops last years totals.

Eldon Looks to Ramp up Economic Engine, Plans Trail

In an effort that has been ongoing Ameren Missouri has recently bought a recreational trail to help attract new business and new consumers into Eldon. The agreement between Ameren and Eldon was that allowing use of the former Rock Island Railroad’s right of way for this initiative. The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments along with Mac McNally, LOCLG regional planner is assisting Eldon in its attempt to turn its unused and overly grown right of way into an economic engine and community development that will attract new business to the town. This process was a two year effort that will finally undergo the beginning processes for economic development.

Two Dead in Sunday Morning Camden County Crash

Early this morning, two people died in a one-car accident that occurred on Highway 5 in northern Camden County when the driver crossed the center line, overcorrected and left the roadway, striking a tree. According to the Highway Patrol, the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof.
Terry Lawson, of Leander, Texas and Jeffery King, of Kansas City, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
According to The Highway Patrol report, neither men were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Bridge Replacement Project Starts Monday

As long as the weather allows, a bridge replacement project on Route MM over J Buster Creek in Miller County is scheduled to begin tomorrow. The bridge is located south of Bittle Road.
The bridge will be closed to traffic for approximately 40 days during construction. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the work area.
The bridge replacement is part of MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program, which will improve 802 of Missouri’s worst bridges by the end of 2012. More than 720 of the bridges included in the program have already been improved statewide.
For more information or for a complete listing of bridges included in the program, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org/central.

Increase in BWI Arrests; Sobriety Checkpoints Planned

A big jump in BWI arrests this year over the Memorial Day weekend… according to updated figures just in from the Missouri State Highway Patrol… 27 boaters were arrested for taking the helm under the influence of alcohol:

Captain Tim Hull says sometime this month – they won’t say exactly when – the Water Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Lake of the Ozarks, as part of a national safe boating campaign. . Consider yourself warned.

UPDATE: Miller County Woman Awaits Sentencing for Infant Son’s Death

Christina White, the Miller County woman accused of of killing her seven-month-old son by setting his blanket on fire, withdrew her “not guilty” plea, and acknowledged prosecutors have enough evidence to win a conviction…on second-degree murder, first-degree arson, and child endangerment charges. Prosecutors say the baby suffered severe burns over 60 percent of his body and died 20 days after she set fire to his blanket at her home in Iberia. Under the terms of yesterday’s so-called Alford plea, White does not admit guilt but concedes the government has sufficient evidence to win a conviction, and faces 10 years to life in prison when she is sentenced later this summer.

MO State Parks Offically Open

Missouri State Parks have opened for the summer, including the 17 designated swimming beaches within Missouri’s state parks.    Here in Osage Beach we have one of the states most traveled public parks with two beaches at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, and nearby is Ha Ha Tonka in Camdenton. The Department of Natural Resources samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time not an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located. This is determined through multiple testings and taking the mean reading.