Earlier this year we reported to you about a stolen Coca-Cola truck. According to reports, the truck and most of its contents were left alone but apparently 98 cases of Coke and some cash in the cab were taken. Police still have no leads on the case and are now offering a $1000 reward for anyone with information. The truck belonging to the Ozarks Coca-Cola company was delivering soda to an area high school when someone hopped into the cab and took off with it and it’s contents, later abandoning it in a field 8 miles from the school. If you have information, contact crime stoppers at 417-869-TIPS
The committee meeting held Wednesday regarding the merger of the Water Patrol with the Highway Patrol opened up some thoughts on how officers really view the merger. The newly formed Committee made up of our local Lake representatives Diane Franklin, Rocky Miller and David Wood, asked questions to current Water Division officers and former Water Patrol officers about the merger and training present officers receive. What was discovered was shocking. According to Sergeant Randy Henry, there are less Water Division agents on the Lake of the Ozarks than before the merger. Henry said that the full time officers receive extensive training; however, the supplemental officers who “fill in” during the busy times for the Water Division do not. Another public hearing on the case will occur at the Osage Beach City Hall on October 14th at 11am.
Efforts to promote businesses on the west end of the Grand Glaize bridge gets underway Wednesday. Over 70 businesses are participating in what’s being called the passport to the parkway in order to help jumpstart the area’s economy. Alderman Phyllis Marose is working with the citizen advisory committee and she’s says the promotion is generating a lot of interest for the area.
The passport to the parkway will include discounts and specials from participating businesses in order to attract people back to the west end. The promotion runs thru October 11th.
The city of Camdenton is conducting a smoke test of its sewer system this week in the southwestern part of the city. The test will help crews locate breaks or defects in the system. Testing began on Monday and weather permitting should be completed on Friday. Residents are advised to contact the city if they find smoke in their home as that could indicate dangerous sewer gases might be coming into the house. Sewer testing is required by the department of natural resources.
The comprehensive plan for the city of Camdenton will soon be updated. That’s according to City Administrator Jeff Hancock who says proposals from ten firms will be considered before making a final decision.
A number of areas will be addressed in the city’s plan including land use, transportation, economic development, housing, a community center and future growth.
Several people have been arrested over the past week by the Osage Beach Police Department. 24 year old Spencer Wood of Madison was picked up by police for assault in the third degree while 28 year old Megan Roberds was arrested for first degree burglary related to an alleged crime that occurred at Osage Beach Wal-Mart. Three others including a juvenile were also picked up by police for stealing from Wal-Mart, while 29 year old Jamie Harkness of Lebanon was arrested for possession of marijuana and probation violation and 19 year old Lucy Smith of Eldon was arrested for felony stealing.
Common core continues to make headlines both locally and statewide. According to the state’s education commissioner work is underway on a possible replacement for the controversial curriculum. The first work groups consisting of both teachers and parents met last week to begin developing new statewide standards. Common Core has been implemented for the current school year which set new criteria for English and math but it’s been criticized for a number of reasons including federal overreach and a one size fits all approach to education.