Volunteers Needed for Shoreline Cleanup

Adopt-the-Shoreline is looking for volunteers to take part in the 23rd annual spring shoreline cleanup at the Lake of the Ozarks.  626 volunteers took part in last years cleanup, coordinated by Ameren Missouri’s Bryan Vance:

last year’s shoreline cleanup

Old dock foam used to make up the majority of the debris picked up each Spring:

unencapsulated styrofoam

This year’s cleanup will get underway on March 16th and run through April 14th.

Car Strikes Herd of Deer on Morgan County Road

A herd of deer on the roadway sends a woman to the hospital. The accident happened in Morgan County Friday afternoon, on Route D. The Highway Patrol says 64-year-old Virginia Dollinger of Sedalia was injured when her car struck a group of deer two miles north of Route Z. She was taken to Bothwell Hospital by ambulance.

Camdenton Passes Ordinance Banning Funeral Protests

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has passed an ordinance banning funeral protests.   The new law allows the city  to prohibit any protest within 300 feet of any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, or synagogue from happening an hour before or an hour after any actual funeral or burial service is being held.  Camdenton City Administrator Brenda Colter says the ordinance follows closely to a similar one passed in Manchester, Missouri.  That ordinance was upheld last year by the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Camden County Clerk Named to Early Voting Commission

Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd has been appointed to serve on the state’s newly-formed early voting commission, to evaluate the most efficient, fair and secure way to allow eligible Missourians to cast a ballot before Election Day. Todd’s appointment was announced by Secretary of State Jason Kander. The commission will meet throughout the month of February in Jefferson City to discuss the merits of early voting and to give citizens the opportunity to provide input. The first meeting is scheduled for February 13th.

Hours Cut at Two Miller County Post Offices

The elimination of Saturday mail delivery isn’t the only impact of the budget cuts at the Postal Service.  Changes are coming to some Lake area post offices.  Effective February 23rd, the St. Elizabeth post office will only be open four hours per day — from 8 am. to noon — Monday thru Friday.  Most of the postal customers responding to a survey said they would rather see hours cut than lose their post office all together.   The Ulman post office has already reduced its hours and is only open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 11:45 on Saturdays.

Sunrise Beach FPD Replaces Obsolete Equipment with Shootout Money

The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has been able to replace some obsolete equipment thanks to the donation it received from the 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.  Chief Dennis Reilly says the district purchased a new high-pressure rescue air bag set:

Chief Reilly Thanks Shootout

Reilly says the air bags could be critical in a situation like a car wreck where a vehicle has overturned and someone is trapped, or in any type of accident where a heavy object falls on top of someone.

SBFPD new airbags

Reilly says construction projects, like the ongoing development of Wood Supermarket in Sunrise Beach, could easily present the district with a situation where they have a very small window of opportunity to make a rescue if someone is crushed, and the air bags are the perfect way to accomplish that type of rescue.

Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Are you ready for an earthquake? More than a million people in nine states – including Missouri – are signed up to take part in Thursday morning’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The State Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, families and businesses to participate in the third annual earthquake drill.  Participants will drop to the ground at 10:15 a.m., practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique for surviving an earthquake.