Groundbreaking at Eagle’s Landing

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held this afternoon at the new Shoppes at Eagles Landing in Lake Ozark. A new CVS Pharmacy is expected to be the first tenant. Eagles Landing will also be home to a Kohl’s department store and Menard’s home improvement store. They’re expected to open somertime early next year.

U.S. 54 Bypass Starts Friday

Motorists traveling on U-S 54 through Camden County will be directed onto a temporary bypass near the Lake of the Ozarks starting tomorrow. One lane in each direction will be open to traffic in the bypass area, between Key Largo Road and Route Y. MoDOT says the bypass will be in place for about a month, while crews work on connecting the new U.S. 54 Expressway to the existing highway.

DWI Charges After Accident Thursday Morning

A Stoutland woman is facing charges after a single vehicle accident this morning in Camden County. At 1:15, 40-year old Amanda Willis was driving her 1994 Toyota south on Route H at Rogers avenue. Willis’ Toyota ran off the right side of the road, hit an embankment, and overturned. The Stoutland woman was not wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. She was airlifted to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has charged the Stoutland woman with DWI, failure to drive on the right half of the road, and failure to wear a seat belt.

GFPD Staffing Extra Station During Bridge Closure

The Gravois Fire Protection District will spend an extra $13,000 to $19,000 on staffing while the Soap Creek Bridge is replaced.

The fire protection district is manning station one in Gravois Mills as well as station five in Laurie to guarantee that medical and fire services can be provided while the Highway 5 bridge is closed. Volunteer firefighters and off-duty career personnel will fill the extra posts. The Soap Creek Bridge was closed October 3rd, and money spent will be determined by the duration of the closure, which MoDOT put at 50 days.

New Yellow Flashing Arrows in Eldon

The Missouri Department of Transportation spent part of the day yesterday installing four new signals in the city of Eldon.

Jason Summerer with MoDOT says the flashing yellow arrow will alleviate some confusion.

Similar lights have already been installed in Tipton, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson City and Rolla.

LOWA Niangua Plans

LOWA will be talking about writing a watershed management plan for the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks at a public meeting October 17th, 6:30 p.m. at Old Kinderhook outside of Camdenton. Right now, the Osage Arm is on the EPA’s 303.d List of Impaired Waters for too much nitrogen and the Niangua Arm is on the 303.d List for too much phosphorus.

Lt. Gov. Coming to Osage Beach

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will be in Osage Beach tomorrow afternoon at 4. He’ll be at City Hall along with Rep. Diane Franklin and State Sen. Chuck Purgason to listen to what you have to say about how the Department of Natural Resources has handled water quality issues at the Lake of the Ozarks and how that’s impacted local businesses.