Laurie Hillbilly BBQ was a success

The 21st annual Laurie Hillbilly Barbeque was hit this past weekend with over 51 entries overall with 10 of those being children between the ages of 5 to 10

Susann Huff on the BBQ event

Laurie Parks and Events Coordinator Susann Huff organized the while the Kansas City Barbeque Association did the judging. This year’s grand prize winners where the Sedalia Masterbasters, bringing home a cool $1,500 dollars. They were also entered into the American Royal Invitational in Kansas City where Barbecue masters can compete for a chance to be in the Jack Daniels World Championship Barbeque event in Tennessee later this year. Huff says this event is what really gets them setup for the Laurie Hillbilly Fair which is going to get started in September:

Susann Huff on the Hillbilly Fair

For more information on the hillbilly fair go to http://cityoflaurie.com

Another case of Cyclospora found in Missouri

A 3rd report of the Disease spreading around the country called Cyclospora has been found yet again in the State of Missouri. Ryan Hobart with the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Ryan Hobart on the cases

Hobart says if you have the disease, it’s not fun:

Ryan Hobart on the Symptoms

If you are having these symptoms (extended diarrhea, extreme stomach pain or nausea) Hobart says you need to see a doctor right away to determine if the cause is Cyclospora. Though the illness that have been reported so far have yet to be confirmed, health agencies in other states have started tracking down the causes to a possible lettuce grown in Mexico. If you need more information on the disease, you can go online to health.mo.gov

Ryan Hobart on the online details

So far of the three reports in this state, one has been in Jackson County and two now in Taney County. Mo health officials have not yet found the cause of this illness nor confirmed the illness but are working with the CDC to find out what is causing it.

The Great Dam Duck Drop Results are in!

The 5th annual Great Dam Duck drop was yet another success. Despite rainy weather, thousands of people came to the dam bait and tackle campground for the kids fun center, participated in the 5k walk/run and teed off in the Dam Golf game to raise money for the Lake area KIWANIS. At high noon, it was time to drop the ducks off and watch them race down the river to see who won. This year, the first duck across the line with a grand total of $5,000 prize money was that of Shelly Mathews, a resident of Richland, MO. Coming in a close second was $1,000 winner Larry Creel from Lake Ozark, MO and third place winner Heather Dissen picked up a nice $500 dollar gift card to Paul’s Supermarkets. Other winners received Hy-Vee or Panera Gift cards and a special “Lame Duck” offering of $250 dollars towards a boat rental from Glencove Marina rounded out this year’s winners. The total amount raised by the event has not yet been tallied but should be announced soon.

Some Lake Area Voters Head to Polls on Tuesday

The Sunrise Beach Fire District is hoping voters will approve a ballot measure at the polls on Tuesday to give them an additional 223 thousand dollars a year.  Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly says right now the district needs more people than equipment.  Reilly says if the measure passes, it would give the district one more full time fire fighter.  It would also allow the district to increase their fire equipment budget from five to 20 thousand dollars a year along with providing for things like information technology, vehicle maintenance, a building maintenance plan and training site maintenance.  Polls will open at 6:00 on Tuesday morning and close at 7:00 Tuesday night.

Senator Blunt Listening Post in Morgan County

Morgan County residents will have a chance to voice their concerns with a member of Senator Roy Blunt’s staff during a Constituent Listening Post this week.  The Listening Post meeting will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 in the morning until noon at the Morgan County Courthouse on East Newton Street in Versailles.  Listening Posts are intended for residents to share their questions and concerns during meetings with members of Senator Blunt’s staff.  Senator Blunt’s office in Jefferson City also extends one-on-one service to all residents who have an issue with a federal agency or need additional assistance.

Restaurant Making Return to Eldon

A building that has been sitting vacant in Eldon for more than 10 years is about to be open for business again.  At the last Board of Alderman meeting, Eldon Mayor Ronald Bly announced that a Hardee’s restaurant will be opening at the building at 301 East Fourth Street.  Rosenfield Restaurant’s leases the property which was previously a Hardee’s which closed 13 years ago.  Mayor Bly says the business will mean jobs, sales tax dollars and will give residents another dining choice in the city.  Rosenfield will renovate the building and plans to have the restaurant open for business on September 1st.

Area crime this weekend

Three Webb City residents are charged in a Newton County burglary, and could be connected to two more crimes. Bradly Busick, 27, Amanda Waller, 39, and Michael Phillips, 44, are each charged with first degree burglary and resisting arrest. a resident in the west part of the county reported a break in earlier this week. Deputies caught up with the three suspects, which led to a pursuit and arrests. Authorities say the three could also be connected to a break in at a rural Jasper County home that happened on the same day.

An Aldrich, Mo., man is sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of Child Molestation. Robert Walter Dureault, 63, pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to two 10-year sentences to be served consecutively. Polk County Prosecutors say Dureault will report to the Polk County Jail on Monday, Aug. 5, for transportation to the Missouri Department of Corrections.