The search continues for a Camdenton man who went missing in late December. The search for 59 year old Donald lee Erwin intensified over the weekend but no new leads were developed. According to Erwin’s wife, Karen Erwin, on the Sunday he disappeared, he said he was going to drive to a nearby store to purchase cigarettes with nothing more than his silver Hyundai elantra and a $13 gift card. 24 hours after the initial search, Erwin was added to a national database for missing persons. Family members fear for his safety and survival but have not let up hope. Updates, comments, and warm wishes for Erwin’s safe return have been flooding the search’s Facebook page. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Donald lee Erwin please call the Camden county sheriff’s office at (573) 346-2243
The Eldon board of alderman will meet Tuesday night. The board is expected to discuss an ordinance annexing certain adjacent territory into the city. Monthly bills and a closed session regarding real estate and personnel are also on the agenda. Tuesday’s board meeting starts at 6pm at the public works building.
The Missouri department of conservation is reporting a decrease for 2013 alternative method deer season harvest. According to scientist Emily Flinn of the Missouri department of conservation, the 20 percent decrease from the previous year was expected. Hunters checked nearly 12,000 deer during the December 21st through 31st alternative methods season. Flinn says the decrease in this year’s total harvest is primarily due to a reduction in deer numbers resulting from continued doe harvest, last year’s widespread hemorrhagic diseases, and record low acorn production. She says reduced deer numbers will be a factor considered by the department’s regulation committee when developing recommendations for the 2014 deer hunting regulations. The alternative methods portion replaced the muzzle loader portion of firearms deer season in back in 2012.
The Camdenton r-3 school board will meet tonight. New uniforms for the high school band will be discussed. Also on the agenda is a draft of the 2014-2015 school calendars, a strategic plan review, and a board policy update regarding programs for migrant students. Unfinished business to be discussed includes an elementary construction update and a presentation from the president of the Camdenton teachers association on the strategic plan goal of “high quality teachers.” The consent agenda includes approval of “excellence in education” nominations and acceptance of audit bids for 2013 thru 2016. Personnel issues will also be considered during a closed session. Tonight’s Camdenton school board meeting begins at 5:30 in the administration building board room.
A six month old baby is safe and sound following an amber alert over the weekend. 6 month old Mitchell Ferris was found in Miami, Florida after being abducted by his own parents. Both parents, Anastasia McDaniel and Preston Ferris have been arrested and are now in custody.
Plans are underway for the 2014 lake race. The lake race committee will have a meeting this coming Monday, January 13th, at 4pm at the country club hotel. The public is welcome to attend.
Lake Regional health system is announcing the promotions of two members of its leadership team. Kevin McRoberts is now the senior vice president of operations while Tom Williams has been promoted to vice president of human resources. Both McRoberts and Williams joined the health system in 2000 and hospital officials believe their knowledge and experience will continue to benefit the development of lake regional services and enhance the quality of care for the communities that they serve.