Elephants, ponies, dogs and tigers are the stars of the show tonight as the Camdenton Optimists bring the Kelly Miller Circus to town. The Lake of the Ozarks Amphitheater in Camdenton hosts shows at 4:30 and 7:30 this evening. The circus will have rope spinners, jugglers, fire eaters, camels, clowns, Bollywood dancers, aerialists, and the performing elephants. Trained elephants will raise the big top at 9 o’clock this morning, with the public invited to attend. Tickets for tonight’s events are $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Richland High School administrators are waiting for the Missouri Highway Patrol to finish its’ investigation of two incidents that led the school to suspend two students, and prompted an African-American family to pull their 5 kids out of the Richland’s schools and leave town. Sgt. Sean Anderson and his wife, Keisha, sent a letter to the district, claiming in one instance, they were told by another parent that their child had heard multiple racial comments about the Andersons two high school aged children, and that the children making them had brought hangman’s nooses with them to school. A school spokesperson says in one incident last month a spectator at a basketball game heard a student make racial commments when asked if he wanted a date with the Anderson’s daughter, who was one of the players on Richland’s team.
The Bagnell Dam Strip Association is the winner of the 2011 Innovator Award at the annual Missouuri Governors Conference on Tourism. The B-D-S-A was recognized for its presentations of the Hot Summer Nights events held on the Strip the second Friday of each month bdetween May and September. Joe Page, owner of Summer USA and Jeff Van Donsel, owner of the Rockwood Resort Motel, accepted the award last night in Jefferson City.
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.
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.
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.
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.