Lake Area Teen Competing in Pageant

A local girl is competing in the Miss Missouri Teen USA pageant. Caylee Jo Thomas of Camdenton — CJ to her friends — is the reigning Miss Dogwood. The winner of this weekend’s pageant will go on to compete for the coveted Miss Teen USA title.

Lake Area Property Owners Warned to Use Caution Burning Leaves

Gravois Fire Protection District Chief Ed Hancock says there’s potential for a dangerous fall burning season, in spite of the significant rainfall in recent weeks. A few warm days can dry everything back out:

Lake area property owners are being warned to use caution when burning leaves during their annual Fall cleanup:

Chief Hancock warns property owners around the Lake, don’t burn if it’s windy or the humidity is below 40 percent, and never leave a fire unattended:

Hancock says residents should always call their local fire district and check if there are any warnings or advisories, and what the fire conditions are. The district monitors those daily.

Hours Slashed at Two Miller County Post Offices

The St. Elizabeth and Brumley post offices are having their operating hours cut, and will be open four hours a day instead of eight. Thousands of small post offices across the country will be scaling back hours to save money. The hours will be 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and 8 – 10:15 a.m on Saturdays when the cutbacks take effect sometime early next year.

UPDATE: Iberia Bank Robber Faces 7 Years-to-Life in Prison

A Miller County man is facing seven years to life in prison for robbing the First State Bank of Iberia earlier this year. 49-year-old David Krzysik of Waynesville pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court. Krzysik made off with almost $3,600 in the March 15th stickup, and half an hour later, tried to rob the Central Trust Bank in Iberia. But the bank employees saw him coming – wearing a wig and fake beard – and locked the doors. Krzysik was apprehended after wrecking his getaway car during a high-speed chase. Sentencing will be scheduled after a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

New Staff for Life Chopper

A gift’s flown in to University Hospital Staff for Life. The hospital, in Columbia, has a new McDonnell Douglas MD-902 twin-engine helicopter, as part of the Staff for Life Helicopter Service’s 30th anniversary celebration. It replaces an older chopper that’s been in use since 1993 and retired just over a year ago. The Staff for Life Helicopter Service now has three bases: at University Hospital, Lake Regional in Osage Beach,  and another in La Monte.

Chirstmas Boxes Being Assembled Already

Lake area businesses, churches and families are already hard at work collecting goods and packing shoe boxes that will go to children in orphanages, war-zones and disaster areas. They’re working with Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. They’re goal is 2800 shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12-19.

Business Owners to Request Economic Impact Study in Osage Beach

There are not many items on the agenda for the Osage Beach Board of Alderman when they meet tonight, but a group of west end business owners plan to address the board. The group plans to make a request during the public comment time to ask the board before they go ahead with any plans for the Key Largo Road area to do an economic input study. The group wants the study to focus on business facts and figures today and in the future. The board will also have the second reading of a bill that would allow Mayor Penny Lyons to have a contract with the Osage Beach Fire Department to provide dock and building inspection services. The Osage Beach Board of Alderman will meet tonight at 6:30 at Osage Beach City Hall.