After landing on earth NASA astronaut and School of the Osage graduate Michael Hopkins has been showered with appreciation from the community. Even though he hasn’t arrived in the lake area yet, he’s already been named grand marshal of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day parade at the Bagnell dam strip. According to event organizer Jeff Carroll, Hopkins has become a local hero after going to space in the past year and they want to share his positive impact with the community. Although Hopkins will not actually be able to attend the parade, in his absence the School of the Osage art department will display a piece of art they created to represent him in the parade. Once the parade is over, the students plan to send him the art as a token of their appreciation. The parade starts this Saturday on the strip around 1 o’clock.
A local business attempts to go green in the community when they turned on their solar panels yesterday, 80 of them to be exact. The owner of Eldon furniture, John Caine, decided he would give the green power a chance after speaking the Eldon Chamber of Commerce following a presentation on green energy from the Brightergy company. The panels installed are about three feet tall and five feet wide bringing in a total of 23.5 kilowatts into the store. Eldon furniture isn’t the only one in the community running solar panels; Eldon Drug down the street installed theirs in June of 2013 as well.
Fires raged across Camden County on Tuesday fueled by dry conditions and increasing winds. Most of the fires were in the mid-county fire protection district’s section of the county including the city of Montreal where Fire Chief Scott Frandsen says nearly 600 acres were burned
There where additional fires on possum hollow and in the Camelot estates area. Frandsen says a simple trash fire caused several acres to be burned
Frandsen says their department put the fire out only to find it re-kindled later in the evening
Frandsen pleads with residents to not burn when the conditions are not favorable and if you have any question to contact the district for information on burning permits and conditions.
Did you get stuck on highway 5 recently? That could be because a semi-truck driver pulling a low boy car hauler attempted to turn around in the sunrise bible church’s parking lot and wound up getting the hauler stuck in the middle of highway 5. According to a report, traffic was stopped for and hour and a half until sunrise beach police and fire were able to get Bledsoe Conoco on scene with a semi tow truck and removed the vehicle from the roadway. Sunrise beach police officer Shawn McElroy says no one was hurt in the incident and no tickets were issued.
After the death of a Columbia firefighter following the collapse of a walkway in the University apartment complex at the Mizzou campus, officials have decided to close down the building and demolish it. Earlier in the year the Columbia fire department responded to a call for help when a skywalk at the apartment complex collapsed and trapped residents on the 2nd floor in the building. Lieutenant Bruce Britt of the Columbia fire department was responding to the call when he became trapped in the rubble and eventually was pronounced dead at the scene. MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced yesterday that the complex will close on June 30th and will be demolished. Over 600 people had signed a petition concerning the building earlier in the week. Residents who currently reside in the build will be allowed to break their lease between now and June 30th with no repercussions.
After a long winter, concrete work has finally continued for the construction of the Walter Sokoll memorial building. Walter Sokoll was a member of Hope Lutheran Chapel, and left his estate to the church in order to build a senior center in Osage Beach. They expect the senior center to be complete by this summer, and will begin serving meals, and using the building for weddings, receptions and other community functions. The site of the new building is between Hope Lutheran and KRMS in Osage Beach.
Attorney general Chris Koster was pleased with a federal judge’s decision to uphold a Missouri law requiring all protestors of funerals to stay at least a football-field length from any funeral procession. This decision comes after an 8 year court battle brought up by Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist church against the state law prohibiting them from protesting within 300 feet. Koster said in a written statement “No parent who has lost a child should be confronted by the hate and intolerance of strangers, and the ruling means parents and other loved ones will have a protective boundary from protesters.” The current law sets a penalty for protesters up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine for first offense with a $1,000 fine and up to 1 year in jail additional offenses.