The city of Cole Camp announced that they have open board positions that will become avaible this December. According to City Clerk Ruth Eckhoff, East Ward Alderperson and West Ward Alderperson will each be open for residents to run. The last day to file to be on the ballot for April 2015 is January 20th. Alderpersons also discussed at their last meeting delaying any action on future insurance endeavors for the city and agreed to renew the city’s membership in the Missouri Rural Services Workers Compensation Insurance Trust. City officials say the recent street projects are completed and all the Christmas lights are up.
The battle between the Environmental Protection Agency and Boat Owners Association of the US continues as the EPA announced last week that the agency is going to further delay their final ruling on ethanol refineries and the blend they supply to the nation’s gasoline. Nichole Vasilaros with the National Marine Manufactures association says E-15 fuel can damage a boat motor
Vasilaros says most manufactures will not warrant damage done by E-15 fuels and some actually prohibit its use. The Boat US is attempting to get the EPA to change the ruling set in 2007 to keep ethanol at a lower number since many small engines are not ready for the new blend expected to be changing soon.
The National Weather service says we could see minor ice accumulation and bitterly cold temperatures this evening (Sunday) as we go through the day into Monday Morning. They are expecting between a trace and a 10th of an inch of ice along with temperatures dropping to the 30s with lows in the 20s and wind chills in the single digits. Motorist should prepare for rapidly changing road conditions as the system makes its way into the State of Missouri.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing that numerous applications could see disaster assistance with the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised fish program in the Lake area. Darrell McCann with the U.S.D.A’s Farm service agency says the delay caused some stress for area farmers
McCann says thanks to the restoration of the Farm Bill, farmers will now be able to apply for funding that covers losses suffered on area farms between October of 2011 and September of 2013. The Farm bill caps disaster funding at $20 million per federal fiscal year.
It’s been several years since Springfield resident Jacky Wong plead guilty to his role in the 2009 triple murder of Jeffery and Glenda Smith along with Zachary Porter in Laclede County. Judge Stan Moore will preside over the sentencing hearing on Monday where we will learn his fate. Wong is expected to testify against his cohort, 21 year old Benjamin Stidham. Two other accomplices in the murder, 23 year old Steven Pyykola and 28 year old Joshua Reyes are serving three consecutive life sentences while Stidham was recently sentenced to 20 years for 2nd degree murder and has yet to be sentenced on the 1st degree charges due to a supreme court ruling that prohibits minors from being tried in 1st degree murder cases.
Results are in from Black Friday and it looks good. Black Friday shoppers took advantage of the short lines and small amount of visitors across the Lake area businesses to grab big deals where residents in big city may wait weeks to get. One individual told KRMS News at the Outlet Mall, that their whole family travels from Illinois just to shop black Friday at the Lake. The Camdenton Chamber of Commerce announced that during small business Saturday, several area business owners where giving out gift cards, welcome mats, pet items and more as shoppers took advantage of deep cuts at our area boutiques. Official numbers will be released later this week.
Representative David Wood of the Lake area is working on a legislative bill that could allow accreditation of individual schools instead of their districts. Wood said recently that the legislation would enable other schools to stay open if only a few of the buildings within the district perform poorly. Wood plans to file the bill in December but the Missouri School Board says there could be challenges ahead for districts with only one elementary, middle or high school. Earlier this year legislators attempted to pass a similar bill but was vetoed by Governor Nixon. The goal of the bill is to allow students in a failing school to transfer to better performing buildings within their own district.