Man Rescued From Truck

On Thursday, Firefighters and a local resident, in Iberia, rescued a man stranded on his truck in the midst of floodwaters.
Around 5:15 in the morning, members of the Iberia Rural Fire Protection District were called to a vehicle in the water along Route A at Tavern Creek, about 3 miles west of St. Anthony.
When firefighters arrived, they found the victim standing on the cab of his truck, located about 75 yards from the edge of the water. The truck had been swept off the side of the road and was sitting in the current with water over the headlights.
The nearest swift water rescue boat was about 45 minutes away, so a local resident, Abe Falkner, offered the use of his boat to fire officials who decided to perform the rescue.
Firefighters were able to approach the vehicle from down current and come along side the truck. They told the man to put on one of their vests and then tie a safety rope around his chest. Firefighters then helped the man into the boat and returned him to shore.

Local 8th Grader Girl Wrestler Competing in National Championship…

School of the Osage 8th grader Kalli LaFrance is in Oklahoma City, Okla. this weekend for the United States Girls’ Wrestling Association National Championships. Kalli placed second in Missouri in the 120-pound weight class last month at the USGWA State Championships in Kansas City.
LaFrance will take on challengers from Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas and two more from Wyoming.

Osage Beach City Park update

The Osage Beach City aldermen approved a bid to asphault several areas of the new City Park, bringing it closer to being open.
The vote to approve the APAC-Missouri estimate of $160,648.02 was approved unanimously. The work calls for paving the walking trail at Peanick, parking lots 1, 2 and 3 and the driveway approach up the hillside to the pond.
The board was given four options in awarding the contract. They were:
•Paving the walking trail and Parking Lot 3 (near the playground/city booth for Fall Festival.
•Paving the walking trail, Parking Lot 3, Lot 2 (large parking lot near fishing pond).
•Paving the walking trail, Parking Lots 2 and 3 and the driveway up the hillside to the parking lot.
•Walking trail, Parking lots 2 and 3, the driveway approach up the hillside to the fishing pond and Parking Lot 1 (the first parking lot on the right inside the main gate to the park).
The Aldermen first considered Option 3, but ultimately voted to go with doing all of the work this year, as a result of City Planner Cary Patterson’s comment that handicap accessibility is an issue and that “No. 4 will make the city legal with its own codes.”

Eldon Board of Alderman

Eldon will have its Board of Alderman this up and coming Tuesday. The location is The Public Works building 1000 Highway y. The meeting will begin promptly at 6pm and the agenda is very limited this week so it is not expected to take much time.

Cops vs. Firefighters in ‘Guns and Hoses’ Game

The Lake Ozark Police Department is looking to settle a score after losing last year’s ‘Guns and Hoses’ charity basketball game to the Lake Ozark Fire Protection District:

Lake Ozark police officer Shane Pierce says the game takes place tomorrow (Friday) night at 7  at the School of the Osage:

Last year’s game raised more than $3,000 for local charities; they expect to more than double that this year.

UM Columbia Students Take Hydrogen Powered Car to Competition

University of Missouri engineering students are entering their third made-from-scratch hydrogen-powered street car in the Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston. The hydrogen vehicle team expects Tigergen III to reach the equivalent of 500 miles per gallon. The event challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy-efficient vehicles. They compete on a 6-mile stretch for 25 minutes. Tigergen III will compete in the Urban Concept hydrogen class. Tigergen II won first place in that class last year.

Trial Date Set in Camdenton Kidnapping Case

Six judges, a change of venue, and now a trial date has finally been set for accused kidnapper John Williams of Camdenton. The jury trial will be held in Waynesville beginning July 9th, nearly a year agfter Williams was arrested by the Camden County SWAT team, accused of holding a gun to his wife’s head and threating to kill her. The change of venue to Pulaski County was granted last month by the sixth judge to preside over the case. The 48-year-old Camdenton man is charged with five felonies: kidnapping, felonious restraint, armed criminal action, domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. A pre-trial conference is set for June 26th.