Fort Leonard Wood Battalion Deploys Tonight

More soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood are being deployed to Afghanistan. Members of the 509th Engineer Company, 5th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will be clearing roads for U-S Forces. This is the company’s fourth deployment since 2003. There will be a ceremony and farewell, tonight at the Springfield Branson National Airport.

FEMA Adds Miller County to Spring Disaster List

Miller County has been added to the list to receive public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for damage to roads that occurred during torrential rains in May. Culverts and bridges were damaged. FEMA and State Emergency Management Agency officials toured the damage, last week. They will meet with Miller County Commissioners again, this morning.

Biomass Crop Assistance Offered for Moniteau County

Senator Roy Blunt joined Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, yesterday, to announce the establishment of project areas set aside to grow crops that will be processed into renewable energy. Blunt says the Biomass Crop Assistance Program will produce heat, power, liquid biofuels and bio-based products for the state. Moniteau County is in the selected area, and the program will offer reimbursement up to 75 percent of expenses to grow giant Miscanthus.

Camdenton Schools Trying to Close Budget Shortfall

Members of the Camdenton School Board met to whittle away at the budget deficit projected for the next school year. There’s still a shortfall of about 150-thousand dollars and will look at ways to balance the budget before the next meeting, June 28th. Board members also heard from Energy Education representatives who said the district’s efforts to conserve energy are really paying off, and they could have 80 percent of the district qualified to be an Energy Star Partner next year.

Habitat for Humanity Taking Applications

Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for their next two partner families. Applicants MUST be able to attend one of the Home Application and Information Seminars. They’re July 6th and July 9th at the Camden County Library. But, the applications must be submitted before the end of June.

Camden County Commissioners to Rule on Beacon of Hope Shelter

Camden County Commissioners meet this morning to make a final decision about the Beacon of Hope Church and efforts by pastor Steve McQueen to help the homeless with a shelter and food pantry. Last month, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted to deny his request to rezone the property on Runabout Drive from Industrial to General Commercial. That B-2 designation would allow residents to live on the property. The meeting is at ten o’clock in the Courthouse.