A newly remodeled Heritage Elementary School in Lake Ozark awaits students and school officials as they prepare for the start of the new school year next month. The school passed inspection yesterday and there is plenty of excitement in the district concerning the completed renovations. A $22 million dollar bond issue was passed by voters last April in order to complete the project which included 24 additional classrooms, bathrooms and a new playground. The project also included bringing the fire and sprinkler systems up to code and replacing the old electricity and HVAC systems. Students head back to school at Heritage Elementary on August 20th.
The murder trial of a Springfield man has been scheduled in Camden County following several delays. A bench trial for 21 year old Benjamin Stidham has been set for November 18th. Stidham, who was 16 at the time of the alleged crimes, is the last of four defendants to stand trial for a 2009 triple murder in Laclede County. He’s being tried as an adult for three counts of first degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one county of burglary.
Work could soon begin to replace a low water crossing at Sequoia road near Iberia. Miller county officials will soon start receiving bids for the project that is largely being funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation in an effort to improve the habitat for a federally threatened fish known as the Niangua Darter. The new low water bridge is expected to have a two foot opening underneath for easier water flow. The MDC will fund 80 percent of the project which must be completed by December.
A former meth dealer has been executed for the 1995 killing of three people in northern Missouri. 54 year old John Middleton was put to death yesterday. Middleton’s attorneys claimed he was innocent citing a new witness who came forward in February. they also claimed he was mentally ill. Middleton was the sixth man to be executed in Missouri this year.
Shooting charges have been declined by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in connection with a shooting incident that occurred May 8th in Iberia. Miller County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard explains their reason for the decline:
Howard says Donovane Q. Hanna has been charged with attempted burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and armed criminal action. the court for Hanna has not yet been set.
The City of Sunrise Beach is one step closer to completing Phase Three of the Water Project. The city recently received a grant totaling over $400,000 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources because of their criteria to be classified as a disadvantaged community. The remaining $100,000 million balance of the project will be paid for though a low interest loan from the state of Missouri. The Phase Three Water Project will connect close to 122 residents to the village water works system on the West side of the Lake. The water mains will also help the village serve more residents with the installation of five fire hydrants in the three subdivisions.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the deadline for those wishing to intervene in an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri that would increase annual electric revenues by approximately $264. Kevin Kelly with the Public Service Commission talks about local public hearings:
Kelly explains some of the reasons why Ameren is seeking to increase revenues:
Kelly says those that wish to comment can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. any organization wishing to intervene must comment no later than July 31st.