Motorcycle Accident Injures Versailles Couple

A husband and wife from Versailles are injured in a motorcycle accident on the last day of the year.

Saturday just after noon, 30-year old Andrew Garrow was driving the ’82 Yamaha south on Missouri 5 north of the Niangua River Bridge. The bike went off the right side of the road throwing Andrew and his wife, 23 year old Jennifer, to the ground.

Andrew suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia. Jennifer was moderately injured and taken to Lake Regional.

Engine Fire Saturday in Steak n’ Shake Drive Thru

A truck burns up at the drive thru at Steak n’ Shake.

Saturday just before noon Osage Beach Fire Protection District crews were called to the restaurant after an engine in a pickup caught fire. Police evacuated people as the truck was put out, preventing any damage to the building.

The restaurant was reopened after about a half hour with no injuries reported. The truck was a complete loss.

Burglary at Eldon Conoco

An unidentified Versailles man is in the Miller County Jail after burglarizing the north side Conoco.

Eldon officers were patrolling Friday morning and responded to an alarm about 4:10. Officers saw the 27-year old Versailles resident leaving the closed business. The man was arrested for burglary, with a name expected when formal charges are filed.

First Week of 2012 Road Work

Checking the road work for the week.

In Camden County on old Route 5 between Route 7 and the Laclede County line, one lane will open Tuesday through Friday of this week for repairs. On Route A between 54 and 7, one lane will be open Tuesday through Friday for maintenance.

There is no road work this week for Miller or Morgan counties.

Monday closings

Be advised that a number of government buildings across the Lake region will be closed tomorrow in observance of the New Year. Holidays that fall on Sunday are frequently observed with closings on the following Monday.

Red Cross donations

The new year is a time for making resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to include them by making a tax-deductible donation — to the Red Cross.
Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year as part of their holiday tradition, and the Red Cross depends on these donations to save lives, bring relief and give hope. Nationally, December Red Cross donations total roughly 20 percent of all non-disaster contributions from the public.
“As 2011 draws to a close, we are asking everyone to remember those who need help by contributing to the Red Cross,” said Mike Flanagan, communications manager of the Capital Area Chapter. “This end-of-year generosity will allow us to help a disaster victim, a member of the military, a hospital patient or someone learning to swim.”
And while 2011 has now ended, the Red Cross is still urging supporters to go to the website, redcross.org and make those donations now as part of their resolution.

Youth labor laws may soon change

Proposed changes to farm labor laws could have an effect on teens across the region. The US Department of Labor is considering new rules for youth farm labor this year, potentially limiting the types of work that minors could do in agriculture, under the age of 18. Eldon High School FFA advisor Matt Biddle says it could hamper opportunities for those involved in FFA. “I can’t imagine not encouraging some of our younger students to help out in the show arena at fairs or helping their neighbors on the farm. This goes against many principles of our program”, he said. The proposed changes include strengthening child labor laws regarding agricultural work, prohibiting hired farm workers under 16 from cultivation and harvesting tobacco and from operating nearly all power-driven equipment. There is no timeframe announced by the federal government on when the final decisions will be announced on new labor law.