Lake Area Prepares for Invasion of Bikers

The Lake of the Ozarks will be “hog heaven” this weekend. The sixth annual Lake of the Ozarks Bike Fest runs from tomorrow thru Sunday. Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director Tim Jacobsen says it just gets bigger every year:

10,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected at the Lake this weeekend. The center lane of Bagnell Dam Boulevard on the Strip will be closed all weekend, for free motorcycle parking. And the festival has increased the number of vendor villages from three to five this year:

Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says he has safety concerns about this weekend’s Bike Fest. He told last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting he’s asked for help from the Highway Patrol and Camden County Sheriff’s Department.

Lake of “This event just continues to grow every year,” said Tim Jacobsen, Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director.

These vendor villages are located at Dog Days Bar & Grill, Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson, The Dam Bait Shop and Campground, Camden on the Lake and in the lower parking lot at the Bagnell Dam Strip. Each village showcases its own unique forms of live entertainment, food, beverages, custom bike displays and biker-themed merchandise.

An up-to-date list of vendors and live entertainment schedules is available online at

The sixth annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest rumbles is the place to be for “hog” fans Sept. 13-16 during Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest, a four-day festival celebrating bikers, motorcycles and the scenic lake area.

Each year, the festival plays host to more than 10,000 bikers with a weekend of food, entertainment and some of the most scenic rides in Missouri. The festival, one of the lake’s newer events, also is one of its most popular events.

“This event just continues to grow every year,” said Tim Jacobsen, Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau executive director. “With our numerous scenic rides and over 100 bars and restaurants, our area was just tailor-made for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Hospital

A motorcyclist was flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield after a wreck on Route D south of Tri-Hollow Road in Camden County Tuesday night. 33-year-old Paul Word of Lebanon suffered serious injuries when, according to the Highway Patrol, he failed to negotiate a curve and his Honda went off the right side of the road, struck a sign and then a ditch.

Lake Ozark Passes Unlawful Use of Weapons Ordinance

A new ordinance about the unlawful use of weapons is now in effect in Lake Ozark. The Board of Alderman passed the measure unanimously at their meeting last night. The ordinance defines the crime of unlawful use of weapons and includes buildings where weapons can not be taken into. Namely churches and schools. The board also approved four caterer’s licenses for Bike Fest which starts today and continues through Sunday. Police Chief Mark Maples also told the board that he has safety concerns about the event as his officers will be asked to cover many areas. He has asked for help from the Highway Patrol and also the Camden County Sheriff’s Department.

Macks Creek Elementary Recycling Program Starts

The Macks Creek Elementary Recycling Program kicked off today. It runs to October 11th, and gives students the chance to recycle while competing for s big prize. Students will be recycling newspapers, aluminum cans, copper, magazines, aluminum, batteries, phone books and brass. The class that collects the most weight wins a trip to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield. Last year, the school collected over 10,000 pounds of recyclables, and 3rd graders won the grand prize, with 3,000 pounds.

$2,500 Reward in Case of Cats Shot with Arrows in Versailles

The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for shooting two cats in the neck with arrows. Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society’s animal cruelty task force, says the injured animals were found in Versailles:

Perkins says the Humane Society is committed to vigorously pursuing the case and will recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law:

Anyone with information should contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, at 573-378-5481. Perkins says the cats, named Patches and Licorice, are expected to recover, though one may lose a leg because of his injuries.

The Humane Society is accepting donations toward Patches and Licorice’s care.

Aaron Fisher Trial Postponed Again

Another delay in case against 24-year-old Aaron Fisher of Brumley. He was the first person charged with forcible sodomy under a state law that went into effect just before he was arrested in 2009, accused of sexually abusing and beating is then- five-month-old daughter. His trial was scheduled to start this week in Miller County, but has been postponed. A new trial date has not been set yet. If convicted, Fisher faces a mandatory life-in-prison sentence with no possibility of probation or parole for at least 30 years.

UPDATE: Eldon Pilot Walks Away From Plane Crash Uninjured

A small plane crashed in Eldon this morning, and the pilot was able to walk away, uninjured. Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch says the pilot, 60-year-old Floyd Halderman of Eldon, experienced some sort of mechanical problem with his home-made plane:

The plane went down in a field near Salem Cemetery, just north of the runway. The pilot was the only person on board:

The crash happened shortly before 9:00 this morning.