Paddlefish Season

The 2012 paddlefish-snagging season opens Thursday on Truman Lake, Lake of the Ozarks and the Osage River.

When water temperatures reach 50-55 degrees and flow increases, paddlefish migrate upstream to spawn.

Depending on the weather, snagging season will most likely get off to a slow start, which is typical.

Despite a relatively mild winter, water temperatures are still cold.

Paddlefish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage river basins in Missouri.

Lake Ozark Man Sentenced for Bank Fraud

Thomas Colvin and Kristaq Gjordeni, who ran Englewood I Development LLC, were sentenced today for bank fraud charges. The 53-year old Colvin from Lake Ozark, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $666,689. Gjordeni, who’s 53, and from St. Louis, was sentenced to time served (one day) and five years supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $158,485. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the two got a loan for the Bluffs at Green Chutes in St. Charles County, but instead used the money for other loans and personal expanses.

Camden County picks up Macks Creek Roads

Camden County has received its first check for the maintenance of roadways in the small town of Macks Creek. The road maintenance for the small municipality will be handled by Camden County Road and Bridge crews, who are responsible for many roads in the county and all of Camdenton.

Earlier this week, Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken spoke to KRMS and confirmed that the check for the first month was on the way. Although the county had agreed to provide the service, they had refused to begin any maintenance until the check for the first month had been collected. The county had signed off on an agreement last month to take over maintenance of 4.3 miles of city roadway. The county did so with the condition that Macks Creek pay a monthly sum of $961 a month.

Eldon Walmart Turned 40

The Eldon Wal-Mart reached a milestone yesterday and it was time to celebrate. The Eldon Wal-Mart turned 40 years old. This milestone is big as it shows that Wal-Mart is a staple in the community and amid speculation that there may be a SUPER Wal-Mart coming to the area, could prove to be a viable option. The anniversary celebration was a community event. Students from Upper Elementary School led in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance, the Eldon High School choir sang the National Anthem, and Mayor John Holland spoke on behalf of the city.

LOWA Sewer Project Update

LOWA Executive Director Donna Swall will speak about the accomplishments of LOWA that have taken place over the winter months, including a project going on at the north shore that is expected to make national news. LOWA is partnering with Schultz and Summers Engineering and the Rocky Mount Sewer District to implement LOWA LIL’s on 220 lake-front homes along the shoreline. LIL’s will be implemented on the homes that will be disturbed during the digging for the Rocky Mount District’s $4 million Phase I sewer project. This project will be paid for through State Revolving Loan Funds.

Seat Belt Spotters… Be on the look out

Three hundred winners at high schools around the state, including the students in the Lake Area will have a chance to receive a $15 iTunes gift card. If they are spotted buckled up properly and safely. Here’s how the contest and prize awarding will go. There were 175,000 window clings distributed at Missouri high schools. There was no announced Seat Belt Spotter Day to any of the students. In the month of March teams of spotters will be out looking for 300 random teens wearing their seat belts and prominently displaying a seat belt window cling. So Buckle up and be on the look out.

Change Your Batteries for the Arrival of DST

With the shift to Daylight Saving time this weekend, the Osage Beach Fire Protection District’s asking you to take a minute or two and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their job saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes. 66% of fire deaths are in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. For more info, go to www.obfire.com or call the district office at 573-348-1221.