The Grand Glaize Bridge is down to one lane, west bound, for a few more days. Construction crews are finishing up the tie in of the new Jeffries Road to Route 54. MoDOT was working with the lane consolidation, late last week, then opened the west bound lanes up again for weekend traffic. This morning, they’re going to continue work.
All flags will be flown at half staff today to honor Private First Class Matthew England from Gainesville. The 22 year old was killed in the line of duty when his unit was attacked by an IED, in Iraq, earlier this month. In addition, Governor Jay Nixon has asked that all state flags be flown at half staff, in England’s honor, all week.
Lake Shadow Road in Sunrise Beach will be under construction, starting today, between Castle Gardens and Lake Road 5-32. Crews are digging through the middle of the road for water pipe construction. The work is scheduled to be complete before the start of the 4th of July Weekend. Members of the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees had a special meeting on Friday to discuss funding for the project. The USDA is providing some of the funding. The owner of the Bear Bottom Resort is kicking in eight thousand dollars. Sunrise Beach will pay around 38-thousand dollars. And, the road repair bid was won by Rice Concrete.
Today, the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments meets at Osage Beach City Hall. The Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation is going to speak about MoDot’s new scaled down system and how that will affect the area. Kevin Keith will speak at 11:30.
The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department arrested an Iowa man wanted for two counts of attempted murder, this weekend. Deputies received a tip that Craig Finney was at a house in the 35-hundred block of Walnut Hills Road, in the Ivy Bend area. When they arrived, they also found a stolen car. 50 year old Finney was arrested without incident and will be extradited to Iowa.
Last year’s Miss Lake of the Ozarks has won the Miss Missouri Title for 2011. Sydney Friar just graduated from Evangel University with a degree in advertising and public relations. She won interview and evening gown portions of the pageant and earned ten thousand dollars in scholarships. She’ll compete for the Miss America crown in Las Vegas in January.
The Show Me Music and Arts Festival wraps up today in Springfield. Among the musical acts featured during the festival are Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Kelly Pickler, Joe Nichols, and One Republic. The event kicked off on Friday. Organizers say so far, things have been running smoothly.