Laurie Special Election Scheduled for June 4th

A June 4th special election has been scheduled to break the tie vote on a use tax that was proposed on the April 2nd ballot in Laurie. The vote in Laurie tied at 92. On the Morgan County side of the city, 92 voted for the use tax and 90 against. On the Camden County side, only two voters cast ballots, both against the tax.  The tax measure was overwhelmingly rejected in the August 2012 election.

Sheriff: Investigation Complete into Fatal Fire Near Eldon

Last week’s fatal fire near Eldon is believed to have been started by the victim.  Investigators with the Miller County sheriff’s office say 23-year-old Brent Comer apparently got caught in the fire he started while burglarizing a vacant rental home on Eldon Road last Monday night.  Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says investigators believe Comer was acting alone, and autopsy results indicate his death was due to smoke inhalation.

Gravois Mills Couple Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A Gravois Mills firefighter and his wife were killed when their motorcycle collided head-on with an SUV. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened Sunday afternoon on Highway 87 at Boulder Road in Miller County. A Harley driven by 57-year old Terry Jones crossed the center line as it was going around a curve and hit a vehicle driven by 58-year old Donna Medlin of Springfield. Jones and his 56-year-old wife, Susan, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Lake Area Road Work – Week of April 15th

CAMDEN COUNTY

New Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. The entire project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

Route TT between Route F and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place today through Thursday, April 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

 

MILLER COUNTY

Route 54 bridge over the Osage River east of Wood River Road – Bridge rehabilitation in the westbound lanes continues. One lane will be open through the work area. The entire project is scheduled for completion in May.

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening work continues. One lane will be open, and a pilot car will guide traffic through the work area. The entire project is scheduled for completion in July.

Route 52 at Pace Road – Culvert pipe replacement will take place today through Thursday, April 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 52 between Route 17 and Woods Road – Culvert pipe replacement will take place today through Thursday, April 25th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 54 between Route FF and River Road – Roadside maintenance in the eastbound and westbound lanes will take place today through Thursday, April 25th. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open through the work area.

Route MM between Route 54 and Biddle Road – Culvert pipe replacement will take place today through Thursday, April 18th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

 

MILLER AND MARIES COUNTIES

Route BB between Route 42 and Route 133 – Roadside maintenance will take place today through Thursday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Four Stover Residents Seriously Injured in Crash

Four Stover residents have been seriously injured in a crash in Benton County.  The Highway Patrol says the accident happened Saturday afternoon at Route U and Cheese Creek Road when a car driven by 21-year-old Andrew Moesch skidded off the road on a curve, hit a sign and came to rest in a ditch.  Moesch and one of his  passengers, 20-year-old  Veronica Poort, were taken by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.  19-year-old Cody Hill and 39-year-old Glenda Holmes were airlifted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

Lake Welcome Sign Turning Orange

The new Lake of the Ozarks welcome sign is turning orange in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The Lake-Area Chamber of Commerce will turn the lights on its Hollywood-style sign along Route 54 orange this week to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones. Work Zone Awareness Week, which coincides with the start of the busy highway maintenance and construction season, is designed to alert motorists to the need to slow down, eliminate distractions, and pay attention in work zones.

C.O.P.S Movie Screenings Postponed

Concerns of Police Survivors was set to host two screenings of the documentary “Heroes Behind the Badge” for the Lake of the Ozarks area on Monday at the School of the Osage High School Auditorium. The screenings have been CANCELLED due to conflicting events.  A new date has not yet been announced.  “Heroes Behind the Badge” recounts the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Concerns of Police Survivors — C.O.P.S. — is a nationwide not-for-profit organization, based in Candenton,  that assists surviving families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.