Students across the Lake area are headed back to school this month. With this mind, parents will have the opportunity to take advantage of a statewide tax holiday that is taking place this weekend. Certain back to school items such as clothing, school supplies and computers are exempt from state sales tax even though some local communities and counties don’t participate. The statewide sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday.
A Missouri man is one of hundreds of Peace Corps volunteers being evacuated from West Africa due to one of the worst recorded Ebola outbreaks in history. Dane Sosniecki from the Moberly area is expected to be back in the United States Saturday after serving in the Peace Corps in Liberia. He’s been training to be a high school math teacher and had been in the country for only six weeks.
A Richland man is one of three suspects arrested in connection with a brutal beating and robbery that left an elderly man from Swedeborg in critical condition. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s department says 57 year old Roby Sapere of Richland has been charged with first degree assault and first degree burglary in the incident which left 82 year old Robert Willhite in critical condition. Sapere is being held on one million dollars bond. The investigation also led to the apprehension of Vernon Dale Parker, a fugitive with warrants who has been charged with burglary in Osage Beach and two other locations in Miller County. Parker has not been charged in this case.
A local organization is marking the beginning of a new partnership with local non-profit agencies and businesses. Camden County Developmental Resources held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for its recently acquired property on keystone industrial drive in Camdenton. The organization’s executive director Ed Thomas says the property will serve a three fold purpose.
Thomas says the new facility will serve the community in a variety of ways.
Thomas says the new facility will be open in the next 30 to 45 days.
Efforts to promote businesses on the west end of the Grand Glaize bridge will get underway this fall. Organizers hope that more than 200 businesses will participate in what’s being called “Passport to the parkway” in order to help jump start the area’s economy. The event will include discounts and specials from participating businesses in order to attract people back to the west end. Shoppers will be given coupons and a passport that can be stamped in order to qualify for entry into a drawing for several prizes. The planned event comes on the heels of recent meetings by the Citizens Advisory Committee. Passport to the Parkway is scheduled for October 1st thru the 8th.
An escaped inmate thought to be on his way to the lake area has been caught. Brandon McGee was apprehended Wednesday night at the home of an acquaintance in Sedalia after escaping last Thursday from the Pettis County Jail. According to authorities McGee escaped by dismantling some plumbing in the shower room and made his way thru the hole into a service corridor that led to an exit. According to police he surrendered peacefully and say there are no plans at this time to arrest the resident of the house where McGee was hiding.
A Laclede County man who shot and killed a Black Bear in June is now facing criminal charges. The Prosecutors office has charged Jimmy Don Slavens with 3 class “A” misdemeanors. Slavens reportedly was driving on Jadestone road when a Black Bear ran out in front of his truck and became trapped between the truck and a fence. Slavens then shot and killed the bear. He has been charged with illegally possessing, disposing and killing of wildlife. Black Bears are a protected species in Missouri.