IRS Warns About Scams

People looking for a break on their income taxes through charitable donations need to watch for scams.

Michael Devine with the Internal Revenue Service says people need to pay attention to who is asking for money.

Some charities are not up to date with their paperwork.

There are some things to know about the year end deadline.

www.irs.gov audio from Missourinet

Teens Airlifted After ATV Accident

Two teenagers are flown after an ATV accident in Laclede County.

Yesterday just before noon, 17-year old Jordan Burns of Phillipsburg was driving his 1996 Polaris on Monroe Drive west of Lebanon. The Phillipsburg teen lost control and drove across the road, hit a ditch, and the ATV overturned.

Burns and his passenger, 19 year old Robert Huff of Lebanon, were not wearing safety equipment and were both seriously injured. They were flown by Hammons Lifeline to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Highway Patrol: Three Traffic Fatalities Over Christmas Weekend

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three people died on the state’as roads during the Christmas holiday counting period–from 6 p.m., Friday, to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 26. Two of the fatalities occurred on Christmas Day. 59-year-old Donna Miller of Camdenton was killed when she lost control of her car in a curve on Highway 7, crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle. And 41-year-old Nancy Feldmeier of Lebanon died when she lost control, ran off the road, and struck an embankment on Highway 133 south of Richland. Neither woman was wearing a seat belt.

The Patrol investigated a total of 213 traffic crashes over the Holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 56 people for driving while intoxicated. During last year’s counting period, the Highwaway Patrol investigated 487 accidents, and there were two fatalities and 51 DWI arrests.

Ameren Asks Concerned Citizens to Consider Deeds

Ahead of their workshops next week, Ameren Missouri is trying to clear up what they call misinformation.

In a statement from Ameren’s Jeff Green from shoreline management, he says despite Ameren’s best efforts to communicate as much information as possible, he is troubled by certain comments and misinformation regarding the issues facing affected properties at lake of the ozarks.

Green says for those most impacted, and others interested in finding the truth in this matter, they should seek out the deed history of the impacted properties. Green says that Ameren’s ownership interests are duly and publicly recorded in Camden, Benton, Miller, and Morgan counties and he has personally reviewed deed after deed and plat after plat that omit the company’s ownership interest in subsequent deeds and conveyances.

Green also adds in the statement that no part of this revision of the boundary line includes leasing land, structures, or facilities back to affected landowners, and rumors to the contrary are inaccurate.

Ameren Missouri will workshop their proposed boundary plan next Tuesday from 6 to 8 at the Inn at the Grand Glaize and next Thursday from 6 to 8 at the Lake West Christian Academy in Sunrise Beach.

CDC Tests More Types of Baby Formula

The investigation expands as the Center for Disease Control tries to determine what killed a Lebanon ten day old.

Avery Cornett died last week after he contracted the bacteria Cronobacter Sakazakii.

The Center for Disease control tested the Enfamil powdered baby formula Avery ate that was pulled from store shelves and now they are testing several more formulas the little boy ate in his ten days alive. No other brands of formula have been named.

A determination of a cause could be made as ealry as this week or it could take up to a month.

Celebrate Eagle Days Next Year

The annual Eagle Days happens the first weekend in January in Lake Ozark.

Teri Schroer is the Director of Education for the World Bird Sanctuary. She says her group will have raptors up close and personal at the Osage National Golf Resort.

Schroer says shows will run hourly on the 7th and 8th at the golf resort.

The overall event is free but one bird may be asking for help for the sanctuary.

Both days the public can also view wild eagles from Willmore Lodge or down by the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River side. All times can be found online at www.lakeoftheozarkseagledays.com

Want to Help the Local Economy?

People interested in economic development in Camden, Miller, Morgan, and Laclede counties can get involved online or in person.

The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments is developing the area’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The local council, made up of elected officials, has made an online survey available at www.loclg.org under the Public Notice heading.

Starting next year the council will hold public meetings throughout the four counties to discuss ideas in person. The first meeting will be 5:30 January 5th at the Versailles court house. The second meeting will be 6 o’clock January 9th at the Eldon community center.