Lake Area Road Work — Week of May 6th

Mowing of right of way and striping of roadways are under way in various locations. Motorists should travel with care and be alert to slow-moving equipment along the roadside.



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. However, traffic could be stopped briefly to allow equipment to be moved.



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 later this month.

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening work continues.
Crews are currently working to build dirt embankments along the roadway, causing one lane to be closed. A pilot car will guide traffic through the work area.

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

Route 52 between Route E and Klin Road – Roadside maintenance will take place today. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 54 between Route M and Route V – Roadside maintenance in the eastbound and westbound lanes will take place today through Thursday, May 16th. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be open through the work area.

Route C between Route JJ and Keyes School Road – Roadside maintenance will take place today. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Sunrise Beach Murder Suspect Court Hearing

A criminal setting is scheduled for later today (MONDAY) in Boone County court for a suspect in a Sunrise Beach murder case.  An attorney for 44-year old Stacy Dory of Shawnee, Kansas is expected to appear for the court proceeding on Monday evening.  Dory is charged with second degree murder and forgery in the death of William Van Note.  He was found shot and stabbed in his home in October of 2010.  Van Note was taken to a Columbia hospital where he later died.  Prosecutors say Dory, her husband Desre and Van Note’s daughter Susan, forged a document that took Van Note off of life support.  Dory will be back in court on June 17th for another hearing.

Boat Runs Aground at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for the owner of a boat that is found abandoned over the weekend at the one and a half mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks.  The boat called “Behr Necessity, Port of Defiance, Missouri” was found on the shoreline Saturday morning.  Tow Boat US and divers were able to get the boat back in the water and take it to Berger’s Marina in Lake Ozark.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the MSHP Water Patrol Division. 

UPDATE: Five Students Injured in Climax Springs School Bus Crash

According to the Highway Patrol accident report, five students were treated for minor injuries after Friday’s accident involving a Climax Springs R-IV school bus.  The injured students were identified as 7-year-old Troy Ethington and his 9-year-old sister Kaitlyn, 8-year-old Maycee and 9-year-old Trinity Phillips, and 16-year-old Charles Emmons, all of Edwards.  Seven students were on their way to school when the bus ran off the road and overturned on Route FF. The driver says the bus hit a patch of black ice.

Magic Dragon Street Meet Underway in Lake Ozark

Hundreds of classic cars are lining up on the Bagnell Dam Strip and thousands of people will be showing up to see them this weekend. The 25th anniversary Magic Dragon Street Meet is underway in Lake Ozark. Magic Dragon chairman Alan Sullivan says over 800 classic cars are on display:

car show draws crowds from all over

10,000 people attended last year’s show, from as far away as California.

Climax Springs School Bus Accident

A Climax Springs School District bus carrying students to school slid off a road and came to rest on its side against a tree on Route FF this morning. All seven students on the bus were taken to Lake Regional Hospital to be checked out; none of them were seriously injured according to Superintendent Michael Diekmann:

Diekmann – what happened

In addition to the driver and students, a substitute driver in training was also on the bus. Diekmann says there were some communication issues reporting the incident.  The antenna for the two-way radio on the bus broke off in the accident and there was cellphone signals are weak in that area:

Diekmann – communications problems

The driver says the accident happened when the bus hit a patch of black ice.  The Highway Patrol is investigating.

DESE Meeting Thursday at Hawthorne Elementary 6:30PM

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be holding a meeting with local residents in response to the many requests for information regarding the decision in 2010 to adopt new standards in English language arts and mathematics commonly referred to as “Common Core Standards.” On Thursday May 2nd, the DESE will be meeting with parents and the public from 6:30 until 8pm at Hawthorne Elementary to hear comments and answer questions from many who want to know more about the program. For more information log on to