Winter Weather Advisory Expires

The Winter Weather Advisory was allowed to expire at 6 A-M. Forecasters made the call to keep the advisory in effect overnight Precipitation has dimished across the area and temperatures are rising above freezing, ending the threat for accumulating freezing drizzle.

Winter Weather Causes Spin-outs, Accidents

The snow has created slick, messy conditions. Numerous wrecks have been reported…mostly fender-benders, but the Highway Patrol reports two fatal accidents, one in Lincoln County and the other near Lake St. Louis.

In the Lake of the Ozarks area, 26-year-old Megan Pineda of Camdenton lost control of her car while driving on Missouri 87 just north of the Moreau River Bridge in Miller County, went off the road and struck a rock bluff. She was taken to Lake Regional Hoapital by ambulance.

Also in Miller County, Tommy White of Branson lost control of his vehicle, went off the roadway and overturned on eastbound Highway 54 just west on MM this morning. His Ford Explorer was totaled, and he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.

In Morgan County, 44-year-old Allen Holtzclaw of Versailles was seriously injured when his car slid off Highway 5 jsouth of TT, went down an embankment, overturned and landed on its top. A passenger, 23-year-old Sheena Lee, was also hurt. Both were transported by EMS to Lake Regional in Osage Beach.

No Pub Crawl Problems Reported

There were no reports of any serious problems surrounding Saturday night’s 11th annual Pub Crawl. Organizer Jeff Carroll says that’s becaue of their close cooperation with law enforcement:

A fleet of 22 busses shuttled pubcrawlers between 21 venues, keeping drinking drivers off the roads. An estimated 6,000 revelers took part in this year’s festivities, making the Mardi Gras-themed event not only the largest ever held at the Lake, but likely to be the largest in the world. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pub crawl had 2,800 participants. Many of the out-of-towners spent the weekend, providing an economic boost during a traditionally slow time of year.

A final count of the number of Pub Crawlers will be available later this week when event organizers tally up the number of wristbands sold for the event.

Snow Day! Schools Closed; MoDOT Says They Were Ready

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight tonight. Missouri Department of Transportation officials say they were ready for this storm:

MoDOT crews reported to work early this morning to pre-treat curves, hills and bridges in advance of the snow’s arrival:

It’s a snow day for most Lake Area schools. Click on the Closing and Cancellations link for the latest updated list.

11th Annual Pub Crawl Set for Saturday

6,000 people are expected at the Lake this weekend for the 11th annual Pub Crawl. Organizer Jeff Carroll explains how it works:

…bus access

Pub Crawl sponsors, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and bus companies team up to assure public safety and transportation, so no one has any excuse to drive drunk:

Complete information is available at

Record Low Voter Turnout for Missouri Primary

The turnout for Tuesday’s presidential primary was a record low 8 percent of registered voters in Missouri…nowhere near the 23 percent the Secretary of State had predicted. In Miller County, the turnout was even lower, according to County Clerk Clayton Jenkins:

Jenkins says 1,300 people went to the polls in Miller County:

The lack of participation likely stems from the fact that the Republican results did not count toward awarding any delegates to the Republican National Convention. With a voter turnout of just 7 percent, Miller County Clerk Clayton Jenkins says the primary wasn’t worth the money it cost to put on:

Lake Ozark Mayor Plans Run for MO Legislature

Another candidate is entering the race for the newly-created 124th District state House seat. Lake Ozark Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos says he’ll run as a Republican in the upcoming election. Franzeskos will face Rocky Miller, of Tuscumbia, and Carolyn Loraine, of Village of Four Seasons in the April primary.