Sunrise Beach Home Destroyed by Fire

A Sunrise Beach home burns to the ground.  No one was hurt in the fire Friday afternoon at 401 Put N Bay Drive, off Route TT, but the house was completely destroyed.  Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District crews were assisted by personnel and equipment the Mid-County, Lake Ozark and Gravois Mills departments, along with Lake West Ambulance.

Lake Area Schools Continue Updating Security

Lake area schools are working with law enforcement to make security changes to their buildings in an effort to keep everyone there safe.  In Morgan County, Superintendent Joyce Ryerson has met with the school resource officer, the Versailles and Stover Police Departments and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department about security improvements.   In Sunrise Beach, police officers have started daily patrols at the Lake West Christian Academy campus. Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly has also scheduled emergency protocol drills and training in March for all agencies that would be involved in a school emergency. The School of the Osage board of education is in the process of updating school policies and procedures. They have a school resource officer and regular police patrols on their campus.

Gravois Mills Medical Clinic May Close

A medical clinic on the west side of the Lake could be facing financial trouble this year.  Dr. Ken Darrington with The Westlake Medical Center in Gravois Mills says the fiscal cliff fix will provide help for 2013, but other changes to Federal reimbursements to the non for profit clinic could force it to close.  Darrington says one of the other doctors at the medical center will be leaving at the start of March.  The Community Foundation of the Lake is in the process of collecting donations to try and keep the doors open.   For more information, go online to www.cfozarks.org.

Morgan County Voters to Consider Use Tax

Morgan County joins Camden County, and the cities of Camdenton, Laurie and Osage Beach, in placing a use tax on the ballot in the April 2nd election. Voters will be asked to approve a 1-1/2 percent tax on out-of-state purchases and private sales of vehicles and boats, to replace revenue lost as a result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last year declaring city and county sales taxes on those items unconstitutional.  Morgan County stands to lose nearly $86,000 a year as a result of that decision.  Western District Commissioner Wayne Kroeschen says if the use tax isn’t approved, commissioners will have to consider cuts to the county services.

Lake Ozark Updates Underage Drinking Ordinance

An update to the city of Lake Ozark municipal code approved by the Board of Aldermen could mean jail time for minors found to be in possession of alcohol. Under the law on the books since 1966, violators were subject to a $50 to $100 fine. The board this week approved a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail bring the city code in line with the state statute.

Funeral Protest Ordinance Discussed in Camdenton

A funeral protest ordinance may soon be in place in Camdenton.  At their meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Alderman discussed an ordinance that  would prohibit any protest within 300 feet of any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, or synagogue from happening an hour before or an hour after any actual funeral or burial service is being held. 

Camdenton City Administrator Brenda Colter says the ordinance follows closely to a similar one passed in Manchester.  That ordinance was upheld last year by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Colter says there have not been protests at any funerals in Camdenton, but says the board wants to move forward on the ordinance out of respect for families that have lost loved ones.  Colter says if the ordinance passes, they are not anticipating any legal challenges. 

The ordinance will be up for a vote at the Board of Alderman’s next meeting on Tuesday, February 5th