Lake Area Ameren Power Customers Will See Energy Usage

Ameren Missouri customers here at the lake, will soon receive a report highlighting their 2011 energy usage and costs. Ameren Missouri has begun distributing the annual Personal Energy Report for residential customers and Business Energy Report for small and mid-sized business customers. This will allow people to check their energy usage on a daily, weekly monthly or annual basis. Ameren will also encourage residents to enroll in a few new programs in order to save time and money, Paperless Billing, Direct Pay and budget billing. Customers are eligible to win a $100 credit on their Ameren Missouri account by enrolling in any of three online billing options.

Tigers Coach Named Coach of the Year

Coach Frank Haith of the beloved Mizzou Tigers was named as The Associated Press Big 12 Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. The Associated Press named Haith yesterday as the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year. The honor is one given to the coach who best exemplifies the character and drive to make his or her team better. The Tigers have always been a team that unites all Missourians, but this season has been excellent by any standard. Coach Haith’s leadership has taken the Tigers to a school record 27 regular-season wins and Gov. Nixon said in a press release yesterday, “With Coach Haith at the helm, our Tigers are poised for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.”

New Charges in Blake Litton Death

New charges have been filed against T.J. Presley, the 21-year old Stover man charged with beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son to death. Presley’s now facing two counts of 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child and abusing a child resulting in death . Presley’s already been charged with second-degree murder, from the Feb. 16 beating that killed 3-year old left Blake Litton.

State Feeling Gas Price Pressure

Consumers aren’t the only ones being hit by Missouri’s rising gas prices. The Missouri State Highway Patrol needs more money for fuel, while other state agencies with employees who drive as part of their job, like child welfare investigators, may have to make cuts to other parts of their budgets to pay for gas. Higher gas prices have also hit the state’s prisons and mental health facilities: higher food prices. And there’s the big worry about high gas prices taking a bite out of tourism.

UPDATE: Attendance Back to Normal at Morgan County R-II Schools

Classes resumed today in the Morgan County R-II School district, and Assistant Superintendent Joyce Ryerson says attendance levels are back to normal on the Versailles campus:

Students were sent home early last Wednesday and the schools were closed Thursday and Friday by a Norovirus outbreak. Over 25 percent of the high school students were absent, complaining of flu-like symptoms. Over the weekend, Ryerson says the schools were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected:

Morgan County Health officials told school administrators the illness generally lasts 24 to 48 hours, and their prognosis appears to have been spot-on:

Lake Area Schools Reopen after FLU closings

In Morgan County, the Versailles Area R-2 school district has reopened today. The school district closed schools last week due to a large number of students and teachers out with FLU like symptoms. The school had reached the 25 percent mark of absences which allows the district to close schools. The Schools reopened today at normal time and are operating on a normal schedule.

Missouri Resort Awarded High Honor

The Cave is America’s only in-cave restaurant and yes its right here in Missouri. The Cave Resturant and Resort located in nearby Pulaski County is the USA’s ONLY restaurant and Resort that is actually located in a cave.

Recently in a worldwide compition for restaurants in strange and wonderful places, the Cave placed fourth in the world based upon the strange and wonderful places critera. The Cave resort was the only resturant and resort in the state of Missouri that was mentioned in this list of winners and candidates. The Cave was up against restaurants in Italy, England and Switzerland.