Polar Bear Strut & Plunge

Next Saturday, February 25th is the Polar Bear 5k Strut, in Osage Beach. Registration begins at 8:00 am, at Osage Beach City Hall, with a fifty dollar minimum registration donation. The strut gets underway at 10 and runs until noon. Participants can strut, walk or run through the very challenging 3.1 mile course. The Polar Bear Strut is open to anyone and strollers are welcome. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. If you’d like more information, you can call 573-302-2010 extension 910 or you can log on to Special Olympics Missouri website at <<http://www.somo.org/strut>>.
Immediately following the Polar Bear Strut is the Polar Bear Plunge. Registration is at noon, with a seventy-five dollar minimum registration donation. The parade of costumes begins at 2 and plunging at 2:30. It all takes place at Public Beach number 2 in Osage Beach.

Cole Camp Clinic to Re-Open

After more than a year-and-a-half Cole Camp Clinic will re-open in March.
The clinic was forced to close in July 2010 after its resident physician took another job and the clinic’s search committee ran into issues trying to find a replacement.
According to Bothwell Regional Health Center spokeswoman Lisa Church, the clinic is now taking appointments and will begin seeing patients March 1, and will be staffed by Dr. John Wendt and nurse practitioner Patty Kinkead, .
According to Church, while the clinic is located in Cole Camp, at least 1,600 separate patients were seen at the clinic before it closed, from Stover, Warsaw, Gravois Mill, Mora, Versailles, Lincoln, Tipton and Warrensburg.

Camden County Man Sentenced on Child Porn Charges

Twenty-two year old Adam Hammond, of Camden County, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole for producing child porn and enticing a minor for sex.

Hammond was also ordered by The United States Attorney to pay over 1700 dollars to his victim.
Hammond met the 11-year-old girl through a social networking site and persuaded her to send him sexually explicit images of herself. He then traveled to her home and picked her up. The victim’s mother saw her leaving and followed them in her own vehicle. Hammond was arrested after crashing his car.

ACLU: Camdenton Only School to Challenge Us

A federal judge has ordered the Camdenton R-III School District to stop using its Internet filtering software to restrict access to websites about gay, lesbian and transgender issues. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the district on behalf of organizations whose websites are blocked by the filter. ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says the district’s filtering system violates First Amendment rights, engaging in ‘viewpoint discrimination’ by blocking access to websites supportive of LGBT issues:

Under terms of the ruling by U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, the district has 30 days to remove the Internet filters:

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert tells what happens next:

Camdenton school officials say they’re considering their options, but Superintendent Tim Hatfield released a written statement saying the district “stands by its position that it has acted in the best interest of its students and will continue to do so. The District does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination against any of its students and supports the rights of its students to receive information.”

Toddler’s Death Now Believed to be Murder

The three-year-old boy who died early this morning wasn’t the victim of a hit and run driver. 21-year old T.J. Presley’s been charged with second degree murder in the death of Blake Litton of Stover. Investigators now believe Litton was killed at his home and taken where his body was found by Presley. Investigators say Litton’s mom is Presley’s girlfriend.

State AG Asked to Take Over Waynesville Schools Theft Case

Pulaski County’s Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman says he’s turning over to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office the case of alleged theft of funds from the Waynesville R-VI School District by one of its’ employees. The theft was reported in January. Hillman says among the reasons for the request are his knowledge of and past work with the suspect, as well as possible testimony by school district officials. Hillman says the individual, who hasn’t been identified, isn’t in a position to engage in any criminal activity in relation to the district.

UPDATE: Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is searching for the vehicle that struck and killed a three-year-old Stover boy early this morning in Morgan County:

Blake Litton was transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia, where he was pronounced dead, according to Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch:

Police are looking for a white car with round taillights. If anyone has any information about the accident, they are asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office or the Highway Patrol.