State budget director Linda Leubbering is announcing that 2015 fiscal year to date net general revenue collections increased 4.3 percent compared to 2014, from $1.15 billion last year to $1.2 billion dollars this year. Net general revenue collections for August also increased, showing a gain of 2.7 percent from last year, going from $667.2 million dollars to $685.4 million dollars. Leubbering released the latest figures Wednesday.
The National Weather Service office in Springfield has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire KRMS listening area until 11pm. Conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather including damaging winds, cloud to ground lightening, hail and isolated tornadoes. Persons should watch for rapidly changing weather conditions and stay tuned to KRMS for more information.
Counties involved in the watch include Benton, Camden, Cole, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Phelps and Pulaski within our listening region.
The Camden County Commission has agreed to enter into a contract with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding Black Road, which is located in the State Park off Highway 42. Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken explains.
Franken says the agreement, which is for $265 thousand dollars was approved during Tuesday’s Commission meeting. He adds the project could get underway soon.
A coroner’s inquest regarding the death of an Iowa man that occurred in May at the 3.5 mile marker of the Gravois Arm will get underway Thursday in Morgan County. The court proceeding will examine the drowning of 20 year old Brandon Ellingson who went overboard in handcuffs as the State Highway Patrol Water Division was transporting him on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Jurors will determine if there was a crime or any type of negligence involved.
Four boating accidents all occurred on Labor Day at the Lake of the Ozarks. According to the Highway Patrol’s Water Division, the first incident occurred at Party Cove where 41 year old Adam Barbee’s 2001 jet boat caught fire in the engine compartment while idling. The second incident occurred at the 8 mile mark of the Workman’s cove where 19 year old Christopher Gonzales drove his PWC over 19 year old Austin Boulch’s PWC, which was idling at the time. Gonzales received moderate injuries. The third incident occurred at the 20 mile mark as 76 year old Gus Montalto hit a large wake in his 1991 Bayliner causing him to fall in the boat and receive minor injuries. And the fourth accident occurred at the 6 mile mark of the Big Niangua as 18 year old Matthew Blackwell was going in circles in his PWC when 18 year old Travis Kuhn hit a wake with his PWC, became airborne and struck Blackwell’s PWC. Neither party was injured in the incident.
Two boating incidents occurred on Labor Day at Truman Lake. According to the Highway Patrol’s Water Division, the first incident happened at the 1 mile mark of the Osage Arm where 42 year old Andrew Schmitt fell off the tow he was being pulled with on 38 year old Jeff Simmon’s 1994 Rinker boat. Schmitt received serious injuries and was taken to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. Incident number 2 was a hit and run at the State Park. Troopers are looking for more information about the unknown boat and driver that struck a 2014 Bass Tracker that was moored on the docks at the time. If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact the Highway Patrol as soon as possible.
The Camden County library district has been awarded a technology grant from the Missouri State Library, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. Camden County library director Michael Davis says the $6,300 grant will be put to good use.
The Secretary of State’s technology grants are funded by the library services and technology act thru the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library services. A total of 24 grant applications have been approved by the Secretary of State’s office for the 2015 fiscal year.