A local community is standing behind a family after a series of situations leaves them with no home and the death of their son. According to reports, firefighters were called out to the home of Shirley and Robert Gilpin on Route V. The house suffered serious smoke and heat damage and was a total loss. Meanwhile Gilpin’s son Anthony was racing to the house after hearing about the fire. Police say he lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to pass another vehicle and ended up flipping multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger, Fredrick Cundiff, was flown to University Hospital in critical condition. Members of the Red Cross are providing food and shelter and the community has agreed to pay for the son’s funeral.
Laurie Mayor Scott Fahrer is on a mission to lower water rates in his city after results from a study revealed a four person family uses 6,438 gallons on average, at a cost of $108.41 a month. Only one other town studied has water rates higher than the city of Laurie. The board tabled a request by Mayor Fahrer to obtain a new water rate study in order to get bids from more than one engineering firm.
The Laurie Board of Aldermen tabled a decision this week on a suggestion to install water meters on cooks shacks in the city park that are privately owned. These buildings are used during festivals such as the hillbilly fair. The city found a water leak and a water cooled ice machine in several of the shacks to be the cause of extremely high water usage. The board is also considering disconnecting the water, except during events.
The Sunrise Beach Police Department has been busy and they have been closely watching speeding and stop signs in the village. The Department received a total of 270 calls in august. In the traffic division officers issued 62 warnings and 184 citations. Of the 184 citations sixty-eight were for stop sign violations and 64 for speeding. There were ten tickets given for following too close and seven for driving while intoxicated.
Part of Osage Beach Parkway will be closed this coming Sunday afternoon for a benefit car show. Local businesses located on the east side of the Grand Glaize Bridge will be hosting a classic car show and the local businesses will be donating 15% of their sales to Tru Fields, a Versailles resident who was born premature and suffers from cerebral palsy. Osage Beach Police will be closing the eastbound section of the parkway heading towards Passover road from 3 to 7pm during the event.
Roadwork continues this week in Camden County as crews from the Department of Transportation continue to perform roadway resurfacing on Highway 7 between Highway 5 and 65 with plans to complete the project in November. Also, roadside maintenance will commence on Route 54 between Route Y and Runabout Drive on Tuesday. In both areas, one lane is open and crews are flagging traffic through the work area.
Likewise, Roadwork continues for Miller County this week as crews from the Department of Transportation continues roadside maintenance on Highway 54 near Route 52. Also, culvert pipe replacement will commence on Route 87 near Prairie Hill Road and near Business 54. Crews will also replace the pipe on Route K at route 17. One lane is open and crews will flag traffic through the work areas.
Police are on the lookout for a person that stole a Coca-Cola truck. According to reports, a Coca-Cola truck driver was unloading boxes of Coke when someone jumped into the cab of the truck and just took off. Apparently Police found the truck abandoned in a field later that day. Police say the person who stole the vehicle took cash from the cab and a few cases of soda. If you have any information on this, please contact your local Police Department.
Sunday is the start of National Child Passenger Safety Week and Police Departments across the Ozarks are offering free car seat safety checks. Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety or booster seat unless they weigh 80 pounds or 4’9 tall. Often care seats go out of date or are recalled and Police say this is a chance to make sure your seat is up to date. Osage Beach Police already offer free car seats for those unable to purchase new ones. National Child Safety Week runs through September 20th.