Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Are you ready for an earthquake? More than a million people in nine states – including Missouri – are signed up to take part in Thursday morning’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The State Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, families and businesses to participate in the third annual earthquake drill.  Participants will drop to the ground at 10:15 a.m., practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique for surviving an earthquake.

Contract Awarded for Osage River Bridge Repair

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded contracts for several mid-Missouri area transportation improvement projects at its meeting today in Jefferson City, including repair of the Osage River Bridge on westbound Highway 54.  APAC will repair the bridge near Lake Ozark after submitting the lowest bid of $834,561.

Morgan County Murder Victims Knew Their Attacker

Morgan County prosecutors say Monday’s murders near Versailles resulted from a botched attempt to obtain prescription drugs. 43-year-old Derrell Spellmeyer of Eldon, 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell and 27-year-old Garland Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, are charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action … accused of killing 66-year-old Freddie Wilson and his 53-year-old wife, Carol. Investigators recovered a bottle of hydrocodone belonging to Carol Wilson.  The Mitchells told authorities that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson’s home to get drugs. Authorities also say Spellmeyer’s sister-in-law was once married to Freddie Wilson.  And, they say,the name “Darrell” can be heard on the recording of Carol Wilson’s 9-1-1 calls.

Horse Rescue Needs Help

A Linn Creek horse rescue group is asking for the public’s help as they get ready to take in more than 50 horses.  The Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary  is receiving 57 horses from a farm in southwest Missouri that is going out of business.  The organization’s president, Connie Hendrix,  says some of the horses are malnourished and need medical care.  Forget Me Not is already caring for about 30 horses.  It takes about $100 per horse to get them ready to either be adopted or to go to a foster home.  The Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is in need of not only money, but also those willing to either adopt or to provide a foster home.  For more information, go to www.missouriforgetmenot.org or call 573-216-3838.

Gravois Sewer District Gets a Green Light

Trustees of the  Gravois Arm Sewer District along with District manager Ray Metscher met with Shultz Surveying and Engineering on Tuesday to begin work for the district’s 4th phase in the new sewer project. During the meeting they identified the 11 areas on the Westside that would benefit from the project. Presently the SSE engineers are evaluating the number of homes in the areas and will determine the exact cost to connect them to the mainline. While the original Phase 3 sewer projects cost the district $8 million, this phase is expected to cost around $4 million. The next meeting for the District will be on Monday March 4th at 6 p.m.  at the District office in Gravois Mills.

Crews Clean Up Fuel Spill in Camdenton

Emergency crews responded to a gasoline spill near the Camdenton Square this afternoon.  A semi trailer truck, attempting to turn around, struck a trailer which in turn hit a fuel tank, causing nearly 150 gallons of gas to leak out.  Camdenton Police, Fire and Public Works crews, along with Camden County Sheriff’s deputies and Mid-County Fire personnel stopped the leak and covered the gasoline with sand.