A gift’s flown in to University Hospital Staff for Life. The hospital, in Columbia, has a new McDonnell Douglas MD-902 twin-engine helicopter, as part of the Staff for Life Helicopter Service’s 30th anniversary celebration. It replaces an older chopper that’s been in use since 1993 and retired just over a year ago. The Staff for Life Helicopter Service now has three bases: at University Hospital, Lake Regional in Osage Beach, and another in La Monte.
Lake area businesses, churches and families are already hard at work collecting goods and packing shoe boxes that will go to children in orphanages, war-zones and disaster areas. They’re working with Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. They’re goal is 2800 shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week Nov. 12-19.
There are not many items on the agenda for the Osage Beach Board of Alderman when they meet tonight, but a group of west end business owners plan to address the board. The group plans to make a request during the public comment time to ask the board before they go ahead with any plans for the Key Largo Road area to do an economic input study. The group wants the study to focus on business facts and figures today and in the future. The board will also have the second reading of a bill that would allow Mayor Penny Lyons to have a contract with the Osage Beach Fire Department to provide dock and building inspection services. The Osage Beach Board of Alderman will meet tonight at 6:30 at Osage Beach City Hall.
David Krzysik of Tuscumbia pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of bank robbery and a count of carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. The charges involve the March 15th robbery of First State Bank in Iberia. Authorities say Krzysik also allegedly tried to hold up Central Trust Bank in Tuscumbia. Krzysik is subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison without parole, and a maximum life without parole.
The Secretary of State’s Office says 72 percent of Missouri’s registered voters are predicted to cast ballots in the November 6th general election. The estimate is a compilation of local turnout predictions submitted by county clerks around the state.
In the Lake area, Miller County clerk Clayton Jenkins says he predicts a turnout of 70 percent:
Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd is predicting “75-80 percent”:
And, in Morgan County, clerk Cathy Daniels expect a 75 percent turnout at the polls:
All county clerks offices will be open on Saturday, for in-person absentee voting. Today is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot.
A drug raid in Osage Beach leads to the arrest of five people. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department says deputies and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group officers served a warrant in the six thousand block of Shadow Circle. A synthetic cannabinoid lab with a street value of 100 thousand dollars, along with three firearms and 18 hundred dollars in cash were seized. 20-year old Micah Schlicht, 22-year old Zacharia Anderson, 23-year old William Dismang, 19-year old Jorey Anderson and 42-year old Chadwick Schlicht were taken into custody. All five are charged with manufacture and production of a controlled substance. They are being held at the Camden County Jail on cash only bonds of 50 thousand dollars each.
Betty Anne McCaskill, mother of Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has died at age 84. McCaskill, a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday at her home in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems, according to an announcement from the senator.
Betty Anne McCaskill, the first woman ever elected to the Columbia City Council, was a mainstay of Missouri Democratic politics throughout her life.
Inspired to get involved in politics after President Harry Truman delivered the commencement address at her University of Missouri graduation in 1950, Betty Anne was known for her own brand of plain-spoken, colorful, Midwestern sensibility, not unlike Truman’s.
She and her husband, Bill McCaskill, worked for many candidates through the years, beginning with Senator Stuart Symington and every election year since. She was a friend to local town officials as well as Presidents, with the same campaign effort made for both.
As in her daughter Claire McCaskill’s previous elections, in 2006 Betty Anne became a tireless fixture on the campaign trail as Claire successfully launched her first bid for the US Senate.