Local Woman Killed When Vehicle Rolls

A Stover woman dies in a single vehicle accident Wednesday night in Morgan County.

Forty-two year old Jill Marriott was headed north on Missouri 135 at Ehlers Road in her 2002 GMC when she missed a curve. Marriott’s GMC swerved across the southbound lane and hit a ditch, overturning several times before it came to rest on its top. The Stover woman was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.

This is fatality number 59 for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F in 2011.

Camdenton Adds 30 Days to Electronic Sign Experiment

The city of Camdenton is taking another thirty days to decide whether or not they should change their electronic sign ordinance.

The issue began when Farmers Insurance on Highway 54 began playing video and commercials on their message board, something currently not allowed under city code. Alderman Sandy Osborn says the original 30 day window where businesses could play what they like during the day wasn’t long enough to make a decision.

If the board chooses to make a change and allow video, planning and zoning will get involved.

The police had no accidents due to electronic signs nor any complaints to city hall during the original 30 day trial.

Local Water Systems Make MoDNR List

Three local water systems are not meeting the state standard for water testing.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says that Nantucket Bay in Camden County, Camp Bagnell Campground in Miller County, and Mallard Bay in Morgan County have violated the state testing standard. Within the past twelve months the three systems have had three major monitoring violations.

MoDNR says making the list does not mean that water is not safe, but routine testing is the best way to maintain a safe water supply.

Plan Presented to Extend Payroll Tax Cut

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill spent part of Wednesday talking about a proposal to extend the payroll tax cut.

McCaskill and Senator Susan Collins of Maine presented a bill that would continue the 4.2 percent tax rate for the next year, extending the rate to employers for the first $10 million in payroll. McCaskill says the plan is to avoid a tax increase.

Collins and McCaskill’s bill pulls revenue from two main areas.

Small business owners who report their business income on their personal tax returns would not be affected.

Collins and McCaskill both believe they have a bill that could gather bipartisan support.

Portable Heater Causes Home Fire

An electric portable heater in a living room destroys a family home.

Yesterday at just after two in the afternoon, Gravois Fire was toned out to Gravois Heights Road on a call from a neighbor. When crews arrived the one story manufactured home was fully involved. Three dogs were in the building with the unattended portable heater, no one from the family was home.

Gravois Fire Chief Ed Hancock says any type of electric or portable heater should only be used under supervision.

Road Conditions Cause Serious Injuries

Yesterday morning’s slick conditions led to many accidents, two that sent three Camdenton residents to the hospital.

At seven o’clock, 69-year old Marcelle Buxton’s 2006 Subaru began sliding on Velvet Road. Buxton overcorrected and sent the Subaru off the right side of the road into a tree. The Camdenton woman was belted in and suffered serious injuries.

At eight o’clock, 37-year old Amy Miller and 44-year old Brian Miller were headed north in their 2002 Dodge on Missouri 5, half a mile south of Missouri 7. The Dodge began to slide, Brian overcorrected, and the vehicle went off the road, overturning several times down an embankment. Both Camdenton residents were wearing seat belts and suffered serious injuries.

State Launches “Tackle the Flu” Campaign

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a late push reminding people to get their flu shots.

Margaret Donnelly is the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and says the state is launching their “Tackle the Flu” campaign, targeting the vulnerable.

Donnelly says the shot is not the only option.

Donnelly addresses the most common misconception about the shot.

To find a flu vaccine location log onto www.health.mo.gov.