New Year’s Baby

The first baby born in 2012 at Lake Regional Hospital was is Hayden Wayne Thacker, son of Jennifer Looney of Camdenton, welcomed to the world at 4:39 a.m. New Year’s Day. As the New Year’s baby, Hayden received a Graco Pack ‘n Play from Lake Regional Health System, a $50 gift card from Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks and assorted clothing.

Arson Suspected in Brush Fires Along Highway 52

Arson is suspected in a series of brush fires along Highway 52 yesterday afternoon, near Versailles Avenue west of Tuscumbia.

Several homes were threatened by the windblown flames. Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says he doesn’t know if the fires are connected to a series of structure fires in Eldon during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Those fires destroyed a shed, a garage, and a vacant house.

The Sheriff’s Department, Eldon Police and the State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating.

Ameren Workshop Tonight in Osage Beach

The next step in the lowering of Ameren’s boundary line begins tonight.

Ameren Missouri meets with the public to workshop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposal from six to eight this evening at the Inn at the Grand Glaize.

Jeff Green says after two planned workshops the company will begin the submittal process.

Green says the plan is to remove all encroachments.

Green adds that the goal is to clarify corporate and private ownership.

Ameren holds another workshop at the Lake West Christian Academy on Thursday from six to eight. Green will talk live with us this morning during the nine o’clock hour of the Morning Magazine.

Unpermitted Drillers Make MoDNR List

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has released their list of well drilling contractors no longer permitted to drill in the state.

James and Jimmy Patton of Camdenton, Matthew Rizer of Linn Creek, Sylvester Kesel of St. Robert, and John Jurgensmeyer of Jefferson City are part of the list of fifty-one.

Individuals may no longer hold their permit due to retirement, change in occupation, failure to renew, or having enforcement action taken against them under the Well Driller’s Act, which also mandates their state permitting.

Sign Changes on Tap in Camdenton

After an additional 30 days of experimentation, Camdenton will address the possiblity of loosening their sign restrictions at their city meeting tonight.

Alderman Sandy Osborn said at the early December meeting that allowing businesses to use animations and videos during the day may help her decide whether or not they should be allowed all the time.

The meeting tonight starts at seven. Any decision the board makes will be passed along to planning and zoning.

Brush Fire Catches Hay on Fire in Miller County

Osage Beach fire investigators are still looking in to the New Year’s Day fire on Nichols Road in Miller County.

Deputy Fire Chief Terry Paul says a brush fire with an unknown cause crept up on the back of the home early Sunday.

Firefighters saved two family pets, one resident of the home was treated for smoke inhalation. Four fire districts fought two hours to contain the home and brush fire.

Blunt Visits Willmore Lodge Wednesday

Missouri’s junior senator is heading through town Wednesday.

Roy Blunt will sit down with Miller County job creators, local leaders, and the Lake Area Chamber at the Willmore Lodge from 8:30 until about 9:30 Wednesday morning. The senator hosts ten economic round tables today and tomorrow throughout the state.

Blunt heads to Burger’s Smokehouse in Moniteau County for another round table at 10:00.