JQH Hotels and Resorts Leaving Project in Colorado Springs

John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts will be walking away from a stalled hotel project in Colorado Springs. The Colorado Springs Gazette is reporting that the Springfield based hotelier will abandon completion of the 300 room, 11-story Renaissance hotel which began construction back in April of 2008. A mechanics lein filed by Flintco Incorporated of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the hotel’s general contractor, led to a foreclosure sale of the property back on October 20th. Hammons Hotels and Resorts has acquired land just south of the Grand Glaize Bridge in Osage Beach and has plans to build a multi-story Embassy Suites hotel and conference center.

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Climax Springs R-IV School District

A resident of Climax Springs R-IV School District has filed complaints against the current board with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Bill Holder’s accusing the board of two violations of a rule that bars public funds expenditure by a political subdivision officer or employee for campaigning. In one complaint, Holder claims the Community Improvement Project Campaign Committee, which campaigned for the school’s bond issue on last April’s election, reimbursed the school $865 for postage and printed material in May. By the way, the bond issue was defeated.

Excessive Heat Warning Lasts Until Saturday Night

Humid and hot conditions will continue into the weekend. With the temperatures predicted above 100 the National Weather Service says a potentially dangerous public health situation could develop over the next couple of days. Melissa Hunter is the nursing manager at Lake Regional Hospital. She says there have been no major heat related incidents at the E.R. but the highest potential for danger could be this weekend.

There are some tips.

The excessive heat warning is set to last until saturday night.

Police Look for STAFF Theives

A surveillance camera video is being circulated in the hopes of finding some theives. Two separate incidents have been reported at the STAFF animal shelter on Highway 5 just south of the Morgan and Camden County line. Back on Sunday a young man pulled up in his truck and stole aluminum cans which were donated for recyclying proceeds. Back on the 6th of July a woman pulled up with a dog in her truck and stole some donated items that had been left outside. Log onto www.lakeexpo.com to view the video. Contact Sunrise Beach Police at 374-7757 if you have any information.

Laurie Food Pantry Asks for Public’s Help

A local food pantry is asking the public for help for the first time in its 17 years of existence. The End Time Joseph Program at the Opened Door Christian Fellowship Church in Laurie has seen its food levels drop to 20 percent of its normal levels. With the recent floods in the state and the tornado in Joplin, food bank supplies from Columbia have been unable to keep up with the local demand. The Opened Door Christian Fellowship Church is looking for donations of money to purchase food or for non-perishable food items. Call 374-6323 for information on how to donate.

Fire in Laundry on Golden Gate Trail

A fire tuesday in Osage Beach is being blamed on a clogged dryer. Osage Beach Fire Protection District crews responded to the call at the two thousand block of Golden Gate Trail at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. The one story home had fire and smoke showing from the laundry room. Crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly with no injuries reported. The home had $35,000 in fire and smoke damage. The district reminds people to clean their dryer lint ducts frequently and check all appliances for proper ventilation and operation.

State Issues Warning About Insurance Adjusters in Joplin

The Missouri Department of Insurance is warning Joplin-area residents they may be approached by companies illegally offering to negotiate their insurance claims for them. To represent a consumer in negotiations with an insurance company, an individual must have a license as a public adjuster with the Department of Insurance. Consumers with challenges to their homeowners insurance claims may be vulnerable to companies that are unscrupulous or operating illegally in the state. These companies may call themselves insurance claims specialists or say they can get a home rebuilt better than before at no charge to the homeowner. Before selecting a public adjuster to represent them, consumers should contact the department to verify that the individual is properly licensed by the state.