Semi Crash Blocking Highway 7

Emergency crews are on the scene of a tractor trailer rollover accident on Highway 7 just east of J road in Camden County. The Missouri Highway Patrol says one lane of traffic is blocked but a tow truck is on the way. No word on how long the road will be blocked. There is also no information at this time on any injuries. Drivers should avoid the area if at all possible.

C.O.P.S. Gets Grant to Help Fallen Officer Survivors

C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors, based in Camdenton, says it’s gotten a $50,000 grant as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute Grant Program. The money will be used to fund scholarships to surviving children and spouses of law enforcement officers who die in the line of duty in states that don’t provide that benefit in the line-of-duty death benefits.

OSS Returns to Lake of the Ozarks

The Offshore Super Series will be returning to the Lake of the Ozarks. The official announcement was made last night at Beavers at the Dam in Lake Ozark. The event will be held June 7th – 9th, with the race course being set out in front of Bagnell Dam.

After working with the city of Lake Ozark, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Ameren Missouri, the dam will be closed to traffic to allow race fans to view the races. National and World Champion as well as World Record Holder Dave Scott, an offshore racing legend, will be the honorary chairperson. The goal of the event is to generate significant new tourism revenue to the Lake of the Ozark economy at a time before the traditional summer vacation season. A race committee is working to meet all race event financial commitments through sponsorships, and designate the remaining funds to local charities as well as beautification projects in the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip area.

Ameren Missouri’s Rate Hike Request Granted

State regulators have approved a $260 million rate increase for customers of Ameren Missouri. The rate hike, approved today is intended to cover such things as the utility’s rising fuel costs, infrastructure improvements, vegetation trimming and storm repairs. The increase is about two-thirds of what Ameren had requested and should cost the average residential customer about $10 per month. This is the fifth rate hike in the past six years for Ameren.

Candidate Filing Open in Camdenton

So far just one candidate has filed to run for office in the city of Camdenton in the April election. City officials say John McNabb of Camdenton has filed to run for mayor. Other offices on the ballot include Alderman in Wards one, two and three along with Special Road District R. Filing will close at 5:00 PM on January 15th. The election will be on April 2nd.

Camden County Installs Prescription Drug Drop Box

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is installing a drop box for residents to safely dispose of their unused and expired prescription drugs:

Sheriff Dwight Franklin says local residents wanting to turn in their unused or expired medications can do so at any time, anonymously, starting tomorrow:

Instead of throwing old medicines away where they could be accessed by others, or flushing them down the toilet where they could enter the groundwaterwater, Sheriff Dwight Franklin is encouraging residents to use the new drop box:

Sheriff Dwight Franklin says he plans to expand the program, with additional drop off boxes in other locations throughout the county:

Franklin says citizens are encouraged to “black out” their personal information on the prescription bottles, but not the contents of the bottle itself. Being an anonymous program, no investigations will be conducted relative to any prescription being dropped off.

Dems Name Choices for Morgan County Presiding Commissioner

Morgan County Democrats have made their recommendations to Governor Nixon for who should fill the Morgan County Presiding Commissioner seat left vacant by the death of Jay Fisher last month. The county Democratic Committee has voted to submit the names of James Vaughn of Versailles and Billy Arment of Barnett. Republicans have already made their recommendations. Now the governor will make an appointment.