The Camden County Commission will be meeting this Tuesday for regular session. Items on their agenda include a public comment meeting at 10:30 along with the Griffin rezoning and a closed session for employee issues. The Commission is also holding a special meeting with McGrath Insurance at 9:30. Tuesday’s regular meeting starts at 10am at the County Courthouse in Camdenton and is open to the public.
A Macks Creek man is out on bond after being arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a child. According to the Camden County prosecuting attorney’s office, 61 year old Ronald Lee Richards is facing two counts of first degree child molestation and one count of statutory sodomy related to events that allegedly took place beginning in 2006 with an eight year old girl. Richards faces up to 15 years in prison on each count of child molestation and at least ten years for statutory sodomy. He was recently released after posting bond.
Some traffic improvements are being made in the city of Lake Ozark. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says the proposed changes will help alleviate many of the traffic issues in the Arrowhead Beach subdivision.
Van Dee says a traffic control ordinance to make the proposed changes was recently approved by the Lake Ozark Board of Alderman.
Area law enforcement agencies will have the opportunity to apply for grants in order to fund activities and purchase equipment designed to reduce traffic fatalities. The central region Missouri collation for roadway safety is currently accepting grant applications to cover the cost of overtime for checkpoints, saturation patrols and equipment to help with enforcement, such as radar guns and intoximeters. Applications must be submitted by October 31st and funding decisions are expected to be made by November 15th.
Governor Jay Nixon is one of four Governors that have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. Nixon traveled there over the weekend to receive counter-terrorism briefings, meet with the U.S. Ambassador and greet troops from Missouri. Two Missouri National Guard units are currently deployed in Afghanistan and are engaged in deconstruction operations. The department of defense sponsored the trip and the Governor is expected to head home Monday.
A challenge to Missouri’s ban on same sex marriage is due back in court Monday. The city of St. Louis issued marriage licenses to four same sex couples in June, setting up the current legal battle. The city has agreed to stop issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples until the issue is resolved in state and federal court. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he’s in favor of same sex marriage but feels he’s obligated under the law to defend the state’s definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
A house review committee, made up of a bipartisan group of state representatives, will hold its first public hearing on Oct. 1 at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. The group will explore whether the merger of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Water Patrol was a good thing, or not. They will also look into training received by the troopers, and the overall cost benefits of the merger. The committee is chaired by State Representative Diane Franklin. The second public hearing will be at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14 at the Osage Beach City Hall.