Eldon Man Killed in Head on Crash

An Eldon man is killed when his vehicle is hit by a truck headed the wrong way on Highway 54 in Cole County.

Fifty-six-year old Larry Huston was driving his 2004 Ford van west on 54 at 2:30 Sunday morning. A 1995 Dodge Ram headed east in the westbound lanes of 54 hit Huston’s van head on. The Eldon man was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, 29-year old Marta Vaca of Kingdom City was wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. Her passenger, 29 year old Jerry Friend of Fulton was not wearing a seat belt and was seriously injured.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has not charged the driver of the wrong way truck. This is fatality number 54 for Troop F in 2011.

Ameren Lays Out 662 Plan at Town Hall

Ameren will ask FERC if they can lower the project boundary to 662 feet and remove most residential structures from Ameren property.

About 200 people gathered at the Camdenton Middle School Saturday to listen to representatives from Ameren detail their propsal. Jeff Green from Ameren spoke about carve outs.

Green says Ameren is asking for 662 lakewide but FERC may only allow the change in areas where residences are on Ameren property. Regardless, if the plan is approved, the boundary line move will be the first step followed by some sort of land conveyance.

Ameren plans to map the lake, address all homes on Ameren property, and then submit the 662 plan with maps to FERC and all resource agencies by the first quarter of next year.

Jeff Douglas, manager of real estate from Ameren, said on Saturday that this whole process has been very transparent.

“I will say that there were some comments made, people say that we misrepresented the situation, I think an official in Camden County actually said that we committed fraud.  I’ll tell you what, fraud is a criminal act. We did not commit fraud,” Douglas said. “We are good stewards of the shoreline, I’d be happy to debate that issue with anybody.  I can say I am proud of our record on shoreline management.”

Road Work for the Week of November 21st

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in Camden County. On the 54 Expressway, drivers on the Osage Beach Parkway wanting to access the expressway headed west will have to access at KK. The Key Largo access to the expressway has been shut down. Eastbound parkway traffic that wants to access the Grand Glaize Bridge will have to use Case Road to enter the expressway, then travel across the bridge. One lane on the eastbound Grand Glaize Bridge in each direction is closed while the median barrier near the bridge is constructed. Also in Camden County, on old Route 5 between 54 and the Laclede County line, one lane will be open this week for maintenance and repair.

Checking the road work in Miller County, Fish Haven Road drivers can expect delays as the contractor moves material for the new Route 242. The contractor is now running power to the signals at 242 and 54 and the concrete islands and sidewalks are being paved. 242 should be complete before the end of this year.

And checking the road work in Morgan County, on Route 50 between Syracuse and the Pettis County line, one lane will be open this Tuesday through next Friday for roadway maintenance.

Osage Indians Fall In Semifinal Game

A trip to the state class three championship game wasn’t in the cards for the School of the Osage. The Indians suffered their first, and what will be the only, loss of the season Saturday when the John Burroughs Bombers lived up to their name Class three semifinial game. The final was 39 to 14.

“Deck The Docks” For Dogwood Animal Shelter

Dogwood Animal Shelter, the non-profit, “no-kill” refuge for homeless domesticated animals, and getting some help. Dock Reality is hosting a fundraiser for the shelter in the form of a “Deck the Docks” holiday dock lighting contest. Lake of the Ozarks homeowners are encouraged to decorate their docks this holiday season. If you want to be considered for judging, you’ll need to register. You can do that, and make a prize or money donation by e-mailing the following address: julz@dockrealty.com. There will also be be five Friday night, cruises to view the lighted docks. The Dogwood Animal Shelter houses 200 adoptable pets.

Saturday Town Hall Audio

This is the unedited audio from this Saturday afternoon’s town hall forum with the Lake Area Conservative Club and Ameren Missouri. We only have two hours and twelve minutes due to the length of the mini-disc in the recorder.

The full meeting lasted roughly three hours. Portions of the beginning were left off, along with about 20 minutes at the end.

Lake Ozark Property Feud May Go To Court

The Lake Ozark Board of Alderman hopes to see a negotiated settlement between Eagles’ Landing developer Gary Prewitt and adjacent land owners, Mike and Linda Craig. The dispute is over an easement. It started in October, when Prewitt was court-ordered to move a driveway after the Craig’s had filed a lawsuit. The dispute stems from realignment of an entrance on a small portion of a parking-lot easement. The Craigs want a 1983 parking lot easement restored that would ensure access to their propery. City Attorney Roger Gibbons has sent notice to both parties that they have 60 days to work thing out, before the matter goes to court.