High Winds Cause Scattered Power Outages

Scattered power outages were reported due to high winds in the Lake area Sunday night.  Lines were down along Route 52 and power was reported out at the Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia.  By midnight, Ameren Missouri reported electricity had been restored to all customers.

According to Ameren, about 250 customers were without power for nearly seven hours.  The Miller County Jail and 9-1-1 dispatch center had to run on generator power.

Lake Area Road Work – Week of 2/11/2013


Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues. Crews continue to set steel girders on the concrete piers. This will require a closure of the existing Hurricane Deck Bridge several times a day for 15 minutes at a time. This process continues over the next 3 to 4 months. The entire project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

Route 54 bridge over Little Niangua River east of the Hickory County line – Bridge inspection will take place this week. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route A bridge over Auglaise Creek north of Happy Hollow Road – Bridge inspection will take place this week.  One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.



Route 52 between Route 17 and Route 54 – Roadside maintenance will take place today through Friday, February 22nd. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route HH between Route 52 and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place today through Friday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Volunteers Needed for Shoreline Cleanup

Adopt-the-Shoreline is looking for volunteers to take part in the 23rd annual spring shoreline cleanup at the Lake of the Ozarks.  626 volunteers took part in last years cleanup, coordinated by Ameren Missouri’s Bryan Vance:

last year’s shoreline cleanup

Old dock foam used to make up the majority of the debris picked up each Spring:

unencapsulated styrofoam

This year’s cleanup will get underway on March 16th and run through April 14th.

Car Strikes Herd of Deer on Morgan County Road

A herd of deer on the roadway sends a woman to the hospital. The accident happened in Morgan County Friday afternoon, on Route D. The Highway Patrol says 64-year-old Virginia Dollinger of Sedalia was injured when her car struck a group of deer two miles north of Route Z. She was taken to Bothwell Hospital by ambulance.

Camdenton Passes Ordinance Banning Funeral Protests

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has passed an ordinance banning funeral protests.   The new law allows the city  to prohibit any protest within 300 feet of any residence, cemetery, funeral home, church, or synagogue from happening an hour before or an hour after any actual funeral or burial service is being held.  Camdenton City Administrator Brenda Colter says the ordinance follows closely to a similar one passed in Manchester, Missouri.  That ordinance was upheld last year by the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Camden County Clerk Named to Early Voting Commission

Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd has been appointed to serve on the state’s newly-formed early voting commission, to evaluate the most efficient, fair and secure way to allow eligible Missourians to cast a ballot before Election Day. Todd’s appointment was announced by Secretary of State Jason Kander. The commission will meet throughout the month of February in Jefferson City to discuss the merits of early voting and to give citizens the opportunity to provide input. The first meeting is scheduled for February 13th.

Hours Cut at Two Miller County Post Offices

The elimination of Saturday mail delivery isn’t the only impact of the budget cuts at the Postal Service.  Changes are coming to some Lake area post offices.  Effective February 23rd, the St. Elizabeth post office will only be open four hours per day — from 8 am. to noon — Monday thru Friday.  Most of the postal customers responding to a survey said they would rather see hours cut than lose their post office all together.   The Ulman post office has already reduced its hours and is only open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 11:45 on Saturdays.