A fire destroyed a home yesterday in Stoutland. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and the red cross is helping the family of six with immediate needs like food and clothing. The family is staying with relatives for the time being and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
More summer roadwork will be taking place around the lake over the next two weeks. In Miller County MODOT will be continuing roadway resurfacing and widening of shoulders on Route 17 between Route 42 and Route 52 and also on Route 52 between Route 54 and Route 17. The projects are scheduled for completion in July. In Camden County roadway maintenance will take place Tuesday, June 17 through Thursday, June 19 on Route 5 between Route 7 and Dry Hollow Road. Route 7 will also see roadway resurfacing continue between Route 5 and Route 65. In all work zones one lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Friday ballot measures on gun rights, police searches and the lottery have been certified for the august ballot. The proposals would each amend the Missouri Constitution if a majority of voters approve. One of the measures, Constitutional Amendment 5, would strengthen gun rights in Missouri. It would make the right to bear arms an “unalienable right” and make the state government “obligated to uphold that right”. A second measure, Constitutional Amendment 9, would add electronic communications and data to the list of information secure from unreasonable search and seizure. People, homes, papers and their effects are already protected. The last measure, Constitutional Amendment 8, proposes a slight shift in lottery ticket revenue to benefit projects and services related to veterans.
An Eldon man has died in a motorcycle accident Friday night in Miller County. 46 year old Charles M. Holder was riding his 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Route W around 10:30pm Friday when he passed several vehicles prior to entering a curve in the roadway then traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking a ditch, utility pole, curb, fence post and gate. With summer here and more motorcycles out on the roads the Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to watch out for motorcycles and to check blind spots when changing lanes. This was Troop F’s 3rd fatality of June and the 27th for 2014.
An Eldon man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Morgan County couple in February 2013. Judge Stan Moore handed down the sentence Thursday to 44 year old Derrell Spellmeyer. Spellmeyer pled guilty to two counts of second degree murder and armed criminal action in November for killing Freddie and Carol Wilson at their home near Versailles. A jury trial for Garland and Mandy Mitchell, the other two charged in the crime will be held in September.
A number of goals have been set by the new mayor of Laurie. Scott Fahrer was elected in April and says while he’s in office there are specific things he would like to see accomplished.
Fahrer says he also wants to trim the city’s budget without hurting existing services and would like to see more people attend the board of alderman meetings. At this week’s meeting additional seating was required due to the large turnout.
Miller says the Lake of the Ozarks is the most tested body of water in the state of Missouri. He also says he wants the Lake to continue being a shining example when it comes to water quality.