KK Tie Ins Being Addressed by MoDOT

The contractor is fixing tie-ins and service road connections as the western portion of the 54 Expressway gets ready to open.

Bob Lynch from MoDOT says KK where the old road ties in with the new road will be smoothed out.

The western portion of the 54 Expressway should be open by Thanksgiving, with additional work being completed by the end of the winter.

Cooperative Members Getting Credits

For the seventh straight year, Co-Mo Electric customers will get some good news in the mail.

The electric cooperative is returning money to its active members on their late November or early December bills. John Agliata of Co-Mo says the company is also saving $100,000 by not mailing out checks.

Credits will be distributed to customers based on their length of membership in the cooperative. $2.88 million dollars will go back to members through the credits.

Barrel Bob Lost, and Found

Two women are in hot water after police say they stole one of the “Barrel Bob” mascots used by the MoDOT to alert drivers work zones. Police got a call early Saturday about a noise complaint at an Osage Beach condo complex, and were told that several people were seen carrying Barrel Bob to an unknown unit. Officers later stopped a car and questioned a 24-year-old woman from Warrensburg and a 28-year-old female from O’Fallon. Police say the pair admitted taking the statute, and it was recovered. What happens next is up to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office.

Former Eldon School Superintendent Hailed as ‘Hero’

“People” magazine has named former Eldon School District superintendent C.J. Huff one of its 2011 heroes. Huff, who left Eldon to join the Joplin school system in 2008, won the award for his efforts in reopening schools damaged by the May 22 tornado. Five school buildings were destroyed in the storm, which also killed 162 people.

Osage Beach Teen Injured in Route 54 Wreck

An Osage Beach teenager was injured this morning when he lost control of his car on a curve on Route 54 a mile west of Route Y, went off the road a struck a bluff. 17-year-old Andrew Peth was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. His 2003 Chevvy was totaled. The accident happened just after 8:00 this morning.

Charges After Sunday Night Crash

An Eldon man faces multiple charges after he is ejected from his vehicle Sunday night.

Thirty-six-year old Clifford Branstetter was driving his 1994 Eagle east on Business 54, just west of Highway 54 in Miller County when he lost control and the vehicle went off the right then the left side of the road. The Eagle overturned and Branstetter, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. The Eldon man was flown by the Staff For Life to University Hospital in Columbia.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has charged the Eldon man with Driving While Intoxicated second offense, not wearing a seat belt, driving with someone else’s plates, not having insurance, and not having a driver’s license.

Safety Tips for Halloween Night

Trick-or-treaters should be out and about tonight celebrating Halloween.

Lake Ozark Assistant Fire Chief Matt Birdsley reminds parents to make their kids visible for drivers who may not be used to foot traffic on the roads.

Birdsley also recommends that kids hold off on eating their candy until the end of the night.

And remember to watch out for any type of open flame.

The Lake Ozark Fire Protection District will have a bounce house and food and candy at their fire station on Bagnell Dam Boulevard from 5 to 8 tonight. Walk on the Rocks takes place at Hy Vee from four to seven. And select stores at the Osage Beach Premium Outlet Mall will hand out candy starting at 4 o’clock tonight. The information center will have a list available this afternoon.