Lake Welcome Sign Turning Orange

The new Lake of the Ozarks welcome sign is turning orange in recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The Lake-Area Chamber of Commerce will turn the lights on its Hollywood-style sign along Route 54 orange this week to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones. Work Zone Awareness Week, which coincides with the start of the busy highway maintenance and construction season, is designed to alert motorists to the need to slow down, eliminate distractions, and pay attention in work zones.

C.O.P.S Movie Screenings Postponed

Concerns of Police Survivors was set to host two screenings of the documentary “Heroes Behind the Badge” for the Lake of the Ozarks area on Monday at the School of the Osage High School Auditorium. The screenings have been CANCELLED due to conflicting events.  A new date has not yet been announced.  “Heroes Behind the Badge” recounts the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Concerns of Police Survivors — C.O.P.S. — is a nationwide not-for-profit organization, based in Candenton,  that assists surviving families of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Sunrise Beach Man Sentenced in Federal Court

The former owner of the Eclipse Gentleman’s Club in Sunrise Beach is going to jail for more than two years.  On Thursday, 57-year old Jimmy Davis was sentenced in federal court to two years and six months behind bars for illegally possessing 31 guns.  He had pleaded guilty last July to a felon being in possession of firearms.  Davis home and business was raided by federal authorities in August of 2010 where they found handguns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.  Davis had previous convictions for meth trafficking and selling marijuana.  

Crash Sends Versailles Teenager to Hospital

A 16-year old from Versailles is taken to the hospital after a one vehicle accident in Morgan County.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says on Thursday evening, a vehicle driven by Steven Safford was on Indigo Road just east of Highway 5 when it went off the road.  He over corrected twice before the vehicle went off the road, crashed and caught on fire.  Stafford was taken to a Jefferson City hospital for treatment.

Osage Beach Elementary Getting New Building on Nichols Road

Last week’s election saw several school bond issues on the ballot including Camdenton R-III looking to simply move funds around to build a new elementary building in Osage Beach to meet the needs of the over capacity Osage Beach Elementary.  The school’s principal,  Renee Slack,  says construction will start soon:

Excited to get Started

Slack says everyone at the school is excited about getting the work underway:

Renee Slack on the Architect

The new school will be located on Nichols Road:

Renee Slack on the Location

Another project will upgrade facilities at Hurricane Deck Elementary school.

Investigation Continues into Fatal Fire Near Eldon

Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott says the investigation into the discovery of a body following a fire in a vacant rental home near Eldon earlier this week should be wrapped up on Friday:

Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott – awaiting autopsy results

The body of 23-year-old Brent Comer was discovered after a fire in a home on Eldon Road Monday night.  Comer’s car with his driver’s license inside was parked nearby.  No information has been released to indicate what Comer was doing there.  Investigators are still conducting interviews and following up on leads:

Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott – wrapping up investigation

The state fire marshal’s office is assisting in the investigation.