Richland Tax Rate

Richland’s School Board set the district tax rate esrlier this month. The rate’s $2.75/$100 assessed valuation, the same as last year. Superintendent Joe Ridgeway says that the district will get more revenue even though the tax rate remained the same, since the district’s assessed valuation’s gone up.

Camdenton Meets to Discuss ACLU Tuesday Afternoon

The Camdenton school board will meet in special session tonight at 4:30 to talk about the internet and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says the school’s internet filter blocks websites that support gay and lesbian rights and allows websites that condemn homosexuality. The organization has filed suit in federal court and is asking for a preliminary injunction in an attempt to force the school to turn off the internet filtering software. Superintendent Tim Hadfield says the school is following the law.

The meeting tonight takes place at the administration building and is open to the public.

Ameren Asks for Re-Hearing

Ameren Missouri is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a rehearing on pieces of Ameren’s Shoreline Management Plan. The recently approved plan says Ameren has to take action on any private property that crosses its boundary line by May 1st of 2012. The plan also bans decks, gazebos, patios, and other structures on Ameren’s property. Ameren officially filed its request for a rehearing with FERC late last week, stating that the company would like to adjust its boundary so that many of the properties that are encroaching could be in compliance.

Camdenton Smoke Testing Sewer

Smoke testing of the sewer lines is underway in the city of Camdenton. Public Works Director Bill Jeffries says the city started yesterday pumping the non-toxic, odor-free smoke through the system near the Camden Avenue lift station.

The city is trying to find leaks and defects in the aging system.

Multiple Charges After Police Chase

An Eldon man is facing multiple charges after a high speed chase and an apparent attempt at “suicide by cop”. 31-year old Kenneth McCoin was seen by Lake Ozark Police driving in the area of Rick’s C Store early Sunday after he had failed to stop for law enforcement earlier on Saturday evening. McCoin, who was wanted on a felony assault investigation, led police on a chase on state Route W, down Lakeland Road, out to 54 and down to Highway 52 in Eldon. The Eldon man drove off the road and bailed out of the vehicle before he was captured. McCoin faces charges of failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, resisting arrest by flight, careless and imprudent driving, driving while intoxicated, and assault of a law enforcement officer after he struggled and tried to disarm one of his arresting officers. He is being held in the Miller County Jail.

Laurie Car Theft Bust

Laurie Police Department have arrested Justin Hawk for stealing a car. Police say the 2000 Chevy Cavalier was taken sometime between July 31st and August 1st from a lot at Fountain Apartments. The car was found abandoned on State Highway 135 in Laurie August 8th. The investigation led to Hawks arrest. He’s being held without bond in the Morgan County Jail.

Cruiser Wake Injures Woman

A large cruiser wake hits a 27 foot Baja and sends a Rhode Island woman to the hospital. Sunday afternoon at just before 2 o’clock, 45-year old Michael Tougaw of Dixon was driving the Baja at the 3 Mile Mark of the Glaize Arm when the boat hit the wake. Tougaw attempted to slow down when his passenger, 55-year old Virginia Morgan lost her balance and fell, suffering serious injuries.