After a series of arsons, Lebanon firefighters, police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are hoping you may be able to help them find whoever’s behind fires at four vacant homes. The most recent fires were Sunday morning around 5a.m. Lebanon Fire Chief Sam Schneider says with all of the homes empty when they burned, they rules out human accident. Schneider says it’s not clear if the fires are connected. Anyone with information can call the Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department or the State’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-392-7766.
Waynesville High School’s guidance department’s hosting its annual college career night program next Wednesday, in the high school gymnasium, from 6-7:30 p.m. Representatives from college, technical schools, military and various other organizations will be available to talk with students and parents about programs, financial aid.
The results of a survey of Lake of the Ozarks business owners and residents has turned up a problem: slow Internet access speeds. A meeting in Camdenton displayed the lake’s lack of broadband access to many interested residents and officials. Gov. Nixon’s launched MoBroadbandNow, an initiative that’ll hopefully bring broadband access speeds to 95% of the state by the end of 2014. Survey data showed that rural areas like the ones surrounding the lake are behind the technological curve. The survey found 25% of the respondents in Camden, Miller, Morgan and Laclede counties use dial-up connections to access the Internet and e-mail at home. 1% of the respondents don’t even know what their up and down speeds are.
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.
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 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.
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.