Four Cases of Listeriosis in Missouri

Missouri has its fourth case of Listeriosis. The disease was found in cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado back in mid-September with 109 people in 23 states becoming sick and 21 people dying from the Listeria contamination. Doug Karas with the Food and Drug Administration says if you are unsure about your cantaloupe, throw it out.

Keep the fruit away from animals as well. Listeriosis can develop up to two months after eating the contaminated cantaloupe.

Camdenton R-III Transport Director Suggests School Closure for Bridge Work

Camdenton R-III Transportation Director Gary Cuendet’s suggested the board of education consider closing school during the replacement of the Hurricane Deck Bridge in 2013.

Cuendet says he’s talked with MoDOT’s Regional Director Bob Lynch about the closure, which could run from two to seven days. MoDOT’s moving a new bridge onto the support structure. Lynch also says new entrances at both ends of the bridge could also lengthen the time the Hurricane Deck Bridge will be closed. Cuendet says the district might want to consider, as a worst case, adding some days into the school year to allow the shutdown.

Motorcycle Accident Takes Life of Syracuse Woman

A Syracuse woman dies in a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon in Morgan County. At 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon, 43-year old Katherine Chappell was riding her 1997 Honda south on Route W, one mile south of the Marvin cutoff road, when she missed a curve and the bike skidded across the centerline. Chappell was thrown from the bike. She was wearing a helmet and suffered fatal injuries. This is fatality #46 for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F in 2011.

Protecting Families During Fire Prevention Week

This week is National Fire Prevention Week across the country. This year’s theme is protecting families. Osage Beach Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Dorhauer says his district is seeing more fires caused by distraction.

The chief recommends that families develop a plan in case of a house fire and practice the drill at lease twice a year. Osage Beach Fire also offers free smoke detectors for homes. Contact 348-1221 for more details.

Co-Mo Begins Construction on High-Speed Fiber-to-Home Broadband Network

Co-Mo Electric is getting into the internet business. Construction of the “Co-Mo Connect” broadband network began this morning. Initially, the fiber-to-the-home service will be tested in two pilot project areas — one south of Syracuse and the other in the Laurie/Sunrise Beach area.  In some cases, customers will have their first alternative to dial-up connections. Co-Mo hopes to eventually expand the high speed internet service to all customers. Spokesman John Agliata says, “If you get electricity from Co-Mo Electric, you could be getting high-speed broadband internet.”

Police Look for Vehicle in Osage Beach Hit-and-Run

Osage Beach police report a hit-and-run accident occurred at 3:24 this afternoon. Thery’re looking for a suspect vehicle, described as a green Hyundai or Escort, with a possible license PJ5C5L. The car was last seen eastbound from Osage Beach Parkway and Hwy 42, being driven by a blond female. The vehicle may have sustained front-end damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Osage Beach Police Department, at 302-2010.