They’re Collecting for Annual Morgan County Book Sale

The Morgan County Library wants your used books, CDs, DVDs and tapes for its Annual Book Sale. The library’s accepting items that are in good shape – no scratches, no bugs, no mildew, no missing pages – from now until April 26 during regular business hours. Think of it as a chance to do some housecleaning. It’s also a good time to stock up on books, movies and music. The Annual Book Sale’s 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27 and 9 a.m.-noon April 29.
The sale benefits library programs and facilities.

Linn Creek Man Busted for Alleged Meth Possession

A joint search by Camden County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group’s put a Linn Creek man behind bars. 32-year old Devyn Franklin’s in custody, charged with possession of a controlled substance. He’s in the Camden County Adult Detention Center. The search was carried out at a home in the 100 block of Lake Hugo Drive Linn Creek. Investigators say they recovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Thousands Expected at Stover Rally and Vigil

Stover residents hold a march and candlelight vigil in memory of three-old Blake Litton, beginning at 5:00. Jennifer Fahrer is one of the organizers:

The event is being organized as a memorial for the little boy who died a week ago today after being beaten, allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend, police say they then tried to cover up the beating by claiming he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, and also to raise awareness about child abuse:

Fahrer says any money raised during the event – they’ll be accepting donations – will be used to pay for Blake Litton’s funeral, and living expenses for Blake’s surviving siblings:

The “All About Blake!” march starts at 5:00 at Morgan County R-1 School, followed by a candlelight vigil at Stover City Park.

Boil Order for Parts of Osage Beach Monday Night

Starting Monday night at 11, the City of Osage Beach will be doing routine maintenance on water utilities at 671- 776 Passover Road, Arlene, Wilson, Wyrick and Maggie streets off Passover. Water should be back in service by 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. A temporary boil advisory will be ordered for the affected areas until sample results are received. For more information regarding boil advisories you may visit www.dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp.

Shoreline Cleanup Prep Meeting March 8th

The 2012 Annual Shoreline Cleanup’s March 17 through April 15. To get ready for the event, the Adopt-the-Shoreline organization at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks has a workshop on March 8 to help new and prospective Adopt-the-Shoreline members learn about the program and how to conduct successful cleanups. It’s at the Climax Springs VFW Post 3600 on Highway 7, beginning at 6 p.m. Among the topics that’ll be covered: equipment and required tools; and safety-related procedures and tips to have a fun and successful shoreline cleanup.

OBPD, IRS Warn of Scam Artists Posing as IRS Agents

Osage Beach police say an elderly woman received a call from a man posing as an IRS agent wanting to “update her information” in their file. She became suspicious, didn’t answer his questions, and called police because she wanted to warn others. Internal Revenue Service representative Peggy Riley says identity theft scams peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns:

Riley warns taxpayers to also watch out for identity theft attempts through “phishing” scams:

Anyone who believes their personal information has been stolen and used for tax purposes should immediately contact the IRS.

State Board Approves Request for No Child Left Behind Waiver

Missouri’s Board of Education today approved a request for a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Members voted to support the waiver’s submission to the U.S. Education Department with minor changes. Last fall, President Obama decided states would be allowed to seek a waiver from the law, which requires all students to show proficiency in math and reading by 2014. States must meet conditions such as setting standards to prepare students for college and careers.