The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a dangerous new scam happening across the Ozarks. They say there has been a recent string of yellow signs posted across the area offering a “new job” and “now hiring.” A representative from the Bureau’s office attempted to contact the number on one of the signs and after a lengthy conversation; they were asked to meet at a business park to see if they were interested in selling door to door shampoo. The company claims they are based out of Cleveland Ohio but operate in the Ozarks. The BBB contacted the BBB of Ohio and confirmed that no such business exists. Residents are reminded that when contacting anyone for a job opportunity to verify their place of business and see if they are registered with the Secretary of State before agreeing to meet with the company and report anything you find to be fraud to the BBB’s office immediately.
A Hillsboro man was injured following a boating accident Sunday night at the 20 mile marker. According to the Highway Patrol’s Water Division, 72 year old Earl Ludlum fell asleep while operating a pontoon boat and then traveled into a bluff. He received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to lake regional hospital for treatment.
A utility boat is need of major repairs after an incident over the weekend at the 6 mile marker of the Big Niangua. The Highway Patrol’s Water Division says the vessel was on a boat lift at a dock in the main channel when numerous wakes caused water to come over into the vessel, flooding it. Extensive damage was done to the boat, the motor and also to the lift. There were no injuries reported.
Overhead sign installation is one of several highway projects taking place this week across the lake area. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation installation of an overhead sign at route 54 and Key Largo road begins Monday in Camden County while roadway maintenance is taking place at route “AA” between 54 and the end of state maintenance. Also, roadside maintenance is being done on route 54 at route “Y” and roadway resurfacing is taking place on route 7 from route 5 near Climax Springs to route 65 in Benton County. Also, guardrail repair will take place on Wednesday on route 5 just south of Hurricane Deck Bridge. In Miller County roadside maintenance begins Monday on route “Y” between 52 and the end of state maintenance as well as on route “K” between 17 and Spruce drive and also at route “E” between 52 and the end of state maintenance. In Morgan County roadway maintenance is taking place on route “T” between route 135 and 52 and also on route “BB” between 135 and route “D”. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru each of the work areas.
Lake area residents have the opportunity this month to weigh in on possible job cuts at Fort Leonard Wood. The Army estimates that base could lose more than 5 thousand civilian and military positions by 2020. The army anticipates cutting its overall force by more than 140,000 over the next six years. The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership, which promotes economic development in the counties surrounding Fort Leonard Wood is encouraging the public to comment on the proposed cuts by the August 25th deadline. The Army’s comment site can be accessed by going to the group’s website at: sustainableozarks.org.
Lake area residents will head to the polls Tuesday to decide a number of local and statewide races. One of the issues before voters is Amendment 8. KRMS news reporter Mike Ferguson has the details in this special report.
Polls open Tuesday at 6am and will remain open until 7 pm.
Special elections Tuesday could give Republicans a veto proof majority in the State’s House of Representatives. Special elections are being held in the 67th district in St. Louis County, the 120th district in East Central Missouri and the 151st district in the Southeast part of the state. Republicans need to win just one of them to regain a veto proof majority. Winners will likely take office by the September 10th veto session which means they could provide pivotal votes when lawmakers consider overriding Governor Nixon’s vetoes on such things as budget items, tax breaks and abortion restrictions.