Ameren Missouri Making Emergency Assistance Available

Ameren Missouri is releasing over a million dollars in energy assistance funds to help customers with their electric bills. Mike Cleary from Ameren says the corporation is making money available because of the high temperatures.

Ameren Missouri’s website has a list of agencies distributing assistance. You can also call the United Way.

Duck Drop Saturday at Noon

Ducks will drop from the sky tomorrow at noon in an event sponsored by the Lake Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of the Ozark Coast. The Duck Drop event happens tomorrow on the Osage River right below the Bagnell Dam. A 5K run and duck waddle kicks off in the morning with a family fun zone open all day during the event. Lake Ozark Helicopter will drop the numbered ducks at noon with winners announced at 2 o’clock. The first duck to cross the finish line will give its owner $5,000 dollars, second place is $3,000, third is $1,000.

State Fair Community College Open House in Sunrise Beach

State Fair Community College, SFCC, is hosting a first-ever Open House at its new Lake West Christian Academy campus on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. LWCA is now a remote site for State Fair Community College courses. LWCA is offering both dual credit classes for its students during the day, as well as advanced credit for its students in the evening classes for qualified candidates. The LWCA will also have its open house from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening
and will feature tours for both enrolled and prospective families to meet the teachers, view the curriculum and ask questions.

Electric Bills Soar Like Temperature Did

Ameren Missouri is releasing $1.4 million in energy assistance funds ahead of schedule to help finncially-strapped customers pay their utility bills. “For their safety we have encouraged our customers to use their air conditioners during the extensive heat wave. We know utility bills are going to be high. So we’re making available energy assistance funds to help our customers pay their bills and stay safe,” says a spokesman for the utilit company. Customers needing energy assistance can find a list of agency’s distributing the funds on Ameren Missouri’s web site, at , or by calling the United Way at 1-800-427-4626.

Sunrise Beach Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident

A Sunrise Beach man has been killed in a motorcycle crash near Deadwood, South Dakota. The Highway Patrol there says 70-year-old
Peter Diangi was thrown from his cycle when it flipped into a ditch as he was rounding a curve. Diangi was in South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Three Vehicle Accident Injures Local Man

A Camdenton man is seriously injured after his vehicle is rear ended Wednesday afternoon. 65-year old Joseph Ouska of Camdenton was trying to make a left hand turn off of Highway 5 south of Twin Rivers Road when his 2006 Jeep Liberty was hit from behind by a 2011 Ford F-150 driven by 73-year old Clois Huggins of Stigler, Oklahoma. Ouska was wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries. Huggins suffered minor injuries. A third vehicle, a 2002 Chevy driven by an Iowa man, was hit by debris from the accident.

Jefferson City Man Injured in Rollover Accident

A man is lifeflighted after his vehicle goes airborne in Miller County. 54-year old Farrel Carpenter of Jefferson City was driving his 1990 Toyota west on Highway 54 a little after two Wednesday afternoon when the Toyota went off the right side of the road, went airborne, crashed into a ditch and overturned. Carpenter was not wearing a seat belt and suffered serious injuries.