‘Salute a Veteran’ Blood Drive Underway Today

With blood supplies dwindling in the summer months, the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is holding its annual Salute a Veteran Blood Drive starting today. Chris Pilgrim says the CBCO is asking people who can donate blood, to do so over the next three weeks, in honor of America’s Armed Forces:

The area remains under a Code Yellow Alert for all Negative blood types. A Code Yellow Alert means that there is currently less than a two day supply of blood available for use by patients at the hospitals served by CBCO donors.

Weekly Road Work 6/18

Its Monday and its time to take a look at roadwork for the up and coming week and what will affect your daily commute.

Camden County
Daylight/Overnight Hours
Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues.
* Much of the work currently taking place will not affect traffic. However occasional lane closures on the bridge are likely for the next several weeks, as crews work alongside the bridge.
The entire project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.
Daylight Hours
Route 54 between Route 5 and Key Largo Road – Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Miller County
Daylight/Overnight Hours

Route 17 bridge over Dog Creek south of Finch Road – Bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed to traffic through mid July. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the construction. This project is part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.
Route MM bridge over J Buster Creek south of Bittle Road – Bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed to traffic through mid-July. Motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the construction. This project is part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.
Daylight Hours
Route 52 between Route 17 and Route 133 in Maries County – Roadway resurfacing begins on Monday, June 25. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route A between Kliethermes Bridge Road and Pioneer Road – Roadside maintenance will take place Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route H between Route 17 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 25 through Thursday, June 28. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route K between Spruce Drive and the end of state maintenance – Roadside maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 and Tuesday, June 19. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Morgan County
Daylight Hours
Route 135 between Route 52 and Route 5 – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route J between Route 5 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route T between Route 52 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route M between Route 135 and the Pettis County line – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route Z between Route 5 and Route D – Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, June 19. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route BB between Route 135 and Route D – Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, June 19. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route DD between Route 135 and Route KK – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route FF between Route 52 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route NN between Route 135 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place on Monday, June 18. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.
Route PP between Route D and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place on Tuesday, June 19. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Man Wins Golden Peanut Award for Service

The 2012 Golden Peanut Award is an honor given to those who are most instrumental in the success of the year’s Kiwanis’s Peanut day, which was held a few weeks ago over the Memorial Day Holiday. According to officials with-in Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast John Summers spent many hours on the street for the cause and was actively seeking donations. Also Summers’ dedication for underwriting the event helped the club raised more than $6,000 for this year’s Peanut Day fundraising effort. All proceeds, minus the cost of the peanuts, remain here at the Lake to benefit area charities.

Gov. Invests Billions in Schools

Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation to provide record funding for public elementary and secondary classrooms during a visit to the American Legion Boys State of Missouri.

In his State of the State Address in January, Gov. Nixon called for record funding for Missouri’s elementary and secondary classrooms. The General Assembly joined the Governor in these efforts by passing House Bill 2002, which includes this record level of funding. The legislation signed by Gov. Nixon will invest $3.009 billion in elementary and secondary classrooms during Fiscal Year 2013.

Unknown Driver Hits Couple and Injurs Passenger

There was an accident at the 35mm of the Osage Arm of the lake this weekend causing injuries to a woman. Christopher Stecher and his wife Jennifer were sitting idle in their 2001 Carver when the second vessel attempted to pull away from them.

The sea ray vessel attempted to pull away from Stecher for the second time and again hit the boat. As it struck the boat it left the scene. The driver and specifics on the other boat that hit the Stecher’s are unknown. All that is known is the other boat was a Sea-Ray.

There were moderate injuries to Jennifer Stecher and she was taken by her husband to lake regional.

Psyical Therapist Accused of Molesting Mentally Disabled Child

Paul Chang is a physical therapist that had come into the home of a disabled student and it was not something odd. The family in Versailles had allowed Chang to work with their son for 18 of his 19 years of life. Last month Chang was accused of sexually abusing the disabled student in Marshall.

Chang had worked with victim strictly on a contract basis through First Steps. First Steps is a program that will offer services to young children with special needs. Some of these services included physical therapy and learning to function through different classes and activities. Chang was arrested at Prairie View State School. Prairie View is a school for severely disabled students that have a hard time functioning alone.

Troop Appreciation Day

Today, Pier 31 Restaurant & Marina is host to the 12th annual free Troop (Hero) Appreciation Day for troops, spouses and their children. which will include a 3-hour cruise, swimming, fishing, contests, presents, prizes and hero awards.
The first 200 troops including their spouses and children (as long as they are serving or have served in the last year) are welcome. If the hero is not able to come, their spouse and children are welcome as long as they have proper identification. The general public is invited for $14 per person.