Hours Cut at Two Miller County Post Offices

The elimination of Saturday mail delivery isn’t the only impact of the budget cuts at the Postal Service.  Changes are coming to some Lake area post offices.  Effective February 23rd, the St. Elizabeth post office will only be open four hours per day — from 8 am. to noon — Monday thru Friday.  Most of the postal customers responding to a survey said they would rather see hours cut than lose their post office all together.   The Ulman post office has already reduced its hours and is only open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 to 11:45 on Saturdays.

Sunrise Beach FPD Replaces Obsolete Equipment with Shootout Money

The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District has been able to replace some obsolete equipment thanks to the donation it received from the 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.  Chief Dennis Reilly says the district purchased a new high-pressure rescue air bag set:

Chief Reilly Thanks Shootout

Reilly says the air bags could be critical in a situation like a car wreck where a vehicle has overturned and someone is trapped, or in any type of accident where a heavy object falls on top of someone.

SBFPD new airbags

Reilly says construction projects, like the ongoing development of Wood Supermarket in Sunrise Beach, could easily present the district with a situation where they have a very small window of opportunity to make a rescue if someone is crushed, and the air bags are the perfect way to accomplish that type of rescue.

Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Are you ready for an earthquake? More than a million people in nine states – including Missouri – are signed up to take part in Thursday morning’s Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. The State Emergency Management Agency is encouraging schools, families and businesses to participate in the third annual earthquake drill.  Participants will drop to the ground at 10:15 a.m., practicing the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique for surviving an earthquake.

Contract Awarded for Osage River Bridge Repair

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded contracts for several mid-Missouri area transportation improvement projects at its meeting today in Jefferson City, including repair of the Osage River Bridge on westbound Highway 54.  APAC will repair the bridge near Lake Ozark after submitting the lowest bid of $834,561.

Morgan County Murder Victims Knew Their Attacker

Morgan County prosecutors say Monday’s murders near Versailles resulted from a botched attempt to obtain prescription drugs. 43-year-old Derrell Spellmeyer of Eldon, 28-year-old Mandy Mitchell and 27-year-old Garland Mitchell, both of Jefferson City, are charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and armed criminal action … accused of killing 66-year-old Freddie Wilson and his 53-year-old wife, Carol. Investigators recovered a bottle of hydrocodone belonging to Carol Wilson.  The Mitchells told authorities that they drove Spellmeyer to the Wilson’s home to get drugs. Authorities also say Spellmeyer’s sister-in-law was once married to Freddie Wilson.  And, they say,the name “Darrell” can be heard on the recording of Carol Wilson’s 9-1-1 calls.

Horse Rescue Needs Help

A Linn Creek horse rescue group is asking for the public’s help as they get ready to take in more than 50 horses.  The Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary  is receiving 57 horses from a farm in southwest Missouri that is going out of business.  The organization’s president, Connie Hendrix,  says some of the horses are malnourished and need medical care.  Forget Me Not is already caring for about 30 horses.  It takes about $100 per horse to get them ready to either be adopted or to go to a foster home.  The Forget Me Not Horse Rescue and Sanctuary is in need of not only money, but also those willing to either adopt or to provide a foster home.  For more information, go to www.missouriforgetmenot.org or call 573-216-3838.

Gravois Sewer District Gets a Green Light

Trustees of the  Gravois Arm Sewer District along with District manager Ray Metscher met with Shultz Surveying and Engineering on Tuesday to begin work for the district’s 4th phase in the new sewer project. During the meeting they identified the 11 areas on the Westside that would benefit from the project. Presently the SSE engineers are evaluating the number of homes in the areas and will determine the exact cost to connect them to the mainline. While the original Phase 3 sewer projects cost the district $8 million, this phase is expected to cost around $4 million. The next meeting for the District will be on Monday March 4th at 6 p.m.  at the District office in Gravois Mills.