Road Work for the Week of the 26th

Here’s a look at the road work for the week.

In Camden County expect periodic eastbound lane closures on the new 54 Expressway as crews work on guard rail.

In Miller County watch for crews on the new 242 who are adding striping around the concrete islands and tape at intersections. And on the Route 52 bridge over 54, crews will have one lane open tomorrow through Friday as they make repairs.

There is no road work scheduled this week for Morgan County.

MoDOT Offer New Map App; Suspends Roadwork for Christmas Weekend

Just in time for the busy holiday travel weekend, Missouri motorists can now get updates about road conditions on their Smartphones. MoDOT’s new Traveler Information MapApp offers the same information as its online big brother, the Traveler Information Map, but in handheld form. The smartphone app, available for iPhones and Android devices, even provide images from Tradffic-cams and National Weather Service radar. MoDOT is reminding drivers not to use their mobile device while driving.

MoDOT is also giving motorists another early Christmas present: suspending construction and maintenance projects to make it easier to travel over the holiday weekend, from noon today, thru 9 a.m. next Tuesday. Work zone speed limits remain in place even if no workers are around.

Need for Food Grows as Winter Begins

Food distribution is growing at two local food pantries.

Charlie Myrick says the Ivy Bend Community Food Pantry serves about 185 families a month. Last weekend they were able to provide a special Christmas to forty families.

Myrick, who is the pantry president, says need is on the increase.

Across the lake in Rocky Mount, Visions Unlimited at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church served more than 3,000 people in November, twice the population of the town. For Christmas, Pastor Dan Duckworth says they got food to more than 2,000 people. He says the numbers are growing.

Donations to any food bank are appreciated during the holidays.

Lake Levels Rise as Drawdown Nears

Lake levels are rising as Ameren gets ready to draw the water down.

The level is up two feet to 658.85 and could break 659 on Christmas Day. Ameren’s Alan Sullivan said Wednesday that the company had a dry summer and may take the opportunity to generate.

Sullivan says the levels will drop starting in January.

Lakefront homeowners are asked to prepare for levels as low as 652.

Christmas Eve Local Heroes Event

The community will recognize its local heroes at an event on Christmas Eve.

From 9 until two o’clock tomorrow local area law enforcement and fire departments will be on hand at the Wal-Mart Super Center with vehicles for kids to explore. There will be free hot chocolate provided.

Call the Camdenton Police for more information at 346-3604.

Eldon Alderman Dies of Brain Aneurysm

Eldon Alderman Ryan Fountain has died at University Hospital in Columbia after suffering a brain aneurysm.

He was 29 years old.

Fountain was found unconscious in his Eldon apartment Tuesday afternoon by emergency medical personnel responding to a 9-1-1 call. A 2001 graduate of Eldon High School, Fountain was elected to the Board of Aldermen in April.

Services will be held next Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m. at the Eldon High School gymnasium with visitation from 10 to 2.

Death of Baby in Lebanon Prompts Infant Formula Recall

Federal health officials are testing samples of liquid and powdered infant formula and some distilled water used to prepare the powder by the parents of a 10-day-old baby in Lebanon who died from an apparent bacterial infection. Avery Cornett died Sunday night after he was fed Enfamil Newborn powder bought at a Walmart store in Lebanon. The store has stopped selling the product, and the company has pulled a batch of the infant formula from more than 3,000 of its stores nationwide.Walmart is recalling all 12.5 ounce cans of Enfamil Newborn powder with the batch number Z-P-1-J-7-G as a precaution.