The Missouri House passed a bill that would require voters to show government issued photo I-Ds to cast ballots. The measure now heads to the Senate.
Lake Ozark is moving forward with plans to get tough with residents who are not paying their sewer and water bills. In some cases, the individuals have moved from the area or were renting and can’t be located. But, the Board of Aldermen gave city staff permission to impose property liens, if necessary, against owners who have refused to pay up.
Lake area law enforcement is getting serious about cracking down on bath salts. There have been at least two confirmed cases in Camden County. Camden County Sheriff Dwight Franklin says a man who was alleged to have used bath salt stimulants led deputies on a car chase and when he was stopped, he still had a syringe sticking out of his arm. Police officials met to discuss the new designer drugs, which has a variety of names like Cloud Nine, Vanilla Sky and Zoom. It’s being sold as bath salts, insect repellent, even plant fertilizer, and the effects can be dangerous.
The Eldon School District is keeping its random drug testing program in place, even with a five thousand dollar a year price tag. Any student involved with the Missouri State High School Activities Association can be required to take a test. Superintendent of Schools Matt Davis says they haven’t had to kick anyone off a team yet. If a student tests positive, they’re suspended from the activity, unless they go through free substance abuse counseling.
Lake Ozark has completed Phase One of a sewer project designed to bring the city’s sewer system up to standards set by the state Department of Natural Resources. The D-N-R set up the court ordered guidelines after a failure on one of the sewer lift stations resulted in a large spill of raw sewage into the Lake, a few years ago. City Administrator Dave Van Dee says they’re working to get financing for Phase Two, which will extend the sewer lines to areas of the city that don’t have service. Phase One cost one million dollars and included thousands of feet of new main lines, a video monitoring system, state of the art pumps and lift stations with alarms.
You may have noticed something new in Versailles. The Bill’s Surplus sign went up on the former Gerbes building. The building has been remodeled and will house the surplus store, with discontinued and second hand items for sale, along with a beauty salon and a gun store.
There’s a change of responsibility ceremony, tomorrow morning, at Fort Leonard Wood. Command Sargeant Major Robert Wells will pass his duties for the U-S Army Engineer School on to Command Sargeant Major Terrence Murphy. Wells is taking over duties of the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.