Road Conditions Cause Serious Injuries

Yesterday morning’s slick conditions led to many accidents, two that sent three Camdenton residents to the hospital.

At seven o’clock, 69-year old Marcelle Buxton’s 2006 Subaru began sliding on Velvet Road. Buxton overcorrected and sent the Subaru off the right side of the road into a tree. The Camdenton woman was belted in and suffered serious injuries.

At eight o’clock, 37-year old Amy Miller and 44-year old Brian Miller were headed north in their 2002 Dodge on Missouri 5, half a mile south of Missouri 7. The Dodge began to slide, Brian overcorrected, and the vehicle went off the road, overturning several times down an embankment. Both Camdenton residents were wearing seat belts and suffered serious injuries.

State Launches “Tackle the Flu” Campaign

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, a late push reminding people to get their flu shots.

Margaret Donnelly is the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and says the state is launching their “Tackle the Flu” campaign, targeting the vulnerable.

Donnelly says the shot is not the only option.

Donnelly addresses the most common misconception about the shot.

To find a flu vaccine location log onto www.health.mo.gov.

Four Arrests for Copper Theft and Drugs

Four suspects have been arrested for a series of copper wire thefts as well as drug possession in the area. The investigation was started by a report of a suspicious vehicle in northern Morgan County. The Sheriff’s Offices in Morgan and Moniteau Counties, along with Tipton Police and Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force got involved. 36-year old Matthew Summers and 21 year old Darren Holder of Tipton, and 29-year old Jeremy Gerlach of Stover were arrested at an apartment in Tipton, and 30-year old Alicia Kauffman of Versailles was later arrested at a home where investigators found Meth, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence of additional copper wire thefts.

Blunt After GOP Leadership Post

GOP Sen. Roy Blunt says he’s going to run for Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. If he wins, he’d be No. 5 on the GOP ladder in the Senate. He’d also get a seat at the table when major strategy and political decisions are being made, and also give Blunt a direct way to discuss issues and strategy with Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. The election’s Dec. 13.

Caring for Kids Coalition Looks for Donations

The Morgan County Caring for Kids Coalition is about a week and a half away from its “Toys for Kids” event.

Coalition president Rhonda Russell explains how the program works.

Russell says donations are down this year but the event next week could still help up to 500 families.

For more information or to donate toys or funds call Rhonda at 573-552-2116.

2012 Budget Shows Decrease in Anticipated Spending

The 2012 Osage Beach budget making its way through the adoption process is about a million dollars less than 2011.

The $28 million dollar budget had its first reading last week. Mayor Penny Lyons says the decrease is partially related to projects.

Three funds decreased while five funds increased. Lyons says transportation funding is steady.

The second reading of the budget happens at the December 15th regular board meeting.

Man Injured After Being Thrown From Vehicle

A Brumley man is airlifted after he is thrown from his vehicle Monday afternoon.

Forty-four year old Mark Shipley was driving his 2002 Dodge east on Missouri 42 east of Rock Quarry Road when the Dodge went off the right side of the road. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Shipley overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn several times, ejecting Shipley from the Dodge.

The Brumley man was flown by the Staff For Life to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.