Akin Risks Losing 3rd Party Ad Buys If He Stays in Senate Race

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies says it’s pulled all of its ads in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, and American Crossroads says it may do the same if Cong. Todd Akin doesn’t drop out of he race. Both groups have been running ads critical of Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not spend $5-million it had promised on the race if Akin doesn’t drop out.

Road Work This Week

Camden County

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. One lane of the current bridge will be closed during the morning hours for approximately 5 to 6 hours during the week of August 20.

Route 7 between Route 5 and Route NN – Roadway maintenance will take place Tuesday, August 21- Thursday, August 23. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route E between Route 7 and Route A – Roadway maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Miller County

Route 17 bridge over Saline Creek south of Saline Road – Bridge replacement continues. The road is closed to traffic during the construction. The project is scheduled for completion in late August.

Route 52 bridge over Humphreys Creek west of Whalen Creek Road – Bridge replacement continues. The bridge is closed to traffic through late August.

Route 52 between Route PP and Crow Road – Roadside maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 52 between Route 54 and Route 17 – Roadside maintenance will take place today and tomorrow. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route T between Route 42 and the end of state maintenance – Culvert pipe replacement in various locations will take place Wednesday and Thursday, August 22 – 23.

Miller and Morgan Counties

Route W between Business 54 and Route Y – Shoulder widening is scheduled to begin this week. Periodic lane closures may occur, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area. The project is scheduled for completion in December.

Iberia Man Arrested for Boat Burglary, Vandalism in Osage Beach

A man is being held without bail in the Camden County jail, charged with burglary, property damage and resisting arrest after Osage Beach Police found him on a houseboat docked at Lakeport Marina yesterday morning:

Sgt. Arlyne Page says 23-year-old Tanner Morris of Iberia had done significant damage to the cabin of the vessel, and is suspected of several other acts of vandalism in the area.

He is being held without bond at the Camden County Jail.

Lights Out for Osage Beach Holiday Display

Looks like it’s “lights out” for the popular Lake Holiday Light Park. The drive-thru display has been an annual event, first in Lake Ozark below Bagnell Dam, then in Osage Beach City Park. At last week’s Osage Beach Board of Aldermen meeting, the Tri-County Lodging Association, which owns the display, asked the city to take it over but answer was ‘no thanks.’ A decision was needed by last Friday, since the Lodging Association had an offer from elsewhere to buy the lighting equipment for $35,000. The display drew thousands of visitors during the holiday season.

One Man Injured in PWC Collision

A collision between two personal watercraft on the Lake of the Ozarks sent one man to the hospital. The Water Patrol says a Seadoo driven by 51-year old Steven Hill of Lee’s Summit slowed down and was hit by another PWC driven by 50-year old Robert Johnson of Olathe,.Kansas near the 59 mile marker Saturday morning. Johnson was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.

Mumforrd concert

Pretty big doings in Dixon today with the big Mumford and Sons concert, all 15,00o tickets sold out quickly as did hotels and campgrounds giving a much needed boost to this cash strapped city. Lots of place staying open late to service the big crowd. City leaders won’t know how much money flowed into Dixon until the receipts are counted, but estimates are at one point five million dollars. Some of that going to security. Any extra money the City makes will go to charities and non-profits in town. The band and production company are also making donations.

Woman Killed in Miller County Crash

A wreck on Highway 54 near Route MM just before 2 a.m. this morning took the life of a Eugene woman. 30-year-old Erica Ekstam was the driver of a 2007 Toyota Yaris. She apparently traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and overturned in a ditch off the left side of the road. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle, 33-year-old Sara Blakley, also of Eugene, sustained moderate injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt.