Hot Weather Ahead

With all the rain and talk of flooding, you probably thought summer would never get here. But, it’s time to get the fans, wading pools and air conditioners ready. The heat wave starts tomorrow, with temperatures in the 90s, through the 4th of July. And, the heat index will rise above 100 degrees, especially Friday.

Another Voter Initiative

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says two initiative petitions on citizen initiative petitions have met state standards for circulation. The ballot title for both of the petitions asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit the repeal or amendment by the General Assembly of a statute enacted by citizen initiative passed by the voters of Missouri, except by either a three-fourths vote of the members of each house or a vote of the people through a referendum or unless such statute explicitly provides that the general assembly may repeal or amend it by a majority vote of the members of each house? Proponents of the initiative have until May 6th of next year to get signatures from registered voters.

Morgan County Rely for Life Earns $31,781

The Relay for Life of Morgan County held Friday, at the Laurie Park raised $31,781 for the American Cancer Society. Morgan County Commissioner Jay Fisher was the master of ceremonies. Cancer survivor Jane Boyce was the survivor speaker. The funds were raised by 12 relay teams who got sponsors and held fundraisers. There were 10 relay teams in 2010. The auction held during the event also raised $3,300. There will be a meeting to wrap-up the 2011 event 6 p.m. next Tuesday, July
12, at the Morgan County Library in Versailles.

“Operation Dry Water” Nets 7 BWI Arrests on Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri State Water Patrol Water Patrol Division made seven arrests for Boating While Intoxicated during the weekend enforcement efforts on Lake of the Ozarks, part of the nationwide Operation Dry Water campaign. A vessel sobriety checkpoint was conducted at the four mile mark of the Grand Glaize arm of Lake of the Ozarks for two hours Saturday afternoon. In addition to the seven B-W-I arrests, 16 warnings were issued for other safety violations. Statewide, 20 boating while intoxicated arrests were made during the 2011 Operation Dry Water weekend.

Trial in Triple-Murder Case Delayed

Last year, Joshua Reyes pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend’s father, stepmother, and new boyfriend; he’s now serving life in prison. One of the three other men also charged with shooting Jeffrey and Glenda Smith of Phillipsburg and Zachary Porter of Lebanon is scheduled to go on trial todasy in LaClede County Circuit Court. 22-year-old Jacky Wong of Springfield faces three counts of first degree murder for his part in the October, 2009 triple homicide. But the jury trial has been delayed. A new date is expected to be set at during a hearing scheduled for August 1st.