Weekend Fire Ruled Accidental

The fire that destroyed a home on Velvet Antler Road in Camden County last weekend may have been caused by a short-circuit in a heating pad or electric blanket, according to Mid County Fire Chief Scott Fransden:

Flames spread thru the attic of the three-bedroom ranch-style home. Firefighters had to pull down the ceiling, which caused the roof to collapse:

Fransden says only about 25 percent of the house suffered actual fire damage, but due to water and heat damage, it was declared a total loss.

New TV Show Comes to the Lake

The pilot for a new TV show will be shot at the Lake this weekend. HGTV’s “Auction House” will introduce viewers to the world of real estate auctions. Real estate auctioneer Keith McLane is the show’s host:

McLane says the entire first episode will revolve around the Lake Ozark real estate market:

They’ll be shooting on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at 156-5A Oak Bluff in Camdenton, and at 11:30 at 124 Eleven West 2B, Sunrise Beach. The episode is expected to air this summer.

Morgan County Candidates

Yesterday marked the end of filing for political candidates in Missouri’s August 7th primary and November general election.  In Morgan County, there are a total of 5 commissioner candidates, 2 for the eastern district and 3 for the west and 2 candidates for assessor. There is a total 6 republicans running and one democrat. Eastern District Commissioner Danny Murdock, Assessor Bob Raines and Public Administrator Ray Forrest did not file to run again for their seats, which means only one incumbent, Wayne Kroeschen is running.

Eastern District Commissioner
4 year term
James Vaughan (D)
Rodney Schad (R)

Western District Commissioner
4 year term
Wayne Kroeschen Jr. (R)*
Mark Clingan (R)
Fred Loman (R)

4 year term (September-September)
Colleen Richardson Richey (R)
Jim Anderson (R)

Mid County FPD Looking for Volunteers

The Mid County Fire Protection District is looking for volunteers. The MCFPD covers a 224 mile area from rural Linn Creek, including most of Roach, Greenview, Montreal and Decaturville. The district also covers from Lake Road 7-6 in Climax Springs to Lake Road 5-61 in Camdenton. The department is looking for volunteer firefighters who live in the district. For more information call Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Sue Chatam.

Ronald McDonald house and Mercy Hospital Join Forces

Mercy Hospital Springfield and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks has a Major announcement of partnership details, construction plans, and fundraising efforts. The Ronald McDonald House along with the hospital will make an announcement of new construction to improve the facility as well as improve the equipment will be held at the Main entrance lobby at Mercy Hospital in Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29.

State Supreme Court Upholds House Districts

The Missouri Supreme Court this afternoon upheld the new state House of Representatives districts, as drawn late last year by a panel of six appeals court judges. Chief Justice Richard Teitelman signed the two-sentence order, which said: “The judgment is affirmed. Opinion to follow.” The order was released hours before the filing deadline for candidates to run in the August primary and November general elections.

Tax Break for People Buying Their Wheels Out of State

Missourians who buy a car or truck in another state could get a tax break under a recent state Supreme Court ruling. Up to now, you paid sales taxes on vehicle purchases during registration. Now local sales taxes cannot be levied for purchases made in other states, but communities can charge a local use tax if voters approve. Currently, 39 counties and the city of St. Louis have a use tax. How the tax change will affect local governments is unknown, since the state Revenue department doesn’t track revenue from vehicles bought in other states.