Dispatch Changes for Lake West Ambulance

The Lake West Ambulance District is going to save some money by outsourcing their dispatch services. Gayle Webb is the office manager for the district.

Webb says the move will save about $80,000. It will also improve services.

Lake West covers 244 square miles in north central Camden County and south central Morgan County.

Pink Emblem Stolen

A breast cancer awareness symbol has been stolen from the fairgrounds in Laurie. A pink L.E.D. ribbon emblem was taken from the side of the log cabin office sometime before October 17th. If you have any information contact the Laurie Police at 374-4871.

Missouri Trade Delegation Heads to China

Governor Jay Nixon and a delegation from Missouri are traveling to China to talk trade. Nixon and members of the agricultural and business community will be in china from tomorrow until next Saturday, closing trade deals that will export Missouri goods to the country for the next three years. China, Missouri’s third largest trading partner, imported $987 million dollars in goods from Missouri in 2010. So far in 2011, Missouri has exported $773 million dollars in goods, a 25% increase over the same period in 2010.

Want to Buy a Middle School?

A big chunk of real estate could soon be on the market in downtown Waynesville. The board of education’s endorsed the school superintendent’s recommendation that the former middle school and surrounding property be declared surplus property. Superintendent Judene Blackburn says the district’s going top try to sell the property using sealed bids. The property includes 9 acres of athletic fields and almost 4-acres of building and paved area. They still have to work out the best way to advertise the real estate.

Phelps County Drug Sweep

12-people were arrested early this morning in a series of raids done by the South Central Drug Task Force, wrapping up an 18-month investigation of narcotics distribution and sales in and around Phelps County. The drugs included meth, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and prescription meds. It was a big operation, with the State Highway Patrol, Phelps County and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments, Dixon, Crocker, and Rolla Police and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group. Of the 12 arrested, 5 had been arrested before on drug related charges. The individuals range in age from 21 to 46. The charges include drug sales, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and sale of a controlled substance near schools.

Woman Charged After Wednesday Morning Accident

A Camdenton woman is charged with DWI after she is injured in an accident this morning. Twenty-one year old Kirsti Reynolds was driving her 2003 Saturn Vue south on Highway 5 north of Missouri 135 this morning at 1:15, when she missed a curve. The Vue went off the side of the road, hit a ditch and overturned. Kirsti was not wearing a seat belt and was moderately injured. She was released to Lake Regional Hospital after the Missouri State Highway Patrol charged her with DWI, being a prior offender.

Local Area Eligible for Federal Drought Assistance

Farmers in the tri-county area are eligible for drought assistance after the USDA approves a disaster declaration. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved Governor Jay Nixon’s request for drought assistance in 101 Missouri counties including Camden, Miller and Morgan. Losses have to have happened between July 1st to August 30th of this year. Eligible farmers in the tri-county area can apply for assistance from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Farmers could receive FSA emergency loans or assistance from the federal Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.