State lawmakers could consider a proposal that would require voters to show official photo identification at the polls. There are two elements to the proposal. One, a constitutional amendment requiring voter approval would allow a photo id. The second is a bill that would outline the details in state law. Republican supporters contend the policy is needed to help prevent election fraud, while Democratic opponents say it can disenfranchise voters. The House could work on the proposal as early as this week.
Missouri’s Special Olympics Polar Plunge activities took place Saturday in Osage Beach and raise lots of money for a great cause. The Polar Strut kicked things off in the morning followed by the Polar Plunge itself. According to the Special Olympics Missouri website’s early estimates the two events combined to raise just over 126-thousand dollars. Official totals for the money raised at both events will be released later this week at http://somo.org/plunge
The National weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency and Missouri’s Local Emergency Management Offices urge Missourians to use Missouri severe weather awareness week, March 3-7, to plan and prepare for how they will react to tornadoes, flash flooding and other severe weather. Missouri will conduct the 40th annual statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. when Missouri outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound, indicating that Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide tornado drill.
Family and friends gathered again Saturday to raise money for a reward fund for missing man Donald Erwin. The 59 year-old Camdenton man was added to a national database of missing persons after family members reported he had left his home on Dec. 29 2013 to buy cigarettes and has not been seen since. The family is raising money to form a reward fund to spark new information. Erwin, who has health issues and also is without his medication, was driving a 2002 silver Hyundai hatchback, Missouri license plate number MK6-E3P, according to Camden County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Kelly Luttrell.
Warsaw schools welcomed in their new Superintendent Yesterday (Friday) at the high school. Before the cookies and lemonade, new Superintendent Scott Downing spoke to a crowd of parents and teachers about the excitement he and his family have for joining the school.
Downing is currently the Superintendent of schools in East Prairie and will be replacing James Haley, who announced his retirement earlier in the year. Downing talked about the time he spent learning the lake area as well as the things he would like to see accomplished when he gets started officially on July 1st
The FEMA project which will be on the April election in Benton County consists of a 30 cent tax increase which will allow the district to build a FEMA safe storm shelter & a new performing arts center, similar to projects in Versailles and Eldon that are also on the April ballot. For photos of the project go to our Facebook page at facebook.com/krmsnews
Cuts to Fort Leonard Wood were expected in the coming years, but an announcement Wednesday by the commanding officer of the base said the cuts would be arriving quicker than expected and have a greater impact. Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith announced Wednesday afternoon during a town hall meeting at Nutter Field House that the Fort will reduce troop strength by 1,000 soldiers by fiscal year 2015. Smith also said 140 civilian positions could be transitioned into military positions. The reductions are part of the Army 2020 initiative that began last year. Smith said the 1,000 military positions were originally set to be eliminated in fiscal year 2017, but the reductions were moved up to implement cost savings for the Army.
The Camden County planning and zoning commission tabled a request by Mark Waddington, Red Head Yacht Club LLC for a conditional use permit, CUP, due to opposition in a public hearing. The property is located on yacht club drive in Lake Ozark. Waddington is seeking to construct a restaurant with outdoor restaurant seating, a gazebo bar and a swimming pool. The outdoor use requires a cup and may be written with restrictions about live outdoor music. During the public hearing on Wednesday several residents spoke against the permit saying they were opposed to excessive noise from the indoor band and the proposed outdoor speakers by the pool, and they added that they did not want their children viewing the bars swimming pool activities. Due to the opposition, a decision on the request was tabled and moved to the March 19 P&Z commission meeting to give commissioners opportunity to investigate the case further and possibly make changes to their recommendation.