Voter Registration Deadline Wednesday

If you want to vote in the November 6th election and haven’t registered yet, you’re almost out of time:

Miller County clerk Rodney Jenkins says Wednesday  (October 10) is the deadline. If you’ve moved from one Missouri county to another, or moved to Missouri from another state, you must re-register.

Many voters have already cast their ballots. Jenkins says a lot of Miller County residents are taking advantage of in-person absentee voting:

Absentee voters can cast their ballots in-person at the county clerk’s office, up until the day before the election:

Former Macks Creek Teacher Charged With Statutory Rape

A former Macks Creek High School tracher has been charged with statutory rape of a student. 40-year-old Jenner Shaffer was arrested after a teenage girl told Miller County Sheriff’s investigators, during questioning on an unrelared matter, that he was the father of her one-year-old child. The former student said they had a relationship during the 2010-2011 school year and she became pregnant by the teacher. Shaffer, who taught English at the school, left Macks Creek in May of 2011 and moved to northern Missouri. He was located by Camden County Sheriff’s investigators at his home in Wheatland. Shaffer is currently free on $3,500 bail, awaiting an October 29th court appearance in Camdenton. Macks Creek school officials say they had no knowledge of the alleged relationship prior to being contacted by law enforcement.

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Sunrise Beach Fire Blamed on Lightning

A lightning strke is believed to be the cause of Friday’s fire at in a home at 28 Three Oaks Circle in Sunrise Beach:

Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Chief Dennis Reilly says the house sustained “significant damage,” but it could have been much worse if firefighters weren’t able to respond so quickly:

No one was injured in Friday’s fire.

LOWA Rolls Out the (Rain) Barrel

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance invites the public to a “Make Your Own Rain Barrel
Workshop” tonight. LOWA Executive Director Donna Swall explains:

Swall says rain barrels are an easy way to collect, store and dispense rainwater. By installing just a single
rain barrel under a downspout, you can start to capture enough runoff from your roof to help
keep plants around your house healthy all year long. Whether you purchase them or make your own, rain barrels are a low-cost and effective way to conserve water, save money … and help to stop storm water runoff into the Lake:

Everyone attending the rain barrel workshop will receive complete printed instructions on rain
barrel construction. The first 26 people to register will be able to take a completed rain barrel home, ready for installation.

LOWA’s rain barrel workshop takes place tonight, at 6:00, at the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Station No. 1 on Highway 5-32.

Lake Area Road Work – Week of October 7th

CAMDEN COUNTY

Route 5 bridge over the Lake of the Ozarks at Hurricane Deck – Bridge replacement continues.

Route Y between Route 54 and the end of state maintenance – Roadway maintenance will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 9) through Thursday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER COUNTY

Route 17 between Route C and Livingston Road – Roadway maintenance will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 9). One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 17 between Route F and White Oak Road – Roadside maintenance will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 9). One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

Route 42 between Route 17 and Route 134 – Shoulder widening continues. Periodic lane closures are likely, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area. The entire project is scheduled for completion in July, 2013.

Business Route 54 between Route HH and Route MM – Roadway maintenance will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, October 9). One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

MILLER AND MORGAN COUNTIES

Route W between Business 54 and Route Y – Shoulder widening is complete!

MORGAN COUNTY

Route 5 between Route 135 and Route P – Roadside maintenance will take place tomorrow and Wednesday (October 9 and 10). One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

McCaskill Visit

Claire McCaskill will be visiting several Missouri Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign offices today. Claire is expected to discuss the clear choice in this election between Claire, a Senator fighting on the side of Missouri’s working families and Todd Akin, an extreme candidate who wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security, end federal student loans and abolish the minimum wage.
McCaskill is scheduled to stop by Missouri Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Office in Camdenton at 98 East Highway 54 and will be there starting 9:45 am today.

Van Note Makes Bail

Susan Van Note has been released from the Camden County jail after posting a $1 million cash-only bond.
The Kansas City lawyer, facing murder and forgery charges in the October, 2010 death of her father at his Sunrise Beach vacation home, was freed yesterday, according to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department. Van Note is scheduled to be in a Columbia courtroom for a hearing on December 3rd. Her jury trial is supposed to start on December 12th.