Weekly Road Work for August 15th

Here’s a look at the road work for the week in the tri-county area. On the 54 Expressway, traffic on Laguna Beach is being routed onto the service road where they will access the new Case Road interchange. The contractor is performing the final grading from the Case Road interchange to the Grand Glaize Bridge and paving between Route KK and the Case Road interchange. The western portion of the project is scheduled to be completed late 2011. In Macks Creek, the Route W bridge replacement continues through mid-September. The bridge is closed to traffic and motorists are asked to find alternate routes.

In Miller County, on Route A between Route 17 and Route 42, one lane will be open for a partial surface overlay today through Thursday. On Route Y between Route 52 and the Morgan County line, the roadway will be chip sealed today. Drivers through the area should lower their speed and expect loose gravel for the next couple of days. And on Route 42 between Route 54 in Miller County and Route 63 in Maries County, roadway resurfacing will resume on September 6th.

In Morgan County, on Route D between Route 50 and Route 52, one lane will be open for roadway resurfacing Wednesday the 17th through Friday the 26th. And on Route N between Route 52 and Route BB, the roadway will be chip sealed today through Thursday. Drivers should expect loose gravel in the area and lower their speeds. Once the chip seal is set MoDOT will sweep the roadway.

Two Arrested in String of Lake Area Burglaries

Two men are under arrest and thousand dollars worth of stolen items have been recovered from a series of commercial burglaries in Versailles, Lake Ozark and Eldon. 18-year-old Joshua Sabin and 31-year-old Michael Dickson were taken into custody yesterday following a joint investigation by the Morgan County Sherrif’s Department and Lake Ozark police. Authorities say jewery was taken from whe Family Center in Versailles, where burglars cut a hole in the roof… $3,000 in merchandise, including sterling silverware, knives and coins, was stolen from a business in Laske Ozark… and a similar burglary was reported in Eldon.

Public Beaches at State Park Open This Weekend

Public Beach #1 AND #2 will be open to swimmers this weekend after weekly tests on Monday. Public Beach #2 had one sample with 27 parts of E. coli per 100 milliliters of water, another with 30. Public Beach #1 had one test with seven parts and another with three. Hermitage Beach at Pomme de Terre State Park will be closed this weekend after one test shows E. coli levels at 248 parts per milliliter of water, above the safe swimming standard enforced by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Chorpening Will Not Seek Re-election

The city of Laurie will be looking for a new mayor after its current mayor announces he is not running for re-election. During a discussion about budget numbers at the Wednesday board meeting, Mayor Chuck Chorpening announced he would not be seeking the mayor’s seat.

Also at the Wednesday meeting the city decided to pay $1,200 to investigate responsibility for underground utility work at the Indian Rock Golf Course Subdivision Neighborhood Improvement District. City Attorney Tom Loraine informed the board that there was a portion of the sewer line that was laid incorrectly. The city may have to move the line, change easements, or condemn property in order to fix the problem.

Ameren Missouri Making Emergency Assistance Available

Ameren Missouri is releasing over a million dollars in energy assistance funds to help customers with their electric bills. Mike Cleary from Ameren says the corporation is making money available because of the high temperatures.

Ameren Missouri’s website has a list of agencies distributing assistance. You can also call the United Way.

Duck Drop Saturday at Noon

Ducks will drop from the sky tomorrow at noon in an event sponsored by the Lake Area Chamber of Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of the Ozark Coast. The Duck Drop event happens tomorrow on the Osage River right below the Bagnell Dam. A 5K run and duck waddle kicks off in the morning with a family fun zone open all day during the event. Lake Ozark Helicopter will drop the numbered ducks at noon with winners announced at 2 o’clock. The first duck to cross the finish line will give its owner $5,000 dollars, second place is $3,000, third is $1,000.

State Fair Community College Open House in Sunrise Beach

State Fair Community College, SFCC, is hosting a first-ever Open House at its new Lake West Christian Academy campus on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. LWCA is now a remote site for State Fair Community College courses. LWCA is offering both dual credit classes for its students during the day, as well as advanced credit for its students in the evening classes for qualified candidates. The LWCA will also have its open house from 5 to 7 p.m. that evening
and will feature tours for both enrolled and prospective families to meet the teachers, view the curriculum and ask questions.