Gearing up for the summer season, the Department of Natural Resources says more than 16 point three million people visited state parks and historic sites in Missouri, last year. That’s a ten percent increase.
The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen is considering charging a fee for utility customers who want their water main turned off at the nearest valve or extra meter reads. The 25 dollar fee can be waived, if homeowners install a shut off valve inside their homes. A second reading of the measure failed to pass, at the last meeting. They will take up concerns about the fees at the next meeting. Meantime, the city does plan to pursue payment from residents who are severely past due on their utility bills.
The University of Missouri is asking for volunteers to help sample lake and stream sites in the area, so researchers can get a snapshot of water quality all over the state. They’re asking for citizen scientists to collect water samples and data. Participants have to take a 20 minute training session. The first is today, between three and seven, at the Bennett Springs State Park Lodge in Lebanon. There will be another opportunity tomorrow, between three and seven, in the M-D-C Office in Camdenton.
Governor Jay Nixon signed into law a measure that will provide almost 190 million dollars in federal funding for school districts over the next two school years. Nixon made the announcement and held the officials signing ceremony at Linn High School, yesterday. He also took the opportunity to urge Senators to pass House Bill 18, which includes another 137 million dollar in funding for school projects and transportation.
Lebanon Fire officials are investigating the cause of an early morning blaze at a vacant building on Williams Street, Saturday. No injuries were reported.
The Laurie Police Department has made two arrests in connections with several burglaries, last week, in Laurie. 17 year old Johnathan Shirley of Laurie and 18 year old Dustin Young of Versailles were charged with burglary and tampering in the second degree. Money and food items were taken from Loving Hands Daycare on Wednesday. A laptop computer and digital camera were reported stolen from the First Baptist Church. And, six vehicles were broken into on Dunwurkin Road. Two other people are being questioned in the case.
The Missouri National Guard celebrated the death of Al Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, yesterday, releasing a statement that called the mission a major victory for our forces in Afghanistan. They’ve also increased security measures at all their facilities.
Meantime, about 760 members of the National Guard are fighting the flood waters and providing protection for property that families have left behind in the southeast part of the state. The Army Corps of Engineers blew up the levee at Birds Point New Madrid Floodway, last night.