Morgan, Tillman Memorial Plans

Memorial services for Bob Morgan and Jeff “J.T.” Tillman will be held Saturday in the Arrowhead Ballroom at Port Arrowhead Resort in Lake Ozark.

Morgan and Tillman were killed last Wednesday while competing in the Key West Super Boat World Championships. The memorial service is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

McCaskill Questions Decision to Seal Books on Contractors in iraq and Afghanistan

Senator Claire McCaskill, and fellow democrat Jim Webb of Virginia are questioning the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan over their decision to seal its records from the public for 2 decades. She and Webb have asked the Archivist of the United States to “take immediate steps” to fully disclose the records “as quickly as possible,” consistent with protections for privacy, proprietary information, and other applicable laws. The Commission found $31-to -$60 billion has been lost to contracting waste and fraud to date.

Update: No Foul Play Involved in Florida Woman’s Death

An autopsy performed on the body of 49-year-old Faith Hope McDonald has determined that the Jasper, Florida woman’s death was brought on by pre-existing medical conditions and no foul play was involved, according to Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples. He says results of toxicology tests, which may determine a more specific cause of death, will be available in six to eight weeks. Maples says Lake Ozark police are satisfied with the results of the autopsy and will bring closure to the case by the end of the week they wrap up the investigation. McDonald’s body was discovered in the woods behind Mills Elementary School on Monday.

Ameren Hotline and E-Mail for Shoreline Questions

Ameren Missouri wants to answer your questions about the recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order.

The electric utility has set up a hotline at 573-365-9203 to handle all questions about the Shoreline Management Plan. You can also email the company at

In a statement, Jeff Green, the shoreline supervisor for Ameren, says any homeowner that believes their property is in the project boundary can rest assured no adverse action will be taken while Ameren works to resolve the issue.

Western 54 Expressway Opens Thursday

The new western portion of the 54 Expressway will open in a couple of days.

MoDOT’s Bob Lynch told KB yesterday on the Ozarks this Morning that westbound traffic will move smoothly when the 54 Expressway opens Thursday.

Traffic around Jeffries and the Grand Glaize Bridge needs to be aware of an eastbound issue.

All construction work on the new 54 Expressway should wrap up before Christmas.

Autopsy Today on Jasper Woman

An autopsy on a woman’s body will happen today after she is found in a wooded area off School Road.

Lake Ozark Police were called behind Mills Elementary yesterday after a walker found the body of 49-year old Faith Hope McDonald of Jasper, Florida. Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples says two of his detectives are handling the investigation and the body has been turned over to the Miller County Coroner.

Maples says foul play is not suspected but has not been ruled out.