Lebanon Man Charged with Horseshoe Bend Rape

27-year old Theodore Kremer of Lebanon’s charged with felony forcible rape. The Camden County Sheriff says a 25-year old woman staying in the 300 block of four Season Drive in Horseshoe Bend, says she woke up to find a man forcing himself on her. Deputies say the woman fought the man off and called 911. Kremer’s free on $200,000 bond.

New Superintendent for Cole Camp R-1 School District

Some changes are coming for Benton County’s R-1 school district in Cole Camp. Jerry Cochran’s retiring at the end of June after 18-years as school superintendent. His replacement will be Cole Camp High School Principal Perry Gorrell. He’s being replaced at Cole Camp High by Brandon Harding, who’s most recent job was principal at Aurora, Missouri High School

Camden County Sheriff Asks for Help Locating Stolen Truck

The Camden County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help in locating a stolen truck and other items. Deputies were called to a home on Lemar Drive in Linn Creek yesterday where a homeowner reported a handgun, jewelry, old coins and a maroon 2006 Dodge 2500 pick-up had been taken. Anyone with any information, or who sees the truck — license plate number 10A5BM — is asked call the Sheriff’s office at 346-2243.

MoDOT Cuts Cuttings; Reduction in Mowing Could Save $2.6 Million

Motorists on state highways may notice a change in the landscape later this summer — more grass. The state transportation department usually mows before each of the three major summer holidays and in October. They plan to skip the 4th of July mowing this summer:

MoDOT Maintenance Engineer Beth Wright says they hope to save enough money to resurface about fifty miles of road:

District engineers have the flexibility to adjust the mowing schedule if the grass gets TOO tall

FSA Morgan County Office to Close

The Morgan County Farm Service Agency office in Versailles is closing. The closure is one of three in Missouri, announced by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas A. Vilsack. The USDA says shutdown of the Versailles office will begin immediately. After the required notifications have been provided to producers, employees and office landlords, a closure date will be decided and announced. Operations will be consolidated with FSA’s Moniteau County office.

“FSA places the utmost priority on ensuring that our services to producers remain strong as this consolidation process begins,” said FSA Administrator, Bruce Nelson. The agency will provide farmers and ranchers affected by closures an opportunity to choose the most convenient neighboring county office with which to conduct their future business with the agency. In addition, all employees in a closing office will be provided an opportunity to continue their work with FSA.

First Boating Fatality of 2012 on Lake of the Ozarks

A woman injured when two boats collided on the Lake of he Ozarks a week-and-a-half ago has died. 53-year-old Margaret Reavy of Wildwood was in a coma since the May 18th accident at the 4 mile marker. A Sea Ray Runabout ran over the top of the pontoon boat she was riding on in a nearly head-on collision. Reavy’s husband, and the driver of the Runabout, 59-year-old Thomas Rainey of Lees Summit, were both arrested for boating while intoxicated. And none of the three were wearing life preservers. It’s the first boating fatality of the year on the Lake of the Ozarks.