Several highway projects are taking place this coming week around the lake area. According to MODOT, in Miller County, roadside maintenance will take place starting Monday on route 52 between twin creek road east and west while culvert pipe installation in various locations will take place on route “Y” between route “W” and the end of state maintenance in Morgan County. In Morgan County, culvert pipe replacement in various locations is taking place on route 135 between route “T” and route “J”. One lane will be open and crews will flag traffic thru the work area.
The speed limit on highway 54 thru Linn Creek will remain 55. The decision came after the city’s board of alderman meeting February 4th. Board member Bill Mundhausen says the city has recently heard from some residents who were strongly opposed changing the speed limit from 55 to 60.
The city was given the option of raising the speed limit after MODOT had signed off on a recent traffic study.
The State of Missouri has caused a bit of a stir in Camden County after a hold was put on the federal money coming to Osage Beach to help repair the damage done to the park. City Administrator Jeana Woods say’s they were shocked
Woods says that even if they froze the funding, that will not stop them from completing the project. She says all that is left at this time is the ball fields and the park will be back to normal. Originally KRMS had reported that this was a direct result of the Governor’s office as stated by the City Administrator, however, after speaking with the Governor’s office they are saying it’s the legislator’s fault for removing the estimated designation from the disaster appropriations, which has tied the administration’s hands in delivering the funds.
There are some changes coming regarding when executions take place in the state of Missouri. For decades, executions have been scheduled to start at 12:01 am on Wednesdays. However, beginning in March that will change. The Missouri Supreme court set a March 17th execution date for Cecil Clayton who was convicted of killing a southwest Missouri deputy in 1996. The execution is scheduled for a Tuesday and will start at 6pm. A spokesman for the department of corrections says the change provides a time more practical for witnesses and for courts reviewing the case.
With the unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, a number of lake area residents took advantage of the nice weather to get out on the lake and do some fishing. We recently talked with agent Derek Warnke with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Camdenton office about what kind of year 2014 was for fishing the Ozarks and what he expects this year.
To keep abreast of the latest fishing developments at the lake you can tune in to Fishing the Ozarks every Saturday morning at 9 o’clock on KRMS.
A republican state lawmaker wants to ban local laws that raise minimum wage, require employers to offer paid sick leave or prohibit employers from asking about criminal convictions on initial job applications. Representative Caleb Rowden of Columbia has introduced the bill which he believes will protect businesses and ensure they won’t have to deal with confusing regulations. Last year Columbia passed a bill that bars employers from asking about criminal convictions on initial job applications. And some larger cities in other states have passed laws requiring employers offer paid sick leave or raise the minimum wage.
19 people have been arrested in separate incidents over the past week by the Morgan County sheriff’s office. Between January 30th and February 5th, deputies responded to several calls including one residential burglary, five for stealing, two for trespassing, one for assault, six for domestic violence and one for disturbing the peace. It was also reported there are currently 146 inmates in the county jail including four “ICE” detainees.