Missouri’s Unemployment Rate was up during the month of March, even though the size of payrolls also grew. The Department of Economic Development is reporting that the jobless rate grew to 6.7 percent from 6.4 percent the previous month. Employers added a total of 35-hundred jobs in March with construction, education and health services seeing the greatest increase.
A Camdenton teen has been informally charged with involuntary manslaughter following a car crash that killed his father Tuesday afternoon. Allegedly, witnesses say Jason Kennedy and his son Weldon Kennedy were racing on Lakeview Drive when Jason Kennedy hit a UPS truck head on while trying to pass his sons car. Jason Kennedy was not wearing a seat belt and was killed instantly. The investigation is continuing, and further charges could be pending. This is Troop “F’s” 2nd fatality for the month of April.
A proposed 22 acre development on bittersweet road by Shady/Lazy Gators owner Gary Prewitt will be voted on by the Camden County Planning and Zoning Commission today. In March, local residents voiced strong support for the proposed development that would include a satellite parking lot for the gators complex, a general store and deli and overnight rental cabins. However, a vocal minority at the commission’s March meeting resulted in the issue being moved to tonight’s meeting which starts 5:30. KRMS News will cover the decision live during the Ozarks Today with John Rogger.
A number of officials and community leaders were on hand for a fundraising kickoff yesterday in the City of Laurie for its new welcome sign. The new sign is expected to cost between thirty and forty thousand dollars and will be located on the property next to the Shrine of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on highway five. The sign is a one-half scale of the Lake of the Ozarks sign on highway 54 and according to Mayor Herb Keck, will be a reflection of the city’s attempt to upgrade the overall appearance of the community in a highlighting manner. Citizens interested in making a donation may contact city hall or go online at: city of laurie dot com.
The Lebanon Police Department has closed the locker room assault case at Lebanon High School. After an investigation, police determined that not everything initially reported actually happened that day in the high school locker room. On Friday evening, the mother of a male student told law enforcement that her son had been assaulted by another male student in a locker room and that several other students would not let him leave. It was also reported that the other teens left the boy lying on the floor after the attack.
A local business is seeking annexation into the City of Sunrise Beach. A petition for voluntary annexation has been signed by Laubach Properties for the purpose of expanding Deer Valley Park Camping and Storage, and for the addition of a proposed Biker Bar and Grill at route “TT” and Putt N Bay road. The proposed bar and grill would also feature occasional outdoor and under roof entertainment. The request will now be sent to the Sunrise Beach Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing and a subsequent recommendation. The annexation will then go before the board of trustees for a final decision.
The new Sunrise Beach Sewer Treatment Plant should be ready to go online in the next two or three weeks. At this week’s meeting of the Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees, it was reported that the plant, located next to Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill would have already been online but they lost thirty days construction time due to the inclement weather. The board also approved the hiring of LakeOzark environmental as the village wastewater operator for the new treatment plant. The company will be paid around $21-thousand dollars for one year along with a $750 start up fee.