On a 4-3 vote today, Camdenton’s School Board voted in favor of sending in a grant application for Race to the Top funds from the federal government. The grant’s goal is one-to-one computing, with every student having their own laptop or tablet, giving them direct access to resources, including textbooks, many of which are now on line. The goal is to better prepare young people for life after high school with a personal learning plan. The application’s expected to go out this week, and a yes or no could from the U.S. Education Department in December.
Camden County’s being sued by a former employee who’s alleging the County Commission broke the state’s Sunshine Law, and reneged on a $10,000 verbal settlement offer. Tony Beabout was canned by the county in July of 2011 after refusing to sign what he’s called a Last Chance Agreement. This all goes back to an incident involving Beabout’s accessing another county employee’s email account in April of 2011.
Osage Beach has announced the plan for this year’s leaf removal campaign. As usual, Public Works Superintendent Rick King says residents will be asked to rake their leaves to the roadside curb or buy bio-degradable bags for pickup, beginning November 5th. This year, the city has two machines. One will start on Lazy Days Road working east, the other will start on Jeffries Road working west until, they meet in the middle. Leaves bagged in regular plastic trash bags will not be picked up by Public Works. Only bio-degradable bags with leaves will be taken. The plan, of course, is dependant on the weather. “Obviously if it’s not pouring down rain or, hopefully, not snowing,” King says.
A deer hunting ordinance will once again be up for discussion tonight at the Lake Ozark Board of Alderman meeting. Several changes were made to parts of the ordinance at the last meeting two weeks ago. The board was also discuss a request from the LO Crab Shack along with a resolution to continue seeking funding through Missouri’s Clean Water Revolving Fund. Two Mayoral appointments are also on the agenda. The Lake Ozark Board of Alderman meeting starts at 6:00 at Lake Ozark City Hall.
A 43-year old St. Elizabeth woman is seriously injured after her car goes off the road and hits a tree. The Missouri Highway Patrol says the crash happened last night on Highway 52, east of St. Elizabeth. Misty Smith was taken to a Jefferson City hospital and was then taken by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The Highway Patrol says that Smith was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
A tip leads to the arrest of three people for a burglary at a convenience store, a church and the theft of a truck in Morgan County. The Sheriff’s Office says last week, deputies received a report of a burglary at Zimmy’s Market on Highway 52 in Versailles. An unknown amount of cash and goods were taken along with a 2009 Chevy pick up. A few hours later, burglary and property damage was reported at Trinity Baptist Church on Church Road in Versailles. An unknown amount of cash and electronics were taken. There was also property damage inside the church. A tip led deputies to the Fountain Apartments in Versailles where 20-year old Terry Robertson from Barnett, 20-year old Earnie Montavy from Versailles and 19-year old Wayne Rogers of Stover. All three are facing charges of burglary, vehicle tampering and property damage. All three men are being held on a bond of 50 thousand dollars each.
Election Day is two weeks away, but many Lake area residents have already voted. In Morgan County, over 700 absentee ballots have already been cast for the November 6th election, either by mail or in-person, according to County Clerk Cathy Daniels:
Based on the number of absentee voters, Daniels is projecting a voter turnout of 75-80 percent, about what it was four years ago:
Similar reports are coming out of the clerks offices in Camden and Miller counties. In-person absentee voting continues for another two weeks, until the day before the election, throughout Missouri:
The last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot is October 30th.