Mid County FPD Looking for Volunteers

The Mid County Fire Protection District is looking for volunteers. The MCFPD covers a 224 mile area from rural Linn Creek, including most of Roach, Greenview, Montreal and Decaturville. The district also covers from Lake Road 7-6 in Climax Springs to Lake Road 5-61 in Camdenton. The department is looking for volunteer firefighters who live in the district. For more information call Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Sue Chatam.

Ronald McDonald house and Mercy Hospital Join Forces

Mercy Hospital Springfield and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks has a Major announcement of partnership details, construction plans, and fundraising efforts. The Ronald McDonald House along with the hospital will make an announcement of new construction to improve the facility as well as improve the equipment will be held at the Main entrance lobby at Mercy Hospital in Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29.

State Supreme Court Upholds House Districts

The Missouri Supreme Court this afternoon upheld the new state House of Representatives districts, as drawn late last year by a panel of six appeals court judges. Chief Justice Richard Teitelman signed the two-sentence order, which said: “The judgment is affirmed. Opinion to follow.” The order was released hours before the filing deadline for candidates to run in the August primary and November general elections.

Tax Break for People Buying Their Wheels Out of State

Missourians who buy a car or truck in another state could get a tax break under a recent state Supreme Court ruling. Up to now, you paid sales taxes on vehicle purchases during registration. Now local sales taxes cannot be levied for purchases made in other states, but communities can charge a local use tax if voters approve. Currently, 39 counties and the city of St. Louis have a use tax. How the tax change will affect local governments is unknown, since the state Revenue department doesn’t track revenue from vehicles bought in other states.

Hydrant Testing in Sunrise Beach

The Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District’s doing fire hydrant testing in Porto Cima, The Villages and the Village of Sunrise Beach starting April 15th
thru June 15th. The results will give them the needed critical information regarding the fire protection water supply in our community. If you see your Firefighters in your neighborhood testing the hydrants, please test your water before running your dishwasher or washer. Just run water into a clear glass and look at it. If it’s dark or cloudy, open the cold water faucet full force in the bathtub or shower for about 10 to 15 minutes. This should clear the water in your pipes.

LOWA Announces Hazardous Waste Collection Plans

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance has announced plans for its third annual Household Hazardous Waste Reclamation Day. LOWA’s Donna Swall says it will take place April 28th, at the Camdenton High School parking lot:

This year, all applliances and electronic equipment equipment will be accepted:

…they’ll take

Aside from a $15 fee for TVs, Swall says all items will be accepted free of charge:

Boating Bill in Memory of Child Purposed

Two years ago today, a boating trip on Stockton Lake turned into a tragedy for the Keese family.
36-year-old Brian Keese’s capsized jon boat. Neither Keese nor his 8-year-old son, Nathan, had been wearing life jackets, and both had drowned.

Camilla Molica, Brian Keese’s wife.is now pushing lawmakers to increase water safety regulations in order to prevent future deaths. The measure is House Bill 1452. and would require children ages 14 and younger to wear life jackets. The current cutoff is age 7.

Missouri’s age requirement is lower than several surrounding states. There are also statistics from the National Safe Boating Council that said Missouri in 2011 ranked No. 6 in boating accidents.