Harke Park Vandalized with Graffiti for the Second Time in Six Months

Lebanon Police are asking for your help, as they investigate vandalism at Harke Park. The sign at the entrance to the park, a shelter house and restrooms have all been damaged by graffiti. That’s the second time this year the park has been vandalized. The damage will cost 3-5 hundred dollars to remove. Officers ask you to call the Police Department, if you see any tagging activity.

Camdenton School Board of Education Discussed Budget and Capital Improvement Projects for Next School Year

The Camdenton School District is moving forward with improvements. Doctor Brian Henry reported to the Board of Education, last night, that the District is in the Restructuring Planning phase and moving into Restructuring Implementation, next school year. Meantime, the Board continues work on the budget for next year and approved some capital improvement projects.

Pulaski Sheriff Not Running Again

Sheriff J.B. King’s calling it quits at the end of next year. King, a Republican, is not going to run for re-election. He was elected Sheriff in 2004, and made the run after several years in retirement from his previous job as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. King says he’s aware of 4 people who plan on running for Sheriff. One has declared his candidacy, and that’s Johnny Burgess, a Waynesville paramedic.

Soap Creek Bridge Work to October

the Missouri Department of Transportation’s confirmed the construction schedule for the Soap Creek Bridge on Route 5 in Morgan County. If weather permits, the bridge replacement is now set to start the week of Oct. 3, following the 2011 Apple Festival in Versailles. The entire bridge will be replaced and the work will take approximately 50 calendar days to complete. The bridge will be completely closed during construction and traffic will be detoured around the work area using Routes 135 and J. MoDOT is working closely with the contractor to condense the work schedule as much as possible to minimize the impact to motorists. The department appreciates the cooperation and patience of the community in order to make these much needed improvements to Route 5.

McCaskill Backs Bill Cutting Oil Company Tax Breaks

With gas prices on the rise and federal debt worries, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s announced her support for legislation that would help address our fiscal crisis by clawing back tax giveaways to the most profitable companies in the world. The bill, which would end certain tax breaks for oil and gas companies is projected to save between $15 and 20 billion in taxpayer dollars. McCaskill says “If we are going to get serious about addressing our national debt, we can no longer afford to keep giving away taxpayer’s money to the most profitable companies in the world. There are going to be some tough decisions when it comes to cutting back, but I hope we can agree that our government writing checks to oil and gas companies with tax dollars should be on the chopping block.”

Time Running Out for Missouri Legislature

The legislative session is down to its final days and there’s been a flurry of activity at the capital. Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill allowing drug testing of welfare recipients if the state suspects they’re using illegal drugs. A proposed amendment to the state constitution that would expand and claify the right to pray in public places passed the Senate this morning. And Missouri voters will get to decide on whether they should have to show a photo I-D to cast a ballot.