Governor Jay Nixon is weighing in on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways issue. The governor has sent a letter to secretary of the interior Sally Jewell regarding the National Park Service’s proposed general management plan for the Scenic Riverways. The Governor says these spring fed Ozark Rivers have been enjoyed for many years by visitors from throughout the United States and adds that he supports efforts to ensure that they will continue to be enjoyed for decades to come. The Governor went on to say the proposed alternative “B” appears to outline the most reasonable approach to accomplishing this goal but the N.P.S. must incorporate flexibility into any plan it implements.
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The Osage beach police department responded to rolling meth lab that exploded and caught fire. Police received reports yesterday that a Dodge stratus was driving erratically near O’Reilly automotive and then struck a guard rail at which time the occupants exited the vehicle. One of the male occupants then jumped back in the car and guided it into Dugan’s paints parking lot at which time the car was on fire. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and ran across the Wal-Mart parking lot where he was apprehended by police. The driver, a 39 year old Osage Beach resident was treated at the scene and transported to lake regional hospital and then to Springfield hospital for burns sustained in the incident. The other two occupants were located inside Wal-Mart. 20 year old Joshua Healey was arrested for probation violation out of Warren County. Both he and a 20 year old female from Osage Beach were taken to lake regional hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A ten year old girl was placed into division of family services custody until a family member could be located. Police say the vehicle fire was determined to be caused by a “shake and bake” meth lab that was being held by the driver at the time it exploded.
The Laclede County R-1 Board of Education is making security upgrades at all schools in the Conway District. Back in December, the Laclede County R-1 Board of Education approved a $17,461 bid from Atlas Security of Springfield to install magnetic locks on doors at the Conway High School and Junior High buildings as well as Ezard Elementary School. The schools also will be fitted with a monitor and intercom system at the building’s main entrances, so visitors will have to identify themselves and be electronically buzzed in before they can enter. Superintendent Tanya Vest said, “We’re long past the time of letting people come and go as they please. We still want people to feel welcome, but we also have to provide security.” She also stated some of the district’s biggest safety concerns are the schools’ close proximity to interstate 44 and incidents around the country like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
At this week’s Osage Beach Board of Alderman Meeting the board authorized the purchase of new backup and recovery software from Dell. The reason the new software was need was because the current software was outdated and insufficient to accomplish the backup necessary for full disaster recovery. The new software will allow the city IT staff to fully back up all of the data including the virtual servers. At the same meeting the board also approved the disposal of the city’s surplus property. The transportation department will now set up the sale of a Caterpillar Motor Grader and a DuraPatcher that have been deemed to have no use for the department or any other within the city.
Bradley and Lacy Davis attended this week’s Laurie Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting to request a city zoning ordinance be amended to allow R-1, R-2 and R-3 permitted use in a commercial district. The request first went before the Laurie Board of Aldermen in November resulting in a split vote. The tie was broken by a nay vote from the Mayor. The Davis’ own a home located at 103 Forrest Road. The purpose for the rezoning request was to allow the use of the home as a residence for a family member. The current zoning on the property is commercial which does not allow for residential use. Bradley Davis submitted his argument saying he believed the priorities of the city should be sustainable, livable neighborhoods and that this ordinance change could achieve that. But despite Davis’ argument it was stated at the meeting that nothing more will be done at this time regarding the issue.
Last week in two separate incidents a 30-year-old Climax Springs man and a 41-year-old Roach man were charged with manufacturing and distributing illegal substances. On Feb. 3, officers with the Camden County sheriff’s office and the Lake Area Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation in the 300 block of Deer Trail Road in Roach. Upon entering the home of David Boyce, they allegedly discovered Hydrocodone and Marijuana. Roach was arrested and charged with a class B felony of possession with intent to manufacture and distribute an illegal substance and a class C felony possession of a controlled substance. That same day officers from the sheriff’s department and the Lake Area Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation in the 200 block of Simpson Drive in Climax Springs. Upon entering the home of Brandon K. Arnett, officers allegedly discovered Psilocybin Mushrooms and Marijuana. Arnett was arrested and charged with a class A felony of disturbing a controlled substance near a school.