Camden County Sheriff to Hold Town Hall Meeting

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a town hall meeting next Thursday — October 27th, beginning at 6 PM, in the 3rd floor meeting room of the Camden County Court House. Sheriff Dwight Franklin and his staff will be there to answer questions and address concerns of citizens.

Ameren Still Waiting for FERC (petition link in story)

Ameren Missouri is still waiting for word from FERC on whether or not the plan to move their boundary line will be accepted.

Several thousand homes and structures face removal if changes made by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Ameren’s Shoreline Management Plan are allowed to stand. Brian Vance with Ameren spoke about the upcoming FERC rehearing yesterday on the Ozarks this Morning.

Vance says the Ameren boundary line could be moved, taking care of homes that may fall on utility property.

He says Ameren would like to continue doing business as they have since they became the owners of the lake property.

If you would like to find out if your lakefront property could be affected contact Vance’s office at 365-9252.

Brian also addressed the easement from Ameren that is granted in deeds to homes. He says the easements are valid except in cases where private encroachment could violate local, state, or federal law. Vance says Ameren has prevailed in cases where the homeowner has challenged Ameren on the easement and attempted to build or maintain a structure in violation of law.

If you would like to petition the White House click the link below.!/petition/curb-ferc-regulations-which-overreach-and-overregulate-shorelines-its-hydroelectric-projects/pf8SPy6t?

Dispatch Changes for Lake West Ambulance

The Lake West Ambulance District is going to save some money by outsourcing their dispatch services. Gayle Webb is the office manager for the district.

Webb says the move will save about $80,000. It will also improve services.

Lake West covers 244 square miles in north central Camden County and south central Morgan County.

Pink Emblem Stolen

A breast cancer awareness symbol has been stolen from the fairgrounds in Laurie. A pink L.E.D. ribbon emblem was taken from the side of the log cabin office sometime before October 17th. If you have any information contact the Laurie Police at 374-4871.

Missouri Trade Delegation Heads to China

Governor Jay Nixon and a delegation from Missouri are traveling to China to talk trade. Nixon and members of the agricultural and business community will be in china from tomorrow until next Saturday, closing trade deals that will export Missouri goods to the country for the next three years. China, Missouri’s third largest trading partner, imported $987 million dollars in goods from Missouri in 2010. So far in 2011, Missouri has exported $773 million dollars in goods, a 25% increase over the same period in 2010.

Want to Buy a Middle School?

A big chunk of real estate could soon be on the market in downtown Waynesville. The board of education’s endorsed the school superintendent’s recommendation that the former middle school and surrounding property be declared surplus property. Superintendent Judene Blackburn says the district’s going top try to sell the property using sealed bids. The property includes 9 acres of athletic fields and almost 4-acres of building and paved area. They still have to work out the best way to advertise the real estate.

Phelps County Drug Sweep

12-people were arrested early this morning in a series of raids done by the South Central Drug Task Force, wrapping up an 18-month investigation of narcotics distribution and sales in and around Phelps County. The drugs included meth, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and prescription meds. It was a big operation, with the State Highway Patrol, Phelps County and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments, Dixon, Crocker, and Rolla Police and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group. Of the 12 arrested, 5 had been arrested before on drug related charges. The individuals range in age from 21 to 46. The charges include drug sales, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and sale of a controlled substance near schools.