Monday closings

Be advised that a number of government buildings across the Lake region will be closed tomorrow in observance of the New Year. Holidays that fall on Sunday are frequently observed with closings on the following Monday.

Red Cross donations

The new year is a time for making resolutions, and the American Red Cross is urging people to include them by making a tax-deductible donation — to the Red Cross.
Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year as part of their holiday tradition, and the Red Cross depends on these donations to save lives, bring relief and give hope. Nationally, December Red Cross donations total roughly 20 percent of all non-disaster contributions from the public.
“As 2011 draws to a close, we are asking everyone to remember those who need help by contributing to the Red Cross,” said Mike Flanagan, communications manager of the Capital Area Chapter. “This end-of-year generosity will allow us to help a disaster victim, a member of the military, a hospital patient or someone learning to swim.”
And while 2011 has now ended, the Red Cross is still urging supporters to go to the website, and make those donations now as part of their resolution.

Youth labor laws may soon change

Proposed changes to farm labor laws could have an effect on teens across the region. The US Department of Labor is considering new rules for youth farm labor this year, potentially limiting the types of work that minors could do in agriculture, under the age of 18. Eldon High School FFA advisor Matt Biddle says it could hamper opportunities for those involved in FFA. “I can’t imagine not encouraging some of our younger students to help out in the show arena at fairs or helping their neighbors on the farm. This goes against many principles of our program”, he said. The proposed changes include strengthening child labor laws regarding agricultural work, prohibiting hired farm workers under 16 from cultivation and harvesting tobacco and from operating nearly all power-driven equipment. There is no timeframe announced by the federal government on when the final decisions will be announced on new labor law.

St. Anthony’s “welcome” home

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church is hosting a 6 week program entitled “Catholics Returning Home.” It’s designed for greater participation from lapsed Catholics or anyone curious about the faith. The program begins on Tuesday January 10th from 7-8:30pm at St. Anthony’s, 1874 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.

Stover High tourney returns

Four lake area teams will be in Morgan County next week to take part in the annual January basketball tournaments at Stover High School.

Three teams, Eldon, Osage and Versailles, are playing in the 17th edition of the Stover Girls’ Tournament. The Osage Indians are playing in the six-team Stover Boys’ Tournament.

With a 7-1 record, the Eldon Lady Mustangs are seeded No. 1. They face Iberia at 11 a.m. Monday.

Lake Ozark’s new shed ready for winter

Just in time for winter weather, the city of Lake Ozark is nearly complete with a storage shed to house salt and sand for city streets.
The city has been using the new facility for weeks as it entered its final stages of work.
City Administrator Dave Van Dee congratulated those involved. Total costs to date on the new storage shed is $28 thousand, while another 5-thousand dollars is expected in final construction costs.
The $33,780,.07 total cost represents more than $11,000 in savings from the original estimate.

New district, new candidates

The brand new legislative district is drawing republican primary challengers. The 123rd Missouri House Of Representatives district will hold it’s first elections in 2012. The boundaries are defined as the southern half of Camden county and north and eastern Laclede county. It will include Camdenton, Richland, Eldridge and half of Lebanon. Diane Franklin, currently serving the 155th district is a resident of Camdenton and is expected to run for the seat. Todd Skelton and Chase Waggoner are also potential candidates. The filing period runs from February 28th through March 27th.