Jefferson City has an innovative way to raise money for a new jail. They’re having a grand opening special. Before the inmates move in, anyone who would like to check it out can book a night. Thirty dollars gets you dinner, an overnight in your own private cell and breakfast in the morning. Guests get a free booking photo and “Cole County Jail” T-shirt. The new sheriff’s office and jail is across from the courthouse and cost a about thirty million dollars to build.
The last blast of storms knocked out the power for dozens of people in Morgan County. Ameren Missouri says everyone was back on line by last night, but more than 200 people experienced a power outage, yesterday, because the high winds knocked tree limbs onto power lines at Washington and Maple Streets. That blew fuses on an energized section of line.
With all the rain and talk of flooding, you probably thought summer would never get here. But, it’s time to get the fans, wading pools and air conditioners ready. The heat wave starts tomorrow, with temperatures in the 90s, through the 4th of July. And, the heat index will rise above 100 degrees, especially Friday.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says two initiative petitions on citizen initiative petitions have met state standards for circulation. The ballot title for both of the petitions asks: Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to prohibit the repeal or amendment by the General Assembly of a statute enacted by citizen initiative passed by the voters of Missouri, except by either a three-fourths vote of the members of each house or a vote of the people through a referendum or unless such statute explicitly provides that the general assembly may repeal or amend it by a majority vote of the members of each house? Proponents of the initiative have until May 6th of next year to get signatures from registered voters.
The Relay for Life of Morgan County held Friday, at the Laurie Park raised $31,781 for the American Cancer Society. Morgan County Commissioner Jay Fisher was the master of ceremonies. Cancer survivor Jane Boyce was the survivor speaker. The funds were raised by 12 relay teams who got sponsors and held fundraisers. There were 10 relay teams in 2010. The auction held during the event also raised $3,300. There will be a meeting to wrap-up the 2011 event 6 p.m. next Tuesday, July
12, at the Morgan County Library in Versailles.
A man reportedly jumped off the Grand Glaize Bridge Saturday night. The Water Patrol stopped a boat that picked the man up and issued a warning. Last July, a man drowned after jumping off the Hurricane Deck Bridge.
Today’s Lake Ozark Junior Golf Association tournament in Eldon has been rained out. Eldon Country Club received two inches of rain rom the storms which rolled through the area early this morning. No makeup date has been announced.