Education Grants Available for Low Achieving Schools, Missouri One of Only Two States to Receive Federal Funding

Missouri will receive eight point nine million dollars to try and turn around schools that are not performing up to standards. Only two states in the country will receive money from the School Improvement Grant Program. U-S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says something dramatic needs to be done with persistently low achieving schools. Now, school districts have to apply to the state to get some of the funding.

Eldon May Allow Fireworks Vendors Within City Limits, Bill Up for Debate Tuesday

The City of Eldon Board of Aldermen is already looking ahead to Independence Day. Mayor John Holland says the city staff has met to discuss plans for the celebration. They’ve selected a new site for the fireworks. And, they’ve had several requests from vendors who want to sell fireworks within the city limits. There are currently several fireworks stands outside city limits, and aldermen will discuss a bill that would allow sales within the city at their meeting tomorrow night.

Interstate 44 Construction Work Continues, Expect Lane Closures at Mile Marker 144, 156

The road construction project on Interstate 44 is progressing. Paving crews have completed about half of the driving lanes for stage two. Expect some lane closures near mile marker 156, today, while they lay down fresh concrete. Traffic is also down to one lane in each direction for bridge work on the Gasconade River Bridge, at mile marker 144. Crews are removing the old bridge deck, this week.

Lake Regional Cancer Screening

As part of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, Lake Regional Cancer Center in Osage Beach’s scheduled a skin cancer screening from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. next Friday, May 13. Space is limited, so appointments are required. Skin cancer accounts for over half of all cancers, making it the most common form of the disease. Lake Regional Oncologist Dr. Michael Wang, says annual screenings are a good way to catch problems when they’re more easily treatable. You should also check your skin at least once a month for new growths, spots, bumps, patches or sores that don’t heal after two or three months. To participate in Lake Regional’s free skin cancer screening, call 573-302-2784 to schedule an appointment.