Cave Conundrum

As you start to make travel plans, be aware that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is going to have just four caves open this summer. Onondaga Cave, Cathedral Cave, Fisher Cave and Ozark Caverns will all be open, starting this weekend. Many other caves are going to remain closed because of white nose syndrome, a fungus that’s spreading among bats and devastating the population. You will be asked not to wear the same clothes from cave to cave, to prevent further spread.

Credit Unions Okay

The Missouri Division of Credit Unions has been re-accredited by a national association of state regulators. It’s only the third state credit union regulator to receive accreditation.

State Unemployment Extension

The Missouri House passed an agreement that allows the state to accept 105 million dollars for an extension in unemployment benefits. Some Senators threatened to filibuster the bill, because they didn’t like spending at the federal level, but the vote was 138 to 13.

Simino in Court to Waive Hearing

Kelly Robert Simino appeared in court Monday and waived his rights to a preliminary hearing. The 43 year old is charged with killing Brandi Mathews in 2006. Her family sat in the front row of the Miller County Courtroom. He’ll be back in court for arraignment on May 4th.

Crime Victim Week Breakfast

It’s Crime Victim’s Rights Week, and Melissa Bench is the guest of honor at the 3rd annual breakfast. Bench was attacked by two men she’d to testify against in a criminal trial in Camden County. One of the males forced his way into her house, ordered her to lie on the floor then shot her in the head.
Bench has endured a long recovery, but testified against both at their trials. Both men are currently in the Missouri Department of Corrections This year’s theme of the breakfast is Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past. The breakfast is Friday, at 7am at the Church at Osage Hills, 5237 Highway 54, Osage Beach. Tickets are $5 per person. For information, contact the Camden County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 573-317-3910 or email debbie_ellis@camdenmo.org

Heart of the Ozarks Women’s Scholarships

You still have a few days to apply for the Heart of the Ozarks Professional Business Women’s non-traditional scholarships. If you’re a woman who’s decided to get back to the classroom to continue your education, change your career, or get back into the workforce, then these scholarships are for you. . The application deadline’s April 15th. You can get specifics on the Ozarks Professional Business Women’s non-traditional scholarships by visiting www.pbwlakeoftheozarks.org. The organization’s also gotten over 45 applications for traditional scholarships, and those are going to be awarded in the next few weeks to graduating seniors from schools in the lake area, including Camdenton, Eldon, School of the Osage and Morgan County R-II.

Dierbergs Market Coming to Osage Beach

Osage Beach will be getting a Dierbergs Market. Mayor Penny Lyons had to cast a tie-breaking vote last week to approve the contract with the St. Louis-based grocery chain and developer. The Osage Board of Aldermen were asked to consider it at the board’s regular meeting April 7th. The vote was 4-1 with one abstention in the first reading, then the second reading came soon after and was tied at three-three. Ron Schmitt abstained in the first vote and wanted time to read the 50 page document. Dierbergs officials say the opening is tenatively slated for spring 2013.