The new hatchery at Bennett Spring State Park is not going to be completed on schedule. But, Hatchery Manager Mike Mitchell says the facility will still be full of trout by fall. There were some delays in construction, and now the facility is expected to be finished in mid July, still in time to start spawning in September.
Veterinarians at the University of Missouri are warning horse owners to keep a close watch on their animals. There’s been a regional outbreak of a potentially deadly virus, called Equine Herpes Virus 1. Almost 20 cases have been reported in horses that attended the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships in Utah. Three horses have died. There are no confirmed cases in Missouri, but the virus is highly contagious. Look for nostril discharge, weakness standing and high fever.
The Camden County Commission has approved a request by Barbara Morris to open a winery on Feline Drive in Camdenton. She’s been growing grapes on the site for five years, but to process them and sell wine on the site, she needed to have the zoning changed from residential to agricultural. The Planning and Zoning Commission gave unanimous approval on that, in April. County Commissioners agreed, yesterday.
Saving energy means saving money, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources wants to help Missouri school districts, local governments, public colleges and universities do both. The department’s got $10-million in low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects though its Energize Missouri Schools and Local Governments program Loan recipients will repay the loans from the energy savings they experience after their projects are completed. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. All applications must be submitted to the department by Sept. 30, 2011. For more information about the program call 573-751-7466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rolla Mayor William Jenks, III has been picked by Gov. Nixon to serve a term on the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board. The board ensures that Missouri state agency rules and regulations do not create an unfair burden for small businesses. Appointments to the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board do not require Senate confirmation. Jenks is in his second elected term as mayor of Rolla, and previously served as a city council representative and on several city boards. He is the president of Jenks/Long Insurance, and has been active with numerous civic organizations. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending April 30, 2014.
Tonight’s Class 3, District 10 girls soccer title game between Camdenton and Waynesville has been postponed, due to rain. The Lady Lakers are in contention for the district title for the first time since 2004. The game is now scheduled to be played tomorrow (Friday), May 20th, at 1 p.m. The winner will advance to the sectional playoffs May 24th against Rock Bridge.
No injuries reported in a school bus accident this morning in Eldon. It happened at the corner of 7th and Business 54. Eldon School District bus #11 was rear-ended by another vehicle. All of the students were taken to school after getting checked out by paramedics from the Miller County Ambulance District.