The swimming beaches at Mark Twain and Harry S Truman state parks have reopened. Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources says the Lake of the Ozarks State Park’s Grand Glaize Beach, also known as Public Beach #2, is still closed after water samples taken Monday showed bacteria levels higher than those recommended for swimming. The park’s Public Beach #1, in Kaiser, remains. Higher bacteria levels are often associated with heavy rains that result in runoff from adjacent land. However, there are a number of possibilities that can lead to higher bacteria, and chances are no single source is the cause.
The driver of the car involved in last weekend’s accident in which four Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate students were killed has been upgraded to fair condition. 22-year-old Murali Bottu, who grauated from the school in Rolla last Friday night, is recovering at University Hospital in Columbia. Sunday’s crash happened on Highway 42, about 12 miles east of Osage Beach.
A man and woman arrested in Camden County are facing multiple charges in connection with a reported drowning, that the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Patrol Division is calling an elaborate hoax. 44-year-old Robert Gabauer and 43-year-old Michelle Miesner, both of Stover, were arrested for felony attempted commission of a fraudulent insurance act and filing a false police report. Authorities allege the two plotted to cash in on Gabauer’s life insurance policy. On Saturday, Miesner called 9-1-1 to report that she saw Gabauer fall into the Missouri River while fishing at Franklin Island in Howard County. An extensive search was conducted before inconsistencies turned up in Miesner’s story. She was arrested near Gravois Mills, and Gabauer, who was in Osage Beach, turned himself in by calling authorities and reporting his location. Both were taken into custody and transported to Howard County, awaiting formal charges.
The Camdenton branch of Penmac Staffing Services has received a Community Partnership Award from the Missouri Department of Corrections. Penmac was nominated for the award for its continued commitment to offer employment opportunities to parolees on active supervision.
MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL, CHRIS KOSTER, HAS FILED SUIT IN CAMDEN COUNTY AGAINST ROBERT AND BRENDA WATKINS OF OSAGE BEACH. THE ALLEGATIONS STEM FROM AN INSPECTION DONE BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, WHICH FOUND FOUR VIOLATIONS OF MISSOURI’S CLEAN WATER LAW. THE WATKINS OWN AND OPERATE A WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY THAT SERVES EMERALD COURT DUPLEXES. THE VIOLATIONS INCLUDE FAILURE TO RENEW THE TREATMENT FACILITY OPERATING PERMIT; FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH EFFLUENT LIMITS; FAILURE TO KEEP THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY FILTER FREE OF VEGETATION; AND FAILURE TO INSTALL AND USE A FLOW MEASUREMENT MECHANISM.
PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, HAS DECLARED A FEDERAL STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE STATE OF MISSOURI IN THE WAKE OF THIS WEEK’S MAJOR WINTER STORM. FINANCIAL AID WILL NOW BE AVAILABLE TO SUPPLEMENT STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSE EFFORTS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND FEMA WILL COORDINATE DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS.
Governor Nixon is requesting a federal emergency declaration for state and local response to blizzard and severe winter storm that affected most of Missouri
CAMDEN COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER CLOSED
CAMDEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE CLOSED
ALL CAMDEN COUNTY LIBRARYS CLOSED
CAMDENTON LICENSE OFFICE CLOSED
LAKE AREA INDUSTRIES WORKSHOP CLOSED
ST. MARY’S CLINIC VERSAILLES
ST. MARY OZARK MED CLINIC
ST. MARY OZARK URGENT CARE
VERSAILLES NUTRITION CENTER CLOSED
WESTSIDE NUTRITION CENTER LAURIE CLOSED
TRI COUNTY YMCA OSAGE BEACH CLOSED
ELDON SENIOR CENTER CLOSED
IBERIA FRIENDSHIP SENIOR CENTER CLOSED
MID-MISSOURI CREDIT UNION CLOSED
PATHWAYS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER CLOSED
WOODLANDS SCENICS CLOSED
ADVANCED RADIOLOGY CLOSED
LAKE OZARK MUNICIPAL COURT NOT IN SESSION
CONCORDIA BANK IN LAURIE CLOSED
CENTRAL BANK OF LAKE OF THE OZARKS WAL-MART BRANCHES IN OSAGE BEACH AND CAMDENTON ARE CLOSED AS WELL AS THE LAKE OZARK BRANCH BY HH. ALL OTHER LOCATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL NOON.
MODINE IN CAMDENTON, NO SECOND SHIFT TODAY
Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, has ordered the National Guard to activate 600 troops as a blizzard warning is for the state. Nixon declared a state of emergency, activating the state Emergency Operations Center to assist local communities during and after the storm.
THE STATE OF MISSOURI IS GETTING A FINANCIAL BOOST FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, TO THE TUNE OF $5-MILLION-DOLLARS. THE GRANT MONEY, OFFERED THROUGH THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WILL BE USED TO HELP MISSOURI FARMERS MAKE THEIR OPERATIONS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. THE STATE PLANS TO OFFER LOW-INTEREST LOANS AND REBATES, AIMED PRIMARILY AT LIVESTOCK OPERATIONS. OFFICIALS EXPECT THE PROGRAM TO HELP SOME 400 FARMING OPERATIONS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, CHRIS KOSTER, WILL BE THE KEY NOTE SPEAKER AT THE UPCOMING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUARTERLY BREAKFAST IN CAMDENTON. KOSTER WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE WATER QUALITY SYMPOSIUM THAT WAS HELD OVER THE SUMMER. THE JANUARY 27th MEETING WILL BE HELD AT OLD KINDERHOOK AT 7am. ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AS SEATING WILL BE LIMITED. YOU CAN CONTACT THE CHAMBER FOR DETAILS.
THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS SET TO BEGIN AN INSPECTION OF THE HURRICANE DECK BRIDGE. AS A RESULT, TRAFFIC PATTERNS IN THE AREA WILL BE REDUCED TO A SINGLE LANE STARTING ON MONDAY JANUARY 24th. MODOT OFFICIALS SAY THE INSPECTION PROCESS WILL BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY 4th. CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW HURRICANE DECK BRIDGE IS SLATED TO GET UNDERWAY EARLY NEXT YEAR.
AMEREN MISSOURI HAS BEEN GRANTED A RATE INCREASE, SET TO TAKE EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 1st. ACCORDING TO THE MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, THE AGREEMENT WILL GENERATE ABOUT $5-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE ENERGY PROVIDER, TO OFF-SET THE COMPANY’S COST OF INFRASTRUCTURE. THE HIKE WILL MEAN AN ESTIMATED INCREASE FOR THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CONSUMER OF $3.30 A MONTH
Although the state’s population has grown by 7 percent since the 2000 Census, that rate is less than the national growth rate of 9.7 percent. That reduces Missouri’s representation in the House to 8 seats.
The next General Assembly will redistrict the state, and tomorrow morning we’ll talk live with the man directing that effort in Jefferson City.
State Representative John Diehl chairs the Redistricting Committee at the General Assembly. He told KRMS’s “Morning Magazine” on Wednesday that the committee plans to have a map drawn by May.
However, Diehl said that the panel will await more detailed data from the Census Bureau in February or March before looking at map revisions. He said the new map likely will reflect a population increase, per district, of more than 100,000.
The Highway Patrol indicates that he was not wearing a seat belt when his ’99 Buick LeSabre went off the road on Lick Creek Road, hit a tree and crashed near Route FF.
The accident occurred at about 10:30pm.