The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

(Updated October 8, 2014)


NEW EDITORIAL: The death of democracy in Missouri


EPA, Army Corp ‘power grab’ has city upset

By Jeff Thompson
    OSAGE BEACH - A proposed expansion of the federal definition of the “Waterways of the United States” has city officials crying foul.
    The Board of Aldermen approved a resolution condemning the proposed definition at its regular meeting last Thursday night.
    According to City Attorney Edward Rucker, the new definition is so broadly written that it may include privately or city maintained roadside ditches and storm drains.

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City salt problem solved

By Jeff Thompson
    OSAGE BEACH - The Public Works Director credits local media outlets with the city’s new source of de-icing salt for the upcoming winter season.
    The Board of Aldermen approved both the bid from Kansas Salt for 600 tons of de-icing salt at $11 a ton as well as a budget amendment covering the additional cost.
The city had originally budgeted $40,000 for de-icing salt for the 2014-2015 winter months.
    Public Works Director Nick Edelman said recent stories in lake area newspapers about the city’s not receiving any bids for salt this year led to Kansas Salt contacting the city.
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Ameren announces 20-year plan for cleaner energy

    ST. LOUIS - Ameren Missouri recently filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission its 20-year plan that supports cleaner energy in the state of Missouri, including major expansions of solar and wind power.
    The utility’s “Integrated Resource Plan” examines electric customers’ projected long-term energy needs and describes Ameren’s preferred approach to meeting those needs in a cost-effective fashion that maintains system reliability as it claims to move to cleaner and more diverse sources of energy generation.
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Massive turnout surprises all at Arts in the Park

By Jeff Thompson
    LINN CREEK - Attendance at the 20th Annual Arts in the Park last Saturday - to quote an event organizer - was “stunning” and weather definitely played a factor.
    Sponsored by the Camden County Child Advocacy Council (CCCAC), the yearly event features a wide variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities at the City Park, all designed to put children at their ease.
    After all, the CCCAC’s motto is “it should never hurt to be a child.”
    Last year the weather was cloudy and cold and damp; attendance was lower than previous events.
    However, this year’s Arts in the Park drew hundreds of visitors out to enjoy a bright, brisk perfect autumn day at the park.
    “This is stunning,” CCCAC Member Nancy Pope said. “This is wonderful weather, this is great!”
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OB Board of Aldermen actions Thurs. Oct. 2

    OSAGE BEACH - In other business at the Oct. 2 Board of Aldermen meeting:
* A proposed remodeling of the Public Works building brought a variety of responses from city officials.
    Public Works Director Nick Edelman was seeking approval to engage an architect firm to design building improvements; improvements that significantly expanded from an original discussion at the April 15 board meeting.
    Along with a new lobby area and improvements to the building’s heating and cooling systems, Edelman is proposing creating second-story office space to house the city engineering staff.
    According to Edelman, the original improvements were priced at approximately $120,000; the new improvements would total out at approximately $200,000.
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