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 September 4, 2014)


City approves policies, procedures update

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OZARK - Changes to they city’s personnel policies and procedures manual was given final approval by the Board of Aldermen last Tuesday night but not without a dressing down first from a local resident.
    Ron Lunsford spoke to the board at its regular meeting August 26 about its initial public reaction to the proposed personnel policies changes on August 12.
    During that earlier meeting Aldermen Betsey Browning and Judith Neels voiced their concerns with policies affecting “exempt” (or salaried) employees, specifically time off for working over and above their regular hours.
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Fall Festival and Citywide Garage Sale scheduled

    OSAGE BEACH - The city will be holding annual events on consecutive Saturdays starting with the Fall Festival on Sept. 6 and ending with the Citywide Garage Sale on Sept. 13.
    This year’s festival will once again be held at the City Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    “The 14th Annual Fall Festival is a free community event hosted by the city of Osage Beach,” a city spokesman said, “(and is) a perfect event for families.”
    Live music events include:
* Heart to Heart at 1 p.m.;
* Denim & Lace Band at 3 p.m.; and
* Travis Lodge Band at 6 p.m.
    A wide variety of displays and information booths will be manned by local fire, police and EMS personnel along with Missouri Department of Conservation activities ranging from pellet shooting, archery and Dutch Oven cooking demonstrations.
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Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen actions Tuesday Aug. 26

  LAKE OZARK - In other business at the August 26 Board of Aldermen meeting:
   * An ordinance prohibiting the placement of commercial trash cans and dumpsters on city property and right-of-ways was given second-reading approval by the board.
    First-reading approval had been granted at the board’s August 12 meeting.

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Eighth Annual Bikefest rides into town Sept. 11-14

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The 8th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest will be riding into town Sept. 11 through Sept. 14 with events and attractions throughout the lake area.
    “This area offers some of the nation’s most scenic rides around the Lake of the Ozarks and through the rolling Ozark hills with spectacular views,” event organizers stated, “in addition to over 100 biker-friendly bars, restaurants, hotels and campgrounds.”
    Special events include bike giveaways, live music, fireworks and vendor villages.
    There will be two bike giveaways during Bikefest, one for a 2013 Harley Davidson FLD Switchback and the other a new Harley-Davidson Softtail Blackline.
    The Harley Switchback will be given away at the end of a “passport ride” where riders visit 24 establishments in Lake Ozark, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Eldon and Sunrise Beach to get their “passport” stamped.
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Fiore is the first death in Shootout history

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - A Rhode Island man has died as a result of injuries sustained during a dramatic boat racing accident August 23 at last week’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
    Michael Fiore passed away during the evening of August 26 at University Hospital in Columbia, according to Frank Sciacca, General Counsel of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company
    Fiore, 44, was Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company President/CEO and Founder.
    “Mr. Fiore, age 44 of Bristol, RI developed complications from surgery when he died at University Hospital in Missouri,” Sciacca said. “The entire Outerlimits family is devastated by the loss of our friend and leader of our company.”
    Fiore and driver Joel Begin, 47, of Quebec, Canada had lost control of a 42-foot Outerlimits catamaran late Saturday morning due to wind interference, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol - Water Division (MWP).
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