(Updated May 25, 2018)


Three dead in boating accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Three Kansas residents have died and two more were injured as a result of a boating accident last Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), on May 19 at 12:00 a.m., a 1991 Regal Runabout was traveling upstream at the 47.5 mile marker of the main channel when the boat struck a rock bluff ejecting the driver and two occupants into the water.

The driver re-entered the vessel and paddled to a dock across the channel. Medical Examiner Jason Elliot pronounced three occupants dead at the scene.

Killed in the accident were:

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Lake navigation restrictions June 2

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced navigational restrictions for June 2 for the 2018 Lake of The Ozarks Invitational Powerboat Race.

This race is an annual one-day event involving high-speed boat races near Bagnell Dam.

The event will take place from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boating traffic will be restricted to no wake and idle speed from the dam to approximately the four-mile marker of the main channel.

The no wake, idle speed restriction will be enforced beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will continue to be enforced up to one hour after the last race.

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Ambulance district to purchase lifesaving devices

CAMDEN COUNTY – The Camden County Ambulance District (CCAD) voted last week to purchase six LUCAS CPR devices for the ambulances.

The purchase was not a budgeted item but tax revenue was higher than expected which allows for the district to purchase the life saving devices now and not budget it for next year.

The district had projected revenue of $1,605,000 for the fiscal year but actually received $1,652,000. The district decided to use a portion of the extra money this year on the LUCAS systems and on the purchase of 14 new radios (one radio in the front of the ambulance and another in the back).

“Eight or nine years ago we bought seven LUCAS devices,” the CCAD chairman said. “They are beyond repairable. In fact the last one broke and they sent us a new one for the cost of the repair.”

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Osage Beach approves Lee C. Fine Airport bid

OSAGE BEACH – A bid to finish the reconstruction of the taxiway at Lee C. Fine Airport has been approved by the Board of Aldermen even though work will not be done until 2019.

The bid needed to be approved before a June deadline in order to apply for a grant to fund the project.

“The engineering contract for this project was awarded at the February 1, 2018 Board of Aldermen Meeting to CMT. This project will need to be awarded prior to June for submission of grant application for FAA funding,” the written report to the board stated. “We do not anticipate results from this project until August/September of this year. We notified the bidders that this project would be construction in 2019.”

There were three bidders for the project.

• $2,109,573.15 from Emery Sapp & Sons out of Columbia, MO
• $2,061,070.70 from Young’s General Contracting, out of Poplar Bluff, MO
• $1,672,127.30 from Lehman Construction, LLC out of Columbia, MO

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Grant awarded to Camden County Library

CAMDEN COUNTY - Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Camden County Library received a Technology Ladder Grant of $25,278, which will be used to upgrade technology-related equipment and software.

“Libraries are an integral part of our communities, providing Missourians with a wealth of knowledge and resources,” Ashcroft said. “Grants like the one the Camden County Library received are important to ensuring our libraries continue to provide the best services and programs to their patrons.”

The library will use the grant to replace eight computers to provide patrons with a more reliable and enjoyable experience when using the computers as well as provide a more secure environment in which to operate, Ashcroft stated.

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