Updated June 13, 2019


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Medical pot being added to Osage Beach zoning

OSAGE BEACH – The city has given the first reading amending its zoning regulations in preparation for the distribution and sales of medical pot.

The city first held a public hearing on the subject, giving citizens the chance to speak against or in favor of the changes.

Certain terms were defined in the ordinance to help people understand the different aspects of the pot growing and dispensing.

Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility

• A facility licensed by the State of Missouri to acquire, cultivate, process, store, transport and sell marijuana to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Facility, Medical Marijuana Testing Facility or to a Medical Marijuana-Infused Products Manufacturing Facility.

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Patrol releases annual school bus inspections

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – It’s that time of the year once again when the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) performs its annual school bus inspections.

Colonel Eric T. Olsen, superintendent of the MSHP announced the results of the Driver & Vehicle Safety Division's 2019 annual school bus inspection program last week  A total of 11,958 school buses across the state of Missouri were inspected by Missouri State Highway Patrol personnel during the 2019 program.

Of all buses inspected, 89.3% were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection. During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as “approved.”

Buses having one or more defective items which do not constitute an immediate danger are rated as “defective.”

Buses with a defective item which constitutes an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.”

Buses rated as “defective” may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made.

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Court ruling will send $100,000 to C.O.P.S.

CAMDENTON - Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will receive settlement money from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt after a judgment regarding what Schmitt calls a “sham” charity Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, and its founder, David Kenik.

According to Schmitt, Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation, and its founder, David Kenik, collected almost $10 million in donations from 2013 through 2017 allegedly to provide assistance to disabled officers and relief to families of officers killed in the line of duty.

Instead, Schmitt said, Kenik spent the vast majority of contributions to profit himself and private individuals he hired instead of on charitable programs.

The settlement was for $9,932,323, with all of that suspended except for $100,000, due to Defendants’ inability to pay.

The $100,000 is to be distributed to a legitimate charity whose charitable purpose is substantially similar to the purpose for which Defendants solicited funds, as approved by the court.

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Camdenton to participate in Sales Tax Holiday

CAMDENTON – For the first time, the city will be participating in the state’s annual “Sales Tax Holiday” in August.

In October of 2005 the city voted an ordinance to opt out of the annual Sales Tax Holiday. This annual “holiday” takes place on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.

Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers and other items (as defined by the statute) are exempt from sales tax for this time period only.

In 2018 the city took in slightly over $2,400 in taxes by not participating. According to Camdenton, in 2018 the cities of Osage Beach, Eldon, Camdenton, Laurie and St. Elizabeth also opted out.

The Missouri Department of Revenue said there are 160 cities and 49 counties, statewide, that have opted out of this “Sales Tax Holiday.”

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