Updated April 17, 2019


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New mayor takes over leadership in Lake Ozark

LAKE OZARK – A new leader took over the city last week as former alderman Gerry Murawski moved up to mayor following his resounding defeat of incumbent Johnnie Franzeskos.

Combining the totals of Miller and Camden Counties (since the city straddles both) Murawski ended up with 146 votes and Franzeskos receiving 111.

When elections take place, the old Board of Aldermen, including the mayor, open the meeting and do any old business up until they certify the results of the election.

The oaths of office are then recited and those who won their elections take over and the meeting continues.

Franzeskos did not show up at the meeting and no explanation was given for his absence so Mayor Pro-Tem (Aldermen Patricia Thompson) conducted the beginning section of the meeting.

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'Achy Breaky' ...NO!

LAKE OZARK – A request by Casa de Loco Productions/Beavers, LLC for a Special Event Permit to hold a Billy Ray Cyrus concert on the strip went down in flames last week.

The promoter, Larry Owens, wanted to hold the concert on June 1 of this year but the sticking point was where the event was to be held. The request entailed shutting down a section of The Strip all day long – from 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. and re-routing traffic onto Valley Road.

The strip has been shut down in the past for various events but it was shut down for vehicle traffic and was still open to the public. The request for the concert would mean that a section of public right-of-way would not be available to the public unless they bought a ticket to the concert.

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Court: Versailles man is ‘a danger to the community’

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Versailles man found himself in jail after totaling out a vehicle last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday (April 10) at 8:02 p.m., Christopher Johnson, 26, of Versailles, was driving a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country westbound on Brendell Boulevard east of Deer Run when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the road where it struck a tree and overturned.

Though Johnson was not wearing a seat belt, he escaped with minor injuries. He was transported to Lake Regional with minor injuries.

He was arrested by the MSHP and charged with the following:
1. DWI with person less than 17 years of age in vehicle
2. Operate A Motor Vehicle In A Careless And Imprudent Manner, Involving An Accident
3. No Seat belt
4. Operate Motor Vehicle Owned By Another Knowing Owner Of Vehicle Has Not Maintained Financial Responsibility
5. Operate Vehicle On Highway Without A Valid License - 1st Offense

No bond was given to Johnson. According to court information the reason is:

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It’s turtle time on lake area roads

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The lake area has an abundance of wildlife and this time of the year those little armored four-legged ones will be battling vehicles for a chance to eat, and mate.

With that in mind, The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) urges drivers to be cautious on the roads this spring and give turtles a brake.

These reptiles are often hit by cars during the warmer months but are at special risk this time of year because they are more active.

Common turtles spotted crossing Missouri roads include three-toed box turtles, ornate box turtles, and snapping turtles.

Turtles emerge from their burrows and begin the hunt for food and mates during warm and wet conditions, which can lead them to cross roadways, oftentimes resulting in their death.

Thousands of box turtles are killed every year by vehicles.

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