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Osage Beach to ask for sidewalk grants

OSAGE BEACH – The Board of Aldermen has agreed to send letters of support for two Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grants for sidewalk work.

The grants are for Phase 5 and Phase 6 of the city’s sidewalk project with Phase 5 seeking the highest amount of grant money.

Phase 5 will extend the sidewalk from a location near Stonecrest Mall to a location across the bridge on Osage Beach Parkway near Mace Road.

It will include sidewalks up to the bridge, pedestrian accommodations across the bridge, pedestrian railing across the bridge, a safety barrier and lighting.

The city has estimated that this project will cost approximately $600,000 but costs may vary depending on what options the city chooses.

HR Green Inc. is doing the engineering for the project and is scheduled to be at the November 15 Board of Aldermen Meeting to present a report on options.

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Woman critical after hit and run accident

MORGAN COUNTY – A Morgan County woman is in critical condition after an alleged hit and run accident last week.

On Sunday evening October 28, around 11:00 p.m. Stover officers and Morgan County Deputies were called to the scene of a subject lying in a business driveway.

The victim was identified as Candice Akin, 28, of Stover.

Akin had extensive injuries and was transported to University of Missouri Medical Center by Staff for Life helicopter.

Akin was diagnosed with a critical brain injury and is currently on life support.

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Unknown coffin discovered during recent burial

ROACH – An unmarked grave has been discovered during a recent burial at the historic Roach Cemetery.

During a recent burial the gravedigger hit the side of a black metal coffin while digging a grave for a new burial. Local historian Merle Cross was on scene when the incident occurred and stated that just the corner of the casket was uncovered. No further uncovering of the casket took place.

The new burial site was moved away from the casket with the unknown occupant.

The graves in the cemetery are part of the history of the county and came from various cemeteries that were moved for the flooding of the area once Bagnell Dam was completed.

Most of the graves came from Lower Prairie Hollow but many others from various cemeteries also found a final resting place in Roach.

A total of 286 bodies were moved by Union Electric (UE) but many more have joined the ground since then.

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Man ejected from vehicle in accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – An Iberia man escaped serious injury after being ejected from a vehicle last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Tuesday (October 30) Chance Olivier, 17, of Iberia, MO, was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger eastbound on Highway 42 just west of Hawkins Cemetery Road in Miller County at 7:20 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement.

The truck traveled off the right side of the road striking several fences and then overturned, ejecting Olivier.

He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The truck was listed as totaled. According to the MSHP he was not wearing his safety device.

A four-vehicle accident earlier that same day (1:07 p.m.) in Morgan County sent two people to the hospital.

The MSHP stated that three vehicles – a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, driven by Christopher Leclair, 51, of Stover, MO – a 2005 Ford Taurus, driven by Walker Schotte, 18, of Barnett, MO and a 1997 Ford F250, driven by Dwight Beeson, 79, of Cole Camp, MO, were all stopped in the roadway due to construction when a 2007 Chrysler Sebring, driven by Halle Randall, 19, of Versailles, MO struck the rear of the Pathfinder.

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