Updated August 9, 2018


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City takes step to ban trash burning

OSAGE BEACH – The city is one step closer to regulating what can and can’t be burned in the city limits.

Last week the Board of Aldermen passed the first reading of a new ordinance that applies to open burning. The issue was originally brought to the board by city attorney Ed Rucker on May 17 of this year.

Those proposed restrictions went down in flames after several questions and complaints were brought up by the board.

The initial idea was to ban the burning of trash in barrels and that was all that was wanted. The proposed ordinance in May was massively increased to define what materials can and can’t be burned in the city and limited many burnings to only a six foot area, among many other restrictions.

The board rejected that proposal and sent it back to the city attorney to re-work it to mirror the original request.

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Spike strips end fugitive pursuit

MILLER COUNTY – A high speed pursuit ended last week after a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) officer’s successful deployment of spike strips.

In a Miller County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) post last Wednesday, the incident began on July 28 when dispatch received a report of a pursuit traveling northbound on Highway 17 entering Miller County from Pulaski County.

The information received was that the Crocker Police were pursuing the vehicle because the driver had felony warrants for his arrest out of Clinton County, Missouri.

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As school begins MSHP warns drivers to be careful

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - As summer vacation comes to a close, students across Missouri are preparing to begin their 2018-2019 school year.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers this brings a change in traffic patterns - school buses and parents taking their children to school will join other motorists on the road and affect the morning and afternoon commute.

The first day of school for the Camdenton School District is August 21.

It is critical for drivers to be alert, especially near school zones, playgrounds, and bicycle paths.

“Whatever route you drive, expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination,” a spokesman said.

In 2017, five people were killed and 401 people were injured in 869 traffic crashes involving school buses.

“Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about riding a bus, walking, or driving to school in a safe manner,” said the spokesman. “If they ride a bike, please make sure they wear a helmet and follow traffic laws.”

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Leadership Camden County seeking participants

CAMDEN COUNTY - The Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking individuals who are interested in learning more about the community, expanding leadership skills and networking with other area residents.

Co-sponsored with the University of Missouri Extension of Camden County, the twenty-fourth LEADERSHIP Camden County class will begin in September.

The goals of the program are to enhance the leadership skills of participants to improve Camden County’s future; familiarize participants with the community’s opportunities, needs, problems, and resources; identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the community’s future; establish effective peer relationships among participants; provide a common ground for communications between participants and community leaders; and to educate participants on how to move people and ideas to action.

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Six victims sent to hospital in accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A two vehicle accident last week sent six people to the hospital with various injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Wednesday at 2:40 p.m., a 2000 Buick LeSabre, driven by Veda Reeves, 42 of Versailles, MO, was southbound at Highway 5 and Route J when the vehicle turned into the path of a 2012 Kia Sedan, driven by Richard Barnett, 84, of Gravois Mills, MO.

Richard Barnett and a passenger in his vehicle, Mary Barnett, 79, also of Gravois Mills, MO, suffered moderate injuries and were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Reeves and three passengers in her vehicle suffered the following injuries:

• Reeves suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance.
• Author Hansen, 86, also of Versailles, MO, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital
• An eight-year-old female from Versailles, MO, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance
• An 15-year-old female from Sunrise Beach, MO, also suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance

All six were wearing their safety devices and both vehicles were totaled.

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