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Osage Beach fireworks proposal fails to launch

OSAGE BEACH – A proposed bill that would allow the use and sale of fireworks within the city (at certain times and places) ended up being a dud last week.

The Board of Aldermen was considering a proposed change to the city code, submitted by Alderman Richard Ross, which would allow limited use of fireworks by city residents during two specific times of the year.

From June 20th through July 10, between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight and on
December 31, from 11:30 p.m. to January 1 at 12:30 a.m., residents could shoot off fireworks on property they own.

The proposed bill stated a reason for this bill:

“WHEREAS, fireworks displays are in integral part of the celebration of the 4th of July and regulating the possession and use of fireworks within the city is in the best interest of the citizens of Osage Beach…”

The board, however, had a different opinion.

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Navigational restrictions in place for Powerboat Race

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the navigational restrictions for The Lake of the Ozarks Invitational Powerboat Race, scheduled for June 1.

The race is an annual one-day event involving high-speed boat races which will be held between the five-mile mark and nine-mile mark of the main channel.

The event will take place from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Boating traffic will be restricted to idle speed from the five-mile mark to the nine-mile mark during the event.

The idle speed area will also extend to the one-half mile mark of the Gravois Arm. The idle speed restriction will remain in place for approximately 30 minutes after the last race.

“Every attempt will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating near the race but boaters should expect congestion in the area,” a MSHP spokesman said.

There will be approximately a 100 foot buffer zone maintained between the course perimeter buoy markers and the spectator boats.

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Damage confirmed from lightning strike

CAMDEN COUNTY – A lightning strike last Wednesday in between two houses resulted in damage to three residences but no fires.

On April 17 at 11:27 p.m., The Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to 116 Banner Street in Camdenton for an odor of smoke in the residence.

The reporting party indicated that lightning had struck close to their residence, just before smelling the smoke.

MCFPD firefighters arrived on scene to find evidence that a nearby lightning strike had occurred. The firefighters checked the residence and found several electrical components that appeared to have been damaged.

While on the scene at this address, the neighboring homeowner approached the firefighters and indicated that her residence had also suffered damage due to the lightning strike.

Firefighters checked the residence and found that it appeared lightning struck a tree in the front yard which energized the tree roots and caused significant damage around the base of the tree and to the yard.

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