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Man dies in one-vehicle accident

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A Camdenton man is dead after his vehicle went off the road last week.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) last Sunday (February 2) at 10:04 p.m. on Old Morgan Road 1.4 miles south of Highway 54 in Camden County, a
2001 Mercury Mountaineer, driven by John Wood, 35, of Camdenton, MO, was southbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, overturned and then returned to the roadway.

Wood was pronounced dead at the scene. The MSHP said he was not wearing a safety device.

Another accident earlier that day involving two vehicles left a man with moderate injuries.

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County changes weather policy

CAMDEN COUNTY - The county commissioners have announced a change to its inclement weather policy concerning courthouse employees.

According to a release from the Camden County Commission, the past policy took into consideration the approximately 1,000 miles of winding lake roads that traverse steep hills and some potentially dangerous creek crossings.

In addition to that, the difficulty the County Road and Bridge Department faces in plowing and clearing these roads along with concern for the safety of non-essential county employees, the administration building would close when the Camdenton R-III Schools closed.

This system generally functioned well until this year, the commission said. The unpredictable nature of mid-Missouri weather has caused the practice to become unwieldy and cumbersome.

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Police departments receive grants

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Several law enforcement agencies in the three-county area have received grants from the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The grants were given out to purchase essential equipment used by officers, including ballistic vests, first aid and trauma kits, police radios, light bars, and sirens.

The grants are designed to help protect officers and increase safety across Missouri.

“Each time they put on their badge, Missouri law enforcement officers take on tremendous risks without second guessing the potential impacts on themselves,” Governor Mike Parson said. “They do a job most people don’t want to do, and they must have the proper equipment to protect themselves and our fellow citizens. These grants will assist in the purchase of ballistic vests, police radios, light bars, sirens, and other equipment to help our law enforcement officers do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible.”

A total of $708,000 in federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG/JAG) funds from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has been awarded to 106 law enforcement agencies, including municipal police departments, county sheriffs, public university police departments, and state law enforcement agencies.

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Community bridge to get Rip Rap

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA) has announced a new project that was scheduled to begin last week: Rip Rap along the shoreline to prevent continued erosion at the Community Bridge.

After a competitive bid process, a contract for the work was awarded to One Source Services.

The project is entirely funded by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources grant and includes water quality assessments before and after the installation of Rip Rap.

Rip Rap is an effective means of preventing soil erosion, thereby contributing to clean, healthy lake water, the LOWA stated.

“Soil erosion is the number one polluter of inland waterways in the country,” an LOWA spokesman said. “Stopping it is one way the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance contributes to keeping our Lake healthy. The Lake is an entertainment, recreation, and economic resource in this area. Its protection is the mission of LOWA.”

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