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City may allow golf carts, UTVs on streets

OSAGE BEACH – The Board of Aldermen has approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing golf carts and UTVs on city streets.

The subject was discussed at the January 4 Board of Aldermen meeting.

The change to the city ordinance would allow Recreational Off-Highway and Utility Vehicles to be operated on roadways within the city with a posted speed limit of 45 mph or less.

Golf Carts would still be limited to roadways with a speed limit of 30 mph or less.

Golf Carts, Recreational Off-Highway and Utility vehicles will all be prohibited from Highway 54.

Seatbelts will be required for Recreational Off-Highway and Utility Vehicles.

One of the topics discussed was age limit for those driving such vehicles. The city attorney reminded the board that the city requires a driver’s license to operate anything with a motor on it – even a motorized skateboard.

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29th annual Polar Bear Plunge February 24

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The 29th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Polar Plunge and Polar Bear Strut 5k will take place on Saturday, February 24. 

Men and women from around the area will don Hawaiian-themed costumes and swimwear and take “polar” dips into Lake of the Ozarks.

Their Reason for Freezin’ is the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit training and competition for the thousands of SOMO athletes across the state including Mid-Missouri.

There is no age limit for the Strut, however, the Polar Plunge is open to anyone 10 years or older.

The event is hosted by the City of Osage Beach and the Osage Beach Police Department.

The Strut and the Plunge will both begin and end at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park / Grand Glaize Beach. 

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Dog, cat and turtle rescued from structure fire

CAMDEN COUNTY – Three animals, including a turtle, were rescued from a house fire by firefighters last week.

Last Tuesday (January 30) 1:52 p.m., the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Ball Park Road. 

First arriving firefighters found a duplex with smoke showing from the front door. 

Firefighters were advised that the occupants were not home and that there was a dog, cat and turtle inside. 

Firefighters deployed a hand-line from Engine 911 to attack the fire and crews also searched for the dog and cat. 

The dog, cat and turtle were located alive and were removed from the residence. The fire was marked under control approximately 10 minutes after the firefighters arrived on scene. 

The fire was ruled accidental.

There were no injuries reported with this fire.

MCFPD responded to the scene with three engines, two tankers and a squad and were assisted at the scene with units from the Camden County Sherriff’s Office, Camdenton Police Department, and Camden County Ambulance District. 

The Osage Beach Fire Protection District moved an engine up to MCFPD Station 1 to cover the district while we units were on the call.

All firefighters cleared the fire scene at approximately 2:41 p.m.

Falling asleep blamed for two crashes

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Falling asleep while driving was blamed for several crashes last week in the lake area.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) the first one occurred on Monday January 29, in Miller County when Nancy Gresham, 52, of Kirksville, MO, was driving a 2021 Buick Regal east on Highway 54 west of Old Tuscumbia Road at 4:30 a.m. when she fell asleep while driving.

The Buick crossed the median, crossed the westbound lanes of Highway 54, hit an embankment and overturned.

Gresham suffered serious injuries and was taken by EMS to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, MO. She was wearing a seat belt. The car had extensive damage.

The second incident took place the next day in Camden County.

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