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Rebecca Martin

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Rural economic development grant heads to fall veto session

The funding supporting a bill to provide grants for local economic development in rural areas statewide will depend on the results of the Missouri Legislature’s fall veto session.

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26th annual Shootout revs up Lake

For two days a year in mid-August, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is all about how much power and speed a driver can coax from his boat.

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Lake Ozark votes to support senior housing project

Fish Haven Estates could be move-in ready by October 2016

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen’s letter of support for construction of an affordable senior housing community advances development at Fish Haven Road one step further.

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AquaPalooza celebrates summer boating

One might expect to see hundreds of boats on the Lake of the Ozarks any summer weekend. But there’s only one day they are all in one place. That day is AquaPalooza.

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Jay-Day draws families for safety tips, summer activities

Fun with fire safety at the Lake of the Ozarks

Terri Van Klavern wants to make sure no children lose their lives to home fires like her granddaughter Jayden Ling did in 2006. So, for the past eight years, she has shared her family’s tragic story.

Camdenton school officer locks in state honor

Chris Williams, long-time school resource officer (SRO) at the Camdenton R-3 School District, was presented June 26 with the Missouri School Resource Officer of the Year award during the Missouri School Resource Officers Association 2014 Conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

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High price of freedom to be highlighted at memorial

Remembering Our Fallen display sets up at Lake of the Ozarks post

After the festivities of Independence Day have passed, American Legion Post 624 of Sunrise Beach will offer a stark reminder of what that independence cost. More like 400 reminders, actually.

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Eldon deploys cameras at parks to deter vandals

Eldon city officials have pressed “play” on a long-considered initiative to install surveillance cameras at two parks to combat persistent vandalism.

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Dogs hit high marks at Canine Cannonball

Fur flew at the eighth annual Canine Cannonball at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, and so did the dogs wearing it.

Tax revenue swells in Lake area towns

The most recent sales tax receipts for Lake of the Ozarks area cities far exceed what they were a year ago, while year-to-date totals reflect a sustained, but more moderate increase.

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Mid Coast Bike Run revs up Lake of the Ozarks bike season

Motorcyclists got revved up for a season of biking at the Lake of the Ozarks yesterday at the Mid Coast Bike Run hosted by the Noble Eagles of Eldon.

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Farmers markets kick off season at the Lake

The Eldon Farmers Market has plenty of room to grow at its new, larger location next to Lakeview Auto Sales on Business 54 across from the airport.

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Magic Dragon meet lights up Bagnell Dam Strip

Street Meet wraps up today

The 26th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals directed thousands of first-timers and seasoned veterans to Lake Ozark’s Bagnell Dam Strip for one of the Lake of the Ozarks area’s largest car shows this weekend.

August trial date set in lawsuit over Eldon water rates

A lawsuit brought against Eldon regarding water and sewer billing policies was set to go to court this month, but the jury trial has been postponed to August.

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Spring In-Water Boat Show ignites Lake season

Lake-goers celebrate the beginning of boat season this weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association’s Spring In-Water Boat Show Friday through Sunday at Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach.

Eldon police make meth arrest, possible federal charges after foot chase

Officer Mike Atkinson of the Eldon Police Department conducted an investigation at 10:27 a.m. April 14 of a subject stemming from pending charges from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to a news release from Eldon Police Chief Rodney Fair.

Eldon eases rules on food vendors

Nearly seven months after Jennifer Neal of Andy’s Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que asked the Eldon Board of Aldermen for a way to move her family’s business back to Eldon, the board has revised its ordinance regarding mobile food vendors.

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Mid-Missouri Collectors Show continues today

Gathers collectors from across Midwest

The Mid-Missouri Collectors Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for its third and final showing at the Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach.

Camdenton school board to trim $2M from next budget

Camden County R-3 school officials are proposing to trim a $2 million deficit in operating funds in a preliminary version of the new school budget.

Nixon touts education plan in Eldon visit

Good public schools and increased K-12 funding are vital to Missouri’s ability to compete and create jobs, Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday during a visit to Eldon High School.

Eldon’s mobile vendor ordinance continues to freeze out businesses

Local ice cream truck prompts BOA to reevaluate

Debate over a controversial ordinance concerning mobile vendors in the City of Eldon resurfaced at the Board of Aldermen’s Feb. 25 meeting after the board voted not to change it last October.

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Polar Plunge draws 654 to frigid Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks was a chilly 34 degrees for Saturday’s 19th Annual Polar Plunge, but that didn’t seem to faze the record 654 who took the plunge into the frigid water.

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Mid-Missouri man crafts Olympic-level speed skates

Now renowned for making innovative professional-level speed skates, Bruce Kohen started his business, SS Boots, in his basement 16 years ago.

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Bills propose changes to education

Could bring more academic credits for career and technical courses, dual-credit reimbursement

Two Missouri House of Representatives bills sponsored by Lake of the Ozarks area State Rep. David Wood, R-Versailles, could change the way school districts look at certain career and technical programs, as well as what benefits students can earn through the A+ Scholarship.

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Eldon school district puts $5.6 million bond issue to ballot

Funds would support tornado shelter, fine arts renovation

The Eldon R-1 school board is putting a $5.6 million bond issue on the April 8 ballot for district-wide improvements, including construction of a tornado safe room and Early Childhood Learning Center.

Lake of the Ozarks area unemployment averages 7.75 percent

19,000 Missourians lose long-term unemployment compensation

Unemployment rates in Lake Area counties are 7.2 percent in Morgan County, 7.1 in Miller County and 5.1 in Camden County in November 2013, according to Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

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Eagle Days continue to take flight

This weekend is all about the birds at the Lake of the Ozarks, as Eagle Days 2014 wings through the Lake Area. The festivities started Saturday morning and will continue until 4:30 p.m. today, weather permitting.

Miller County plans repairs through workforce development program, grants

The Miller County Commission signed an agreement Friday with the Central Region Workforce Investment Board to hire temporary employees for road maintenance work.

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A New Year's resolution for Tri-County YMCA

To get in shape with donation-funded outdoor walking track

The Tri-County YMCA in Osage Beach has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, with donations coming in for a new outdoor bicycle and walking track.

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FEMA approves funding for Versailles school storm shelter

School board votes to build performing arts center

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently approved a $1.8 million grant for the Morgan County R-2 School District to build a storm shelter on its main campus in Versailles.

Eldon landlords simmer over water bill policies

New ordinance makes tenant, landlord responsible for sewer, water bills

The Eldon Board of Aldermen revised its policy on water and sewer bill collections at its Nov. 26 meeting, and not everyone is happy about it. The new ordinances make both a tenant and a landlord responsible for water and sewer bills accrued at a property.

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Black Friday rolls through Lake of the Ozarks area stores

The Lake of the Ozarks has long been a Black Friday shopping destination. For shoppers like Beth McCracken, it’s a tradition. McCracken, of Greenville, Ill., has spent Thanksgiving at the Lake with friends for the past seven years; and the shopping is always serious.

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Miller County seeks FEMA funds for August flood damage

Miller County has begun securing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for damage incurred during August’s severe flooding. FEMA has set a tentative date of Dec. 3 for a team to come assess each site the county submits for funding approval.

Missing Eldon teen found

The Eldon Police Department has cancelled an endangered person advisory issued Nov. 5 for 16-year-old Ethel M. Parker, who had been missing since an event that occurred the evening of Oct. 28 at Grand Avenue in Eldon.

Food stamp cuts affect nearly 14,000 at Lake

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) saw cuts to 47 million Americans’ food stamp benefits Nov. 1, including 933,000 Missourians and 13,800 people in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

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Rowdy Run takes Lake area 5K to the extreme

The Lake of the Ozarks area got a little rowdy Saturday at the first Osage River Bottom Rowdy Run at River Bottom MX Motocross Park in Kaiser.

Eldon schools strive for healthy lifestyles with $100,000 grant

The Eldon R-I School District and Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) cut the ribbon Tuesday on a partnership to improve health for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, including MFH’s awarding of a $100,000 grant to the district.

School of the Osage drafting strategic plan

The School of the Osage School District is making progress on a strategic-planning initiative that began with a self-assessment of the district during the 2012-13 school year, which the Board of Education and administration analyzed this July.

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Annual Bikefest rolls through Lake Area

The 7th Annual Bikefest rolled through the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, bringing music, entertainment and lots of motorcycles with it. Events continue through today. For more information, visit

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New Hurricane Deck Bridge celebration Saturday honors its completion

Bridge to be open for traffic Tuesday

The new Hurricane Deck Bridge across the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks in Sunrise Beach opened for public use on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Eldon considering mausoleum for cemetery

Refinancing could benefit City Hall and cemetery

A proposed mausoleum could be the solution to issues at the Eldon city cemetery, according to discussion between Mayor Ronald Bly and the Eldon Board of Aldermen at a work session on Aug. 20.

Run/Walk for the Fallen continues tradition

Some ran, some walked, but everyone at the Lake of the Ozarks Run/Walk for the Fallen had the same thing in mind. Before the more than 100 participants set off on their course, event coordinator Trish Creach reminded everyone that their goal was to pay tribute to soldiers.

Red Cross closes flood shelters at Lake

St. Robert shelter remains open

Preparedness for central Missouri’s recent flooding meant opening Red Cross shelters, but the Miller County shelter in Lake Ozark closed Thursday afternoon, as it went unused, but the Red Cross will maintain a shelter in St. Robert.

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Lake partnership focuses on job training

College, career center expand course offerings

A partnership between the Eldon Career Center and State Fair Community College will bring more courses to the Eldon and Lake of the Ozarks areas. As of July 30, 19 students had enrolled in 99 credit hours at the college’s Eldon campus.

Versailles man in the running for military honor

Hometown boy Tommy Capps is being honored as one of five finalists in the Dickies American Hero of the Year Contest and is only a few hundred votes away from first place. Votes can be submitted daily at

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First stages of lake school construction on schedule

Blending heritage and education

Construction work on School of the Osage’s Heritage Building is moving along on schedule and on budget for Mills Elementary to move into the building for the 2014-15 school year as planned.

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Pianist checking out of The Library

After nearly 40 years of music, pianist Mike Michelson has decided it’s time to change his tune a bit.

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Farmers react to more emergency funds

Missouri farmers received welcome drought assistance Thursday, and not just from the scattered showers that blew through Jefferson City in the afternoon.

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Shallow-rooted trees at greater risk during drought

This summer’s hot, dry weather is causing problems for all kinds of Jefferson City residents, even some of its oldest and tallest — trees.

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100-year anniversary an ‘amazing milestone’

Girl Scouts’ mission of teaching leadership has been a constant, 90-year-old says

When her elementary school’s Girl Scouts leader visited the third-grade classroom that day, Elizabeth Hawkins could hardly contain her excitement.