(Updated March 14, 2018)



City looking to demolition grant

CAMDENTON – The city is looking to add its name to a list of others for a possible demolition grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Each year the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development administers a Community Development Block Grant for the elimination of slum and blight.

The Board of Aldermen have discussed this in the past and may now be able to participate in the voluntary demolition program. If all works out, the city would receive grant funds that would allow property owners to demolish abandoned, dangerous and blighted structures.

Some of the financial aid for demolition has to be paid by the city with $10,000 cash and $13,200 of in-kind materials and labor. Property owners must be willing to pay a minimum of $500 towards the demolition but they will retain all property rights after the work is completed.

A public hearing with the Planning and Zoning Commission was scheduled for last night (March 13).

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One arrested on drug charges 

 CAMDEN COUNTY – A Sunrise Beach woman has found herself behind bars after a search warrant was executed in the middle of the night.

According to the Camden County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) on March 2 at approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies from the CCSD and the Lake Area Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Sunrise Beach.

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O’Dell asks judge to force deposition and fine journalist

CAMDEN COUNTY - Katherine A. O’Dell, attorney for County Commissioners Greg Hasty, Don Williams and Beverly Thomas, have asked the federal court judge to force Lake Sun Reporter Joyce Miller to answer questions and to fine her and her attorney Jean Maneke.

Miller was subpoenaed to give a deposition in the lawsuit filed by Rowland Todd against the three county commissioners.

Todd is claiming the commissioners violated his First Amendment rights of Freedom of Speech because he spoke out against what he felt was the county wasting money in the hiring of a new Human Resources Administrator and also claims that Hasty publicly called him a thief in that he “stole records” from the Human Resource Department.

It has not been stated why Miller, who is not connected to the case or any of the parties involved was ordered to give a deposition.

O’Dell claims in her request filed with the court on February 27 that during Miller’s deposition on February 13, she claimed “newsgathering privilege” objections to many of the questions during the deposition.

O’Dell wants the judge to force Miller to give another deposition and to not allow her to use “newsgathering privilege.”

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Dogwood Pageants seeking contestants

 CAMDENTON - Applications are now being accepted for the Baby (up to 4 years), Little Miss Dogwood (age 5 – 8), Little Mister Dogwood (age 5 – 8), Junior Miss Dogwood (age 9 – 12), Teen Miss Dogwood (age 13 – 15) Contests and Miss Dogwood Pageant (age 16-22).

The Little/Junior and Teen Contests will take place Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. with the deadline for entry March 17. The Miss Dogwood Pageant will take place Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. with deadline for entry March 19. Contestants must reside in Camden, Miller, Laclede, or Morgan Counties.

The 68th annual Dogwood Festival will take place in various locations in and around Camdenton, April 19-21, 2018. Started in 1950, the festival has become a Lake tradition. The theme for this year’s Dogwood Festival is “Fairytales in Bloom.”

For more information and pageants application along with other festival applications, go to www.camdentonchamber.com and follow the link to the Dogwood Festival; or call the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce 573-346-2227; Baby/Little/Junior/Teen pageant coordinator Johna Stanfield 573-216-9067 and Miss Dogwood pageant coordinator Pam Drake 573-280-2860.

City urges caution as water line work begins

CAMDENTON – Beginning Wednesday, March 14, residents and citizens using South High, South Ozark and the circle at the end of Lakeview Drive in Camdenton may experience delays as the city’s contractor, Drill Tech, begins work to replace a two-inch water line in this area.

Motorists should use caution and be alert for large vehicles and equipment.

“We appreciate your patience and consideration during this improvement project,” a spokesman said. “If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact City Hall at 346-3600.”

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