The Reporter covers Miller, Morgan and Camden County in Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks and is published once per week on Wednesdays.

(Updated November 12, 2014)


Four busted in drug warrants

    CAMDEN COUNTY – A pair of search warrants landed four people in jail last week in two separate drug busts.
    The arrests were made by The Camden County Street Crimes Unit and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group.
    The first warrant was served in the 600 block of Oval Road in Climax Springs.
    According to police, during the investigation, Marie Ducharme, 26, of Climax Springs, attempted to flee on foot and after a short pursuit was taken into custody.
    Also taken into custody at the scene was Lance Long, 46, of Climax Springs.

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City looks at grants for sidewalks

By Jeff Thompson
    CAMDENTON - Three sidewalk projects stretching from The Square to Walmart - along with appropriate pedestrian crosswalks - will be the focus of grant applications from the city to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
    Parks Director Larry Bennett explained the sidewalk proposals to the Board of Aldermen last week.
    The grants - worth up to $500,000 each on an 80/20 split through MoDOT’s Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) - would help pay for the following three projects:
    1) A sidewalk on the south side of Highway 54 from Laker Pride Street to Cecil Street with three pedestrian crosswalks;
    2) A sidewalk on the north side of Highway 54 from The Square to Eagle Stop convenience store; and
    3) A sidewalk on Laker Pride Street from the Highway 54 intersection down to the Camdenton R-III athletic fields.
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Camdenton Board of Aldermen actions Tues. Nov. 4

    CAMDENTON - In other business at the Nov. 4 Board of Aldermen meeting:
* The city had whittled down the 10 applicants for its Five-Year Comprehensive Plan to four companies.
    Interviews with representatives from those four companies were held Nov. 3, according to City Administrator Jeff Hancock, and a leading contender has emerged.
    Alderman Dan Hagedorn marveled at how all the committee members had ended up listing the top two of four companies in the exact same order.
    “Lo and behold we came out with the same person (company),” Hagedorn said. “The top two were the same for everyone on the committee.”
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Legal or not? Homosexual marriage ruling leaves Recorders in gray area

(Editor’s note: This matter is being sent to the Missouri Supreme Court and is said to be on the “fast track” for a decision. As of press time, no decision had been made by the court to resolve this.)

By Dale Johnson
    CAMDEN COUNTY – A circuit judge St. Louis has overruled the voters in the state last week when he declared the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
    Either that or:
    A circuit judge in St. Louis has ruled that the state constitution does not apply to St. Louis.
    The ruling by the judge has left counties – including Camden County – in a gray area as to whether homosexual marriage is legal or not.
    The ruling states:
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Election 2014: voter turnout higher but no surprises

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - For the majority of the lake area, the Nov. 4 general election was one with very few choices for voters to make.
    Nearly every county office was dominated by Republican candidates without any opposition from the Democratic party, or any other political party for that matter.
    The only elected positions featuring a choice of candidates - on a state or federal level - were State Auditor, U.S. Representative District 3 and U.S. Representative District 4.
    However, all three incumbents - State Auditor Tom Schweich, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and U.S Rep. Vicki Hartzler - easily won re-election.
    Each of the following state positions in Camden County had only one candidate:
State Senator Dan Brown, State Rep. Diane Franklin and State Rep. Rocky Miller; again, all three easily won their re-election bids.
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Public meeting to be held for bridge rehabilitation in Camden County   

CAMDEN COUNTY – The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, November 20 to discuss plans to rehabilitate the Route A bridge over Boer Creek near Richland. The public meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Richland High School Library, 714 East Jefferson Avenue in Richland. 
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