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 August 13, 2014)


Options weighed for ‘deteriorating’ Nichols Road

By Jeff Thompson
    OSAGE BEACH - City officials are leaning toward the creation of a new connecting road to help relieve potential problems with Nichols Road.
    The Board of Aldermen discussed options for the Nichols dilemma at its regular meeting last Thursday night.
    Public Director Nick Edelman presented five options to the board in response to an earlier discussion the aldermen had at its May 15 meeting.
    At that time Alderman Steve Kahrs said portions of Nichols Road had deteriorated to be point of being dangerous and needed to be addressed, especially since Nichols is the site of the new Osage Beach Elementary School scheduled to be finished in the spring of 2015.
    “There is no bigger priority than Nichols Road,” Kahrs had said. “There’s no need to wait until the school is done to wait for a problem to occur.”  
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Week-long annual Shootout event begins Aug. 15

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The 26th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout will be a week-long racing event starting with the Mini-Shootout August 15-17 and ending with the official offshore power boat races August 23-24.
    The event is the largest unsanctioned boat race in Midwest, according to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and will benefit a number of area rescue teams and charitable organizations.
    Captain Ron's Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach will once again play host to the majority of Shootout events which actually begin August 13 with the Shootout Beach Ball party for volunteers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Other events include:
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New businesses could win money

  LAKE OF THE OZARKS - The Lake of the Ozarks SCORE Chapter is now accepting applications for the Ralph Stonebraker Business Plan Award.
    This award was created to recognize outstanding business plans for start-up or newly formed businesses in our area. The purpose of this award is to raise awareness of the importance of a detailed business plan to the future success of a new business.
    Why have a business plan? The real value of creating a business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way.

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Primary 2014: Hasty, Gilley, farmers win, MoDOT loses

By Jeff Thompson
    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Election results from last Tuesday’s primary decided a hotly contested race for Camden County Presiding Commissioner as well as Camden County Prosecuting Attorney.
    Challenger Greg Hasty beat incumbent Kris Franken for the Presiding Commissioner spot with a vote of 4,421 to Franken’s total of 3,105.
    Hasty’s campaign outspent Franken by thousands of dollars, donated mainly from Lake of the Ozarks Properties, Inc. in Claremont, California.
    There was no Democrat running in that particular primary election, although Hasty could still face an official “Write-In” challenger in November’s general election (any candidate could face the same predicament in November, especially those that ran unopposed.)
    In addition, incumbent Brian Keedy lost the Camden County Prosecuting Attorney slot to Michael Gilley with Keedy’s 1,456 votes falling short of the 3,676 garnered by Gilley.
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OB Board of Aldermen actions Thursday Aug. 7

    OSAGE BEACH - In other business at the August 7 Board of Aldermen meeting:
    * A proposed agreement to award a construction contract for sidewalk improvements on the west end of Osage Beach Parkway was tentatively approved by the board, but only if the funding is assured.
    According to a report to the board from Public Works Director Nick Edelman, the project was scheduled to be funded with a enhancement-funds grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) with the city picking up 20 percent of the total cost.
    “The funds from MoDOT come from the Highway Trust Fund from the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation,” Edelman said in his report.
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New sign directs travelers to OB

    OSAGE BEACH – An overhead highway sign directing traffic to Osage Beach has been installed at the intersection of Route 54 and Key Largo Road in Osage Beach. The sign was requested and paid for by the city of Osage Beach.
    “The new sign is intended to help direct traffic to the west end of Osage Beach and the businesses there,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Bob Lynch. “It will essentially mark the intersection as the main entrance coming into Osage Beach from the west.”
    The new sign was placed on Aug. 4.
    For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit

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