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, 2015)


Cause of condo fatal fire may remain ‘undetermined’

By Jeff Thompson
   OSAGE BEACH - The cause of a condominium fire that took the lives of four children August 4 has been deemed “undetermined,” according to the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office (MSFMO).
   Osage Beach Fire Protection District (OBFPD) Chief Jeff Dorhauer stated the MSFMO reached the “undetermined” conclusion after an extensive onsite investigation and the heavy amount of damage in what is believed to be the area where the fire began.
   “The area of origin appears to have been just outside the door into the unit where the four children lost their lives,” Dorhauer said. “This area of the structure sustained so much damage that evidence needed to positively identify the cause has been destroyed. Without this concrete evidence, the cause will remain undetermined.”

The names of the children - who were cousins and lake area residents - that died in the fire are:
Kairi Helton, two years old;
Zeza Bradshaw, two years old;
Lee Ann Hendrickson, four years old; and
Joshua Hendrickson, five years old.
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Voters say no to tax increases

By Dale Johnson
   CAMDEN COUNTY – “Hey, lake area residents. Would you like to pay more taxes?”
   That was the basic question and very vocal answer on three separate proposed tax increases in last week’s election.
   The Osage Beach Fire Protection District had one of the tax increases on the ballot for voters to approve or deny.
   “Shall the Board of Directors for the Osage Beach Fire Protection District be authorized to levy an additional tax of not more than fifteen cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation to provide funds for the support of the district?”
   Voters in the district voted 227 (56.33 percent) against the tax increase and 176 (43.67 percent) for the increase, defeating the measure.

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Villagers vote yes to dissolve Climax Springs

By Dale Johnson
   CLIMAX SPRINGS – A very predictable outcome was cemented in place last week regarding the future of the Village of Climax Springs.
   Voters overwhelmingly chose to dissolve the village.
   The question on the ballot was simple: “Shall the Village of Climax Springs be dissolved?”
   The final tally out of 34 total votes was six people wanted to keep the village and 28 voted to dissolve it.
   That comes to 82.35 percent choosing to get rid of the Village.
   Camden County will begin the process of taking over any assets and liabilities the village may possess and the care of the public streets will also fall into the county’s lap.

One arrested in LO drug bust
   CAMDEN COUNTY – A Lake Ozark man has found himself behind bars in a drug bust.
   On the morning of August 4, Camden County Sheriff’s Deputies along with officers from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group served a search warrant on Wisteria Point in the Horseshoe Bend area of Lake Ozark.
   As a result of the search warrant, deputies claimed to have recovered over $3,000 in cash, a large amount of marijuana, prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
   Arrested was Timothy C. Carter, 45, of Lake Ozark.
   Carter is charged with one count of the Class B Felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and three counts of the Class C Felony of Possession of Controlled Substance.
   Carter is being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility without bond

City employees to get pay raises

By Jeff Thompson
   CAMDENTON - City employees can look forward to a pay increase thanks to action taken by the Board of Aldermen last week.
   Three resolutions dealing with pay increases, an unpaid leave policy and a city financial management policy were all approved by the board, but not all of the resolutions were passed unanimously.
   Resolution 15-18 called for a revision of the employee pay plan - calling for an across-the-board employee pay raise - was sent to the aldermen from the city’s Pay & Compensation Committee.
   City Administrator Jeff Hancock explained the pay raise amount and how it will affect hourly and salaried employees.
   “Based on sales tax revenues to date the committee voted to recommend that all hourly employees receive a $0.40 per hour pay raise and all salaried employees receive the annual equivalent of $832,” Hancock said in a report to the board.
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Residents ‘demand’ Nichols Road upgrade

By Jeff Thompson
   OSAGE BEACH - When - and how much - were the main points of debate concerning possible improvements to Nichols Road at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting.
   The concerns over Nichols Road - tied to the new elementary school set to open later this month - were brought to the attention of city officials by both residents and an alderman.
   Dana Kahrs of Osage Catfisheries presented the Board of Aldermen with a petition signed by 305 residents demanding the city “authorize and completely fund” Nichols Road improvements including sidewalks, a turn lane into the school and widening the road itself.
   Kahrs made the petition presentation during the “citizens’ communications” portion of the meeting, also mentioning the willingness of the Kahrs’ family to have donated property along Nichols Road last year but that the city declined the offer without explanation.
   She was far from being the only one wanting to be heard.

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