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 April 30, 2015)


Airport drama ends safely

By Dale Johnson
   CAMDENTON – Tensions were running high late Sunday afternoon when a potential disaster at the Camdenton Memorial Airport turned into a normal landing.
   An airplane radioed in that they were having problems with their landing gear. Two of the wheels were showing that they were down and locked but the nose wheel landing gear was in doubt.

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Chief Reilly keynote speaker at convention

By Jeff Thompson
   OSAGE BEACH - Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Firefighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) annual convention starting this Friday at Tan-Tar-A Resort.
   Hosted by the Lake Area Emergency Services Association, the convention - set for May 1-3 - covers a wide variety of events for attending firefighters and their families.
   “A weekend of training, competition, vendors, socials and banquets is on the agenda,” according to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District. “The convention will bring over 350 people to the lake for the weekend and is being hosted by the lake area fire departments.”
   Special events at the 61st FFAM Convention include:
* Parade and car show on The Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark on Friday evening;
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OB K9 Axel assists in large marijuana bust

   LAKE OF THE OZARKS – A request for assistance by the Missouri Highway Patrol has resulted in a large marijuana bust in Lake Ozark.
   On April 16, Osage Beach Officer Sam Ford and his K9 partner, Axel, were asked to assist at a traffic stop on Horseshoe Bend Parkway in Lake Ozark.
   According to police, a 2007 Cadillac was stopped on the parkway and was displaying a 2013 expired dealer tag. The vehicle was being driven by Michael J. Hall, 31, who was suspended.
   “The state trooper also found that the interior of the vehicle had been altered consistent with the transportation of illegal drugs and also found items associated with the possession of firearms,” a police spokesman said.
   Upon Axel’s arrival, he immediately alerted on the vehicle indicating that illegal drugs had been present, police said.

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CCAD switching to monthly budgets

By Dale Johnson
   CAMDEN COUNTY – The Camden County Ambulance District will be going to a monthly budget beginning with the start of the fiscal year in July.
   Mike Dorf, of Michael P. Dorf, CPA, PC, explained to the ambulance board last week how the monthly budget will work.
   The district will still set the budget amount annually but it will be divided up on a monthly basis.
   “In the past we’ve done an annual budget and the only times we do comparisons to where we really are is at the end of the year to see where we’ve ended up,” Dorf told the board. “What we’re going to do this year is we’re going to try and do the budget on a monthly basis and present that to you so you’ll have an idea as you go along where you’re expected to be and where you’re at.”
   According to Dorf, this process will show the board if there is a need to do any adjustments in the finances, whether it’s cutting back on spending or they end up with some additional money that they may need for some equipment or other items.
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Longtime LO city clerk to retire
By Jeff Thompson
   LAKE OZARK - After over 17 years on the job, City Clerk Rachel Kelley said she has mixed feelings about her impending retirement.
   The city held an Open House on the afternoon of Friday, April 24 for Kelley whose last day will be at the end of the month.
   Kelley emphasized the dichotomy of her feelings about retirement.
   “When the day comes I’ll feel happy about spending more time with family,” she said, “but I’m also kind of nervous; it’s whole different thing for me.”
   For over 23 years Kelley has worked for two lake area municipalities; six years for the City of Eldon and the last 17 years for Lake Ozark. Before that she spent 11 years in a local assessor’s office.
   “I’m a people person” she said.
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Camdenton swears in newly elected board members

By Jeff Thompson
   CAMDENTON - Monthly reports took up the bulk of a short Board of Aldermen meeting last week but only after City Clerk Renee Kingston swore in its “newly” elected officials two weeks after the April 7 election.
   Mayor John McNabb along with Aldermen Steve Eden, Dan Hagedorn and Sandy Osborn - all incumbents - took their oath of office and settled back down into their usual spots.
   The only new business city officials faced was approval to solicit bids for a new sludge holding basin for the sewer treatment plant and the filling of 14 vacant aquatic facility positions.
   According to City Administrator Jeff Hancock, the holding basin project had been part of the city’s 2014-2015 budget but approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was delayed.
   The new basin project schedule calls for construction to begin June 23 and be completed by Oct. 21.

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