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October brought lowest unemployment rate since 2008

The unemployment rate in Missouri drops to the lowest since June 2008 as the holiday season gets underway, according to the October 2014 jobs report.

State enrollment drop in federal, child care subsidy program is the largest in the country

Missouri saw the largest monthly drop in the country in the number of children enrolled in a federally-subsidized child care program this year.

Highway Patrol release Operation Dry Water results

Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Ronald K. Replogle, has released national and state results from Operation Dry Water 2014.

Morgan County Commission holds pre-construction meeting for new bridges

Two bridges in Morgan County will be renovated in the coming months.

Submit your photos now for special ‘Pet Parade: Holiday Edition’ to run in December

Whether it was playing Santa to family and friends, running through the snow, opening a holiday present, or attending a New Year’s Eve party, the “Pet Parade: Holiday Edition” will feature Lake Area pets sporting their best and showing their holiday spirit.

Heart of the Ozarks PBW celebrates the holiday season at Dec. 3 meeting

Heart of the Ozarks PBW once again is planning an evening of networking and fun with area business women for its monthly meeting from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Inn at Grand Glaize in Osage Beach.

MU Extension hosts meeting about its Health Insurance Education Initiative

Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? University of Missouri Extension in Camden County has information for families, individuals and businesses about options and responsibilities under the health care law.

Missouri 4-H Foundation announces $250,000 matching gift challenge to support 4-H Youth Futures

The Missouri 4-H Foundation board of trustees has announced a $250,000 matching gift challenge to support 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach, a successful long-term mentoring program that prepares underserved youths to succeed in college.

Families sign-ups for MCCKC’s Christmas for Kids are now being accepted through Dec. 12

Sign-ups for families to receive presents from the Morgan County Caring for Kids Coalition’s (MCCKC) Christmas for Kids program is underway through Friday, Dec. 12.

Public meeting scheduled to discuss Normac Sewer District expansion feasibility study

The Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments (LOCLG) will host its third public meeting to discuss the draft copy of the Normac Sewer District expansion feasibility study at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 739 West U.S. Highway 54 in Camdenton.

ExxonMobil volunteers generate funds for Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity

Randy and Kathy Lambert recently presented a $2,000 check to Billy Backues, ReStore volunteer store manager and representing Lake of the Ozarks Habitat for Humanity.

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Eldon’s Lions Club starts high school scholarship

Generosity of the Eldon community has come through again, and this time as an endowment fund for high school scholarships.

Firearms opening weekend deer harvest tops 91,000

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reported hunters checked-in 91,460 deer during the opening weekend of the 2014 Firearms Deer Season Nov. 15-16.

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Craft a smart holiday shopping plan

Find out about Black Friday, Small Business Saturday options and more available in the Lake Area

Once the turkey has settled, football games wrap up and Thanksgiving draws to a close, families and friends will gear up for another momentous holiday event: Black Friday.

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Camdenton airport name change on hold

Following a request by a local resident, Camdenton aldermen decide to revisit the idea of changing the name of the city airport

During the Nov. 18 Board of Aldermen meeting, Camdenton officials rescinded an earlier decision to change the name of the Camdenton Airport instead asking the airport advisory board to take another look at the issue.

Miller County gets poor rating during state audit

Presiding Commissioner responds to audit findings

The financial condition of Miller County is okay, despite the indications of the recently released Missouri State Audit, according to Miller County Presiding Commissioner Tom Wright.

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Community raises about $4,000 to help donate 50-plus meals for Eldon Community Food Pantry

‘BE Kind’ Initiative through Bob Evans in Osage Beach allows for Thanksgiving meal prep, donation

Hundreds of paper leaves line the main entryway to Bob Evans restaurant in Osage Beach. Stating family names, heartfelt messages and even “Batman” as contributors, the leaves symbolize a monetary donation given this fall to the national restaurant chain’s “BE Kind” initiative, Hunger Free Communities.

Green blocks state Common Core payments

Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25

Guilty pleas voided in Aaron Fisher child sodomy case

Pleas of guilty from Aaron Michael Fisher, 25, entered on July 28, 2014, to two counts of forcible sodomy of a 5-month-old child were voided and set aside Nov. 21 by Judge Ken Hayden in Miller County Circuit Court.

Man receives life without parole in murder of Iberia girl

Steven Neal Henderson, 31, of Iberia, has been sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole after pleading guilty to charges of first degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Macala Shelton, who was a member of the same household.

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