The Lake Today Profiles


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New C.O.P.S. director brings police experience to patrol national organization

The Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization, whose national office is in Camdenton, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a change in leadership.

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Osage Beach Senior Center to honor generous Hope Lutheran patron

Most people want to leave some sort of legacy behind when they die. Walter Sokoll left his for his church and his community.

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Sweet surprise

Eldon’s Mustang Cookie Company wins $10,000 for Life Skills program

Things just got a lot sweeter for the Mustang Cookie Company. Part of Eldon High School’s special-education Life Skills program, the Mustang Cookie Company recently won $10,000 in the UCT Gives Back Again contest.

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Three Elks Lodge #2517 essay contest winners to advance to district competition

22 finalists of local Americanism Essay Contest honored Sunday at ceremony

With a humbled, genuine reply, Camdenton seventh-grader Andrew Custer reiterated the theme of his first-place awarding winning Americanism Essay Contest entry following the recognition ceremony Sunday at the Lake of the Ozarks Elks Lodge #2517 in Osage Beach.

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New director revamps Eldon Parks & Recreation offerings

The Eldon Community Center is buzzing, and a good deal of that is thanks to Brandon Stark.

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Traditional blessing kicks off ‘wild’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick’s Day is on its way, and the Lake of the Ozarks is always ready to celebrate.

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Red Cross volunteers serve national, local needs

March is American Red Cross Month, dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 to recognize the organization and volunteers who provide immediate relief services to victims of major disasters.

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Mustang Closet fills variety of needs for Eldon students

March 1 event to collect prom attire

Sometimes families have a hard time making ends meet. That doesn’t mean the children should pay the consequences of a tight budget. That’s the attitude of those who coordinate and support the Mustang Closet, anyway.

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Gold standard

Local man crafts Olympic-level speed skates

ike most miraculous stories of victory, Bruce Kohen’s had a humble beginning. Now renowned worldwide for making innovative professional-level speed skates, Kohen started his business, SS Boots, in his basement 16 years ago.

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CHS team prepares for Polar Plunge

Seven members of the Camdenton High School (CHS) Student Council are ready to hit the beach. The frigid Lake of the Ozarks at Grand Glaize Beach awaits them in the group’s third year participating in the Polar Plunge.

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Lake Area BBBS pair celebrate 2-year anniversary

Kathy Beezley-Tite and Breanna Wheeldon, are celebrating their two year anniversary – two years of being matched as “Big” and “Little” sisters in the Lake Area Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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A courageous journey for ‘Robbie Reprieve’

This story was submitted by co-owners Paul and Joyce Rhodes of PAWS Place, Inc. Animal & Rescue Shelter about one of their dog’s journey home. It is written from the point of view of the animal, “Robbie Reprieve,” finding a good home, with the ending finished by Paul and Joyce Rhodes.

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A chilling prospect

Sunrise Beach, Mid-County fire departments prepare for ice rescues

Practice makes perfect, and local fire department staff have been practicing for something they hope never happens.

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Let’s meet on the dance floor

Local couple ignites passion for dance, encourages all ages to give art form a try at local dancing events

Chuck and Sandy are advocates for encouraging everyone – single or coupled – to join in dancing events such as ones held on Wednesday nights at Fired Up! BBQ in Lake Ozark or monthly at Country Club Hotel and Spa. It is a positive social activity that encourages excellent physical and mental exercise for all ages.

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Barking up the right tree

Dogwood Animal Shelter’s obedience training program runs on volunteer expertise

Hank and Diane are in the business of teaching dogs — and their owners — new tricks.