The Lake Today Local News


9 fatalities occurred over 2015 Thanksgiving holiday

Nine people died during this year’s Missouri Highway Patrol’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period — from 6 p.m. Nov. 25 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. According to a news release, troopers investigated 544 traffic crashes, which included 150 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 99 people for driving while impaired.

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Missouri’s big cats

Bobcats and mountain lions, the only wild felines native to North America, are both also native to Missouri

Considered one of the state’s “big game species,” Missouri’s largest bobcat population is right here in the Ozarks, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

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Fishing Tip: Holiday shoppers - Don’t forget the fishermen in your family

Skip Surbaugh Benefit Fishing Tournament registration available

With the kick-off to the holiday season officially starting Nov. 27, Black Friday, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale reminds shoppers to not forget gifts for the fishermen in their lives.

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Firearms deer opening weekend harvest numbers

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 97,171 deer during the opening weekend of the November portion of fall firearms deer season.

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Share your deer with The Lake Today

Camdenton youth bags first deer

If you’re proud of the deer you bagged, The Lake Today staff would love to show it to fellow readers. Email a digital photo, in as high resolution as possible, to

US Postal Service announces 2015 holiday shipping deadlines

Now is the time to start thinking about holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and military services as residents begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible.

5 Weeks of Hometown Holidays: Join Small Business Saturday at the Lake

Joint effort lends its support to Small Business Saturday and drives commerce to Lake Area small businesses.

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5 Weeks of Hometown Holidays: Find unique gifts at the Lake on Small Business Saturday

Extra business hours to be hosted during holiday shopping kick-off weekend

After the turkey settles Thanksgiving Day, many Lake Area residents will hit stores to tackle their holiday shopping lists and take in Black Friday and additional “store-buster” sales.

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Camdenton Our Lake Today: CMS Halloween Dance is a success

Adele Brookman said “Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.” This quote describes the scene at the Halloween Dance Oct. 29 at Camdenton Middle School.

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Camdenton Our Lake Today: A new mascot is seen at Camdenton Schools

ACI Newspaper class takes poll of student’s opinion of the ‘Laker’

Dr. Paula Brown said, “We are all Camdenton Lakers.”

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Camdenton Our Lake Today: 7th and 8th grade boys basketball season begins Monday

Basketball season is among us and the boys are ready to get out there on the court and start winning games.

Our Lake Today Editor's Note: CMS ACI Newspaper class brings back Camdenton ‘Our Lake Today’

After a Camdenton Middle School English teacher who assisted with the school’s “Our Lake Today” student section moved away from the area, The Lake Today was eager to find a new faculty member to help orchestrate this quarterly section for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Lake Area holiday events kick off Thanksgiving weekend

Lighted Christmas parades, downtown celebrations and productions get guests into holiday spirit

Lake residents can truly get into the holiday spirit with many activities held on and through the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Sedalia author available at book signing Saturday at Stonecrest Book and Toy

Sedalia resident Shannon Cooper-Gwaltney answers these questions in her book, “A Family for Biskuit,” and others from fans and guests to her book signing event, which is held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 at Stonecrest Book & Toy in Osage Beach.

Missouri Film Office opens competition for Missouri stories

The Missouri Film Office is looking for writers who have penned screenplays or TV pilot scripts set in the Show-Me State.