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Where to take winter hikes in the Lake Area

In taking advantage of the Camdenton MDC office’s “take a hike” encouragement, check out local state parks and conservation areas.Blessed with some of the mid-Missouri Ozarks most beautiful scenery, an abundant variety of wildlife and a moderate climate, Camden, Miller and Morgan counties are a great place to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter.

Before the day of the fast food drive-through

Although I am not much for eating at fast food restaurants, there are times when it just makes more sense to whip into the local drive-through than it does to cook a meal at home. This is exactly what I did last Saturday after spending several hours paying bills and shopping.

Camdenton board agrees to changes in animal control ordinance

Several weeks of debate on how strict Camdenton officials should be in controlling the keeping of animals, particularly dogs, ended last week with the passage of a revamped ordinance.

Final candidates announced for April 7 election

With open seats in 17 cities and school districts throughout the Lake Area, ballots will be crowded when the April 7 municipal election rolls around

When the April 7 municipal election sign-up deadline passed on Tuesday, Jan. 20, more than 50 individuals had added their name to the ballot as a candidate in the various municipal and school board elections.

Camdenton new utility user rates to go into effect March 1

Aldermen pass ordinance setting out increases in monthly sewer and water user rates

Following a public hearing last week, the Camdenton Board of Aldermen voted to approve an ordinance that will raise the city’s monthly user rates for sewer and water.

Pondering why we have memories

I recently read an article about how the human brain is made up of several different sections and that one of those sections, the temporal lobe, is where memories are stored.

LOREDC to conduct study on affordable housing

The council seeks business partners to help with cost of conducting a study into the need for affordable housing in the Lake Area

Members of the Lake of the Ozarks Economic Development Council (LOREDC) is asking local businesses, such as banks, real estate firms, etc., to aid with the cost of conducting a study into the need for affordable housing in the Lake Area.

House committee issues final report of Highway Patrol/Water Patrol merger

The committee's investigation found the 2011 merger of the Highway Patrol and Water Patrol has not lived up to promises in a number of areas.After five hearings and months of investigation, an Interim House Review Committee charged with looking into how well the 2011 merger of the state’s two top law enforcement agencies is working has found a number of problems.

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Upcoming study to analyze effects of the toll bridge on Westside businesses

The University of Missouri’s Dr. Tracy Greever-Rice, Ph.D., met with more than 50 Lake Area business owners and residents Jan. 15 to tell them about an upcoming study on the effects the toll bridge has had on Westside businesses.

Discovering my home state

I always considered myself knowledgeable about my home state. However, recently I found out there a lot of hidden gems in Missouri that not only have I never visited but also I didn’t even know existed.

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