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Lightning bugs: Missouri kids’ favorite insect

Even though their proper name is firefly, there probably isn’t a kid anywhere in Missouri who hasn’t experienced the unbridled joy of catching 'lightning bugs'

One of the biggest joys of growing up in rural Missouri is running around barefoot on a warm summer evening, catching lightning bugs, placing them in a Mason jar, and watching them light up the room as you drift off to sleep.

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Local firefighters counsel young burn victims

Two Lake Ozark firefighters spend a portion of their off-duty time each year acting as counselors at the Missouri Children’s Burn Camp.Every spring, firefighters Dave Matusik and Brandon Pharr spend a week of their off-duty time working with kids who are learning to deal with the stress of being victims of severe burns.

Unsung heroes

Meeting and getting to know the two firefighters who are featured in the news story that shares this page was quite an experience.

Changes in boating regulations take effect next month

Changes in laws governing the purchase of on-water gasoline, number and type of fire extinguishers required in vessels set to begin Aug. 28

The cost of gasoline purchased from on-the-water pumps is expected to drop late next month when a change in the motor fuel tax law takes place.

Nixon vetoes more than a dozen bills

Vetoed bills deal with a wide range of topics from education to employment

In addition to a couple of bills dealing with appropriations to the various departments within the state government, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a several other pieces of legislation, including two that were designed to make changes in state laws governing public education.

A monument honoring military veterans to be erected at Camdenton airport

Camdenton officials are hoping to have a monument honoring Lake Area military veterans in place in time for this fall’s Air Show.

Fun facts about summer

I ran across a strange bit of summertime trivia the other day that prompted me to dig just a little further to see what other fun facts I could dig up about the warmest time of the year. Listed below, in no particular order, are some trivia bites I found intriguing.

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New senior apartment complex planned for Camdenton

When completed the complex for seniors, age 55 and up, will provide housing for 40-plus residents

The Camdenton Board of Aldermen has been working to clear the way for the construction of a 40-apartment complex to be built at the end of Fourth Street next to property owned by the Camdenton R-3 School District.

Kids say the darnedest things

Thinking about that show reminded me of a couple of times when some younger members of my own family put me into some equally hilarious circumstances. Although I must admit, at the time, it was a little difficult to see the humor in the situation.

City of Camdenton changes dates of its fiscal year

Beginning this year, Camdenton officials will operate the city on a fiscal calendar from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 annually

On the recommendation of Camdenton City Administrator Jeff Hancock, the Camdenton Board of Aldermen has agreed to change the dates of the city’s fiscal calendar from July 1 to June 30, to run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 each year.

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