Top 10 Stories at Lake of the Ozarks in 2017: Political protests come to the Lake area and growing homelessness and abuse for Lake area children
7. Political protests hit home
A total of three protests were held in the area in response to both local and national issues. In February, protestors gathered to oppose repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which the U.S. Congress failed to do in several votes this year. Additionally, an AmVets group in Rocky Mount gathered in Eldon several months ago to protest NFL athletes kneeling for the national anthem. Although the protest was designed to draw attention to police brutality against minorities, the conversation shifted toward patriotism for the United States. Over the summer, the largest of the three protests was held at the Camdenton Square where dozens of citizens protested the presence of TCE at several locations in the city. Chanting “clean water is a right,” protesters drew attention to the decades-long investigation of toxic chemical dumping by former Camdenton manufacturers which residents blame for adverse health affects and property value loss on their homes.
8. Our most vulnerable need more from us
Early this year we learned, sadly, of a growing population of homeless students at local elementary and secondary schools, especially Camdenton. Then came news months later of a spiking number of child abuse in mid-Missouri including the tri-county region. We have recognized the need from the children of our community. It remains to be seen what will take place this year and in the future to help the most vulnerable part of our population. For its part, Citizens Against Domestic Violence announced a new vision to bring its services to communities within the Lake region to better serve adults and children trying to leave abuse behind as well as work more on prevention activities.