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the New Year’s holiday weekend that passed without a hitch! While colder than usual, everything else went quite smoothly, and no major incidents were reported in the Lake area. Hopefully our New Year's resolutions will go just as well!

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The four cheerleaders from School of the Osage that were chosen at their 2017 camp as All-American Cheerleaders and invited to travel to London for a week leading up the London New Year’s Day parade. Candace Edwards, Michaela Priest, Julia Dehner and Caitlynn Evers had the privilege of representing School of the Osage, Missouri and the United States wearing the red, white and blue.

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the anonymous donor who dropped three gold coin proofs in the Salvation Army kettle at Walmart in Osage Beach over Christmas weekend.

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Cassandra Cunningham and Kara Mathews Long. In last week’s Cheers ‘N’ Jeers, we gave a shout out to whoever decorated the cedar tree saplings along North Highway 5 for Christmas, asking for any information on who had done it. The little project brought a smile to our face, giving travelers on the highway a boost of holiday spirit, which was well appreciated. When we posted the story to Facebook, the names were spilled. Not only did  Cassandra and Kara decorate the highway for Christmas, turns out they beautify this stretch of roadway regularly, cleaning up along here through the Adopt A Highway program. Thanks, ladies!

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the cold weather. Bitterly cold conditions have killed a number of people across the country and have caused widespread damage to water systems. And temperatures don’t look to be going up anytime soon.