Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Each week, we take a look back at things that made us smile, laugh and congratulate as well as things that made us shake our heads and ask, “What?”

Cheers to ...

positive outcome to testing at Camdenton airport. Renewed industrial chemical contamination investigations around the City of Camdenton have been cause for grave concern of late. While one new site had been verified, we were glad to report that no detectable levels of trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent used by past manufacturers in the city that has been linked to various cancers, were found in water wells around the municipal airport.

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the School of the Osage community for its support of Alec Hebblethwaite. This Osage student was recently diagnosed with the rare disease eosinophilic esophagitis. In this autoimmune disease, a type of white blood cell builds up in the lining of the esophagus. The buildup is a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux and can inflame and injure esophageal tissue which can lead to difficulty swallowing. It’s been the fight of Alec’s life and hard-going for the family so the community support has been much appreciated. Go Team Alec!

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snow day fun. It’s been a few years since the Lake of the Ozarks region saw any appreciable winter weather. But in the last week or so, we got some snow before temperatures plummeted to below zero and kids got some time off school. While it’s an inconvenience to workers who have to get out regardless of the weather, it was wonderful to see area children get outdoors and play.

Jeers to ...

all the tragic deaths in the region of late. From Sedalia and Lincoln to Pulaski County and Richland, we’ve seen at least four suspicious deaths or murders and one victim found in a house fire. 

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the state of Missouri for missing the deadline to submit a water quality plan to the Environmental Protection Agency. We’ve known about the court-mandated deadline for several years after a lawsuit in 2011 and started working on a plan, mainly focused on nutrient pollution in recreational waters, in earnest in 2015.