Cheers 'N' Jeers -- 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?”

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Les Burnett. Kudos to this local remodeler/plumber who goes above and beyond to help neighbors in need. Thanks for showing that you don’t have to have a lot of money to help people, and that there are still good people in the world and good things happening.

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Lance Kellogg. This Vietnam veteran inspired with his late-found artistry, carving trees into totems and other images. Just goes to show it’s never too late to reinvent yourself or to just try something new. 

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Miss Osage Beach Tori Kruse. She was crowned Miss Missouri USA in late September during pageant competition at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. She’ll now compete in the Miss USA pageant, a precursor to the Miss Universe pageant. Wow. 

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the Lake of the Ozarks Idiots Club. In the 38 months of this fun group’s existence, it has provided children living in poverty items or services worth over $215,807.76. On behalf of the community, thank you.

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the Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council Housing Task Force. This group is considering purchasing a housing information data system that would rank available lots for development in the tri-county area. We are always a proponent of well-planned development and growth, and this could be a significant tool to help get that done.