JUST CHEERS -- Despite a rash of crime-related news this week, there’s plenty to cheer about in our Lake of the Ozarks community.

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Owensville Dutchmen Quarterback Wyatt Ellis. In an outstanding gesture of good sportsmanship after a game well-played, the young man not only congratulated the rival Eldon Mustangs but walked shoulder-to-shoulder off the field with Mustang senior Trenton Dillon. In a game that defined the season for both teams, Ellis refused to be defeated by the loss.

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AMBUCS, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. Through their efforts, Lake Regional occupational therapists Katie Kelley and Sarah Twenter were able to connect 19 of their pediatric patients with the Amtryke Giveaway.  

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the voters in Morgan County who overwhelmingly passed a continuance of a 1/2 of 1-percent Law Enforcement Sales Tax which goes to law enforcement services for all of its communities. The L.E.S.T. helps support patrol and investigative operations of the sheriff’s office as well as the county jail, including an overall staff of approximately 55. 

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the Tuscumbia Fire Protection District for receiving new equipment for its’ volunteer firefighters. Smaller districts struggle to provide services and it is good to know the firefighters that members of the community depend on have are better equipped with lifesaving turn out gear. 

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the opening day of firearms season for deer. A successful harvest will benefit local food pantries who benefit from hunters donations of meat to fill the freezers. It might also benefit drivers by reducing the number of deer causing motor vehicle accidents. Check out MDC’s Share The Harvest Program.