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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the city of Lake Ozark and the Lake Ozark Police Department for their "Gloves of Love" tree as they collect cold-weather gloves, scarves and hats for distribution at School of the Osage children.

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the Camden County Auditor Jimmy Laughlin for holding a public meeting before the budget is finalized. Clearly the county offices have been working together and there seem to be signs of transparency under Laughlin’s guidance. The preliminary budget is available for public view in the auditor’s office with additional documentation to explain the process.

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the soon-to-begin construction of a new centralized medical and dental clinic for the nonprofit Central Ozarks Medical Center. The move will expand much-needed affordable services to the area.  

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the proliferation of the flu and other viruses. Health departments and care providers are reporting signs that the flu season has arrived with a vengeance. Preventive measures can prevent or at least ease the symptoms.

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the ongoing remnants of TCE. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has recommended a second parcel of land in Camdenton be added to the existing Superfunds sites at a fourth location where workers were unknowingly exposed to TCE. Although the TCE has not been above acceptable levels, DNR is recommended additional research and testing.