Phelps County News
Bats found near bridge work zone
While completing survey work for the Dry Fork Bridge project on Highway 8/68, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) discovered an issue they will have to work around. A cave with seasonal bats was discovered in the area, which will lead to restrictions on what times the bridge could be constructed.
County sales tax up nearly six percent over last year
During the week of July 15, Phelps County commissioners:
• Heard from Treasurer Carol Green, who reported that sales tax receipts for June 2014 were up 17.38 percent over June 2013. Year to date totals are up 5.9 percent over the same period in 2013.
• Approved the Tough on Trash Grant quarterly status report.
Troop I aAnnounces July Fourth holiday arrests and crash satistics
Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, announces the July Fourth holiday traffic crash and enforcement totals for the Troop I area, which consists of six counties in South Central Missouri. From July 3, 2014 through July 6, 2014, troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). During the peak travel periods on both July 3, 2014 and July 6, 2014, special enforcement operations also were conducted. These included the 20-Mile Trooper project on Interstate 44 and other projects on the secondary highways. There were zero fatal traffic crashes on highways covered by the 20-Mile Trooper project.
Mercy Clinic donations benefit local families
• “Force for Good” grants totaling $85,600 help local family and children’s programs
For many families in the Ozarks, sending children back to school with a fresh box of crayons or new shoes is tough – or even impossible. That’s where local charitable organizations step in to help, and nine groups who support children and families are getting a boost, thanks to grants from Mercy Clinic’s “Force for Good.”
County family’s donation benefits cancer patients
A bell has been placed in the Mercy Clinic Family Medicine in Rolla, thanks to a large donation from a local family. The family of Anita Lynch, who lost her battle with cancer in March, has given back to the Martin Springs Drive facility as a symbol of accomplishment and victory.