Score Offers Free Business Check-Up To Local Business Owners 
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 11:27 AM - General
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What is a “business check-up”? A business check-up is an opportunity for small business owners or managers to have a confidential meeting with a SCORE volunteer to assist in evaluating their 2009 business results and receive recommendations for the 2010 business year. It is the goal of the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter of SCORE to supply tools and advice needed for your business to succeed in 2010. Our Lake of the Ozarks chapter of SCORE volunteers has over 1,000 years of combined experience as Executives and Business Managers.

Want to set up a free "business check-up"? SCORE volunteer counselors will be available for business check-up appointments in both our Camdenton and Lebanon offices. Camdenton appointments will be on four Wednesdays in March (March 3, 17, 24 and 31) at the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce. To set up a Business Check-Up appointment for our Camdenton office, contact Sandy Gentry at (573) 346 2227.

Lebanon appointments will be on four Thursdays in March (March 4, 11, 18 and 25) at our SCORE office located in the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. For appointments in the Lebanon office, contact Tim Blake at (417) 532 8251.

The “business check-ups” are available by appointment only, so call today to reserve your date and time. For further information on SCORE, visit www.lakeozarkscore.org. We offer free counseling and low cost business management workshops to help your business succeed.

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Missouri Highway Fatalities Lowest Since 1950  
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 10:46 AM - Announcements
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Not since 1950 has Missouri seen so few people killed in highway crashes. For the fourth year in a row, Missouri has reduced its highway fatalities. Currently, the number stands at 871 in 2009 – almost 100 less than in 2008.

"Lives are being saved because the coalition partners are working together – and it’s an exciting thing for Missouri," said Leanna Depue, chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s executive committee.

Overall, since 2005, traffic deaths decreased 31 percent, due to the combined efforts of highway safety advocates in the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. The coalition credits a combination of law enforcement, educational efforts, emergency medical services and engineering enhancements as the successful formula for saving lives.

Since 1950, many things have changed and most differences show increases. For instance, Missouri’s total population has increased by more than 51 percent, Missourians are driving five times more miles as they did in 1950, and the number of registered vehicles has quadrupled. Even the cost of a gallon of gas has gone from a mere 20 cents to an average of $2.73. But the most important number to agencies trying to save lives has now decreased to even less than it was in 1950 at 889.

“That’s why this is such a huge accomplishment for Missouri,” said Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel James F. Keathley. “When you consider the dramatic differences between now and 1950, it is truly amazing that we can have almost the same number of fatalities as we did back then and yet the huge difference in the death rate per 100 million miles traveled.”

In 2007, Missouri recorded fewer than 1,000 fatalities for the first time in more than 15 years. This allowed the coalition to meet an ambitious goal one year early. In October 2008, the coalition announced a new goal for traffic fatality reductions at 850 or less by 2012. The last time Missouri reached less than 850 fatalities was 1949.

“We came really close in 2009 to reaching our goal of 850 traffic fatalities by 2012,” Depue said. “If we can implement additional life-saving strategies, then we have a better chance to meet this goal."

One of the top strategies for meeting the new goal is strengthening Missouri's seat belt law to allow for primary enforcement. A 2009 survey reported only 77 percent of Missourians are buckling up. The state's rate has been at a plateau since 2004 and remains consistently below the national average of 84 percent.

"A primary seat belt law in Missouri would increase the usage rate saving 63 lives, 759 serious injuries and $179 million in costs in the first year it goes into effect," Depue said.
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Want to be $1.6 Million Richer? 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 10:43 AM - News
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State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced today his office had returned $1.6 million in Unclaimed Property to a person in the St. Louis region. The payout is the largest single account returned to an individual in Missouri history. As always, when done directly with Treasurer Zweifel’s office, the Unclaimed Property return was made free of charge.

“Our average of $360 per account means a lot to Missourians. This return is tremendous, and I am proud my office was able to locate this individual and return the property. It was the largest single payout from one account to an individual ever, and as always, it was returned free of charge,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “I cannot promise every Missourian will get $1.6 million, but I can say that one in 10 Missourians has Unclaimed Property. It is always free when you go straight to ShowMeMoney.com.”

There remain 30 claims worth more than $100,000 each to be returned from Unclaimed Property. Of those 30 claims, the geographic breakdown is: 11 in St. Louis County; nine in Jackson County; four in St. Louis City; two in Boone County; one each in Pike, Camden, Cole and Franklin counties; and one with county unknown.

“I have 14 staff members dedicated to returning Missourians their money, and we go through records upon records to match addresses, chains of title and much more,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “With 30 claims worth more than $100,000 each and $600 million available, I encourage all Missourians to check to see if they have Unclaimed Property.”

In addition to the record payout, half way through the 2010 fiscal year Treasurer Zweifel’s office was on pace to break the previous record for Unclaimed Property accounts returned by more than 15 percent. A total of 45,809 accounts had been returned since July 1 totaling more than $16 million in returns. Wait times for returns were also down to 28 days, which is a 15 day reduction versus Dec. 31, 2008.

Missourians may search for Unclaimed Property at ShowMeMoney.com.

About Treasurer Zweifel’s Unclaimed Property

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel’s office that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Treasurer Zweifel’s office does not handle real property such as land, houses, cars and boats. There is $600 million in Unclaimed Property maintained by Treasurer Zweifel. Treasurer Zweifel’s office never charges for the return of Unclaimed Property.
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THE SURVEY SAYS….The Lake wants a Symphony  
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 08:45 AM - Events
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Soon we will embrace the rich sound of our own Symphony of the Lake. The music played with a heavily-weighted string section along with other instruments will, in fact, make GREAT MUSIC for residents and visitors alike.

A survey of Lake residents shows that 86% of responders currently attend live performances, particularly the Symphony Pops and cultural/performance events whereby nearly half attend 1-3 events per year, and ¼ each attend 3-6 or 6-10 events per year. Respondents prefer a cultural event with pre-show reception and/or upscale setting (chic attire encouraged) – an elegant affair.

More than 1/2 of respondents would pay $20/concert, with 1/3 willing to pay $30 or more, particularly where the concert program featured a favorite composer or music style, 42% want affordable ticket prices. We are excited that 22% aligned with our mission for Outreach to Local Schools and 13% favor a Young Artists development program.

The types of music preferred are 40% Classical Mix (familiar & emerging orchestra & show music), 31% Familiar Classics (best loved concert & show music), 11% each for Classic Masters and Contemporary Classics.

Follow-up is under way with generous respondents who wish to volunteer, lead a committee, provide financial or material support, or provide volunteer help (house & hospitality, education & outreach, or publicity & marketing support).

The Symphony of the Lake Board wishes to thank the organizations and individuals who responded to our call to help design our first Lake symphony…it will be a Merry Christmas.

So, how can you help take this to the next level?….. Give a little…by taking on small tasks for the planning board. Please join us for our Next Board Meeting : Thursday, December 17, 5:00 PM @ Christ the King, 1700 Bagnell Dam Boulevard.

Give more…by volunteering to play with the new symphony and by helping to find additional string, woodwind, horn, percussion and piano players. Give help…by finding candidate-conductors to lead the symphony and to offer training and outreach to youth and symphony performers.
Show commitment…by helping to fund this new venture.

For more information, call Nancee Byington @ 573-365-1605,creative@designvues.com.

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Lake Regional Celebrates National Medical Group Practice Week  
Monday, January 18, 2010, 08:42 AM - Announcements
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Throughout the week of Jan. 18-22, Lake Regional Medical Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, joins health care providers nationwide in observance of National Medical Group Practice Week. This annual celebration is intended to advance public and industry awareness of the key benefits group practices provide to patients, communities and physicians and to recognize the professionals who lead and manage these organizations.

“Medical group practices are assets to communities, especially those in rural areas,” said Peter Rao, executive director of Lake Regional Medical Group. “This week allows us to highlight Lake Regional’s contributions to the lake area and to reflect on our commitment to provide exceptional health care to residents and visitors.”

Currently, 40 physicians, six nurse practitioners and more than 130 staff care for patients at Lake Regional’s seven primary care clinics, 14 specialty clinics and urgent care clinic.
For more information on National Medical Group Practice Week, including history and time lines for group practice, visit medicalgrouppracticeweek.com. For more information on Lake Regional Health System, visit lakeregional.com.

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An Ill-Informed Forger - $500 Tip Leads to Discovery of $66 Million 
Friday, January 15, 2010, 10:56 AM - News
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A man in Malaysia of Lebanese origin was arrested in possession of $66 Million in forged US currency after he left a tip for hotel staff, in the form of a $500 bill. The $500 bill has not been printed since World War II. The staffer alerted authorities after trying to exchange the note for local currency and finding it was a fake.

Police discovered bundles of $1 Million dollar notes, $100,000 notes and $500 notes in the man's hotel room. Of course there has never been a $1 Million dollar note, and the $100,000 dollar bill was last printed in 1934-- it was only used by the Federal Reserve and was never in public circulation.

Here are some images of large and obsolete currency.


The story is here.
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Leadership Camden County Focus on Health  
Friday, January 15, 2010, 07:56 AM - Events
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In January, the Leadership Camden County class focused on Social, Health and Education Services in the County. At the beginning of the day, participants had an opportunity to do some health screening, including a blood workup. The group also played a game called “Friday Night in the Emergency Room”. Teams of four were put in the role of running the emergency room, surgery, critical care and step-down units and make adjustments each “hour” has patients arrived or special circumstances came up. It was a great way to better understand how people need to work together to get a business system to function properly.


Margaret Cleveland has blood drawn for analysis as part of Leadership Camden County focus on health.

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Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary Receives Donation from Local Church  
Friday, January 15, 2010, 07:47 AM - Announcements
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(Pictured from left) Jan Kennedy, Camden/Miller County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Kitty McCarthy, director of Volunteer Services, Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary; Joyce Wanamaker, cookie sale director, Kent Memorial Lutheran Church WELCA; and Linda Williams, 2009 president, Kent Memorial Lutheran Church WELCA

Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary in Osage Beach, Mo., recently received a $2,231 from the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America chapter at Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Osage Beach. The money will go to the Ethel Rayburn Nursing/Health Care Scholarship Fund, which awards three scholarships to nursing or health care students annually.

A portion of the funds was raised at Kent Memorial’s annual cookie sale, held in early December. More than 240 pounds of cookies and candy were sold at the event to raise money for Lake Regional’s Auxiliary. Matching funds were donated by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans — a faith-based, membership-based, not-for-profit financial services organization.

“We’d like to thank Kent Memorial and Thrivent for this generous donation,” said Kitty McCarthy, director of Volunteer Services at Lake Regional. “We greatly appreciate their continued support.”

Throughout the past seven years, Kent Memorial’s WELCA chapter has raised more than $5,000 for the Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary. In addition, they make more than 1,000 stuffed animals each year for pediatric patients and children visiting the hospital, turbans for Lake Regional cancer patients and hats and booties for babies born at Lake Regional.

Started in 1977, the Lake Regional Hospital Auxiliary now has more than 360 enthusiastic members of all ages who contribute more than 60,000 hours of service annually.
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