Meet the candidate forum

Two Meet the Candidate forums are scheduled for Camden County races.  The first one will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 and will feature the candidates for the Assessor and Sheriff.  The second one will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 and will feature the First and Second District County Commissioners.  Both forums will be held at the Camdenton Middle School Little Theater from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The evening will provide an opportunity for candidates to meet the voters and to participate in an informative, facilitated question and answer session.  The forum moderators will be Dr. Marvin Schulteis and Jim Pasley.  Both Columbia College Professor.  The forum is sponsored by the Camdenton Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake West Chamber, Lake Sun Leader and the University of Missouri Extension in Camden County.

The public can post questions that they would like to ask the candidates at

The candidates for office are as follows:

  • Assessor:  Kayla Henry, Marty McGuire and Mike Wackerman
  • Sheriff:  Dwight Franklin and Tony Helms
  • First District Commissioner:  Tom Pedrola, Beverly Thomas and Tom Walker
  • Second District Commissioner:  Jimmie Lee Burns, J. D. Eidson, Tiffany Maasen, Jerry Rugen, Rod Sederwall and Don Williams, Jr.

Election day is Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016. 

Meet the candidate forum flyer (PDF)

Soil testing

Don't guess.  Soil tests save time and money.  Soil testing is the best guide to the wise and efficient use of fertilizer and soil amendments, said Manjula Nathan, director of the University of Missouri Extension Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services.  Whether you grow acres of row crops or have a vegetable patch in the backyard, a soil test will provide you with an analysis of nutrients and a set of recommendations for any improvements.

"We frequently get questions from customers like, 'I apply fertilizer every year. How come my plants are not doing well?" Nathan said.

"Most of the time the problem is they never have done a soil test, but have been guessing on fertilizer requirements," she said. "They do not realize that by guessing they are wasting money by over- or under application, and the excess fertilizer can end up in streams, ponds and underground water, polluting the environment."

Soil testing provides analysis of pH, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, organic matter percent, neutralizable acidity, cation exchange capacity and nutrient requirements.  For information on test results, see MU publication G9112, Interpreting Missouri Soil Test Reports. Regional specialists also can assist you with additional information and recommendations. Soil testing can be done through the extension office. See Services for details.

Soil testing brochure (PDF)

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