Barry County

New map installed at Roaring River Spring mouth

Over the weekend, Linda and Gordon Hahn, of Charlottesville, Va., got a chance to survey the new map placed at the mouth of Roaring River Spring in late March. The Hahn’s son, Eric Lee Hahn, lost his life in the spring while serving as a diver with the KISS Rebreathers dive team. The team conducted monthly weekend explorations of the spring from May 2021 until Hahn’s death on Oct. 14, 2022. The new map at the spring was created as a result of the KISS Rebreathers team’s explorations.
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Another way to dive; ‘underwater robots’ to explore spring cave

Steve Haggitt has plans to dive into Roaring River Cave deeper than any person has been before – with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Haggitt and a team of three additional divers will operate the ROVs – essentially, underwater robots – with the initial objective of providing a 3-D model of the upper room (Chamber 1) to the Missouri State Park system for interpretive and public display purposes.
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Free sludge appeals to some local landowners

A handful of Barry and Newton County landowners traveled to Jefferson City to testify in support of the land application of Denali Water Solutions’ industrial-processing sludge at a Missouri Senate hearing on March 26. Their testimony, along with that of Denali executive Rob Currey, was an attempt to convince senators to vote against proposed legislation that will more tightly regulate the storage and land-application of meat and other food-processing waste.
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