RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Richmond (Ind.) Palladium-Item:
The Preble County Sheriff's Department is investigating a suspicious death after remains of a body were found underneath a burned recreational vehicle at an RV park near Camden, Ohio.
The sheriff's department received a 9-1-1 call Friday afternoon recommending a check of the burned trailer at the Deer Run RV Park on Free Short Pike, according to a report by WHIO TV.
The sheriff, county coroner and state fire marshal are investigating and think the trailer was burned during the past two or three days. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
A similar incident occurred in Fairhaven several months ago when Terence Grigg, 60, was found Oct. 24, 2011, in the burned remains of a commercial building on Ohio 177 that contained a living area.
Joshua Estes, 21, of Camden, is accused of killing Grigg and committing arson in an attempt to cover up the death.
That homicide was Preble County's first since 2007.
From WHSV-TV, Harrisonburg:
Virginia Beach tourism leaders say visitors spent a record amount on accommodations in the city in 2011.
The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau said Friday (March 2) that lodging sales for hotels, beach house rentals and campgrounds, among other things, reached $279 million. That's a 1.7 percent increase over 2010 and the second straight record-setting year.
The figures are based on statistics from Virginia Beach's revenue commissioner.
Tourism officials say revenue from overnight accommodations is the best indicator of the health of the tourism industry.
Citywide restaurant sales, retail sales and amusement revenue were also up in 2011.
From the Mason City Globe Gazette:
The opportunity to spend the summer in an Iowa state park is available for volunteers who serve as campground hosts.
Hosts receive free camping at a designated site while they help staff by assisting campers, explaining park rules, helping with registration and serving as impromptu tour guides. Hosts will also help park staff to keep the park clean and with light maintenance.
Hosts are needed for the season at Pine Lake, Pilot Knob, Walnut Woods, Lake Keomah, Lake Manawa, Lewis and Clark, Bellevue, Backbone, Beeds Lake, Clear Lake, Ledges, Nine Eagles, Pike’s Peak, Viking Lake, Yellow River and Elk Rock.
Hosts are needed from April through June at Lacey-Keosauqua, from the end of June through October at Prairie Rose and for July and August at Volga River.
Applications are available at http://volunteer.iowadnr.gov, then click on the campground hosts link toward the middle of the page. Or call (515) 242-5074 to have an application mailed.