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An accident happened at 7:21 Tuesday morning in Dent County on Highway 32/72 one mile east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker driven by 25-year old Amy Thomas of Salem was traveling westbound on highway 32/72 East. Thomas lost control on the ice-covered roadway, went off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. Thomas suffered minor injury and was transported by private vehicle to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. She was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet Tracker sustained moderate damage and was left at the scene. Thomas will make arrangements to remove the vehicle.

U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond announced that a Listening Post Forum would be held in Salem. A representative of the Senator, Tom Schulte will be available to Missourians at the Listening Post today at 2:00 at the Dent County Courthouse. Listening Posts are meetings with Missourians held by Bond’s staff to discuss their concerns with federal policies and agencies. In addition to the Listening Posts, Bond’s office extends one-on-one service to all Missourians experiencing problems with the federal government. You can contact the office in Jefferson City by calling (573) 634-2488.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving an assault, mental commitment order, traffic violation, and a leave without paying. On Tuesday, January 19th, at 11:45 a.m. a vehicle was stopped for investigation of an assault. During the investigation it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle, a 19 year-old male of Alton, Illinois, had a suspended drivers license. He was arrested for driving while suspended, and he posted bond and was released with a court date. Later that evening at 4:30 p.m. an officer transported a 39 year-old male of Farmington to the Center for Psychiatric Services in Phelps County in lieu of a mental commitment order. Further on that evening at 4:52 p.m. a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 38 year-old female of Cuba for driving while drugged. She was issued summons to appear in court and released. On Wednesday, January 20th, at 3:38 p.m. an officer was detailed to Gas Plus Convenience Store located in the 500 block of East Highway 32 in reference a leaving without paying. Investigation of the report revealed the driver of a white 1995 Nissan with Illinois registration pumped $29.85 in fuel and left without paying.  Please contact the Salem Police Department at 573-729-4242 if you have any information regarding the leaving without paying, which is still under investigation.

State Representative Jason Smith filed House Bill #1805 that would provide incentives for small businesses, which would help put Missourians back to work. Smith’s Jobs, Opportunity and Business Success for Main Street Missouri bill would promote small business growth and help put Missourians back to work by offering tax credits to small businesses that hire individuals who currently have received unemployment benefits for at least the past two months. Smith’s bill would provide a tax credit to small businesses who hire individuals that have been receiving unemployment benefits for at least sixty days.  In addition to the original tax credit that could be earned; a business could also be eligible to receive an additional tax credit for those employees, which maintain employment for more than twenty-four consecutive months.  Furthermore, to promote new businesses in Missouri, this bill would waive the filing fees by Secretary of State for new limited liability companies or corporations to help promote new businesses in Missouri for the next year effective July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

The Planning & Zoning Commission of the City of Salem will hold a public meeting called Chairman Sean Curley on Monday, February 1st at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 2020 North Washington beginning at 6:45 pm. After approval of the January 4th minutes, the Board will discuss vacating a portion of West Gibbs Street, requested by Jerry Hammons at 604 South Elmer. The Planning & Zoning Commission of the City of Salem meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tigers dropped a 47 to 46 heartbreaker to Cabool last night in Mountain Grove. Phillip Moser led Salem in scoring with 17 points, but his last second shot just wouldn’t fall sending Salem to 5-11 on the year. They are scheduled to face the Ava Bears Thursday night at 7:30 at Mountain Grove.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Vancouver tonight to play the Canucks at 9:00. The Blues are 23-21-8 on the year and you can hear that game on KSMO Radio.

The Cardinals announced the signing of left-hander Rich Hill to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. Hill will compete for the vacant fifth spot in the St. Louis starting rotation, along candidates including Jaime Garcia and Kyle McClellan. Hill, who will turn 30 in March, pitched for the Orioles in 2009. He spent the first four years of his big league career with the Cubs, where he established himself as one of the more promising young lefties around. Hill went 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 183 strikeouts for Chicago in 2007.

The Kansas City Royals agreed to contracts for the 2010 season with four players, including pitcher Dusty Hughes, on Tuesday. Also signing were pitchers Edgar Osuna and Blake Wood and catcher Manny Pina, none of whom have seen time in the majors.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ernest Quinton Schafer, Sr. of Hillsboro, age 84, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Heiligtag-Lang Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold, and from 4:00 to 8:00 Thursday at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery with full military honors.

Funeral services for Vera Mae Morford of Rolla, age 95, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service time Friday. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Funeral services for Catherine N. House of St. James, age 90, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of St. James or The Community Partnership.

Funeral services for Gene Charles Gapsch of Anutt, age 71, will be held Saturday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary n Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services fro Roberta Lee Pierce of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Hermon Cemetery or Salem United Methodist Church.

Funeral services for Norman Sharwark of Salem, formerly of Florida, age 92, will be held Tuesday at the Florida Hills Memorial Gardens in Brooksville, Florida. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel. 

Funeral services for Wanda Crawford of Nixa, age 69, are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today…Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain this afternoon, high of 44.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain this evening, then freezing rain, sleet and snow after midnight, low near 20.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 20% chance for afternoon snow and sleet, high of 32.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 90% chance for accumulating snow, low of 15.



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