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An accident occurred at 5:24 Friday evening in Dent County on Highway 19 about one mile south of Salem. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 31- year old Chrystal Justus of Salem, lost control on the snow covered roadway. The pickup then crossed the centerline and struck a 2001 Chevrolet 3500 pickup driven by 47-year old Scott Warren of Salem in the side. Justus suffered minor injuries and was taken to Salem Memorial District Hospital. Both were wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The 1999 Dodge Ram sustained extensive damage, and the 2001 Chevrolet 3500 sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem. The Dent County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the accident.

The Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy has issued $23,138 in weatherization sub-grant funds to the South Central Missouri Community Action Agency to help low income Missourians reduce home energy costs. The South Central Missouri Community Action Agency, or SCMCAA, is one of 18 Missouri agencies that implement the state's Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program, enabling low-income Missouri families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The elderly, physically disadvantaged and families with children are program priorities. Since the program began in 1978, weatherization funds have helped to weatherize more than 155,000 Missouri homes. SCMCAA serves seven south central Missouri counties: Butler, Carter, Dent, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Wayne. The sub-grants to SCMCAA include $3,965 in funding allocated under a service area agreement with AmerenUE Natural Gas, $15,918 from Laclede Gas, and $3,255 from Atmos Gas. This funding is provided through agreements made in rate adjustment cases by Missouri utilities to weatherize additional homes in their service areas. The department's Division of Energy is a non-regulatory state office that works to protect the environment and stimulate the economy through energy efficiency and renewable energy resources and technologies. For more information, visit dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wx.htm.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly Chamber meeting on Wednesday, February 10th. Due to a scheduling conflict it will take place this month at My Place Restaurant. The cost is $8.00 per person and they do ask that you RSVP no later than today by calling 729-6900 or going by 200 South Main. The guest speaker will be Alex Withrow, a counselor at Salem Senior High School speaking on how and when to begin preparing our youth for college.

An accident occurred at 4:45 Friday morning in Phelps County on County Road 2030 about one and a half miles northeast of Rolla. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1990 Jeep driven by 26 year-old Derick Morton of St. James traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree, and then a fence. He then struck another tree, traveled through the fence, and struck two stumps. He then reversed through the fence and back onto the roadway. After traveling a short distance, he traveled off the right side of the roadway and came to a rest. Morton suffered minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Jeep sustained moderate damages and was removed from the scene by the owner.

An accident occurred at 12:25 Friday afternoon in Crawford County on Route ZZ about six miles west of Cuba. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by 31 year-old Nicole Bell of Steelville lost control on the partially covered roadway and traveled off the south side of the roadway and overturned. Nicole Bell suffered moderate injuries and was taken by St. James ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. An occupant in the vehicle, 27 year-old James Bell of Steelville, suffered minor injuries and was taken by North Crawford ambulance to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Everyone was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford Expedition sustained extensive damage and was removed from scene by Miles and Son’s Towing of Cuba.

There will be a Sweetheart Benefit Banquet in support of Show-Me-Hope on Friday, February 12th at the Salem City Hall Auditorium starting at 6:00. The dinner will be catered by Seasons-N-Thyme. Tickets are available at the Bank of Salem, Town and Country Bank and US Bank for $20 per person or two tickets for $35. Tickets MUST be purchased by noon on TODAY.

Sports [TOP]

Phillip Moser scored 25 points but it wasn't enough as the Salem Tigers lost to the Willow Spring Bears Friday night in SCA action, 78-64. Willow had four players score in double figures as they forced the Tigers to 1-2 record in the SCA. Salem is now 6-14 on the year and will be back in action on Tuesday as they will host the Thayer Bobcats.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will travel to Newburg to play in the 2010 Lady Wolves Invitational Tournament tonight. The Lady Tigers, who are 11-9 on the year and 3-2 in the SCA, will play Fatima at 8:30 in first round action.

Marcus Denmon poured in 22 points off the bench to power the Missouri Tigers to an 84-66 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes in a Big 12 Conference battle. Kim English was close behind with 21 points for Missouri (17-6, 5-3 Big 12), which got 10 points apiece from Keith Ramsey and Justin Safford. Missouri racked up 20 assists in the clash and shot 22-of-27 from the foul line.

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp scored first-period goals, and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to take a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Antti Niemi made 34 saves for the Blackhawks, Alexander Steen scored on a 5-on-3 advantage in the final two minutes for the Blues, who lost their second in a row. Chris Mason let in both goals on 30 shots. St. Louis is 4-5-2 in its last 11 games. The Blues will be at Colorado tonight at 8:30 on KSMO Radio.

After many years of despair with losing seasons and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city of New Orleans has a Super Bowl winner. The Saints erased an early 10-point deficit and beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17, to capture Super Bowl XLIV Sunday night in Miami. Drew Brees, who was named the game's MVP, connected with Jeremy Shockey for the go-ahead two-yard touchdown pass with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter. Tracy Porter then sealed the fate of the Colts, picking off four-time MVP Peyton Manning and returning the ball 74 yards for a touchdown with 3:12 left, thwarting Indianapolis' chance for a second title in four years. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 completions, going 32-of-39 for 288 yards and a pair of scores. The Saints outscored the Colts, 15-0, in the last quarter. Manning finished 31-of-45 for 333 yards with a TD pass and the costly interception.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Maxine Kurtwright of Salem, age 86, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Love Packs Program.

Funeral services for Norma Jean Kelly of Salem, age 67, will be held at a later date. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Dolly Fay Labruyere of Salem, age 88, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dolly Labruyere family.

Weather [TOP]

Winter Weather Advisory until 6:00 AM Tuesday

 Today..Cloudy with a 90% chance for snow, high of 32.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 90% chance for snow with total accumulation of 4 to 5 inches, becoming breezy, low of 13.
Tuesday..Patly sunny and blustery, high of 22.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 10.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 28.

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