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A couple of accidents happened Wednesday, February 24th in the morning hours. At 8:05, an accident occurred in Dent County on Route O at Dent County Road 2135. According to the highway patrol report, a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by 17-year old Shelly Barton of Salem, was attempting to make a left hand turn onto Route O, and pulled into the path a 2005 Chevrolet Impala driven by 49-year old Cynthia Camenisch of Lenox. Camenisch suffered moderate injuries and was transported by the Salem ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge Dakota sustained moderate damage while the Chevrolet Impala was totaled. Whitaker’s Towing of Salem towed both vehicles from the scene. The second accident occurred at 9:45 in Phelps County on Highway 68 about a mile south of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina driven by 52-year old Donald Whitaker of Salem, was traveling southbound on Highway 68, crossed the centerline and struck a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by 53-year old Lanny Wallis of St. James. Wallis suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet Lumina sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem. The Chevrolet pickup sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Spurgeon’s Towing.

The nation’s top teams are coming to the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood set in the beautiful woods surrounding the Salem, Steelville, Potosi, and Viburnum areas of southern Missouri. The 100-Acre Wood Rally is the second rally in the Rally America National Championship Series. Fans can expect a fierce battle for the overall lead. Four-time defending champion Travis Pastrana of Subaru Rally Team USA comes to the 100-Acre Wood Rally as the overall National points leader after winning the Sno-Drift Rally last month in Atlanta, Michigan. A collection of local Missouri drivers will compete on the same roads that the national teams will rally on. Regulars Brian Schwantner from Cedar Hill and James Haas from Viburnum are challenging the two regional rally events along with 100-Acre Wood first-timer, Mark Huebbe from St. Peters. The 100-Acre Wood Rally is known as one of the most scenic rallies on the Rally America calendar. It’s set in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and named after the storybook home of Winnie the Pooh. It is home to some of the best rally road in North America. Fans will have a chance to meet the drivers and see the cars close up at the Parc Exposes to be held at the City Park in Steelville on Friday, February 26th and on 4th and Main Streets in Salem on Saturday, February 27th. Listen for updates on the race from KSMO’s Cory White Friday and Saturday, or listen to them online at ksmoradio.com.

Opening day of Missouri’s four trout parks always involves excited anglers and hungry rainbow trout. For more than 70 years, Missourians have been celebrating the arrival of spring by turning out in large numbers at trout parks on March 1st. Weather plays an important role in determining crowd size on opening day. The trout park attendance record occurred in 1992, when 14,947 anglers descended on the parks for a Sunday opener with beautiful weather. The Missouri Department of Conservation operates trout hatcheries at all four trout parks and stocks three trout for every angler expected on opening day. Based on records in the past, the Conservation Department expects a total of 8,000 anglers will attend this year’s trout opener and they will stock about 24,000 trout at the four parks. Anglers who have not visited Montauk State Park since 2009 trout opener will find a new fish-cleaning station to make their post-fishing chores more convenient and keep the park cleaner as well as some of the fishing areas cleaned out after last year’s floods. Anglers will need a daily trout tag to fish in Missouri’s trout parks. Missouri residents 16 through 64 need a fishing permit in addition to the daily tag. Non-residents 16 and older need a fishing permit. For more information contact Montauk State Park by calling 548-2585.

"Whooo is out there?"  Owls have fascinated mankind for centuries, from the wise owl of the Greek goddess Athena to Winnie the Pooh’s friend. To learn more about these creatures of the night, join rangers from Ozark National Scenic Riverways on an Owl Prowl. We’ll learn fact and folklore about these little understood hunters of the night. Using recorded owl calls, rangers will try to get the owls to answer and maybe even approach close enough for a good look! The walk will be less than a mile, but dress warm because it’ll be chilly! The program will begin at 5:30 PM at the Alley Spring General Store Visitor Center on Friday, February 26. Alley Spring is located six miles west of Eminence, on State Route 106.  Meet at the General Store, uphill from the Mill.  Please dress warmly and an adult must accompany all children. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/ozar.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving mental commitment orders. On Sunday, February 14th at 9:30 p.m. an officer transported a 30-year old female of Springfield to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. On Tuesday, February 16th at 4:15 p.m. an officer transported a 46-year old male of Salem to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding any ongoing investigation.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will face the Fulton Hornets tonight at 6:00 in the District Semi-final at Eldon. The winner of this game will play in the championship game Friday night at 7:30 at Eldon versus either Helias or Eldon. You can hear the game on KSMO radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

Marcus Denmon came off the bench and tallied 21 points to pace the Missouri Tigers in an 92-63 rout of the Colorado Buffaloes in a Big 12 affair at Mizzou Arena. Missouri (21-7, 9-4 Big 12) improved 16-1 at home. Keith Ramsey turned in 13 points and seven rebounds, while J.T. Tiller added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. The Tigers shot an efficient 58.3 percent from the floor on the night and forced Colorado into 19 turnovers. Missouri will take on Kansas State Saturday night at 6:30.

The Salem High School Winter Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria for the Boys and Girls varsity and JV basketball teams, the cheerleaders and the parents of those who participated.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Dorothy Mae Cooksey of Salem, age 95, will be held today at 1:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Betty Jane Thorne of Salem, age 82, will be held Saturday at 1:30 in the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witness. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem. Memorials are suggested to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 40.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 22.
Friday and Friday night..Partly cloudy, high of 42, low of 21. Saturday..Partly cloudy, high of 43.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 19.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 46.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 24.
Monday..Partly cloudy, high of 46.

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