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An accident happened Friday evening at 10:30 in Phelps County on Interstate 44 about a 1.5 miles east of Rolla that took the life of two Rolla teenagers. According to the highway patrol, a 1991 Ford Explorer driven westbound by 18-year old Ryan Turnbough of Rolla, skidded off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times before coming to rest on its wheels. Turnbough and a passenger in the Ford Explorer, 19-year old John Adams, were both ejected from the vehicle and were transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced dead in the Emergency Room. The Ford Explorer was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by C&C Towing of Rolla.

An accident happened Saturday morning at 9:50 in Dent County on Highway 72 about five miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu driven westbound by 58-year old Elaine Szwiec of Salem, was slowing to make a turn when her vehicle was struck from behind by a 2001 Chevy Tahoe driven by 21-year old Tela Conners of Salem. Szwiec suffered minor injuries and was taken by the Salem Ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital with minor injuries. The Chevy Malibu sustained extensive damage in the accident while the Tahoe sustained moderate damages. Whitaker’s Towing removed the Malibu from the scene.

Saturday night in front of a large crowd at the Salem City Hall Auditorium at the Cosmopolitan Club’s 56th Annual Miss Salem Pageant, Mina Ibrahim was crowned the 2007 Miss Salem. She was sponsored by Powell Chiropractic Center. The 1st Runner-Up was Lyndi Wisdom and she was sponsored by Century 21 South Central Realty, and the 2nd Runner-Up was Audra Carty sponsored by Ayusa Global Youth Exchange. The Miss Personality Award was awarded to Amanda Wood sponsored by KSMO Radio. The Cosmopolitan Club thanks all the girls who participated and everyone who attended the program.

The Salem Community Meth/Drug Awareness Night will be held on tonight at the Salem Upper Elementary School from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. There will be booths set up by our community members to offer pamphlets and information to concerned parents/guardians. These will include the Division of Family Services, Pathways, Dent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Local Law Enforcement (Sheriff, Police, Highway Patrol), Dent County Recovery Ministry, Salem Treatment Center, 7th Day Advent Church, Dent County Health Center, Prevention Consultants, and Test-my-teen.com. Hot dogs and chips have been donated by U.S. Foodservice, Country Mart, Wal-Mart, Hostess, Frito-Lay and Senator Frank Barnitz for the event. Beverages will also be provided free of charge donated by Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company. Daycare will be provided for children- ages infant to 4th grade. There will be rooms set up with ongoing videos that deal with the drug issues that our community currently faces or could be facing in the future. There will be four inspirational recovering addicts that will give testimonials to our community and youth to show that we can fight this problem!  There will also be a question/answer time with these individuals. The night will offer parents and guardians a chance to know that there is help out there, if they feel that their child is at risk of getting involved with drugs. The night will give students an easier way to say “no” or more reasons to say “no”, and the night will help in working on bonding family relationships that that might have been or could be affected by youth drug problems. This event is a result of several meetings or various community members and organizations. If any group or organization is interested in helping with the cause, please contact Salem R-80 Superintendent Steve Bryant at 729-6642 to be placed on the contact list for future meetings.

Sports   [TOP]

The Missouri Tigers were not invited to the Big Dance or the NIT Tournament, while Missouri State was asked to the NIT, but again, they were snubbed for the Big Dance. The Bears will face San Diego State Wednesday night in the first round of the tournament.

Over the weekend, Adam Wainwright, a former closer, started for St. Louis working into the fifth inning and holding the Orioles scoreless on five hits as the Cardinals shutout Baltimore, 4-0 on Saturday. Tagg Bozied singled in the first inning and scored the first two runs of the game. Preston Wilson belted an RBI double in the first inning. On Sunday, T.J. Bohn hit a two-run double during a five-run eighth to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in preseason action. Brendan Ryan had two hits and drove in two runs and Aaron Miles added an RBI single for the Cardinals, who dropped to 7-4 in preseason play. Chris Carpenter pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing only two hits and striking out one in the start.

On Saturday, Ryan Shealy and Alex Gonzalez each knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in spring training action. Shealy finished with three hits while David DeJesus hit a home run for the Royals, who belted out 12 hits. On Sunday, Seth Smith hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies over the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, in Cactus League play. Justin Huber scored twice for the Royals. Roberto Giron allowed three runs in just 1/3rd of an inning to absorb the loss.

St. Louis rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the game on Glen Metropolit's tally late in the third, but Alexei Kovalev answered with a score less than a minute later and the Canadiens held on to beat the Blues, 4-3. Doug Weight and David Backes each scored for the Blues, who have lost three of four. Curtis Sanford gave up three goals on 10 shots for the Blues before being pulled, while Jason Bacashihua ended with 11 saves. The Blues will be in Calgary tonight and you can hear the game at 8:30 on KSMO.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador will miss the rest of the regular season with a fractured left clavicle. He suffered the injury in the first period of St. Louis' 4-3 loss to Montreal on Saturday. To fill Salvador's roster spot, St. Louis recalled defenseman Roman Polak from Peoria in the American Hockey League.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Daniel Mercadente Jr. of St. Clair, age 60, will be held today at 10:00 at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair. Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Troy. Memorials may be made to Stephen Mercadante.

Funeral services for Roy L. Gaddy of Salem, age 78, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Masonic services will be held tonight at 7:00 and full military honors will be held at the cemetery.

Funeral services for Cleveland Earn Shoemake of Steelville, age 82, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 today. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high of 72.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 48.
Tuesday..Partly sunny, high of 73.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 52.
Wednesday and Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 68.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 58.

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