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An accident occurred at 11:10 Monday evening in Dent County on County Road 622 about nine miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1996 Ford Taurus driven by 18-year old Courtney Elliott of Salem was traveling eastbound when Elliott lost control while avoiding an animal, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and overturned. Elliott suffered moderate injuries and was taken by private conveyance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by the owner.

The Salem Park Board held a meeting Tuesday evening at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. At the meeting, the board discussed the condition of the Al Brown Fields and Salem Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash is worried that the fields may not be ready for the Maxwell Benefit Softball Tournament at the end of the month. It is very muddy where the fields were trenched out for the sewer line and the fence has not been put back up. The field still needs to be seeded and strawed but the current wet weather has prohibited any repairs. Nash did report that about 180 children signed up for the first youth baseball and softball signup held last week. Two more signup days will be held on Thursday and Friday and Nash said that he may have to add a couple more. The board is expecting to make the team selections at the end of April so that practices can start the first week of May. Games will then begin the week of graduation except for T-Ballers who would start after school is out. Nash said most of the equipment is still in good shape, but he may have to cycle out some of the older equipment after further inspection. Nash did say that Progressive Ozark bank has offered to sponsor the Youth Baseball Leagues this year and that would free up more money for equipment. Nash also said that the electric has not been run to the new scoreboards at the Salem Freedom Activity Center Fields, but the boards have been mounted. Nash said that the scoreboards are the final phase for then park grant and they will take pictures once they are operating. Park Board President Doug Barnes reminded the board of the parking problem and he will ask the Salem Board of Aldermen if they can put in their budget money to cover the creek in their next fiscal budget. Nash reported that the old pool filter has been removed awaiting the new pump, filter and chlorination system. He said that a shelter house has been built in the pool area except for the roof that was to be installed this week. He says that the pool will be repainted and recaulked by the first week of May and the new filter is to be installed in the next week of so. He also told the park board that the board of alderman did agree to raise the fees this year. Nash also told the board that the area for the new playground equipment is ready awaiting some dry weather to install it. The board was told that the road into the soccer fields off of Route HH has been started and that some trees have been taken down, but it is currently too wet to do much more at this time. After a lengthy discussion, it was approved by the board that this year’s adult softball leagues be required to use a 44-core ball, and they recommend that only ASA approved bats be allowed for game use for the safety of all players. Next year, the park board will require that all bats be ASA approved. Barnes also reported that a $2,000 grant for parks and recreation is available from MFA Oil and the board agreed to pursue the grant. The board postponed the election of officers until the next meeting after the mayor makes his appointments to the Salem Park Board at the next Board of Aldermen meeting. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports   [TOP]

Skip Schumaker's sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning lifted the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, at PNC Park. Tom Gorzelanny tossed seven brilliant shutout innings for Pittsburgh but watched as Pirates closer Salomon Torres gave up the lead when Scott Spiezio hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth. The Cardinals have won the first two contests of this three-game series. Aaron Miles finished 4-for-5 while Gary Bennett added three hits and scored the game-winning run for St Louis. Randy Keisler started for the Cards and allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in six innings.With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the 12th, John Wasdin (0-1) allowed a one-out single to Bennett and a double to Miles before pinch-hitter Yadier Molina was intentionally walked to load the bases. Schumaker then lifted a fly ball to shallow left field, and Bay's throw to the plate was perfect and arrived in plenty of time. But catcher Ronny Paulino dropped the ball after he tagged Bennett and the Cards took the lead. The Cards go for the sweep this morning at Pittsburgh, weather permitting, starting at 11:15 on KSMO Radio.

Kansas City doubled up Toronto, 6-3, in the middle contest of their three-game set at Rogers Centre. Greinke (1-1), who missed almost all of last season with a social anxiety disorder, allowed just one run on six hits en route to his first win. David DeJesus finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in for the Royals, who snapped a three-game skid. Tony Pena was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple. The Royals will face Toronto again tonight.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Boston 14, Seattle 3
Detroit 3, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 7, LA Angels 6
NY Yankees 10, Minnesota 1
Texas 12, Tampa Bay 9
Oakland 2, Chicago White Sox 1
Houston 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Atlanta 8, Washington 0
Arizona 5, Cincinnati 4 (11 inngs)
San Francisco 6, San Diego 5
LA Dodgers 2, Colorado 1
Milwaukee 2, Florida 2 (Suspended, 10 innings)

Texas' Kevin Durant, the first freshman in NCAA history to earn consensus National Player of the Year honors, announced Tuesday he will be eligible for this June's NBA Draft.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Beulah Mae Barwick of Rolla, age 88, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Rolla. Interment will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery in Licking. Memorials are suggested to the Kids Keep Christ First of the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Ray Brooks, Bridgeton, age 77, will be held at 10:00 Thursday morning at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 2:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the West Fork/Sutterfield Cemetery in Bunker.

Services for Leonard “Len” James Davidson of Salem, age 89, will be held at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis at a date to be announced. There will be no visitation. Special military honors will be held at the cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the John Burch Society or the Nebraska Woods Medical Fund. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Gracie Tumlinson of Salem are incomplete at this time. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a chance for morning showers and windy, high of 51.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and windy, low of 33.
Thursday and Thursday night..Partly cloudy, high of 56, low of 36.
Friday and Friday night..Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms and windy, high near 50, low of 36.

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