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Captain Lee Ann H. Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, announced that now through May 13th, Troop I officers will be joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies during the Youth Alcohol Mobilization. During this period, officers will be stepping up enforcement efforts with a goal of removing impaired drivers from Missouri highways. With graduation season here, Missouri law enforcement want to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober. It is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways. Missouri has a zero tolerance law; if you are under age 21 your license will be suspended if you are caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. In 2010 in Missouri, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. For more information, visit The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges all citizens to report any vehicle they observe operating in a careless manner. The public can contact the Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-525-5555 or on their cellular phone at *55.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released several arrest reports for Dent County. On Wednesday, April 27th at 5:29 in the evening, 52- year-old Ronald Gibbs of Salem was arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Friday, April 29th at 10:55 at night, 51-year-old Keith Buxton of Salem was arrested a charged with driving while intoxicated, no insurance, no seatbelt, and failure to signal. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and later released. On Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 in the evening, 57-year-old Ronald Gorson of Salem was arrested on Dent County warrants for seven felony counts of a possession of a controlled substance, two stop sign violations, and a DWI. He was taken to the Dent County Jail.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, mining jobs grew by 14.4 percent in 2010, the country’s best performing sector for job gains. A $100,000 donation on April 6th from The Doe Run Company will continue to prepare students from the Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla for mining careers. As emerging economies around the world drive up demand for raw materials, natural resources companies like Doe Run will need to hire more employees to keep pace. The gift is the second of two donations made specifically for construction of a new mine engineering education building located at the University’s Experimental Mine site in Rolla. Mining students and professional come to Missouri from all over the world.

Intercounty Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the Tuesday, May 10th chamber members lunch meeting.  Tony Floyd will be presenting the program on options for future power generation, with a brief update on Associated Electric’s (IECA’s power supplier) efforts. The nuclear option and putting Japan’s tragedy in perspective will be discussed. The prospect of a new nuclear site permit at the Callaway plant will be addressed, along with safety and other alternatives. There is no cost for lunch but chamber members need to RSVP by Friday, May 6th to, by calling 729-6900 or dropping by 200 South Main Street.

Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Montauk State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. This event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th at Montauk State Park. The event is being sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources. At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up their free trout tag at the hatchery office from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 6th or on the day of the event.  The spring branch from the CCC Spillway to the Social Hole will be reserved for the youth anglers and stocked with trout all day. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help the kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on topics related to trout fishing, fly tying, fly casting, and other topics. If you would like to volunteer or donate to Kids Fishing Day, or for more information please call Montauk Hatchery at 548-2585.

Sports [TOP]

Ryan Smith threw a five-hitter and Lane Stluka led the Tigers offense with two hits and a RBI as the Salem Tigers beat Mountain Grove, 5-1 and are the sole champion of the SCA Conference. Salem finished the SCA season with a perfect 7-0 record and moved to 11-5 on the year. Salem got RBIs from Devon Sutterfield, Ryan Smith, and Aaron Shaw. Salem will be at Sullivan today to face the Eagles starting at 4:30. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and

Mike Stanton hit a two-run homer that was the deciding factor in Florida's 8-7 win over St. Louis. Eduardo Sanchez (1-1) took the loss as he allowed two runs in one-third of an inning of work. Chris Carpenter allowed 10 hits, three walks, and four earned runs in the game. Jon Jay had a pinch homer for the Cardinals in the 9th inning. Matt Holliday had two of the Cards' nine hits, but hit into a game ending double play in the 9th inning. The Cardinals and Marlins play this afternoon starting at 12:10 on KSMO.

Nick Markakis homered while finishing with two hits and two RBI as the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2. Jeff Francoeur had a solo homer for the Royals. Kyle Davies (1-4) suffered the loss in 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. The Royals and Orioles play this afternoon in the rubber game of the series.

Salem Tigers Boys Basketball Camp will run from Tuesday May 31st – Friday June 3rd.  Camp Times are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m for boys entering 9 –12 grades and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. for boys entering 5- 8 grades. Cost of the camp is $30.  Camp forms will be sent home with kids, but if you do not receive one, you can stop by the JH and pick one up from Coach Zenker. Camp Forms are due back Friday May 13th so that T-Shirts can be ordered.

There will be a Girls Softball Clinic for girls going into the 5th - 8th grades next school year at the City Park fields or the high school gym if it rains. The Girls Softball Clinic will be held 3 Saturdays in a row on May 14th, May 21st and May 28th. The cost is $20 and the clinics will be held from 9:00 am until noon. The clinic will consist of 3 Saturdays of specialized drills and fundamental work that will increase your skill level.  At the clinic you will work on correct hitting mechanics to improve bat speed, and throwing and fielding mechanics that will help you to be a tough defender.  Game strategy and situations to help you understand how to play the game will also be covered.  Each participate will receive a t-shirt. Call Coach Davison at 729-4208 or 729-6641 for a clinic form.

The seventh and eighth grade Honors Choir members will join the Upper Elementary Honors Choir to sing the National Anthem on July 28th at Busch Stadium. The band will be playing “God Bless America” prior to the choirs singing the National Anthem. Call the Upper Elementary School at 729-4812, during regular school hours for more information. 

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Travis M. Cox of Wonewoc, Wisconsin and formerly of Belle, age 30, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Belle.

Funeral services for Kathy Lee Miller of Rolla, age 59, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials suggested to the Choices for People Center in Rolla or the Fort Wyman Baptist Church Building Fund.

Funeral services for Arla W. Blaylock of Edgar Springs, age 92, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Stagner Cemetery.

Funeral services for Floyd L. Karr of Rolla, age 79, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Brookshire Cemetery.

Funeral services for Roberta Lynn “Bert” Phares of Steelville, age 48, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Upper Indian Creek Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy this morning, then mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers this afternoon, high of 69.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers this evening, the partly cloudy after midnight, low of 45.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high around 70.
Friday night ..Clear early, cloudy after midnight, low of 52.



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