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On Thursday, May 10th at 11:37 in the morning, K-9 Officer Joe Chase was detailed to the Salem Street Department to speak with a city employee in reference to suspicious property. Upon arrival, Officer Chase made contact with the city employee and apparently, while doing some brush hogging in the area owned by the city next to the Upper Elementary School, he observed what appeared to be a propane cylinder standing in the woods one hundred yards from the Upper Elementary School. The city employee was suspicious about the situation and wanted the police to investigate what he saw. As Officer Chase was walking into the woods, he observed an older, well-worn trail leading to the cylinder. The cylinder was a silver, one hundred pound propane cylinder. Inspection of the area around the cylinder revealed the presence of a ring of rocks arranged in a fire ring type manner. There was also a hand dug square pit that had been camouflaged with boards. The area appeared to be the remnants of a clandestine meth laboratory. The case is under further investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact K-9 Officer Joe Chase at the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that work continues on the Cedar Grove Road to prepare it for chip and seal, but the chip and seal project on Dent County Road 424A has stalled due to equipment breakdowns. He said a crew from Erb Equipment would be here to repair the problem and also do routine maintenance on other equipment. Simpson also reported that he met with Bunker City Alderman Betty Wisdom on Tuesday to discuss road assistance and Wisdom also requested that the Commission write a letter to whom it may concern about getting a cell phone tower in the Bunker area for better service. The Commission supports this idea and will be writing a letter to try and help get the tower. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that grading would be done on various roads in the Stone Hill area, brush would be cut on Dent County Road 438 and work continues on the Golf Course Road to prepare it for chip and seal. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Dent County Enrichment Services will be holding a Krispy Kreme fundraiser in front of Wal-Mart starting at 7:00 and they will be visiting business today as well. Then from 11:30 to 1:00 today, the SMDH Hospital Auxiliary will be having a fundraising barbeque at the hospital cafeteria. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.50 for children 12 and under and carry-outs are available for pick-up by calling 729-6626.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Tigers Baseball game with Iberia on Thursday was rained out and will not be made up. District play for the Salem Tigers begins tomorrow at Sullivan as they will play Union at approximately 4:30. Salem is seeded third and Union is seeded sixth. The cost of admission will be $3.00. You can hear the game on KSMO or online at www.ksmoradio.com.

The Salem Track Tigers Boys and Girls Teams will be in the Class 3 district meet tomorrow in Marshfield. The top four individuals in each event will advance to the sectionals to be held on Saturday, May 19th at Ozark.

At the Spring Sports Banquet held on Wednesday night, Matt Whitaker and Natalie Howard were presented the Tiger Awards for being the top male and female athletes at the Salem High School for the 2006-2007 school year. Congratulations!!!

The St. Louis Cardinals will be on the west coast tonight as they will face the San Diego Padres starting at 9:00 on KSMO Radio. Saturday night’s game will also be at 9:00 while Sunday’s game will be at 3:00. All games can be heard on KSMO Radio.

Dan Johnson and Jack Cust each hit two home runs, as the Oakland Athletics pounded the Kansas City Royals, 17-3, in the finale of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Johnson finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI for the Athletics, who hit a season-best six home runs in the contest and have won three of their last four games. Right-hander Luke Hudson made his first appearance of the season for Kansas City after being activated from the 15-day disabled list, and he struggled lasting just two-plus innings. Hudson (0-1) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on two hits while walking four. Emil Brown knocked in two runs for the Royals, who have five losses in their last six games. The Royals bullpen combined to allow 12 runs on 16 hits. Kansas City will visit the Windy City to face the White Sox tonight.

Scott Elarton of the Kansas City Royals will be coming off the disabled list on Saturday. Elarton had shoulder surgery last August and in five rehab starts he went 2-3 with a 4.78 ERA. He is coming back ahead of schedule and is expected to start Saturday in Chicago. The Royals will make another roster move on Saturday to make room for Elarton.

 Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Walter Hayward Wethy of Salem, age 68, will be held Sunday at 3:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time.

Graveside services for Burton E. Ijames of Bunker, age 63, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Green Forest Cemetery in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Green Forest Cemetery.

Funeral services for gary Ray Baker of Newburg, age 53, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Rolla Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery in rural Dent County.

Funeral services for Lindsay Ernest Faulkner of Bixby, age 83, will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Boss Assembly Of God Church. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery with full military honors.

A Memorial service for nine-month old Isaiah Arturo Main of Rolla will be held at 7:00 Tuesday night athe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salem. All the arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary.

Weather [TOP]

Today and Monday..Sunny days and clear nights, highs around 84, lows near 58.

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