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The Dent County Music Association presents “Moonlight Madness” as it returns to downtown Salem this Saturday, May 31st! The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Music will be provided by: Country Tyme, Souls of Change, 2nd Time Around, Highway 32 Blue Grass, The Dave Barton Band, and more. The street will be blocked and vendors will be there with Ice Cream, BBQ, and everything in between. So bring your family and lawn chairs to downtown Salem this Saturday. For more information, call 247-0504 or 247-0822.

An accident occurred at 6:30 Tuesday evening in Dent County on County Road 3233 about a mile and a half north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1993 Yamaha Kodiak 400 ATV driven by 14-year old Austin Stokes of Salem was traveling eastbound, riding with a passenger, 12-year old Jonah Gargus of Salem, on the rear cargo rack of the ATV. Stokes tried to retrieve an item from beneath him, Gargus reached for the handlebars, and then Gargus fell off the ATV. Gargus suffered minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. 

On Tuesday, June 3rd, an evening program will be held at 7:00 pm at the Bank of Salem Courtesy Room, with topics that should be of interest to area beef and livestock producers.  The program’s speakers will include Gregg Barrows, Executive Director for Dent, Phelps, Crawford and Texas County’s Farm Service Agency. Gregg will provide information about the USDA’s Drought Assistance Program, which is designed to provide financial assistance to livestock producers who suffered losses during the drought of 2012. This information should be of interest to any livestock producer who owned cattle during 2012, specifically after May 24th, 2012. Additionally, Dr. Jared Decker, MU Extension Beef Genetics Specialist will provide a presentation about using selection indexes and genomic enhanced EPD’s for making profitable decisions about selecting your next beef herd sire. Given today’s prices for feeder cattle, replacement females and bulls, making good decisions about your herd’s genetics is as important as ever, and Dr. Decker’s presentation should help you better understand how to select the best sires possible for your herd. This program is sponsored by Dent County University of Missouri Extension and the Dent County Cattlemen’s Association. There is no charge for the program, however, please RSVP by June 2, by calling the Dent County MU Extension Office at 573-729-3196. For more information, please contact Ted Cunningham, MU Extension Livestock Specialist at the Dent County Office or by email at

Eight people died in traffic crashes over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. Last year, six people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period of 6:00 pm Friday, May 23rd through 11:59 pm Monday, May 26th the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 295 traffic crashes, which included 130 injuries and the eight fatalities. Troopers also arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated. During the 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 274 traffic crashes resulting in 119 injuries and five of the six fatalities. Last year, 129 people were arrested by the Patrol for driving while intoxicated. There were zero boating fatalities or drowning over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers investigated eight boating crashes involving two injuries. Troopers arrested 20 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. During the 2013 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated seven boating crashes, which included three injuries, and one fatality. There were no drowning over last year’s Memorial Day weekend. Eighteen people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during the 2013 holiday. Of the eight traffic crash fatalities investigated by the Patrol, three occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area; two occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, area; and one occurred in each of the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, Troop F, Jefferson City, and Troop I, Rolla, areas.

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Jacoby Ellsbury singled three times and knocked in three runs to boost the New York Yankees to a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Shelby Miller (6-4) was pounded for nine hits and seven runs in five innings to lose his second straight start. Kolten Wong set a career-high with four hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who will start a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants tonight at Busch Stadium. You can hear it on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 6:40.

Chris Carter drove in four runs with two homers as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 9-3 victory on Wednesday. Brett Hayes went 2-for-4 with a home run while Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar both drove in a run for Kansas City, which has lost four straight and five of its last six. Danny Duffy (2-5) was tagged with the loss after giving up seven hits, six runs and five walks in four-plus frames. The Royals start a four-game series with Toronto tonight.

The St. Louis Rams announced Wednesday the signing of guard Davin Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowl selection during his previous tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joseph earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2011 and started 99 games over seven seasons with Tampa Bay, including all 16 at right guard in 2013.

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract. A veteran of 97 NHL games with Columbus, Phoenix and Colorado, Lindstrom has spent the past two-plus seasons playing for Skelleftea AIK in his native Sweden. He totaled 23 goals, 40 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 55 games this past season.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Alpha Bernice Mooney Johnson of Excelsior Springs, formerly of Salem, age 92, will be held today at 2:00 at the Green Forest Cemetery. Arrangements under direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for David Ray Miller of Steelville, age 65, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Burial will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Elizabeth Ilene Benton of Cook Station, age 93, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 2:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Carr Cemetery in Cook Station.

Funeral services for Lowell Anderson of Salem, age 87, will be held at 11:00 Saturday morning at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Friday night from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.  

Memorial services for “Mr. Mac” Stephen McBurnett, Sr. of Goodland, age 67, will be held Sunday, June 1st at the Viburnum High School at 2:00. Memorials can be made to the Iron County C-4 School Track & Field. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Nathan Jones of St. Louis, formerly of Salem, age 65, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, high of 80.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 63.
Friday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers, high of 81.
Friday night..Cloudy, low of 66.
Saturday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers, high of 83.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 66.



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