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Four people died in traffic crashes over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. Last year, six people were killed during the three-day weekend. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 281 traffic crashes resulting in 127 injuries and three of the fatalities during the counting period of 6:00 pm on Friday, May 27th through 11:59 pm Monday, May 30th. The Jefferson City Police Department investigated one fatality. During this same counting period, 133 people were arrested by the Patrol for driving while intoxicated. During the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, the Patrol investigated 270 traffic crashes resulting in 133 injuries and arrested 157 people for driving while intoxicated. There were no boating fatalities over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. However, troopers investigated eight boating crashes involving one injury and one person drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks. Troopers also arrested 23 people for boating while intoxicated over the holiday weekend. During the 2010 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated 14 boating accidents, which included eight injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned and 36 people were arrested for boating while intoxicated during last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors in Closed Session awarded a nursing scholarship to Brooke Whitaker. Whitaker currently works in the hospital dietary department.  

The June Salem Area Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting will be held at the Southwest Baptist University on Tuesday, June 14th beginning at noon. The Salem R-80 School District is sponsoring the June luncheon meeting. Superintendent Cindy Rumpf will be presenting the program on the Five-Year Planning project. Committees have been formed to develop a five-year plan for the district that answer the question “What should the Salem R-80 School District look like in five years?” There is no cost for lunch, but RSVP’s are requested by Friday, June 10th. Stop by the Chamber office at 200 South Main Street or call 729-6900.

All 4-H/FFA members with market animal projects that will be showing and selling at the Fair this year are encouraged to attend a Fair Pre-Show on Saturday, June 18th at the Commons livestock barn beginning at 9:00 am.  First-time exhibitors must attend or pay an additional 1% commission fee. Steers should be brought to the pre-show to acquaint them with the arena and for 4-H’ers to practice leading them with the other steers. Instruction will be given on what the judges will be looking for and how best to show your animal. There will also be demonstrations of how to show hogs and lambs. For more information contact Linda Shelton at 729-3196.

Sports [TOP]

Skip Schumaker legged out an infield single, allowing the go-ahead run to score in a three-run eighth frame, as St. Louis downed San Francisco, 4-3, in the second of four games at Busch Stadium. Ryan Franklin (1-3) struck out the side in the eighth to claim the win, while Fernando Salas pitched around a two-out double to claim his 10th save. John Jay was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Albert Pujols celebrated his second start this season at third base with a 2-for-3 night that included a run scored and an RBI. The Cardinals have won two of three overall. The Cards and Giants play again tonight at 6:40 on KSMO.

Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur each drove in two runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-3, to even up a three-game set. Chris Getz went 3-for-4 for the Royals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Kansas City's Jeff Francis (2-5) was solid in seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. The Royals and Angels play again this afternoon.

Jack Clark Day at the ballpark has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 26th. Registration is free for boys are 8–15. Boys age 8-12 will be able to participate in a clinic from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and boys age 13-15 the clinic will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Be sure and sign up for Jack Clark Day at the ballpark and get some baseball tips from a former Cardinal legend. That’s Jack Clark Day at the ballpark rescheduled Sunday, June 26th.  

The National League All-Star starting lineup could look quite a bit like the group that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa writes out every day, if the early balloting results stand. Four Cardinals are strong contenders for All-Star berths, and if voting ended now, three would be in the lineup. At the top of the list is something of a surprise. Albert Pujols, whose numbers have lagged far behind his usual performance this year, leads all NL vote-getters with 988,784 votes received as of Tuesday's first update. Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman stand second and third among outfielders. Yadier Molina, though, needs some help. Molina, who is on pace to have his best offensive season, stands in third among NL catchers, trailing Buster Posey of the Giants and the Braves' Brian McCann. McCann's edge over Molina is a mere 38,000 votes, and with Posey out for the year due to injury, that's likely the battle to watch.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Pauline Aldridge of Salem, age 89, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

Funeral services for Fred Dwight Wilkinson, Sr. of Cherryville, age 90, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Center Ridge Pentecostal Church in Davisville. Interment will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials may be made to the Center Ridge Pentecostal Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Brenda Lou Wood of Ozark, age 64, will be held today at 4:00 in the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 2:00 until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Wood family.

Graveside services for Edward W. Abbot of El Paso, TX, age 100, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Steelville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Britton- Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Freddie “Jack” Jacobs of Salem, age 87, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.

Funeral services for Robert Dale ‘Rob” Gray of Salem, age 42, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Grace Community Church in Salem. Visitation will be held at the church Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for thunderstorms, high of 89.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a low of 68.
Thursday...Mostly sunny with a high of 89.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy with a low of 71.

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