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Caution local domestic cat owners! A tick-borne disease spread from the American Dog Tick has infected at least nine domestic cats in the immediate area and eight of them have died. The disease is cytauxzoonosis and it is 95% fatal without treatment and still 40% with treatment. If you are a cat owner at this time, it is highly recommended you keep your cat inside to prevent tick exposure. The pathogen lies dormant in wild cats, but it becomes extremely active in domestic cats. Symptoms usually occur within the first six days of infection. The symptoms include depression, lethargy, anorexia, dehydration, fever and enlarged lymph nodes. If your cat gets sick, get it to the animal veterinarian as quickly as possible as early treatment is key to any successful treatment.
Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash has reported that some changes have been made at the swimming pool this year to minimize expenses. First, the daily admission for all pool patrons is $2.00 regardless of age; Second, the water aerobics classes have been moved to the noon hour and will run Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon until 1:00 at the same time as the adult swim; and Third, the first session of swim lessons has been cancelled due to the current cold and inclement weather. The next session of swim lessons will be held from July 7th through the 18th. You can call the pool at 729-6228 and sign up for these swimming lessons beginning on Monday, June 16th during normal business hours. The Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for any inconvenience these changes may have caused.
Brady Hagler, the son of John and Jennifer Hagler of Salem, will be competing in the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals starting Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 14th in Columbia at the Boone County Fair Grounds. Brady will be competing in the Team Roping competition. Brady and his partner, Patrick Houchins of Frankford, Missouri, are seated in 6th position. At the end of the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals, the top four in each rodeo event will go on to National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming from July 13th through the 19th. We wish Brady and Patrick the best of luck this week at the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals!
The Dent County Sheriff’s Office has released more of their reports. On Tuesday, May 6th, Malinda Wilson of Salem was arrested at the 1400 block of County Road 4210. Wilson was the subject of an ongoing investigation, wherein she unlawfully removed a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado from Whitaker’s Towing. The vehicle had been impounded for evidential purposes and it was located at Wilson’s residence. Wilson is currently incarcerated in the Dent County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash only bond. On Saturday, May 31st, deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of Highway H for a report of a stealing. A 57-year old Salem male stated that several items were taken from his property, totaling $2,000, without his permission. On that same day, deputies were dispatched to the 2000 block of County Road 4030 in regards to a possible burglary. The investigation revealed that some farm equipment, lumber, and a Tractor were taken from the property. The tractor is described as a 1960 Ford Workmaster, orange in color with grey wheels. Also taken from the property was a tilling disc and a yellow posthole digger attachment for the tractor. On Monday, June 2nd, deputies responded to the Roadhouse for a report of a fight in progress. Deputies met with the reported victim, 47-year old Sharon Diamond of Florida and she stated at 47-year old Danny Engle of Florida had assaulted her with his pickup truck. After the investigation, it was discovered that Mrs. Diamond had made a false report, was in possession of drug paraphernalia, and was hindering prosecution for her boyfriend, Curtis Morris, who had a felony warrant out of Florida. Mrs. Diamond was arrested on charges of making a false report, hindering prosecution, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Diamond is being held in jail with a $5,000 cash only bond and Mr. Morris was placed in jail awaiting extradition form the state of Florida. Contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Office at 729-3241 if you have information regarding the stolen items listed above, as those reports are still under investigation.
The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will be hosting the first of two Ozark Kids Connection events for the season on Saturday, June 14th. The program will be from 10:00 in the afternoon to 3:00 in the afternoon, so get ready to come out and spend the day learning and playing. There will be a program about bats, one about snakes, another about living critters and plants in water, a chance to get in the water and help clean out the creek, Ozark "stuff" table, stories, songs, and other fun activities! Be prepared to get dirty and/or wet, as these are all hands-on activities (yes, even the snakes). There is NO cost, but all children MUST be accompanied by an adult. There will be light refreshments, but you will need to bring your lunch (refrigeration is available). Please call the Bonebrake Center (573) 729-3400 for more information. The Bonebrake Center is located at 601 North Hickory Street in Salem, at the corner of North Hickory Street and East Rolla Road.
A Summer Volleyball Camp will be held from June 23rd through June 27th this year at the SHS Gym. Camp times will be from 8:30 in the morning until 10:00 for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade, and from 12:30 to 2:00 for girls in the 6th through 8th grade. This camp is open to any girl entering these grades from Salem R-80, Oak Hill R-1, Green Forest R-2, Dent Phelps R-3, or Northwood R-4. The cost of the camp is $30 per girl. For more information or to sign up, call new Salem Head Volleyball Coach Ellie Howard at 247-3011.
Matt Holliday supplied the game's lone run with a homer as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 from Tropicana Field on Tuesday. Adam Wainwright (9-3) tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Cardinals and Rays play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO starting with the pre-game show at 5:35.
Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each slammed two-run home runs to help power the Kansas City Royals to a 9-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a brief two-game set. Alex Gordon connected on a solo shot and Billy Butler drove in two runs for the Royals, who have won six of eight and are back at the .500 mark with the win. Kansas City starter Jason Vargas spun an impressive 7 2/3 innings, allowing just three runs on six hits while fanning five. The Royals and Indians play again today.
Funeral services for Shirley D. Huitt of Salem, age 52, will be held today at noon at the Salem Christian Church. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. Memorials can be made to the R-4 Shirley Huitt Memorial Fund. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services for Jessie Marie Tripp of Salem will be held Friday at noon at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Memorial and Military services for John Donald Boor of Salem, age 80, will be held at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Firefighter Foundation.