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The Forest Service has proposed a set of management activities in the southern portion of the Salem Ranger District. This area is referred to as the Medley Hollow Analysis Area and it is located in Dent, Reynolds and Shannon Counties. The analysis area is just southwest of the community of Bunker, on lands administered by the Salem Ranger District. Many comments were heard concerning this project, namely, concerns over Loggers Lake and the growth of aquatic weeds in the lake. The proposed work for Loggers Lake has been taken out of the Medley Hollow project and will be considered a separate decision. Loggers Lake will have potential treatments considered further and in greater detail, along with other potential needs that may impact future recreation opportunities.  From now on, the Loggers Lake aquatic vegetation treatments that were included in the Medley Hollow project will not be included into future Medley Hollow project documents.  If you have any questions or concerns on the Loggers Lake area of the Medley Hollow Analysis Area please contact Thomas Haines at the Salem Ranger District office at 729-6656.

The Salem Police report two accidents occurring last week in the city. The first accident happened on the 15th at 2:45 p.m. on Highway 32 at McArthur. According to the police report, a 2003 Dodge Ram, driven by Brandi Hobson of Salem, and a 2001 Ford Ranger, driven by Lola Gowan of Salem, and owned by William and James Hobson, were both traveling west on 32 and were stopped at the stop light at McArthur. Gowan started rolling forward, so Hobson began to move forward as well. Gowen stopped her vehicle, but Hobson did not see her stop at which time contact was made. Gowan received some injuries in the accident. Both vehicles had minor damage. Another accident occurred on July 16th at 12:02 p.m. in Hwy 32 and the Town and Country bank lot. A 2005 Chevy, driven by Renee Auten of Salem, was parked in the drive-thru of Town and Country Bank, when and unknown vehicle made contact on the rear of the vehicle. No injuries were reported, but there was moderate damage to the Chevy.

Biking and walking to school soon will be safer in many communities thanks to their efforts to apply for Safe Routes to School funding. This program, offered through the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division, is designed to improve conditions for bicycling and walking in the vicinity of schools. The main goal is to encourage a lifestyle that is both healthy and active. A bonus is the reduction of traffic and air pollution near schools. All funding must be used to increase the safety of children in grades kindergarten through 8 while walking, bicycling and wheeling to school Applicants submitted projects and activities, which were considered by a committee of law enforcement, state, regional and local agencies and school and bicycle advocacy groups for funding through the Safe Routes to School program. From the 99 applications, the committee selected and awarded 46 grants that will impact 96 Missouri schools, as they will be located within 2 miles of a school facility. Seven of those fall within the

borders of MoDOT's South Central District. Four were classified under the Infrastructure Activities category. This could include sidewalk improvements, traffic calming, and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, bicycle parking facilities and traffic diversion. One of the funded projects went to the City of Licking, $200,608.65 for new sidewalks, sidewalk lighting and pedestrian crosswalks.  Three were classified as non-infrastructure. This category could include: public awareness campaigns, outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education, traffic enforcement within the vicinity of the schools, student education on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health and environment and funding for training. The three-awarded projects are for the City of Willow Springs, Cabool and Houston R-I Schools. For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will present "Snakes 101: Q and A with the Snakeman" this morning at 10:00 a.m. Tony Carlisle, the Snakeman, and his friends will bring books, pictures, artifacts and live Indigo snakes! Indigo snakes are the largest snake species native in the U.S. and is listed as endangered in many states in the U.S. For information contact the Bonebrake Center at 729-3400. When you register please leave your name, contact number and how many will be attending.

Sports [TOP]

Aramis Ramirez posted four hits with a run batted in while Carlos Zambrano earned his third consecutive victory, as the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3, in the opener of a three- game series at Busch Stadium. Zambrano (13-7), allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for Chicago. Derrek Lee added two hits, an RBI and a run scored in the win. Skip Schumaker hit a two-run triple for the Cardinals, who are now 4-4 over their last eight games. Kip Wells (4-13) suffered the loss despite a solid outing. Wells was charged with three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits with two strikeouts and three walks over 6 2/3 frames. Wells also singled and scored a run in the losing effort. The Cards and Cubs play again tonight at 6:50 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter underwent successful surgery on his right elbow Tuesday. Carpenter, who has been on the disabled list for most of this season, underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstructive surgery, known more commonly as "Tommy John" surgery, performed by team physician Dr. George Paletta. There were no unexpected findings during the procedure and Carpenter is expected to begin physical therapy shortly. The team has not announced a timetable for his return, but it is expected with this type of procedure that the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner will not be on the mound until sometime in 2008.

Bobby Abreu and Jorge Posada drove in two runs each to lead New York past Kansas City, 9-4, in the second game of four from Kauffman Stadium. Scott Elarton (2-4) was charged with six hits and seven runs with a pair of walks in just 1 2/3 innings in his first start after being activated from the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right foot. Ross Gload and Alex Gordon each had three hits and a run batted in for the Royals, who have dropped three of four. Mark Grudzielanek finished with two hits, while Mark Teahen and John Buck also drove in a run each. The Royals and Yankees play again tonight.

The oldest living former major league baseball player has died in his sleep at a nursing home in St. Louis. Rolland Stiles was 100 years old. Stiles pitched for the St. Louis Browns in 1930, '31, and "33. One of his proudest days, he said, was the day he pitched against Babe Ruth. He told one interviewer, "I held him to three hits."

 Major League Baseball Scores:

Philadelphia 4, Washington 3
NY Mets 8, Pittsburgh 4
Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 7, San Francisco 5
Houston 7, LA Dodgers 4
San Diego 5, Colorado 3
Arizona 9, Florida 3
Boston 1, Cleveland 0
Chicago White Sox 5, Detroit 3 (Game 1)
Chicago White Sox 8, Detroit 7 (Game 2)
Texas 2, Seattle Mariners 1 (Game 1)
Texas 4, Seattle Mariners 3 (Game 2)
Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0
Toronto 7, Minnesota 0
Oakland 4, LA Angles 3

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral Mass for George Boyko of Licking, age 55, will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Licking. Visitation will be Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 at the Fox Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Licking Cemetery.

Funeral services for Henry Thomas Adams of Steelville, age 88, will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 Thursday at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Pleasant Point Cemetery in Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 89.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 63.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 93.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high of 92.
Friday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 68.
Saturday..Partly sunny with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 88.

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