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The Salem R-80 School District will hold a town hall type meeting tonight starting at 5:30 in the Salem City Hall Auditorium to discuss the bond issue that will be placed on the August 4th ballot.  Superintendent Steve Bryant, Larry Hart of Larry J. Hart & Co. (the district’s bonding company) and a representative from the district’s architectural firm, Sapp & Associates out of Springfield, will present facts on the $9 million bond issue and answer questions from the public. The district is asking voters to approve the $9 million bond issue to fund building improvements, add classrooms and to turn the current junior high school into a grade six through eight middle school. If the issue is approved, the district will apply for federal stimulus money that would pay the interest on the bonds, possibly making it a no-tax increase bond issue. The meeting tonight is open to all interested persons.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners in the 2009 Yard of the Month contest. There were no nominees for the Yard of the Month for June and with the weather being pretty wet, the Chamber gave away two Yard of the Month prizes for the month of July. Tony and Sharon Danella located at 19 Westwood Drive and Bob and Cheyenne Benbow located on Highway 32 East will both receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate. Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Yard of the Month contest sponsored by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving assault, open containers, disorderly conduct and a disturbance. On Saturday, July 25th at 3:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to the Salem Memorial Hospital in reference to a domestic assault. The report led to the arrest of a 47-year old Salem man on the assault. He was incarcerated on the charge pending the issuance of a warrant. On Sunday, July 26th at 8:00 p.m. a male subject was observed walking on a city street consuming a can of beer. Contact was made with the 21-year old Salem man and he was placed under arrest for open alcohol container. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. At 9:20 that evening, an officer was detailed to the 600 block of Highway 19 South in reference to a suspicious person. The report led to the arrest of a 47-year old Salem man for disorderly conduct and an open alcohol container. He was issued summons to appear in court and incarcerated. On Monday, July 27th at 11:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 500 block of South Jackson in reference to a disturbance. The report led to the arrest of a 47-year old Salem man for violation of an ex parte order. He was incarcerated pending the issuance of a warrant.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports. On Saturday, July 25th at 2:40 in the early morning, a Dent County Deputy was traveling southbound on county road 6510 when he met a silver Kia Sonata traveling northbound. The Kia appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and was on the Deputy’s side of the roadway forcing him to take evasive action and travel partially into the ditch to keep from being struck. The patrol vehicle turned around, caught up with the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated that she was coming back from Cedar Grove when she almost hit a deer and had to swerve into the other lane. The Deputy detected the faint odor of intoxicants emanating from the driver. After explaining, demonstrating and administering tests to the driver, she was arrested and transported to the Dent County Sheriff’s Department. Another Deputy remained on the scene with the other passengers until a sober driver arrived to remove the vehicle. She was later released to her brother. At 9:36 that morning, a resident from county road 4122 came to the station to report that someone had stolen her Craftsmen weed eater that was lying on her sidewalk at her residence. She did not want to press charges, but just wanted her weed eater returned. At 6:25 that evening, a Dent County Deputy was advised of a domestic assault in progress at the Ray Oaks Subdivision. Due to discrepancies about the events, the Deputy invoked the 12-hour rule and then took written statements from both parties.

Pageants for Miss Dent County, Jr. Miss Dent County, Dent County Princess, Little Mister and Miss Dent County, and the Dent County Baby Contest will all be held during the 81st Dent County Fall Festival on Thursday, August 13th beginning at 7:00 pm at the Commons at the Livestock exhibition barn. Contestants vying for Miss Dent County are Samantha Riley, Kayce Webber, Jessey Gouldsmith and Shala Plank. Jr. Miss contestants are Sierra Hagler, Candice Whitlock, Hannah Jadwin, Makayla Farr and Lydia Whitaker. Dent County Princess contestants are Trista Heavin, Makenna Farrar and Kirsten Golden. Alicyn Warden and Kayla Howard are running for Little Miss Dent County; and John Michael Harvey Kimrey and Paul Jerry Scott Kimrey are running for Little Mister Dent County. Vying in the Dent County Baby contest are Colby Welch, Sydney Warden, Brody Phillip Hasten, Paul Jerry Scott Kimrey, Ava JoAnn Plank and Bailey Howard.

Businesses who suffered property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 8th through the 16th can register for federal disaster assistance. Registration is available by calling 1-800 621-3362 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, or at www.disasterassistance.gov. In order to complete an application, the following information is necessary: a phone number, address of the damaged property, a brief description of damages, a Social Security number, any insurance information and a current mailing address. The counties in which residents are eligible to register for disaster assistance are: Dent, Shannon, Texas, and surrounding counties. Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets The U.S. Small Business Administration also sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted completed loan applications. And local building and safety inspectors may come to see if damaged structures are safe. All of these inspectors should have photo identification.

Residents who suffered property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 8th through the 16th can register for federal disaster assistance. Registration is available by calling 1-800 621-3362 or at www.disasterassistance.gov from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. In order to complete an application, the following information is necessary: a phone number, address of the damaged property, a brief description of damages, a Social Security number, any insurance information and a current mailing address. The counties in which residents are eligible to register for disaster assistance are: Dent, Shannon, Texas, and surrounding counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, in addition to grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate victims for their entire loss. For those with insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance. Residents who applied for disaster assistance and are not insured can expect to hear from an inspector who will schedule a visit to look at damaged property. FEMA schedules inspections within 7 to 10 days to verify losses.

Sports [TOP]

Albert Pujols' RBI single in the 15th inning was the difference, as St. Louis edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the third installment of a four-game set. Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored for the Cardinals, who have taken each of the first three games of this set and five of seven overall. Colby Rasmus also drove in a run in the triumph for the NL Central leaders. Blake Hawksworth (1-0) got his first major league win after pitching the final three innings and giving up just two hits with three punchouts and a walk. Joel Pineiro also went eight stanzas and was touched for a run on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks for St. Louis. The Cards and Dodgers finish their series tonight at 6:45 on KSMO Radio.

Adam Jones homered for a third straight game and Nick Markakis hit the tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning as Baltimore beat Kansas City, 7-3, at Camden Yards. Alberto Callaspo, Miguel Olivo and Mike Jacobs homered for the Royals in the third contest of the four-game series. Kansas City lost for the 12th time in 15 games. Zack Greinke allowed five hits and a pair of runs while fanning seven over his six-inning start for the Royals. Robinson Tejeda (1-1) suffered the loss. The two teams wrap up their series tonight.

St. Louis Rams have signed defensive tackle Darell Scott, quarterback Keith Null, linebacker James Laurinaitis and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas. They also waived defensive linemen Kirston Pittman and Willie Williams, and wide receivers Travis Brown and Horace Gant.

St. Louis Blues have signed goaltender Sebastian Dahm.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Pauletta “Plutie” June Scott of St. James, age 81, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Malden Memorial Park in Malden, Mo at 3:00. Memorials are suggested to the First Assembly of God Church in Rolla.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Scheibe of Salem, formerly of St. Louis, age 88, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00, with eulogy given by J.J. Tune at 7:30. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred heart Catholic Church. 

Memorial services for Theodora Berniece Nutley of Viburnum, age 87, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Missionary Baptist Emmaus Church in Courtois, MO. Interment will be in the Lower Indian Creek Cemetery in Courtois. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for thunderstorms, high around 80.
Tonight.. Mostly cloudy in the evening, then partly cloudy overnight, low of 57.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 84.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low around 60.
Saturday..Becoming mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain, high of 82

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