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An accident occurred at 3:32 Friday afternoon in Texas County on Highway 63 about eight miles south of Houston. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Toyota Celica driven by 20-year old Jaclyn Rutland of Salem crossed the center line and struck a 2001 Western Star driven by 53 year-old Merle Hardecke of Strafford. Both vehicles then ran off the right side of the roadway before coming to a rest. Rutland suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Texas County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. They were both wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. The Toyota was totaled in the accident and was removed from the scene by Mike Jones Auto Sales. The Western Star sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Midway Towing.

An accident happened at 6:25 Saturday morning in Dent County on Highway 32 about 18 miles east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Ford pickup driven westbound by 21-year old Tyler Nichols of Viburnum, traveled off the right side of the roadway when he failed to negotiate a curve and overturned. Nichols suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by the Salem Ambulance. The Ford pickup was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released several arrest reports for Dent County. On Saturday, July 23rd at 10:55 in the evening, 44-year old Sheila Westerman of Salem was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while her licensed revoked, and no seatbelt. Westerman was taken to the Dent County Jail and was later released. On Wednesday, July 27th at 10:55 in the morning, 24-year-old Daniel Rathburn of Salem was arrested on a felony Pulaski County warrant for non-support. Rathburn was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. On Saturday, July 30th at 2:22 in the afternoon, 47-year old Harold Brawley of Salem was arrested and charged with a felony driving while intoxicated, felony driving while having his license revoked, and a window tint equipment violation. Brawley was taken to the Dent County Jail and was later released.  

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their next meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and during bids, a contract for solid waste pickup and disposal services will be addressed. City Clerk Mary Happel will then give a financial report, Director of Public Works & Engineering Bill Huffman will give his report on work being done in the city, and Mayor Gary Brown will then report on issues of interest concerning the City of Salem. During the introduction and reading of bills, the board will hear Bill #3234 which is an ordinance annexing certain adjacent territory into the City of Salem; Bill #3235 which is an ordinance amending Ordinances #3201 and 3203, in regards to the annual budget for the City of Salem beginning July 1, 2010. The Bill is needed to change overall revenues to $9,598,861.00 and expenditures to $9,596,851.00. The board will then hear and discuss a number of Resolutions including one for the Salem TCRC, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Area Community Betterment Association, the Dent County Museum, and the Dent County Extension Council regarding funding for the fiscal year. In new and miscellaneous business, the board will be discussing a contract with Corporate Cost Solutions Inc., and a call for a public tax hearing. City Clerk Mary Happel will then present bills for approval and the Board may vote to go into Closed Session. The meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has seen a rise in the number of fatalities on Missouri’s waterways along with the rise in summer temperatures. Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, urges the public to remember basic water safety when in or around the water, and while boating or swimming. In most years, when the summer temperatures hit their peak troopers respond to more fatalities on the water where people flock to escape Missouri’s summer heat. The month of July has seen 14 fatalities on the water. Some of the common elements associated with these most recent tragedies have been lack of or no swimming ability and not using lifejackets. Last year in Missouri, there were 14 boating fatalities and 50 drowning deaths on state’s waterways. So far this year, troopers have investigated 10 boating fatalities and 23 drownings.

The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors will conduct their August monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd at the fire station beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and a review of the minutes from the previous meeting, the Board will approve bills, sign file copies and discuss the 2011 budget. There will be a calendar review and the monthly reimbursement report. In old business, the Board will address propane bids and the roof repair settlement. Chief Brad Nash will then update the Board on the FEMA grant progress. There will be a P R committee report and the Board will then vote to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel. The Board will then set their next meeting for September 6th. The August monthly meeting of the Dent County Fire Protection District is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

Alex Gordon hit a solo homer and scored twice as the Royals took down the Indians, 5-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Progressive Field. Jeff Francoeur added a solo homer and Billy Butler knocked in a run for Kansas City, winners in three of its last four. Danny Duffy (3-4) earned the win, giving up two runs on eight hits over five innings. The Royals have the day off today.

Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer and Ryan Dempster tossed six-plus solid innings, as the Chicago Cubs held off the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3. Lance Berkman hit a three-run homer for the Cardinals who won the first two games of the series. Jake Westbrook (9-5) gave up four runs on three hits over six innings to suffer his first loss since June 12. He struck out three and walked three. Westbrook was 3-0 over his previous seven starts. The Cards face the Brewers tonight starting at 6:35 on KSMO.

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired former All-Star shortstop Rafael Furcal from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for 24-year-old outfielder Alex Castellanos, a 10th round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 draft.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, who spent the past 10 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Gregg, who also spent two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, found a starting role in Baltimore and has posted 509 tackles and 19.5 sacks in 137 career games.

The St. Louis Rams added to their young stock of wide receivers Saturday with the signing of Mike Sims-Walker. Over 38 career contest, Sims-Walker has 122 receptions for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Terry William Loop of Jadwin, age 67, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the Burnett Cemetery in Bunker. Memorials may be made to the Texas County Hospice. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Funeral mass for Joe Reinbott of Salem will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Sacred Heart Church in Salem. Interment will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Heat Advisory in effect undil 7:00 Wednesday evening

Today..Mostly sunny, hot and humid, high of 95 with a heat index of 104.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 72.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, hot and humid, high of 98 with a heat index of 105.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 76.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, hot and humid with a heat index of 106.
Wednesday night..Patly cloudy, low of 72.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 96.

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