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An accident occurred at 10:25 Saturday morning in Dent County on Highway 19 about 14 miles south of Salem. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 2004 Dodge Ram driven by 65-year-old Edna Albert of Salem was traveling north on Highway 19. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway when the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway, then it went back across the roadway and went off the right side of the road and overturned. Edna Albert suffered moderate injuries, while also the passenger Winton Albert suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported by ambulance to the Salem Memorial Hospital. Each of them was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge sustained moderate damage and was removed from the scene by Whitakers Towing.
The Jacks Fork River within Ozark National Scenic Riverways experienced flash flooding early Friday morning due to thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. The Shannon County Sheriff’s Office notified National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers at approximately 4:30 AM about flash flood conditions within Alley Spring Campground. NPS Rangers and the Missouri State Water Patrol responded with multiple boats and vehicles. Officials evacuated 48 campsites, equaling over 200 people, and physically ferried approximately 45 campers at the Alley Spring Campground and backcountry sites, as well as people camping along the river on gravel bars. The Alley Spring Campground will remain closed until conditions improve and an assessment of the damage can be made. Significant personal property was damaged in this incident. Flash flooding in the Spring Valley also caused a Round Spring Cave tour to become stranded on one side of Spring Creek. The group of 16 emerged from the 2:00 PM ranger-led program to find the bridge hanging from one side. Rangers responded and ferried people to the opposite shore, safely getting everyone to their vehicles. Visitors should remain cautious and be aware that river and creek levels can change rapidly, especially during unpredictable weather conditions.
The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers, tonight beginning at 7:00 pm. The City requested bids for a single axle cargo trailer with double rear doors and received bids from Mid MO Trailer Sales in Westphalia for $1,999 and from Cowtown USA for $2,095. This was a budgeted item and $2,000 was allowed for the trailer. Also requested were bids for an 18-foot flatbed bumper pull trailer for the City’s recycling program and those bids will be read from Cowtown USA for $2,495; Shaw’s Truck Sales in Salem for $3,250; and Schafer Trailers in Salem for $3,650; and bids for polyethylene bins to be used for the recycling and only one bid from Dempster Industries, Inc. in Beatrice, Nebraska came in for $621 each for ten bins. These two items were not budgeted items but the funds will also come from a grant through the MRPC. Alderman Jim McDaniels, Jim Jackson, Kenneth Nash and Brad Nash will all discuss items involving the City of Salem and Mayor Gary Brown will also update and give his comments on items. During the introduction and reading of bills, Bill #3174 an ordinance annexing the property at 300 South Dilworth owned by Ralph and Laura Yohai, Bill #3175 an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to execute an agreement between the City and the Department of Transportation concerning a utility easements, and Bill #3176 and ordinance amending ordinance #3168 an budget adjustment to cover the cost of Well #8 repairs will be addressed. In new and miscellaneous business, City Clerk Mary Happel will be requesting the Board of Alderman to call for a public tax hearing on Monday, August 17th at a time to be determined by the Board. After the bills are approved, the Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The City of Salem Board of Alderman meeting is open to the public.
The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will present “Mother GooseWet and Wild!” on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, starting at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the special qualities and importance of water in our lives and how much of YOU is just plain H20! This program is especially designed for preschoolers, toddlers, and up to early elementary school-aged children. The cost is $1.00 per person or $5.00 per family, regardless of the number, which includes a light snack. Phone reservations are requested to plan for snacks and activities. Please call the Bonebrake Center (573-729-3400) for more information or register. The Bonebrake Center is located at 601 North Hickory Street in Salem, at the corner of North Hickory Street and East Rolla Road and can be viewed on the website at www.bonebrake.org.
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.
Bud Norris picked up his first Major League victory after tossing seven innings of two-hit ball, as the Houston Astros edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0, in the finale of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Norris (1-0), who was making his first big league start, struck out five and walked four. He got the nod in place of Roy Oswalt. Yadier Molina and Ryan Ludwick had two of the three hits for the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (12-7) was the hard-luck loser after working seven solid frames. The right-hander allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. The Cards took five of the seven games in the homestand, 3 of 4 from the Dodgers and 2 of 3 from Houston and remain in first place in the national League Central Division. The Red Birds will be off tonight.
The St. Louis Cardinals activated infielder Khalil Greene from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. To make room on the roster, St. Louis optioned pitcher Mitchell Boggs to Memphis.
John Buck's looping single into right field foiled James Shields' no-hit bid in the eighth inning and started a game-altering rally that sent the Royals to a 4-1 win against Tampa Bay. Brian Bannister (7-7) worked seven scoreless frames alongside Shields' early gem, allowing only five hits while fanning seven and walking none to get the win. Mitch Maier was instrumental in the hard-nosed victory with two hits and three RBI, while Joakim Soria notched a six-out save, his 18th of the season. The Royals and Rays will wrap up their series this afternoon.
Kansas City designated pitcher Sidney Ponson for assignment and recalled pitcher Kyle Davies from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday.
Funeral services for James W. Harris of Salem, age 77, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday morning at 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or your choice.
A Funeral mass for Clara Louise Keeler of Steelville, age 90, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:45 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Today..Partly cloudy, high around 90.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 69.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy early with a 50% chance for showers, then partly sunny, high of 88.
Tuesday night and Wednesday..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low near 70, high of 88.