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The Primary Election was held Tuesday and in Dent County, 2,722 people voted which is almost 29% of the registered voters. The only contested races locally were for the Republican Party. The unofficial results for the contested races are as follows:

Dent County Presiding Commissioner:

Darrell Skiles*                            1,255 votes
James A. Kotschedoff                       839 votes

Dent County Treasurer:

Denita Williams*                        1,468 votes
Chris Welch                                     659 votes

US Representative-8th District (Regional totals):

Jo Ann Emerson*                      47,878 votes
Bob Parker                                  25,114 votes 

Proposition C (Statewide totals):

Yes*                                     667,680 votes
No                                         271,102 votes  

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Friday, July 30th at 3:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 1000 block of East Center in reference to a domestic argument that led to the arrest of a 22-year old Salem man and a 19-year old Salem woman for the violation of an ex-parte. Both were issued a summons to appear in court and were released. On Saturday, July 31st at 10:30 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of South Jackson in reference to a sexual assault. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 52-year old Salem man for the sexual assault on a 59-year old Salem woman. He was incarcerated pending the issuance of a warrant. On Sunday, August 1st at 4:30 in the morning, an officer on patrol discovered two subjects trespassing in the city pool that led to the arrest of a 28-year old Wakefield, Rhode Island woman and a 31-year old Merriam Wood man. Both were issued summons to appear in court and were released. At 6:00 p.m. that evening, an officer was sent to 1006 Craig Industrial Drive in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that person or persons unknown gained entry to a storage shed without permission. Taken from the storage shed was a two-piece gun cabinet, and toolbox with Craftsman tools. The total value of items taken was listed at $3000. Then at 9:00 p.m. an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to shoplifting. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of an 18-year old Salem man for stealing $32.50 of merchandise. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. The merchandise was returned to Wal-Mart. Anyone with information on the theft report, which is still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department, 729-4242.

Shoppers looking for a bargain on clothes, computers and school supplies can look forward to savings on these items once again as part of Missouri’s annul Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday. By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August, August 6th and continues through Sunday, August 8th. During this time period, the state’s 4.225 percent sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases made in Missouri. The Appropriate sales tax will not be charged on clothes that does not have a value of more than $100; school supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes; personnel computers that don’t cost more the $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $3,500. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350. For more information you can e-mail sales@dor.mo.gov or call (573) 751-2836. The City of Salem and Dent County will be participating in the Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday.

The Dent County Fall Festival will be held Wednesday, August 11th through Saturday, August 14th at the Dent County Commons located on Highway 72. Be sure and bring your exhibition entries on Tuesday, August 10th from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm to the Youth Building at the Commons. The judging of the entries will include horticulture, the bakery and pastry contest, canned fruits and vegetables, home economics, crafts and modeling, floriculture as well as display and exhibits. For more information call 247-2606 or visit the website www.dentcountycommons.com.

An accident occurred on Monday, July 26th at 3:20 in the afternoon. According to the Salem Police report, a 1996 Dodge 1500 driven by John Watson of Salem was in the turn lane on Highway 32 facing westbound and was attempting to enter the lot of Mobil. Watson said there was a tractor-trailer coming from the eastbound lane and was wanting to get into the turn lane. The tractor-trailer driver motioned Watson across the lane and he struck a 2001 Saturn Neo driven by Joshua Breeding of Salem that was in the southbound lane on Highway 32 traveling east. Watson did not see the Saturn in the south lane. A passenger in the Saturn suffered injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. The Saturn was towed from the scene.

There will be a CBCO Blood Drive at the Salem Memorial District Hospital this Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. There is a need for type A positive, B positive and O positive. You must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health and present an ID.

Sports [TOP]

Angel Sanchez finished 4-for-6 with a career- best six RBI as Houston pounded St. Louis, 18-4, in the second of three between the clubs at Busch Stadium. Chris Johnson was 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs for the Astros, who have ripped off seven consecutive wins and scored 27 times in taking the first two games of the series. Colby Rasmus was 3-for-5 and hit a home run, while Matt Holliday also homered for the Cardinals, who lost their second straight after giving up a season- high in runs. Jaime Garcia (9-5) was tagged for 10 hits and eight runs -- four earned -- over five-plus frames. The Cards and Astros play again tonight at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals recalled outfielder Allen Craig from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday and optioned outfielder Nick Stavinoha to the Redbirds. Craig has played in 15 games with the major league club this season, batting a mere .179 with one homer and seven RBI. Stavinoha has made 60 appearances this season for St. Louis, batting .258 with two homers and seven runs batted in.

Gregor Blanco drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to lift Kansas City to a 3-2 win over Oakland in the middle meeting of a three-game series. Blanco's fielder's choice grounder plated Alex Gordon with the decisive run to give the Royals their first win in five tries against the Athletics this season. Jesse Chavez (1-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief and Joakim Soria retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to record his 30th save for Kansas City, which has won four out five. The Royals and A's will play this afternoon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for John Torbit, Sr. of Salem, age 75, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel with a Rosary and Fourth Degree Services at 7:30. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honor. Memorials are suggested to the Knights of Columbus. 

Funeral services for Stanley Seidl of Steelville, age 62, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Barnicle Chapel Cemetery in Steelville with Military Honors.

Weather [TOP]

Heat Advisory in effect until 8:00 Thusday night

Today..Mostly sunny and very hot, high of 101 with a heat index of 107.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for thunderstorms, low of 75.
Thursday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for thunderstorms, high around 90.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for thunderstorms, low around 70.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high around 90.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.

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