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An accident happened at 6:10 pm Tuesday evening in Texas County on Route B about 12 miles east of Raymondville. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Chevrolet truck driven by 31-year old Ryan Stagner of Salem was traveling westbound on Route B. The Chevrolet truck ran off the right side of the road, lost control, ran off the left side of the road and overturned ejecting a passenger, 27-year old Jeremiah Judd of Salem. Judd suffered serious injuries and was transported by Air Evac to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Springfield. Stagner was the only one wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by A-1 Towing of Houston. The Missouri State Highway Patrol responded for an accident reconstruction and the investigation is continuing.

Governor Jay Nixon has announced that 13 Missouri communities will be recommended to the National Park Service to receive more than $770,000 in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs. The grants are part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a federal program that can be used to acquire, develop and renovate outdoor recreation projects. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources received 38 applications requesting more than $4.9 million in grant funding. The State Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation made the award recommendations. Recommendations went to projects with the highest score based on meeting the recreational needs of the communities, planning goals and unique or specific attributes. All projects require a 55 percent match. The funds are made available through the U.S. Department of The Interior's National Park Service and the National Park Service must approve the recommendations before the grants are awarded. The list of Land and Water Conservation Fund recommended grant recipients includes the City of Salem for Soccer Field Development for $34,109.  For more information on the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, contact the Department of Natural Resources at (573) 751-5374 or visit the Web site at mostateparks.com/grantinfo.htm.

Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recorded no traffic fatalities during the month of June 2009. This is two less than for June 2008.  There were a total of 231 accidents reported with 114 injuries and two fatalities in June 2008, compared to 217 accidents with 76 injuries and no fatalities in June 2009. The total fatalities for 2009 are nine compared to 19 for the same time period as last year. In Crawford County, there were 38 accidents reported with 12 injuries, Dent County reported 21 accidents occurred with 15 injuries while Laclede County reported 47 accidents with 18 injuries. Also in June, Maries County with reported that eight accidents occurred with one injury, Phelps County reported 72 accidents occurred with 23 injuries and Pulaski County reported that 31 accidents occurred with seven injuries.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce August Chamber Membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12th at the Salem TCRC beginning at noon. The quest speaker will be Dennis Pryor Administrator of the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $8. For more information or to reserve your spot for lunch, contact the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce at 200 South Main Street in Salem or call the Chamber at 729-6900.

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]

Angel Pagan finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI, as the New York Mets downed St. Louis, 9-0, in the final contest of a two-game series. David Wright added three hits and also slugged a two-run shot for the Mets, who earned a split in the set and snapped a three-game losing skid.  The Mets starter, Jonathon Niese, lasted only 1 2/3 innings before leaving the game with a complete tear of his right upper hamstring tendon. Niese will undergo surgery to repair the tendon and is out for the remainder of the season. Albert Pujols and Joe Thurston each collected two hits apiece for the Cardinals, who had won three of four coming in. Kyle Lohse (4-7) was tagged in the loss for seven hits and five runs over 2 2/3 frames. The Cardinals will have the day of today before traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in a three game series beginning Friday.

Jack Wilson continued to make quite the impression on his new team -- finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI -- while Russell Branyan and Jose Lopez knocked in three runs apiece, as Seattle pummeled Kansas City, 11-6. Kyle Davies (3-8), back from the minors after a tough first half, was rocked for eight runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 3 2/3 frames. Davies had just a 2.14 earned run average in eight starts for Triple-A Omaha, but he was far from Husker Country on Wednesday. Billy Butler hit a two-run homer and drove in three total runs and Alex Gordon hit a two-run shot for the Royals, who have dropped three straight. The Royals and Mariners will wrap up their series tonight in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals designated outfielder Ryan Freel for assignment after brining up Kyle Davies to the major league team.

The Kansas City Chiefs have waived quarterback Ingle Martin.

There will be a Kids Trout Tournament Saturday from 7:00 AM until 2:00 at Montauk State Park. The tournament is limited to children 15 years of age and under with two age categories: one for those ages 11 and under, and the other for those 12 to 15 years of age. Registration will be at the Dorman L. Steelman Lodge.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Eula I. Swiney of Bunker, age 79, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Ohlman Missionary Baptist Church in Bunker. Interment will be in the Delmar Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the Ohlman Missionary Baptist Church or the Delmar Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

A Funeral Mass for Mary Louise O’Day of Harrah, Oklahoma, age 91, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springfield. Visitation will be today from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Herman Lomeyer Funeral Home in Springfield with a Rosary Service at 3:00. Interment will be in the Hazelwood Cemetery in Springfield. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Paul Allen Light of Rolla, age 53, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rhea Cemetery in rural Rolla with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Paul Light family.

Funeral services for Rose Ann (Krill) Thompson of Bunker, age 87, will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Chatman Cemetery in Bunker. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Chatman Cemetery c/o Dina Houston of Bunker.

Funeral services for Dennis J. Watkins, Sr. of Salem, age 66, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Smile Train.

Funeral services for Flossie M. Zika of Edgar Springs, age 86, will be held Saturday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Edgar Springs. Memorials are suggested to the Tri-County Center for Independent Living.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Friday..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of morning showers, high around 90.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 72.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, hot and humid, high of 96 with a heat index of 103 by afternoon.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low around 70.
Sunday..Mostly sunny and humid, high of 95.

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