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An accident happened in Dent County at 6:40 Tuesday evening on Highway 19 about two miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 44-year old John C Shaver of Salem was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram southbound when he drove off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a fence, house and a tree. John Shaver suffered moderate injuries and sought his own treatment while his 11-year old daughter Cheyenne Shaver was taken by her mother to the Salem Memorial District Hospital also with moderate injuries. Both were wearing safety restraints at the time of the accident. The Dodge Ram sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Whitakers Towing.

The Dent County Farm Bureau and Dent County Cattlemen’s Association held a public forum Tuesday night to discuss the re-introduction of elk in the Ozarks at the city hall auditorium. Tom Draper, the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, stated that the original study of elk restoration in the Ozarks began in 1998 and extensive study, the Conservation Commission tabled the idea of bringing elk back in 2001 due to the possibility of disease, especially CWD, plus the habitat was not suitable. Since then Draper says that acceptable testing for nine different diseases can now be done on live animals, additional research and a proper area with increased forage of natural habitat has been established, and there is public interest. Draper said that the restoration area would be 365 square miles and would include the Peck Ranch, Department of Conservation areas, Ozark National Scenic Riverways land and US Forest Service lands in Shannon, Carter and Reynolds counties. He said that 94% of the area is forested and would not be fenced, and the main routes affected would be Highway 106 and Highway 19. Draper said that anywhere from 80 to 150 elk could be released after being tested for diseases, and would be fitted with a GPS transmitter. He said in the event an elk would wander, the public could contact the Department of Conservation and they would try to have staff there within 24 hours to discuss the situation with the landowner for a solution. Dan Cassidy of the Missouri Farm Bureau and Jeff Windett of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association both expressed their concerns about protecting the health of cattle in the area as the feeder cattle industry is the largest segment of the Missouri Department of Agriculture and is the 3rd largest in the nation. Both organizations have renewed their stand against the re-introduction of elk into the Ozarks. They also expressed their concern about damages to fencing and property, and also the competition for food sources. Cassidy also brought up who would be liable for damages if a fence was taken down by an elk and the cattle heard got out causing an accident, as well as vehicle and elk collisions. Tom Jones with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation stated that they were a not-for profit organization focused on the conservation of elk country and their habitat, as well as the restoration of elk with good conservation practices. He said that have worked with or partnered with governmental agencies in providing resources to support elk restoration as it has assisted with economic development through tourism and hunting. Numerous comments were heard from the crowd of about 80 with almost all being against bringing elk back in the area. Draper said that the Conservation Commission would be meeting October 15th in Kirksville to determine what direction to go next on this issue. He said that comments are welcome at the Missouri Department of Conservation website at www.mdc.mo.gov or write to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Attn: Deputy Director Tom Draper, 2901 W. Truman Blvd, Jefferson City, MO, 65102. Comments need to be submitted by October 1st.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Softball Tigers evened their record at 8-8 after blasting Willow Springs Tuesday in five innings, 17-1. Salem has 12 hits in the game. The Salem JV was also victorious as they beat the Lady Bears, 8-5. Salem on Monday lost to Dixon after splitting four games Saturday in the St. James Tournament, beating St. James and Bourbon while losing to Waynesville and Newburg. The Lady Tigers will host Richland Thursday afternoon at 4:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers lost to Ava Tuesday  night in SCA play in two straight games, 25-18 and 25-18. The JV also lost their match as it went three games: winning the first game by the score of 25-11, then losing two straight games to the Lady Bears, 18-25 and 11-25. The Lady Tigers will be home Thursday night to face Houston in SCA play starting at 6:00. You can hear the varsity match on KSMO.

Jose Tabata hit a two-run triple to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game set.  Albert Pujols drove in both runs for the Cardinals, who have dropped three of their last four. Jake Westbrook (2-4) was tagged for five runs on five hits with three walks over four innings. St. Louis dropped to eight games back of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL Central with 12 games to play. The Cards and Pirates play tonight at 5:45 on KSMO.

The St. Louis Cardinals have given veteran infielder Felipe Lopez his unconditional release. Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak said that Lopez no longer fit in with the team's transition to younger players.

Mike Aviles had three hits and drove in three runs and Jarrod Dyson added three hits, three runs scored and a run batted in as Kansas City held off a late charge to down Detroit, 9-6, in the middle meeting of a three-game set. Billy Butler chipped in with three hits, a run and an RBI for the Royals, who have taken two of their last three games. Chen (11-7) allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and one strikeout over six frames to win his third straight decision for the Royals, who have evenly split eight games at Comerica Park.

The Missouri Tigers defensive end Aldon Smith will miss at least Saturday's game against Miami-Ohio with a broken bone in his leg. Smith suffered a broken fibula, the non-weight bearing bone in the lower leg, during Mizzou's 27-24 win over San Diego State. Sophomore Brad Madison will get his first career start in Smith's place on Saturday. Redshirt freshman Michael Sam will be the primary backup, with junior Jacquies Smith spelled by sophomore Marcus Malbrough, according to the Daily Tribune. Head coach Gary Pinkel also was reported as saying linebacker Luke Lambert (hamstring) and free safety Jasper Simmons (meniscus) may return for Saturday's contest.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Rozella Bowen of Black, age 85, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church in Oates. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum. Interment will be in the Myers Cemetery in Oates. Memorials may be made to the Locust Grove United Baptist Church in Oates.

Graveside services for Ann Freeman of Rolla, age 72, will be held Friday at Noon at the Ozark Hills Memorial Garden Rolla. Visitation will be held Friday morning from 10:00 until noon at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Boys Scouts of America or Dent County Animal Shelter.

Funeral services for Alfred (Alf) D. Maxwell of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formerly of Rolla, age 37, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the St. Patrick Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla.

Memorial services for Beulah M. Mead of Salem, age 93, will be held Friday, September 24 at 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 5:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Dupont, Ohio. Memorials are suggested to the Columbus Grove, Ohio, Eastern Star Chapter.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers this morning, high of 86.
Tonight.. Mostly clear, low of 67.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 86.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 68.
Friday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 79.

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