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An accident happened at 9:40 Tuesday morning in Phelps County on Route O about three miles south of Rolla that took the life of a Rolla man. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo driven by 50-year old Jimmie Gantz of Rolla, was traveling northbound on Route O, and crossed the centerline, sideswiping a 1997 Ford F-250 pickup driven by 23-year old Aaron Pederson of Anutt who was traveling southbound. Both vehicles then ran off the roadway. Pederson suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. Gantz was transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla where Dr. Peter McCarthy pronounced Gantz dead at 10:54 am. Gantz was the only one not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet Aveo was totaled and removed from the scene by Ron Dishman Towing of Rolla. The Ford F250 sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. The board discussed Ordinance #3241 concerning the rate increase of 7.11% by Ameren Missouri for natural gas and the city’s franchise tax. The board had the choice of rolling back the franchise tax to 4.67% or keeping the tax at 5%. The board voted to keep the franchise tax rate at 5% and by law that had to be done by September 29th. The board also approved Bill #3242 that requires the Park Board to meet at least twice a year and allows them to make written recommendations to the Board of Aldermen instead of the Community Services Committee. The board also discussed the duties of the new City Administrator and the Director of Public Works. The city has just established the duties of the City Administrator by ordinance, and reviewed the City of Rolla and City of West Plains general supervisor descriptions. Mayor Gary Brown also contributed some ideas and City Attorney William Camm Seay thought it best to review the current ordinance for the City Administrator and the current ordinance for the Director of Public Works and remove any duplication in those ordinances. He would then incorporate some of the ideas from the other cities description as well as what the mayor contributed to come up with an ordinance that would be ready at the next meeting for their review. He would also incorporate those responsibilities in the absence of the city administrator due to illness, vacation or disability. It was also thought that the new city administrator should review the new description as well once he begins his duties on October 3rd and the board agreed. Mayor Brown also reported that the spring cleanup week would be held the week of October 10th. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released several arrest reports. On Thursday, September 22nd at 8:44 in the evening, Joshua Conaway of Salem was arrested on two felony Dent County warrants for second degree assault, and two felony Dent County warrants for first degree endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. On Saturday, September 24th at 1:00 early in the morning, 29-year old Justin Calbreath of Fenton was arrested on a misdemeanor Jefferson County warrants for a traffic offense and driving while having his license revoked. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor Dent County warrant for three counts of traffic violations. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. On Saturday, September 24th at 3:00 in the afternoon, 48-year old Richard Purler of Salem was arrested on Franklin County warrants for failure to appear in court, for failure to display plates on a vehicle, and failure to appear and pay fines for operating a vehicle on the highway with a revoked license. He was taken to the Franklin County Jail and held on Bond.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger volleyball team remains winless on the year as they lost to Cabool in two straight games, 25-9 and 25-19. The Lady Tigers will host Willow Springs Thursday night.

The Cardinals improbably control their own postseason fate after coming back and destroying the Astros, 13-6. St. Louis trailed wild card-leading Atlanta by 10 1/2 games on August 25th, but its recent 15-5 stretch coupled with the Braves' swoon, evened the clubs' record at 89-72 with one game remaining. If a tiebreaker is needed, the Cardinals will serve as host on Thursday. Allen Craig, playing as an injury replacement for Matt Holliday, went 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored, and four driven in for the Cardinals, who trailed 5-0 before rallying to keep its playoff chances afloat. Chris Carpenter has the task of shouldering the load in tonight's finale opposite Brett Myers, with that game starting at 6:30 on KSMO.

Rene Tosoni's sixth-inning grand slam proved to be the difference as Minnesota downed Kansas City by a 7-4 count in the second of three between the clubs. Johnny Giavotella hit two doubles and a triple for the Royals, who saw their two-game win streak snapped. Sean O'Sullivan (2-6) was tagged in defeat for nine hits and six runs over five-plus frames. The Royals and Twins play their last game of the year tonight.

The Oakland Athletics have acquired first baseman Kila Ka'aihue from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitcher Ethan Hollingsworth. The Royals designated Ka'aihue for assignment on September 21st.

Carlo Colaiacovo scored the game-winning goal at the 18:51 mark of the third period, sending the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in preseason action. Scott Nichol, Matt D'Agostini, and Patrik Berglund all scored for the Blues and Jaroslav Halak stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced. The Blues play another preseason game on Thursday against Colorado..

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Bernadine L. Davis of St. Peters, formerly of Salem, age 84, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Graveside services for Jerry D. Wallace of Branson, formerly of Doolittle, age 58, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rolla.. Memorials are suggested to the MS Institute at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

A Celebration of Life for Sarah Dawn Cotner, age 23, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held today from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sarah Cotner Family.

Funeral services for Joseph W. Thompson of Bunker, age 89, will be held Friday at 3:00 pm at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Chatman Cemetery near Bunker.       

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 55.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and breezy, high near 80.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 48.
Friday..Mostly sunny, cooler and breezy, high near 70.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 45.

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