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On Saturday, October 5th more walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer when the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dent County gets underway. Then teams will gather at Salem City Park from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am, participants will be helping the Society mark a major milestone in the fight against cancer. The American Cancer Society will celebrate 100 years of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays. During Relay For Life events, participants camp out overnight at a local school, park, or fairground, and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relay events take place overnight, lasting up to 24 hours in length. Twelve teams have signed up for the event and are working to raise $44,000 for the American Cancer Society. Teams will walk the track throughout the event and celebrate cancer survivors during the survivor lap and during the Survivor Dinner taking place that evening at Salem City Park.  One of the most touching moments during a Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony which takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Participants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bears the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by visiting www.relayforlife.com/dentmo. Also a part of the Relay For Life of Dent County event is the Fight Back Ceremony, in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthily, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back. Funds raised at Relay For Life of Dent County help the American Cancer Society get even closer to bringing an end to cancer as we know it. To learn more about Relay For Life, please call 1-800-227-2345 or visit RelayForLife.org.

Because of the shutdown of the federal government, the National Park Service has closed all 401 national parks including Ozark National Scenic Riverways. All park facilities including amenities on the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers are closed except for the Ozark Trail, a through trail, and state and county roads. The public will not be allowed to access any area of the park. Fifteen employees remain on duty to provide security, protection, emergency response, firefighting, and to maintain water and waste water facilities. The park will furlough about 57 employees and approximately 44 concession employees will be affected by the shut-down. Any visitors found in a closed area will be asked to leave. In addition,all upcoming park programs and school visits will be cancelled, and special events relocated, including the Haunting in the Hills scheduled at Alley Spring October 12th and 13th, if the budget impasse continues. Any scheduled Special Park Uses such as weddings may not take place in the park. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways hosts close to 80,000 visitors during the month of October. The NPS website at www.nps.gov and campground reservations at www.recreation.gov will go dark for the duration of the shutdown. NPS.gov has more than 600,000 pages and 250,000 unique visitors. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways Facebook page will also be inactive. 

The Salem Police Department has released more reports. On Tuesday, September 10th at 4:00 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft from a residence in the 1400 block of West Highway 32. The investigation revealed that someone took a Kel-Tec 9mm handgun from a residence. That same afternoon at 4:03, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 1400 block of West Franklin in reference to a theft. That investigation revealed that someone took a Reese Hitch, valued $25, from a green 2001 Dodge truck. Early that evening at 7:28, an officer responded to Walmart in reference a violation of a protection order. The investigation led to the arrest of a 34-year old Salem male for breaking a proximity directive listed on the protection order. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that same night at 10:00, an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. That investigation revealed that a 29-year old male of New Orleans, Louisiana took merchandise valued at $588 and left the store without paying for the items. On Wednesday, September 11th at 11:28 at night, a 75-year old Salem male was transported to the New Hope Medical Center in Sullivan in lieu of a mental commitment order. On Thursday, September 12th at 10:57 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the Dollar General Store in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation led to the arrest of a 30-year old Salem male for stealing merchandise valued at $5.50. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. That night at 8:45, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft from a residence in the 100 block of South Warfel. That investigation revealed that someone took patio furniture valued at $60. On Friday, September 13th at 8:26 in the morning, an officer was dispatched to the Upper Elementary School in reference to an assault. The investigation led to the detention of an eleven year-old male juvenile for assaulting a teacher. The juvenile was released to a guardian and the report will be forwarded to the Juvenile Office for further review. Anyone with any info regarding the thefts or shoplifting, which are still under investigation, should contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball team will be in Union to play the Lady Wildcats at 4:30. Salem is 13-7 on the year and 5-0 in the SCA.

The Salem Lady Tiger Volleyball team will play at Cabool tonight at 6:00. Salem is 0-11 on the year. JV will start play at 6:00 with the varsity contest to follow.

The St. Louis Cardinals will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game One of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium tonight. Adam Wainwright will be on the mound opposite A.J. Burnett. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 3:32.

The St. Louis Blues will open up their regular season tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center at 7:30. You’ll be able the game on KSMO Radio following the Cardinal baseball game.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Mrs. Donna Shoults of Montauk, age 81, will be held today at 1:00 at the Grace Community Church in Salem. Visitation will be at the church from 11:00 until service time. All arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Licking.

Funeral services for Nolan Sutton of Farmington, formally of Salem, age 90, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Munsell Chapel Cemetery in Eminence.

Funeral services for Ada Dunivan of Owensville, formerly of St. James, age 96, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Old Argo Cemetery in Franklin County.

Funeral services for Eula Little of Owensville, formerly of Vichy, age 92, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in Phelps County.

Funeral services for Delta (Keeney) Krewson of Licking, age 96, will be Sunday at 2:00 at the Boone Creek Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 until 2:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 81.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 65.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 84.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 61.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, high of 65.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 44.

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