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The monthly meeting of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission will be held tonight at the MRPC office located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James beginning at 7:30 pm. After approval of the agenda and several contracts, there will be a presentation by Catherine Jones, outreach coordinator for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Brownfield/Voluntary Cleanup Program about programs offered through DNR to help local governments redevelop properties that may be contaminated with hazardous materials and Mardy Leathers, the Crawford County clerk and president of the Cuba Development Group, will discuss a local project that used DNR’s Brownfields Programs. Darrell Skiles will then report on the Housing Advisory Committee meeting, Donald Dodd will report on the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting, and Tammy Snodgrass will report on solid waste activities. Kraig Bone will report on MREPC activities, Tom Klebba will report on business loan activities, Connie Wilman will report on the MCEC meeting, and T.R. Dudley will report on workforce development activities. Chair Laura Antolak will then report on the Meramec Regional Community Foundation activities and Chairman Russell Scheulen and Director Bonnie Prigge will report on issues of interest. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular monthly meeting of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission is open to the public.

The Annual Dent County 4-H Recognition Night will be held Saturday, October 15th at the Indian Trail Archer on Highway 19 North beginning at 5:30 pm. The evening will begin with a dinner followed by the Awards Ceremony. 4-H families are asked to bring two covered dishes. Meat, bread, and drinks will be provided. This is a great time to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and honor those who have worked so hard in 4-H.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving stolen wire, traffic stops, and a theft, all of which occurred on Friday, October 7th. At 2:00 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to stolen wire from the City of Salem. The investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took copper wire valued at $125 from several different utility poles on the east side of Salem. Later that afternoon at 5:30, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 34-year old male of Washington on fugitive warrants from six different counties in Missouri. He was incarcerated pending extradition. That evening at 7:50 pm, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took a wallet and contents valued at $50 from a shopping cart at Wal-Mart. Later that night at 8:55, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. During the investigation of the stop, a positive alert for drugs by Salem K-9 unit led to the arrest of a 25-year old Salem female for possession of marijuana. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with any information regarding the stolen wire or theft reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) e-Permit system enables hunters, anglers, and trappers to purchase, print, and immediately use all Missouri sport-hunting and sport-fishing permits, along with trapping permits and the Apprentice Hunter Authorization. Commercial permits and lifetime permits will continue to be sold through MDC’s Central Office by calling 573-751-4115. Hunters, anglers and trappers can buy e-Permits online and print the paper permits 24/7 anywhere they have access to a computer and printer. You can still purchase permits from vendors, and by phone by calling toll-free 1-800-392-4115. The fee for e-Permits is $1. There is no additional fee for permits purchased from vendors. Hunters, anglers, and trappers are encouraged to put their paper e-Permits inside zipper-type sandwich bags to help protect them from moisture and other damage. E-Permits can be saved on computers and extra copies can be printed in case one is lost or ruined. As always, permits may not be shared, and additional copies of a permit do not provide additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use. For more information or to buy e-Permits, visit

October 17th through October 24th is Federal Radon Action Week according to Surgeon General. Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and the National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. It caused more American fatalities last year than carbon monoxide, fires, and handguns combined. If a home has not been tested for radon in the past two years, contact your state radon office for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers. Learn more about the Federal Radon Action Plan at

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers will be in Mountain View tonight at 6:00 to face the Lady Eagles. Salem is still looking for their first win of the year. 

Staked with a four-run lead, Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen shut down the Milwaukee Brewers to win Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, 4-3, at Busch Stadium Wednesday night. The Cardinals batted around in a four-run first inning, though their NL Central rivals chipped away at the lead and pulled within a run when Mark Kotsay homered into the right-field bullpen leading off the third. But Carpenter allowed just one more hit in his five-inning start and a relief effort consisting of Fernando Salas, Lance Lynn, Marc Rzepczynski, and Jason Motte combined for four perfect frames to take a 2-1 series lead. Albert Pujols continued his torrid postseason by going 2-for-2 with two walks and a run-scoring double, while David Freese added to his October heroics with three hits, including the deciding RBI double in the first. Game 4 will pit Kyle Lohse against Randy Wolf, and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 6:30.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Dallas tonight to face the Stars at 7:30. This is the first game of a four game road-trip for the Blues. St. Louis will take a plane to California from Dallas for three games against San Jose, Anaheim, and Los Angeles.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Edward Duncan of Salem, age 77, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Richard Lee McWhorter of Fulton, formerly of St. James, age 59, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Robin Green of Cherryville, age 51, will be held Saturday at 3:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Gregory Cemetery in Cherryville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 70.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 45.
Friday..Sunny, high of 71.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 41.
Saturday.. Sunny, high of 75.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Sunday..Sunny, high of 78.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 54.



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