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An accident occurred at 2:50 early Wednesday morning, October 13th on Highway 68 about 23 mile south of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 2004 Chevrolet driven by 22-year old Brooke Bergen of Salem was traveling northbound on Highway 68, when she failed to negotiate a right curve, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and then overturned. Bergen suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Hospital by ambulance. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by Spurgeon’ s Wrecker.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving an active warrant, leaving the scene of an accident, property damage a disturbance and a self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Friday, October 8th, an officer responded to a call from the Richmond Heights Police Department in reference to a 25-year old St. Louis man whom the City of Salem held an active warrant for his arrest. The original charge was possession of marijuana. He was taken back to Salem and was incarcerated pending the posting of his bond or a court appearance. On Saturday, October 9th at 11:30 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the Wal-Mart parking lot in reference to a leaving the scene accident. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 28-year old Salem man for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and for having no insurance. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. At 4:30 that afternoon, an officer was dispatched to the 1800 block of South Oak in reference to property damage. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown had inflicted deep scratches in the side of the victim’s 2000 Dodge Neon. That night at 10:45, an officer responded to the 1000 block of Highway 19 South in reference to a disturbance. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 20-year old Salem woman, a 21-year old Salem woman and a 25-year old Salem woman for disorderly conduct. Each was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Sunday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 1100 block of South Wines in reference to a self-inflicted wound to a 49-year old Salem man. The investigation of the report led to the detention of the subject who was later transferred to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains. Anyone with information on the property damage report, which is still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police at 729-4242.

A new exhibit, “Notable Folks” is now on display at the Ozark Natural & Cultural Resource Center.  You can learn who from Salem helped develop the atomic bomb, who has written the most novels, who from Dent County was a “flying ace” pilot in World War II. How did the Jubiliares begin and who was with the group? How did the Dillards end up on the “Andy Griffith Show? This is only a sample of the learning experience available with this exhibit. It features people who have contributed to the local area and to the world in various ways.  Plan to stay awhile when you come.  There are many stories to read. The ONCRC is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Troop I, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recorded two traffic fatalities during the month of August 2010. This is the same as August 2009. There were 208 accidents with 117 injuries and two fatalities for August 2009 compared to 189 accidents with 97 injuries and two fatalities for August 2010. The total fatalities at the end of August were 16, compared to 13 for the same time period as last year. Crawford County reported 35 accidents with 18 injuries; Dent County reported 15 accidents with seven injuries and two fatalities, while Laclede County reported 47 accidents with 30 injuries. Other county reports for August 2010 were Maries County with six accidents and six injuries, Phelps County recorded 45 accidents with 19 injuries and Pulaski County recorded 41 accidents with 17 injuries.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce board is requesting nominations to honor businesses and individuals at this year’s awards banquet. The banquet and auction will be held on Thursday, November 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Salem City Hall. Awards will be given in six categories: Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Customer Service Award, Citizen of the Decade and Youth Visionary Award.   Criteria/eligibility and nomination forms for these awards can be picked up at the Chamber office, 200 S. Main St. Nominations will be accepted through today. Completed nominations can be mailed, faxed or brought to the Chamber office. Banquet tickets can be purchased for the evening’s festivities at the Chamber office for $20 each.  Need further information - please call Chamber Director Genie at 729-6900.

The Ozark Rivers Audubon will meet on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 pm. "Tanager Trails Nature Photographs" by Connie Roberts will open the program, followed by a discussion of the future of Tanager Trails.  The meeting will be at the Eugene Northern Community Center at 400 West 4th Street in Rolla, one block north of the Phelps County Courthouse. Refreshments are provided, and all meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, please call 364-8567.

The 12th Annual Octoberfest sponsored by the Bunker Volunteer Fire Department will be held this Saturday on Main Street in Bunker. The parade lineup starts at 9 AM and the theme this year is “Decades.” Booths will be set up from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM with numerous events being held through out the day.  There will be a car show from 9;00 AM until 2:00 PM with a $10 entry fee. New this year will be a Quilt Exhibit at the First Baptist Church on Main Street from 9:00 AM until 2:00. The winners of the Cutest Baby Contest will be announced at 1:00. Also at Octoberfest will be numerous kids’ games and a silent auction as well as the fire department’s traditional pork steak Bar-B-Cue. Then at 6:00, an evening concert will be held as there are four bands scheduled to perform: Crimson Gold, the Harpers, Logan Creek Band and New Highway. There is an admission charge for the concert and there will be refreshments available. Octoberfest is the Bunker Fire Department's annual fund-raiser.

Sports [TOP]

Tonight will be Netcoming at the Salem High School Gym and the King will be announced prior to the Salem Lady Girls Varsity Volleyball Game. The sophomore class attendant will be Luke Swiney, the junior class attendant will be Dustin Sercl, and the three senior class king candidates are Lane Howard, Jay Johnson and Ryan Smith.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers continue SCA play tonight as they will host the Mountain View/Liberty Lady Eagles. The JV will start things out at 6:00 followed by the Netcoming ceremony, and then the varsity contest will be held. The Lady Tigers are 3-2 in the SCA. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO and online at

The St. Louis Blues will be on the road at Nashville to face the Predators starting at 7:00. KSMO radio will carry part of the first part of game tonight and the entire third period due to Lady Tiger Volleyball.

The Salem Football Tigers will start district play Friday night in Owensville as they will face the Dutchmen. Game time is 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Missouri Tigers will travel to Texas A & M Saturday for their first true road game of the year. Game time is set for 11:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio. Missouri is 5-0 on the year.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for James Milford Sharp of Doolittle, age 64, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla with Full Military Honors. Internment will be in the James Community Cemetery near Vienna.

Funeral services for Pauline Vivian Fulton of Rolla, age 93, will be held Friday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00 with an Eastern Star service at 6:30. Interment will be in the Pea Ridge Cemetery in Newburg. Memorials are suggested to the Salem Avenue Baptist Church in Rolla.

Funeral services for Jim Bob Parks of Salem, age 70, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Grace Community Church. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem with a Salem Masonic Lodge service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Mount Hermon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Grace Community Church Youth Group.

Funeral services for Wilma Earls of Steelville, age 92, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Presbyterian Church in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 today at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Steelville Presbyterian Church of Gibbs Care Center.

Funeral services for Betty Ruth Frazee of Steelville, age 81, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Gibbs Care Center.

Memorial services for Joann Ellen Portwood of Salem, age 77, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Dale E. Belflower of Rolla, age 99, will be held at 11:00 Monday at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 Sunday. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery.

Funeral services for James Ottis Devall of Salem, age 84 will be at 1:00 October 21st at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high near 70.
Tonight..Clear, low of 42.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 71.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 41.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 75.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low around 50.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low around 50.



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