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Govenor Matt Blunt has announced that the Missouri Department of Economic Development has approved Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) status for the city of Salem and parts of Dent County. The Enhanced Enterprise Zone program will help support economic development efforts and create jobs by providing state and local benefits to companies that expand or locate in the zone. The new zone's boundaries will include areas that have higher levels of distress, due to recent job migration, and less investment in residential and commercial property. The seven-member board will utilize the program to broaden economic development opportunities throughout the city and parts of the county. The new enhanced enterprise zone will have a 25-year lifespan. Eligible businesses that locate in the new zone can receive state tax credits based on job creation and investment for up to 10 years. The tax credits must be used in the tax year issued or the business has the option of selling the tax credits or receiving a refund for the unused balance. The Enhanced Enterprise
Zone program was implemented in 2004.
Enhanced enterprise zones are specified geographic areas designated by local governments and certified by the Department of Economic Development. Zone designation is based on certain demographic criteria, the potential to create sustainable jobs in a targeted industry and a demonstrated impact on local industry cluster development.

An accident occurred Wednesday afternoon at 1:40 in Dent County on Route FF and Highway 72 about 11 miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1998 Chevrolet driven by 20-year old Brandon Rader of Salem was traveling westbound on Route FF, traveled out of control on wet pavement and into a ditch. Rader suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by EMS. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet sustained moderate damage and was removed by the owner.

An accident occurred Monday night at 10:43 at the intersection of Highway 19 North and Eleventh Streets in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a green 1995 Ford Minivan driven by 58-year old Carolyn Copeland of Salem, began veering right and went off the roadway and over the curb. The Minivan continued through the lawn at 1003 North Main and onto the lawn at 1001 North Main Street coming to rest after impacting two small trees. Copeland suffered injuries in the accident. The Minivan sustained moderate damage and was towed by Whitakers Towing of Salem.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors will conduct their regular meeting on tonight beginning at 6:00 in the hospital library. At the meeting will be the annual hospital audit report given by John Cooper of BK&D. Administrator Dennis Pryor will then give the summary of the operations/statistics report along with the nursing services, ancillary services and auxiliary report for the month of September. Also in his report, Pryor will discuss the hospital acitivity calendar, legislative updates and the inpatient and outpatient satisfaction results. Old Business to be addressed at the meeting will include the physician office building report, the med-staff bylaws annual review and the trategic planning meeting update. New business at the meeting will be purchases. The Board will then go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel, contracts and pending litigation. The regular meeting of the Salem Memorial District Hospital is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports for October 11th through the 18th involving traffic violations. On October 11th at 11:11 in the evening, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation that led to the arrest of a 21-year old Salem male for driving while intoxicated. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On October 12th at 11:07 in the evening, a vehicle was stopped in reference to a disturbance in the 900 block of East Center that led to the arrest of a 19-year old Salem male for a minor in possession of intoxicants. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On October 15th at 9:40 in the evening, a vehicle was stopped and a 25-year old Salem male was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended. He was incarcerated pending the application of warrants. On October 18th at 9:24 in the evening, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation that led to the arrest of a passenger, a 19-year old male from Bourbon on a fugitive warrant from Phelps County. He was incarcerated pending extradition.

Sports   [TOP]

Game 4 of the World Series at Busch Stadium was postponed on Wednesday due to steady rain. The pivotal game will be made up on Thursday, pushing Game 5 back to Friday night. The forecast for Thursday is calling for more rain
in the evening hours. The Cardinals lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. Wednesday's scheduled starters are slated to pitch on Thursday. Jeff Suppan will toe the rubber for St. Louis while Jeremy Bonderman will take the mound for Detroit. Wednesday's contest marked the 40th postponement in World Series history and the 29th due to precipitation. This marked the first World Series contest postponed since Game 1 of the 1996 series between the
New Yankees and Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium.

The 23rd-ranked Missouri Tigers try to stretch their home winning streak to nine games this Saturday, when they welcome the 19th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners to Columbia for a Big 12 showdown. The Tigers enter the contest on a high note, as they posted a 41-21 victory over Kansas State last weekend to extend their home winning streak to eight games. It was a solid rebound for Missouri, which is off to its first 7-1 start since the 1969 season. More importantly, the victory improved the Tigers to 3-1 in conference play and that has them in a tie for the North Division lead with Nebraska. With just four games left in the regular season, Missouri has a legitimate shot to win its first conference title of any kind in football since the 1969 club earned a share of the Big East championship. Saturday's game will mark the 88th meeting between Oklahoma and Missouri, with the Sooners holding a commanding 61-21-5 advantage in the series. The Sooners have won each of the past three meetings and also own a 30-14 mark at Columbia.

NHL Scores:

Florida 4, NY Rangers 2
Carolina 5, Atlanta 4 (OT)
Detroit 2, San Jose 1
Minnesota 3, Los Angeles 1
Vancouver 5, Chicago 0
Anaheim 6, Edmonton 2
Washington 5, Colorado 3

The St. Louis Blues will be off until Saturday night when they will Detroit. Game time is scheduled for 7:00.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Mable Sapaugh Major of Salem, age 86, will be Friday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitaion will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Weather  [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and possibly thunderstorms, high of 55.
Tonight..Cloudy with periods of showers throughout the night, low of 46.
Friday..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers, high near 50.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 38.
Saturday and Saturday night..Partly cloudy, high of 62, low of 38.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 66.

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