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The Missouri Conservation Commission met on September 26th and discussed regulation and rate changes that ultimately affect all Missourians in regards to hunting, fishing, trapping permits and changes on landowner tags. Changes announced by the Missouri Conservation Commission will result in increased permit fees on hunting, fishing and trapping, if not rescinded or altered, it would go into effect on July 1, 2009. According to the state constitution, the Missouri Conservation Commission is made up of four commissioners, appointed by the Governor, with no more than two of whom shall be of the same political party. The Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes during the September 26th meeting but they will not go into effect until 2009.  Approved changes include a two to three dollar increase for the majority of hunting and fishing permits; increasing the acreage from 5 to 80 contiguous acres necessary to receive no-cost deer and turkey permits; and creation of a Senior Forever permit for citizens 60 years of age or older. The 30-day window for public comment will begin on Monday, November 17th, when the changes are published in the Missouri Register. After the 30-day public comment period, all comments will be compiled and sent to the Conservation Commission for their information and consideration.  At such time, the Conservation Commission may decide to rescind, alter or continue with changes as previously approved. All Missourians are encouraged to make their voices heard on this issue by writing to the following address: Missouri Department of Conservation, Director John Hoskins, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102. For a complete list of proposed changes as well as questions and answers regarding all of these changes, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website at: 

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is working to make this year’s cold months safer than last years, when there was a dramatic increase in home fire deaths. According to the USFA, during the “home fire season” of October 2007 to March 2008, there was a 68% increase in the number of fatal home fires and a 67% increase in the number of people killed in home fires, compared to warmer months. Not including arson-related deaths, from April 2007 through September 2007 at least 589 people were killed in home fires. When is became cooler, from October 2007 through March 2008, at least 982 people were killed in home fires. Smokers tend to smoke inside their homes more often because it’s cooler outside. Smoking fires can be easily prevented. It takes a few seconds to light up and a few seconds to make sure the cigarette is really out. Also during this time of year, the use of holiday lighting, ornamental candles and space heaters also raises the risk of home fires.         

Last night at the MRPC’s Annual Award Dinner, 10 adults and two youth from the eight county region were presented awards for the distinguished service to their community. Award winners from this area included KSMO Radio Station owner Stan Podorski and Katie Hunt, a student from Missouri State, from Dent County. Both Stan and Katie were nominated for the award by Presiding Commissioner of Dent County, Darrell Skiles. Also being awarded last night were Robert and Mary Tessaro from St. James. They were nominated by Dennis Wilson, the Mayor of St. James. The awards dinner was held at the St. Robert Community Center.

Bryan Culpepper, Park Ranger at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, was awarded the Midwest Region Freeman Tilden Award for his continued contribution to Ozark Heritage Days and the National Park Service.  The award recognizes outstanding public contributions in interpretation and visitor services by park employees.  Nominees were judged on creativity, originality, and positive contributions to enhancing the public's understanding of national park resources. The award is named for Freeman Tilden, the author of The National Parks, What They Mean to You and Me and Interpreting Our Heritage.  Tilden's writings have had considerable influence on National Park Service interpretation and education programs. Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

Sports [TOP]

The All SCA Teams for Volleyball and Football have been released.

In Volleyball, senior Hannah Kettner was a unanimous selection for the All-SCA First Team, while sophomore Kristy Bermudez was voted to the All-SCA Second Team. Sophomore Alayna Sellers represented Salem on the All-SCA Honorable Mention team. Congratulations to these girls on a fine season.

In Football, a total of 13 Salem Tigers were named to the All-SCA teams. Named to the All-SCA First Team on offense were linemen Andy Flett and Ryan Lundy, and running back Yousef Ibrahim. On the All-SCA First Team Defense for Salem were linebacker Landie Oliver, lineman Brady Adams and defensive back C.J. Smith. The All-SCA Second Team offense featured lineman Danny Hutchings and running back Derek Freeman, while the All-SCA Second Team Defense included defensive back Andy Kissir, linebacker Ty Floyd and lineman Kelby Pryor. Rounding out the selections for Salem to the All-SCA Honorable Mention team were quarterback Cody Wofford and defensive end Zack Chafin. Congratulations to these Tigers on an outstanding season.

Henrik Tallinder, Adam Mair and Tim Connolly each had a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 4-3 victory over St. Louis, effectively ending the Sabres' 12-game winless streak against the Blues. Manny Legace had a brutal effort in net for St. Louis, allowing three goals on seven shots before being pulled 5:18 into the first period. Chris Mason came on in relief and allowed a goal on 25 shots for St. Louis, which was 10-0 with a pair of ties in the previous 12 meetings with the Sabres and 6-0 with two deadlocks in the last eight encounters in Buffalo. David Perron had a goal and two assists, while Lee Stempniak and Patrik Berglund each had a goal and a helper for the Blues, who have lost six straight (0-5-1) and eight of their last nine games. St. Louis will complete a five-game road trip Friday in Chicago.

The St. Louis Rams have signed safety David Roach to the practice squad; and released running back Darius Walker from the practice squad.

Kansas City Chiefs have signed defensive end Jason Babin to a one-year contract; and signed linebacker Kyle Shotwell to the practice squad.

NHL Scores:

Washington 5, Carolina 1
Phoenix 5, Columbus 2
NY Rangers 5, New Jersey 2
Florida 4,Tampa Bay 0
Boston 2, Chicago 1
Colorado 2 , Vancouver 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Oma I. Thompson of Bunker, age 74, will be held today at 11:00 at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will be this morning from 10:00 to service time. Interment will be in the Piatt Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Thompson family.

Funeral services for Letha Kissock of Salem, age 88, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Kissock Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Carla Marie Odom of Salem, age 90, will be held Sunday at 3:00 at the Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church in Cabool. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cabool City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Southwest Baptist University in Salem. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny with fog this morning, high of 65.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for light rain after midnight, low of 48.
Friday..Cloudy and breezy with a 70% chance for light rain and drizzle, high of 58.
Friday night..Cloudy and breezy with a 30% chance for light rain and drizzle, low of 32 with wind chills close to 20.



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