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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred Frankie Schwartz Salvage, located in Dent County, to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for wastewater violations. Schwartz is operating a motor vehicle salvage yard without an operating permit, in violation of the Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations. On June 6th, the department conducted an inspection of the salvage yard and discovered the salvage yard is operating without a Missouri State Operating Permit. The Missouri Clean Water Law and its implementing regulations require any motor vehicle salvage yard that has more than 50 vehicles on-site or processes more than 50 vehicles in one calendar year to obtain a general storm water permit. The storm water permit requires salvage yards to implement and maintain best management practices on-site to prevent oil, grease, petroleum products, etc. associated with motor vehicle salvage operations from entering waters of the state through storm water discharge from the site. Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public and environmental health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The department's main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure they have the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used as a deterrent to future violations and to remove the economic benefit of continued noncompliance. The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix the problems and reach a settlement agreement. However, in situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.  For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education held a special closed session meeting last Friday to discuss personnel. According to Superintendent Steve Bryant, the board in open session accepted the resignation of junior high social studies instructor Dusty Arzt. Arzt was also the junior high football and basketball coach. The resignation was effective immediately. Mike Farrar replaced Artz as the junior high basketball coach and Bryant said that the current staff at the school would cover the teaching duties.      

The 2009 Christmas Parade of Lights theme is entitled “An Old Fashioned Christmas” and will be held on Saturday, December 5th beginning at 5:30 pm. The parade route will be form the old Fairgrounds to the Courthouse Square. If your business or organization would like to have an entry in the 2009 Christmas Parade of Lights, be sure to fill out a form and turn it in at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 200 South Main by Monday, November 30th. Be sure and include your e-mail address if you have one. Your line-up position and other instructions will be sent to you. You may fax your entry to 729-6741 or for more information contact the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 729-6900.

Entries are now being sought for the 2009 President's Environmental Youth Awards, which recognizes individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school) and youth organizations for protecting our nation's air, water and land. The program, which honors a variety of environmental projects developed by students, is open to students in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska through EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kansas. The program has two components: The regional certificate program and the regional award winner.  Regional certificates are awarded by each of the regional offices of the EPA. Each regional office also selects one first-place project as its regional award winner, and the sponsor and winner of that award travel to Washington, D.C., to receive their award. Projects must be postmarked by Thursday, December 31, 2009. Program guidelines, eligibility information and applications are available by contacting Denise Morrison toll-free, 1-800-223-0425. Regional award winners will be notified in January 2010.

The Dent County Health Center has received a large shipment of H1N1 vaccine and can now offer it to the public. Both the H1N1 shot and the H1N1 FluMist are available at clinic to be held Thursday, November 19th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Pregnant women MUST have a doctor’s order to receive the vaccine. For more information call the Dent County Health Center at 729-3106. The vaccine will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem 8th grade Basketball Tigers dropped a 47-30 decision to Edgar Springs Tuesday night in the Northwood R-4 Tournament. they will play again Thursday night.

Laurence Bowers scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Missouri Tigers defeated the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, 83-68, in a non-conference tussle at Mizzou Arena. Keith Ramsey added 15 points for Missouri (1-0), while Marcus Denmon contributed 10 points and six rebounds off the bench. Missouri used a strong defensive effort in the second stanza, holding UT- Martin to just 37.5 percent shooting from the floor, en route to the 15-point win. Missouri will face Texas-Pan American Sunday at 1:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO.

Kansas City Royals right-hander Zack Greinke was named the American League Cy Young Award winner by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Greinke placed first on 25 of 28 ballots cast by two writers from each AL city and second on three others for a total of 134 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system, as he became the first AL pitcher to win the award while pitching for a last-place team since Roger Clemens won it with Toronto in 1997. Greinke was the silver lining in another disappointing season for the Royals, going 16-8 with a 2.16 earned run average while striking out 242 batters for a Kansas City team that lost 97 games. His league-leading ERA was the AL's lowest since Pedro Martinez posted a 1.74 mark in 2000. The 26-year-old Greinke is the third Royal to win the award, joining David Cone and Bret Saberhagen, who won it twice in 1985 and 1989. The National League Cy Young Award winner will be announced tomorrow.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team confirmed Tuesday. Bowe's suspension will begin immediately, and the team said it will have no further comment. There was no indication as to what substance led to the suspension. In his third year in the NFL, Bowe has 33 receptions for 466 yards and four touchdowns in eight games for the Chiefs this season.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jean E. Sutton of Salem formerly of Bunker, age 76, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the United Baptist Tabernacle in Bunker. Interment will be in Wickham Cemetery in Centerville, with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Carl W. Keeney of Salem, age 73, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Memorial services for Angel Domonic Liam Ritchhart will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Funeral services for Brenda Harrison of St. James, age 62, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.

Funeral services for Edwin Wayne Coffman of Salem, age 64, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Coffman Family.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for rain and drizzle, high of 46.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain and drizzle, low of 36.
Thursday..Partly sunny, high of 56.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low around 40.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 55.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low around 40.

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