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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds motorists that wearing a seat belt can save your life. Many Missourians will travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy time with friends and family. If you will be traveling this holiday, please make sure your car is in good condition before beginning your trip. It is also important that you are well rested before you start driving. The Patrol will participate in Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) during this period. As part of this operation, all available officers will be assigned to Missouri’s roadways to enforce traffic laws, especially those related to drunk driving, speeding, and seat belt use. Troopers will also be assisting motorists as needed. The counting period for the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday weekend starts at 6 p.m. tonight and will last until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. During the 2008 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 14 persons were killed and another 634 were injured in 1,736 traffic crashes. Motorists are reminded of the Highway Patrol’s Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone). The emergency number should be used to report traffic crashes, crimes being committed, or other emergencies on Missouri’s highways. When you dial this number anywhere in the state, it rings directly into the closest Patrol headquarters.

An accident occurred at 3:12 Thursday afternoon on West Third Street. According to the Salem Police report, a 1997 Toyota driven by Kendra Pitchford of Salem was traveling east on West Third Street and was behind a 2000 Ford F-150 XL driven by Brandon Ketzler of Salem that was also traveling eastbound on West Third Street. While making a right turn onto Park Street, the Pitchford failed to observe the Ford making a right turn made contact with the Ford in the rear. Ketzler suffered a possible injury and sought his own treatment. Pitchford suffered minor injuries and was transported to Salem Memorial District Hospital for treatment. Both vehicles sustained moderate damages and were driven from the scene.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving felony warrants and a theft and burglary. On Saturday, November 21st at 8:30 p.m. while on patrol an officer made contact with a 23-year old St. Louis man walking. The report led to his arrest on a felony warrant from Probation and Parole. He was incarcerated on the warrant. On Sunday, November 22nd at 11:45 p.m. an officer received information in reference to a 30-year old Salem man whom had a felony warrant for his arrest from Greene County, Springfield, Missouri. The report led to his arrest in the 800 block of East Jack. He was incarcerated on the warrant. On Monday, November 23rd at 9:30 a.m. an officer was detailed to 302 East Franklin, to the J.C. Dollar Store and More in reference to a burglary. Investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown gained entry into the business and stole a small amount of cash, jewelry and knives. Anyone with any information regarding the theft and burglary, which is still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem 7th grade Basketball Tigers lost to Licking, 37-35 Tuesday night, and the 8th grade Tigers lost, 50-36.

For the second straight year and the third time in the last five seasons, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League's Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. This time, though, he was a unanimous choice. Pujols placed first on all 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city to receive a total of 448 points to easily outdistance Florida's Hanley Ramirez, as he became the first repeat winner of this award since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. Pujols is the 10th player in baseball history to win this award three times. He is also the second Cardinal to complete the hat trick, joining St. Louis legend Stan Musial.

Kim English scored a career-high 26 points to lead Missouri to a 99-56 victory over Chattanooga in second-round play of the South Padre Island Invitational. The Tigers (3-0) harassed the Mocs (2-2) for a school-record 24 steals and poured in 18 3-pointers, just two short of the school record. The Tigers will finish up the tournament this weekend as they will play Old Dominion Friday night, and you can hear the second half of that game on a tape delay basis following the Blues game. Then, depending on whether they win or lose, they will play either Richmond or Mississippi State Saturday following the football game.

The St. Louis Blues will be on the road tonight in Dallas as the play the Stars and in Nashville Friday as they face the Predators. They'll then come home Saturday to face the Detroit Red Wings. All of those games get underway at 7:00 and can be heard on KSMO Radio.

On Saturday the University of Missouri football team will take the field against Kansas wearing the Nike Pro Combat uniform, a new system of dress and the lightest football uniform Nike has ever created. Missouri will be one of ten elite football programs to debut the Nike Pro Combat uniform this month before they are officially introduced at the start of the 2010 season. Missouri is joined by Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and TCU as the schools debuting the Nike Pro Combat uniform this month. That game gets started with the pregame show at 1:30.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lola E. Mason of Salem, age 98, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery.

Funeral services for Betty A. Shipley of Salem, age 76, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Baker Cemetery in Marble Hill. Memorials are suggested to the Shipley Family.

Funeral services for Wilma June Shaffer of Salem, age 60, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. A Memorial Fund has been set up at Progressive Ozark Bank and The Bank of Salem for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Joseph Edward Hickernell age 9, and Johan Sebastion Hickernell age 6, of Salem, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. A Memorial Fund has been set up at Progressive Ozark Bank and The Bank of Salem for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Nancy Irene Gapsch, of Annut, age 69, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Jim Hewkin of Cuba, age 77, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. John Untied Church of Christ Cemetery in Bem, MO. Memorials may be made to the David Hewkin Missionary Fund.

Funeral services for Lee Tennant of Rolla, age 22, will be held tonight at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family of Lee Tennant.

Funeral services for Walter Dwayne Richards Sr. of Rolla, age 54, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem with full military honors.

Funeral services for George C. Keener of Salem, age 93, will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Warden Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Karlheinz Eissinger of Rolla, age 84, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be from 5:00 t0 7:00 Wednesday at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Partly cloudy, high around 50.
Thanksgiving Day..Mostly cloudy early, then partly cloudy, high of 45.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 56.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low aound 40.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high around 60.
Sunday..Chance for showers, high of 53.

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