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An accident happened Wednesday evening at 6:26 in Dent County on Dent County Road 618 about five miles south of Salem that left two people with serious injuries and injured two others. According to the highway patrol report, a 1991 Ford driven southbound by 36-year old James Elgin of Salem, crossed the centerline and sideswiped a northbound 2005 Dodge Caravan driven by 49-year old Theresa Medlock of Salem, then continued southbound and struck a northbound 1997 GMC Jimmy head-on driven by d31-year old Philip Sanders of Salem. Elgin suffered serious injuries and was flown to St. Johns Hospital in Creve Coeur. Medlock also suffered serious injuries and was flown to St. Lukes Hospital in Columbia. Sanders suffered moderate injuries and his one-year old son, Hayden Sanders, suffered minor injuries and they were both taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. Medlock and the Sanders were all wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident, but it was unknown if Elgin was wearing a seat restraint. The 1991 Ford and 1997 GMC were both totaled, and the 2005 Dodge Caravan sustained extensive damages.

Tickets are still available for the Victorian Musical Christmas at the Bonebrake Center Saturday night at 7:00 featuring the Salem High School Chamber Choir. Tickets are $5.00 per person and reservations are required. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Call 729-3400 to make your reservations and al reservations will be confirmed.

Clearing access to your mailbox helps to avoid delays. Unsafe conditions such as un-shoveled snow, icy sidewalks, or even snow plowed against mailboxes can slow or delay your mail delivery. Postal letter carriers are instructed to refrain from delivering to locations they deem hazardous, and the Postal Service is reminding customers to keep access to the mailbox clear. Customers who receive door delivery should make sure their sidewalks and steps are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should pay special attention to keeping mailboxes clear of snow piles left by snowplows. It’s not only safe for the Postal letter carriers but for you as well when you go to get your mail.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce their 2006 Christmas Decorating Contest. To enter a residential display, pick up an entry form at the Chamber office at 200 South Main Street, call the entry in at 729-6900, or fax the entry to 729-6741. Entry forms must contain the homeowners name, phone number and good directions to the location. Deadline for entry will be Wednesday, December 20. A $50 prize will be awarded to the “Best Overall” entry, and also to the runner up. The winners will be judged by out of town judges. For more information, please call the Chamber office at 729-6900.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will face the Mountain Grove lady Panthers tonight at 6:00 in the Lady Bulldog Classic in Cabool. The Lady Tigers, seeded 1st in the tournament, enter the game with a 3-0 record. The winner plays in the championship game Saturday night at 6:00 and the loser will play for third place Saturday afternoon at 4:30.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Detroit tonight ot face the Red Wings on the back end of a home and home series. The Red Wings won Tuesday night by the score of 5-1. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio tonight at 6:30.

The Blues have announced that goaltender Manny Legace has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a head injured in practice. The club has recalled top prospect Marek Schwarz from Peoria. He has appeared in 12 games in Peoria with a 9-2 record.

The New York Mets have completed the first trade at this year's Winter Meetings, as they have shipped starter Brian Bannister to Kansas City for reliever Ambiorix Burgos. Bannister, the son of former major leaguer Floyd Bannister, was thought to be a candidate for the Mets' rotation this coming season after going 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA in eight games (six starts) in 2006.

Rick Hummel was elected the 2006 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’Association of America. Hummel received 233 votes from the 417 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service. He is the 57th winner of the award since it was first handed out in 1962. Commonly referred to as "The Commissioner", Hummel has covered the St. Louis Cardinals for 33 years. He will receive the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" during the 2007 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony July 29.

NHL Scores: 

Washington 6, Ottawa 2
Dallas 3, Phoenix 0
Edmonton 3, Carolina 1
Anaheim 4, Nashville 0
New Jersey 2, Montreal 1 (OT)

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for James “Woody” Woodrow Walker of Steelville, age 88, will be held today at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Steelville.

Funeral services for Jeffrey Wayne Murphy of Bixby, age 33, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary of Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 this morning until service time. Interment will be in the Crocker-Stricklin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Jeffrey Murphy family. 

Funeral services for Ethel P. Tucker of Rolla, age 87, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Fort Wyman Baptist Church.

A memorial service for Jeremy Blaze Blanchard of Salem, age 31, will be held Saturday at the Our Savior Lutheran Church on Highway 68 at 1:00. A memorial fund has been set up for his children at Town and Country Bank. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Betty Nash of Salem, age 79, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

A memorial service for Steven L. Howard of Jonesboro, Arkansas, formerly of Steelville, age 42, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville.

Memorial services for W. Ray Vickery of Salem, age 67, will be held Monday, December 11th at noon at the Salem United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 at the church. Interment will be held in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Museum or Dent County Animal Shelter. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and colder, high of 25 with brisk north winds keeping wind chills in the teens.
Tonight..Clear and cold, low of 6.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 38.
Friday night..Clear, low of 23.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 48.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low around 30.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 52


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