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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. Prior to the meeting a public hearing was held by the Planning and Zoning Board to consider the rezoning of 1101-1105 S. MacArthur, 1509 S. Wines and 601 S. MacArthur from residential to commercial. With no opposition being heard, the Planning and Zoning Board made a recommendation to the Alderman to approve the property at 1101-1105 S. MacArthur, owned by David E. & Jo Ann Wells as well as the property at 601 S. MacArthur, owned by the Dent County Health Center from Residential R-3 to Commercial. After opposition was shown for the rezoning of 1509 S. Wines for the purpose of a storage unit business, the owner, David Wells, withdrew his request from consideration. The alderman approved the recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Board. Alderman Jim McDaniels asked for a soccer field update and Mayor Brown stated that the Park Board Soccer Committee recently met with the engineers and expects a drawing to be prepared for the next board meeting. McDaniels will call for a Community Service meeting to be held for additional public input regarding the soccer fields. McDaniels asked about the culverts at the Salem City Park and the city is still waiting on approval from the Corps of Engineers to install the culverts. Alderman Bill Riley asked about a burned house on South Jackson Street and Bill Huffman explained that a 30-day notice has been sent to the owner. He also asked about a house behind the Fourth Street Mall and wanted to initiate the next stop in getting the owner to clean up the property, by calling for a public hearing. Riley also asked why the street sweeper has not been out the four days per week that it is scheduled to work and Brown explained that the sweeper is not recommended to be used during freezing weather. Alderman Mike Whitley has had several complaints about cars parking on the wrong side of city streets. He suggests that if there is currently no ordinance in place then one needs to be written. Alderman Jim Jackson asked about the progress of the Apprentice Lineman Program. Brown reported that all four linemen enrolled in the program have successfully completed and graduated from their first year in the program. The alderman approved Bill No. 3117, an ordinance to set the standard fees for the rental of the City Hall and the Salem Freedom Activity Center. The new fees to use the buildings would be $125 for up to 4 hours; $175 for over 4 to 10 hours and $300 for over 10 to 24 hours. Mayor Brown reported that the city is putting in water lines on Forest Hill Drive, and they will expand the width of a section of Iron Mountain Road for safety reasons. The mayor wanted to thank Pastors Bill Stack, Leland Peterson and John Blaylock for their help with the military funeral protestors that were in town last week. McDaniels also commended the Police Department on their handling of the situation. Brown reported that Sho-Me Power would be in attendance at the next board meeting to discuss a rate increase. He also said that Bob Jarvis would become the new Supervisor at the Cemetery on April 28th
. After approving the bills, the board went into closed session.
Captain Randy L. Becker, commanding officer of Troop I, announces promotions for two Troop I officers. Effective December 23, 2007, Trooper Kyle D. Wilmont was promoted to the rank of corporal and designated as the assistant zone commander of Zone 7, Dent County. Corporal Wilmont was appointed to the Highway Patrol on January 1, 1999, and assigned to Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties in Troop E, upon graduation. On September 1, 2005, Corporal Wilmont transferred from Troop E to Troop I, Zone 7, Dent County. Corporal Wilmont has received the Patrol’s Meritorious Service Award and has been recognized by MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers) for the number of driving while intoxicated arrests he has made. Corporal Wilmont is a native of Salem, and a 1995 graduate of Salem High School. Effective January 6, 2008, Trooper Greg A. Dubois will be promoted to the rank of corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 1, which patrols Phelps and eastern Maries counties. Corporal Dubois was appointed to the Highway Patrol on January 1, 1997, and was assigned to Troop I, Zone 1, upon graduation. Corporal Dubois served as a Troop I K-9 officer from September 1999 until November 2003, and has been recognized by MADD for the number of driving while intoxicated arrests he has made. Corporal Dubois is a native of Salem, and a 1992 graduate of Salem High School. He is a 1996 graduate of Central Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice.
Natalie Howard scored 21 points and Allison Jones netted 19 and yanked down 10 rebounds as the Salem Lady Tigers outscored Willow Springs 18-1 in the third quarter en route to a 57-35 win. The Lady Tigers are 11-2 on the year and 2-0 in the SCA. They will host Thayer on Thursday night.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be in Sullivan tonight to face the Eagles. Salem enters the game with an 8-5 record. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com.
The Missouri Basketball Tigers will host the UMKC Kangaroos tonight at 6:30.You can hear the game starting at 6:30 on KSMO, then breakaway for the Salem game, then hear the second half on a taped delayed basis.
The St. Louis Blues will host Columbus tonight at the Scottrade Center. KSMO will NOT be airing the game due to the Salem and Missouri games.
A Funeral Mass for Edward F. Larson of Salem, formerly of Woonsocket, South Dakota, age 91, will be held Wednesday morning at 7:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell, South Dakota. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
Graveside services for Ace Leon Crandall of Joplin, age 66, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Osborne Memorial Cemetery in Joplin. Visitaion will be tonight from 6:00 to 7:00 at the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuay. Memorials may be made to the St. John's Hospice.
Funeral services for Sam Halbert of Steelville, age 34, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Straightway Baptist Church in Steelville. Visitation will tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Straightway Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Halbert Children’s Fund.
Funeral services for Gilbert Wayne Davis of Steelville, age 82, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Midland Pentecostal Assembly of the Missouri Veteran’s Home.
Graveside services for Betty L. Walberg of Salem, age 74, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 to 1:45 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem.
Funeral services for John E. Wisdom of St. James, age 83, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. There will be a Military Honor Guard service.