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The National Park Service has announced that the public meetings on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways’ new Draft General Management Plan scheduled for this morning in Salem and tonight at Kirkwood have been postponed due to weather and road conditions. The public meetings have been rescheduled for Thursday, January 16th at the Eminence High School New Gym located at 505 South Sixth Street in Eminence; and on Friday, January 17th at the Salem City Hall Auditorium located at 202 North Washington in Salem. Both of these meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening as an Open House on the Draft General Management Plan. Other public meetings to be held will be on Tuesday, January 21st at the Van Buren Youth & Community Center located at the intersection of Business 60 & Route D in Van Buren; and on Wednesday, January 22nd at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood. Both of these meetings will also be held from 6:00 to 8:00 in the evening as an Open House on the Draft General Management Plan with a  Wilderness Hearing from 8:00 to 9;00 to follow. The Draft Plan may be reviewed online at Comments may also be submitted on this website or through the mail to the park Superintendent. The public comment period for the Draft Plan began on November 8th and will continue through February 7th.

According to 8th District US Representative Jason Smith, Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell has decided to end further designation of any rivers under the National Blueways System. The decision also dissolves the National Blueways Committee, which was composed entirely of federal officials and which claimed the authority to unilaterally designate entire river watersheds as “National Blueways.” These designations held the potential to expand the reach of the federal government over non-navigable waters currently under state jurisdiction. The announcement comes after months of continuous pressure from Smith and property rights advocates to end the controversial land designation. Jason Smith has strongly opposed the National Blueways designation for the White River Watershed in Missouri and Arkansas because the designation did not have local support. Although the National Blueways Designation has been rescinded, Smith says he will remain vigilant and will fight any federal efforts to limit property rights in the 8th District, including the proposed General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. According to Smith, Missouri families should not be forced to live in fear of the government trying to regulate their land or way of life. The rights of private property owners must be protected.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen will hold a special meeting Thursday morning at 10:00 at the City Hall Council Chambers at 202 North Washington for the purpose of discussing the bids for Class 2, 30-foot long utility poles, then going into closed session to discuss personnel. The special meeting of the Salem Board of Aldermen is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Friday, December 27th at 2:39 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to Dollar General in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation led to the arrest of a 20-year old Salem female for stealing merchandise valued at $29.30. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that evening at 10:00, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to credit card fraud. That investigation revealed that someone used the credit card of another, charging $18 in an online transaction. A little later at 10:48, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 31-year old Salem male for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that night at 11:56, an officer was dispatched to the area of Warfel and Hawkins in reference to two people getting into vehicles. That investigation led to the detention of two 16-year old Salem male juveniles. One juvenile was detained for 2nd degree property damage, tampering with a motor vehicle, minor in possession of intoxicants, and resisting arrest. The second juvenile identified as a witness. Both were released to a parent and the report will be forwarded to the Juvenile Office. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the credit card fraud, which is still under investigation.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Boys basketball game at Owensville with Cuba that was scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:00 has been rescheduled for Thursday night at Owensville at 6:00.

David Backes' power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference as the St. Louis Blues took a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Chris Stewart, Maxim Lapierre, Vladimir Tarasenko, and Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues, winners in six straight. Brian Elliot made 16 saves in the win. The Blues will play Calgary on Thursday.

Forward Vladimir Sobotka of the St. Louis Blues was named to the Slovakia Olympic Team, and named to the Canadian Olympic team were Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester. They will join Blues teammates David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk who were named to the USA Olympic team representing the St. Louis Blues in the Olympics.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott earned the National Hockey League’s Second Star for the week January 5th after posting a 1.00 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage while backstopping the Blues to three wins.

The 21st-ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will host Georgia to open up SEC play tonight. Missouri is 12-1 on the year and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting at 6:30.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Ruth Rambosek of Salem, age 91, will be held at 10:00 this morning at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Berrie A. Pace of Salem, age 60, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the New Harmony Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for James Herman Privett of Salem, age 75, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Privett family.

Funeral services for Leander Neumeir of Rolla, age 80, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Humane Society.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow, high of 35.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of snow, low of 25.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of snow, high of 35.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 30.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, high of 43.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance of rain, low of 38.



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