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The Meramec Regional Planning Commission will conduct their January meeting tonight at the MRPC office located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James at 7:30. After approval of the agenda and several contracts, time has been set aside for an exchange of ideas between Board members and Federal legislators representing the Meramec Region. Luci Flaim will then update the Board on the Energy Missouri program, which was rolled out November 15, 2010, and some $8,000,000 has been obligated in the 16-county area administered by the MRPC. Bonnie Prigge will then updated the Board on the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program that would allow private property owners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on their buildings through an additional assessment of their property bill, rather than bearing the cost upfront. Legislation enables the creation of a board that can issue bonds for financing these improvements and manages the program locally. Prigge will provide more detail on the program and discuss hosting an information meeting of local governments to discuss the formation of a regional PACE board. Tammy Snodgrass will then report on solid waste activities, Kraig Bone will report on MREPC activities, Tom Klebba will report on business loan activity and T.R. Dudley will report on workforce development activities. Chairman Russell Scheulen and Director Richard Cavender will then report on issues of interest. The meeting tonight is open to the public.

Hunters age 6 through 15 checked 1,292 deer during the late youth hunt Jan. 1 and 2, bringing the total harvest for the 2010-2011 firearms deer season to 231,513. The combined early and late youth season harvests total 14,555, or 6.2 percent of the firearms deer harvest. Top counties during the late youth hunt were Osage with 27 deer checked, Macon with 26 and Adair with 24. This year’s firearms deer harvest was down 6.5 percent from the 2009-2010 figure. Resource Scientist Lonnie Hansen, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) deer specialist, attributed the decline to an abundant acorn crop in southern Missouri and reduced deer numbers in parts of northern Missouri.

The Jumpin’ Java Friday Chamber Membership January Meeting will be held on Friday, January 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 AM at the Chamber Office/Visitor Center, located at 200 South Main.  Stop by for this networking opportunity tell the chamber crowd what’s new with you and chat with your chamber board of directors and chamber members. Also if you have new marketing materials or information about your business, please bring it along.  We like to keep it available in the Visitor Center.

Mark Twain National Forest encourages visitors to get and use free motor vehicle use maps. The free maps show what roads are open to motorized vehicles including all-terrain vehicles, utility all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars, and other motorized vehicles. Mark Twain National Forest visitors are asked to follow rules that govern motor vehicle use on National Forest System lands.  Some of these rules include: it is NEVER okay to ride cross-country on Mark Twain National Forest (even to retrieve down game); persons less than 16 years of age are prohibited from operating off-road vehicles on any road unless accompanied and under the direct supervision of an adult 18 years of age or older, and no passengers are allowed unless the vehicle is manufactured to carry passengers. Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and utility all-terrain vehicles must meet Missouri State motor vehicle regulations to be allowed on open Forest Service system roads. Since state law prohibits use of unlicensed motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and utility all-terrain vehicles on all public roads unless they meet an exemption, most riders must obtain a county permit to ride all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles on county or Forest Service roads. Markings on the ground make it easier for the public to identify open roads and their lengths. The beginning of open National Forest system roads have a brown fiberglass post denoting the road’s route number and authorized length of road open to public use.  Roads or trails that are not numbered or signed are not open to motorized vehicles.  The Motor Vehicle Use Map can be obtained from any Mark Twain National Forest office including the Salem Ranger Office on Highway 19 South.

Sports [TOP]

Congratulations to Jonathan Hambacker, Lane Howard, and Kevin Presley for being named to the Academic All State Football Team for the 2010 Season!!  

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will take on Cabool tonight at the SHS Gym starting at 6:00 with the JV contest followed by the varsity game. You can hear the varsity contest on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. The Lady Tigers are 5-8 overall and 1-1 in the SCA.

Marcus Denmon had 27 points and four rebounds as 15th-ranked Missouri downed Nebraska, 77-69, in Big 12 action. Laurence Bowers had 12 points and seven boards while Ricardo Ratliffe added 12 and seven for the Tigers (15-2, 1-1 Big 12), who rebounded from Saturday's loss to Colorado. Both teams shot 25-for-59, but Missouri made eight more free throws in the contest. Missouri plays at Texas A&M on Saturday.

Bobby Ryan recorded his third career hat trick and set a career high with four points, as the Anaheim Ducks outlasted the St. Louis Blues, 7-4. David Backes had two goals for the Blues, who have dropped five straight games. Brad Boyes and Ryan Reaves also lit the lamp. Ty Conklin allowed all seven goals on 24 shots. The Blues will be in Los Angeles tonight to face the Kings at 9:30 after Lady Tiger Basketball.

The City of Salem Winter Youth Basketball Program signups continue today and tomorrow at the Salem Freedom Activity Center located at 1201 West Rolla Road in the Foyer today and tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The cost is $15 per child. The Winter Youth Basketball Program is for boys and girls currently enrolled in the 1st through 6th grades. If you have questions, contact Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash by calling 729-6290.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lowell Pogue of Salem, age 86, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Bay Cemetery near Bunker.

Funeral services for Cordell “Corky” Callahan of St. James, age 90, will be held tonight at 7:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be Friday at 11:00 at the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Susie Bailey of Salem, age 69, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Pleasant Union Methodist Church in Reynolds County. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery in Reynolds County.

Graveside service for Violet Bowers of Salem, age 94, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Pontiac Cemetery in Gainesville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Helen Dobkins of Sevierville, TN, formerly of Steelville, age 94, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jamie Dustin Guill of Rolla, age 21, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the family of Jamie Dustin Guill.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 26.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 15.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 34.
Friday night..Partly cloudy with patchy dog, low of 25.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high of 38.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 22.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for snow early and rain in the afternoon, high of 34.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 28.

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