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The National Park Service public meetings on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways’ new Draft General Management Plan begin tonight 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 www.parkplanning.nps.gov/ozarkamp. Comments may also be submitted on this website or through the mail to the park Superintendent. The public comment period for the plan will continue through February 7th.

Candidate filing for the April 8th Municipal Election continues for the City of Salem elected officials, school boards and hospital board. The City of Salem will have races for mayor, one East Ward alderman and West Ward alderman. As of Tuesday, January 14th, Bonnie McGuirt, J.J. Tune and Phillip Giacomelli have filed for the mayoral position; filing for the West Ward aldermanic position were incumbent Kenneth Nash and Molly C. Zettel, and filing for the East Ward aldermanic position was incumbent Ryan Whitaker. For the R-80 School Board positions, filing so far has been Susan Jordan, Holly Erway, Drew Whitaker, Larry Maxwell and incumbent Steven Morton. At Oak Hill R-1, seven people have filed for the three board positions available including incumbents Duane Blackwell and Curt Miller. The other five candidates who filed are Phillip Thompson, James Terrill, Ryan Purcell, Nikki Bowen-Eaton and Brad Smith. At Green Forest R-2, filing for the three board seats available are incumbents Scott Schults and Amber Toman as well as Josh Cartwright. At Dent-Phelps R-3, three people have filed for the three board seats available and they are incumbents Ron Copeland and Joe Case as well as Levi LuCerne. At Northwood R-4, filing for the three board seats available are incumbents Mark McSwain and Jenna Dunn as well as Aaron Brooks. Only one person has filed for the Salem Memorial District Hospital’s District 1 seat and that is incumbent Judy Thompson. The Dent County Fire Protection District did not have an opening this year on their board. Filing will end for all board positions on Tuesday, January 21st at the close of business of each entity.

Volunteers for AARP will be conducting free tax filing assistance at the Salem Community Center@ the Armory computer lab this year.  This free tax filing assistance will begin on Friday, February 7th and continue every Friday until April 11th. Appointments may be made by calling the Salem Community Center at 729-8163. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040. However, the Volunteer Protection Act requires that our volunteers stay in the scope of the program. If counselors feel they do not have adequate knowledge or your return is too complex, persons may need to seek another qualified counselor or paid tax assistance. Here are the items you will need to bring with you to have your tax returns prepared: Proof of identification such as a picture ID; Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration, or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents. You must also provide birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; Wage and earning statement(s) including Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers; Year-end Social Security Statements showing total SS received and Medicare payments; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; and proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check. You should also provide the total amount paid for a daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate, if applicable. Finally, to file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Volunteers are still needed to assist with the tax preparation. If you would like to volunteer to help, please call Tyson Richards at 453-4995.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their regular monthly meeting tonight at the administrative boardroom beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Carvajal will update the Board on various building projects, the candidate filings to date, a Judson/Young donation and there will be Board recognition. Each principal from the respective buildings will update on happenings and then in new business the Board will address EOC scores. The Board will then adjourn the regular meeting and vote to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The signups for City of Salem Youth Basketball program begins today. Signups will take place today and tomorrow from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They will also take place on Thursday and Friday, January 23rd and 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The final signup will be held Saturday, January 25th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. All signups will be at the Salem Freedom Activity Center (formerly the National Guard Armory). This league is for all boys and girls that are currently enrolled in 1st through 6th grades. The cost is $20 per child. If you have any questions, contact Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash at 729-6290.

The Salem Lady Tigers will be in Houston to play the Lady Tigers. Salem is 4-8 on the year and 0-1 in the SCA. JV will start things off at 6:00 with the varsity to follow.

The Missouri Tiger basketball team will be in Vanderbilt to face the Commodores in SEC action tonight. Missouri is 13-2 on the year and 1-1 in the SEC. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 5:30.

The St. Louis Blues will host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7:00 at the Scottrade Center. The Blues are 32-8-5 on the year and sit two points back from Chicago for first place in the Central Division. KSMO will join this game in progress following the Missouri basketball game.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services and interment for Ardean Garrison of Salem, age 95, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Alvie Herrien of Bunker, age 84, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Herrien family.

Funeral services for Audrey Hinsen of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Crossville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

A Celebration of Life service for Jack Arthur Mathes Jr. formerly of Salem, age 53, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Salem Full Gospel Church with Elder Bill Mathes officiating. Memorials may be made to the Mathes family. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Graveside services for Ira V. Scott Jr. of St. James, age 89, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the Malden Memorial Park in Malden, MO. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Private graveside services for Gertrude La Verne McAllister of Salem, age 87, will be held at a later date at the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high of 45.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries, low of 14.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 25.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 15.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 41.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 25.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 51.
Sunday night..Mostly clear, low of 32.

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