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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. The board received five bids for a 2011 Ford F350 Chassis/Cab with a dump bed with the lowest bids from C&E Auto of Salem and Hutcheson Ford Sales of St. James at $32,103. Mayor Gary Brown recommended going with the local bid from C&E Auto, but Alderman Jerry Randell didn’t think the F350 truck was big enough and thought that they might need a F450 instead which would cost about $7,782 dollars more. Water Department Superintendent Jack Emory was not at the meeting to discuss his specs for the truck to see if the F350 was adequate. After a vote of 2-1 against the purchase of the truck, the board agreed to postpone awarding the bid until the next meeting when they could talk with Mr. Emery about the truck. The consent agenda was reviewed and it showed taxes collected from personal property and real estate to be $304,011, and there were sales tax revenues of $84,017 in December. Mayor Brown said that sales tax revenues for the calendar year-to-date were down $38,480.24 from the 2009 sales tax revenues. Brown said that for the month of December, 886 people used the Salem TCRC and 1,496 used the Wellness Center. He said that animal control and nuisance officer Rick Raw has applied to be an apprentice lineman along with Josh Kotschedoff. This will leave an opening for an animal control officer, and the mayor and Chief Steelman feel the filling of that position may need to come from the police department. Brown said that the alderman would hold a workshop to go over the work logs and inventory control forms that he introduced on Thursday, and that a Utility Committee meeting would be held in the near future. The board approved Bill #3212 that allows the mayor to execute a contract with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission not to exceed $220,400 to redo the lighting at the Salem Municipal Airport. They also agreed to postpone the reading of Bills 3213-3217 dealing with a number of appointed positions within the city until all four aldermen were present as Alderman Brad Nash was fighting a fire and was not in attendance. The board then approved the reappointment of Joe Brand and Mrs. Clare Dent Underwood to the Salem Housing Authority for an additional four years that would begin February 16th
, 2011. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.
The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a theft, a domestic disturbance, property damage, and a burglary. On Tuesday, January 11th at 12:50 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown entered a residence in the 300 block of North Pershing Street and took items valued $170. On Wednesday, January 12th at 9:37 a.m. an officer was detailed to the Second Baptist Church in reference to a burglary. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown entered the church and damaged property inside. Later that afternoon at 12:19, an officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of East Center Street in reference to a domestic disturbance. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 19-year old male of Salem for assaulting a 19-year old female of Salem. He was incarcerated pending the application of a warrant. Later that afternoon at 3:02, an officer was detailed to the Salem City Park in reference to some property found by two juveniles. The investigation of the report revealed the juveniles had found a blue bag containing components of a meth lab. The items were recovered and will be analyzed for further investigation. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the thefts or property damage, which are still under investigation.
The Missouri Highway Patrol has released their reports involving arrests made in Dent County last week. On Wednesday, January 12th at 8:50 p.m., 47 year-old James Holweg of Salem was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property less than $500. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Thursday, January 13th at 9:31 a.m., 60 year-old Clayton Crews of Salem was arrested on warrants for bad checks from Crawford, Dent, Howell, and Pettis Counties. He was taken to the Howell County Jail. On Saturday, January 15th at 11:30 p.m., 23 year-old Justin Pryor of Salem was arrested and charged with stealing a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital and put on a 24-hour hold.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be in St. James tonight to face the Rolla Bulldogs in the St. James Tournament. Salem comes in as the 7th seed and Rolla is the 2nd seed. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com starting at about 7:30.
The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will host the Owensville Dutchgirls at the SHS gym starting with the JV contest at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow.
Marcus Denmon finished with 14 points and Phil Pressey poured in 13 points to help No. 13 Missouri post a 75-59 victory over Kansas State at Mizzou Arena. Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe and Laurence Bowers each contributed 10 points for the Tigers (16-3, 2-2 Big 12), who bounced back from a 91-89 overtime loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers are 12-0 at home this year and will host Iowa State Saturday night.
The St. Louis Blues will host the Los Angeles Kings tonight starting at 7:00. The Blues have lost five of the last six games. KSMO will air the first period, then break away for Salem Tiger Basketball, then play back the third period on a taped delayed basis.
The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with pitcher Robinson Tejeda, signing the 28-year-old reliever to a one-year contract. Tejeda has been a staple in Kansas City's bullpen the last three seasons. The right-hander appeared in 54 games last season and recorded 12 holds with a 3.54 earned-run average and a 1.33 walks/hits per inning pitched.
Funeral services for Nicholas Anthony Schulte of Rolla, age 15, will be he held tonight at 6:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.
Funeral services for Dale Carl of St. Joseph, Missouri, formerly of Viburnum, age 73, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Baptist Church Cemetery in Viburnum.
Henry Earl “Hank” Harper, Jr. of Salem, age 72, passed away January 16th. There will be no services for Mr. Harper. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.
Today..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for snow and sleet this morning with flurries this afternoon, high of38.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 18.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy, high of 32.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance for snow, low of 25.
Thursday..Cloudy with an 80% chance for snow with moderate accumulations possible, high of 27.