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The City of Salem Board of Alderman held their meeting Tuesday evening at the City Hall Council Chambers. During the hearing of persons, Terris Cates and Jared Wheaton of Integrity Engineering, Inc. talked with the board about the City of Salem applying for a CDBG grant through the MRPC. The City has done some great work in the area of Third Street and Highway J, but with the drainage ditch and pond being too small to handle the situation, a block grant for the drainage area means it could be concrete lined and the pond area widened out to better help with the water problems. A motion was made to proceed on with Engineering Services and have the MRPC start work on the block grant with the deadline of applying for the block grant being April 15th. Mayor Gary Brown then reported that the sales tax revenue was $99,733.05 and that is $8,658 more than January of 2009, and that means that the capital improvement sales tax was also more than January of 2009. Brown wanted to thank everyone that helped with the Sesquicentennial Costume Ball with 190 in attendance per ticket sales. Brown reported that next event will be at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center on the History of Salem where an old wagon made by Key & Pace and the old fire engine are expected to be on display. The Mayor also reported that the Administrative Building was paid off in December. Brown reported that last Thursday and Friday, there were 50 kids that signed up the City of Salem Winter Youth Basketball Program. A total of 756 people used the Salem TCRC and another 1,193 used the fitness center in December, and with dance classes now being offered on Friday nights, the count is expected to go higher. Mayor Brown then give his comments on the audit report and stated his disappointment with the fact that the report did not list any of the answers in the report that the City of Salem had previously presented when asked. He also wanted to emphasize that the auditor made some recommendations and they are just that, recommendations or suggestions and not the law. The Mayor reported that some of the recommendations have been on-going for over a year now and that the report showed no wrong doing by any person or persons within the City. City Clerk Mary Happel did ask that the Board appoint someone other than herself for the signing of checks. During the utility committee meeting held January 12th, a policy change was made whereby if two people have names are on the account, a request in writing must be submitted, a consent form letter, which is at the utility office for the account to be placed in just one person’s name. The account must be current for changes to occur and in the event of death, a notice from the paper is now sufficient. Alderman Jim McDaniels was requesting information regarding the minimum utility bill amount, Alderman Kenneth Nash asked about a boarded up house and wants the city to follow through to the end to get rid of the site. Alderman Brad Nash wanted to know the Board thoughts on sledding on the east side of Salem. Nash had talked with the insurance company and the Board agreed to talk with business owners and residents in the area and have further discussion down the road. The Board approved Bill #3186, an ordinance required to annex property owned by Phil and Ruth Krueger into the City limits; and Bill #3187, an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to execute an agreement between the City of Salem and the Salem High School 2010 Project Graduation Committee for services provided to the City. The board also approved the re-appointment of Bill Dobbs to the Dent County Housing Authority. After approval of budget line items and bills presented by City Clerk Mary Happel, the Board voted to go into closed session.

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held today at the Hew Harmony Church on Highway 32 East from 3:30 to 7:30 today. For more information, call the church office at 729-5991.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving shoplifting and a warrant. On Friday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting incident. Investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Salem man for stealing $120.00 of merchandise. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Saturday, January 16th at 2:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to Dent County Sheriff Department in reference to a 24-year-old Salem man being held on a City of Salem warrant. He was placed under arrest on the warrant, posted bond and was released to appear in court. Call the Salem Police Department at 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the ongoing investigation.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers gave the St. James Tigers all they could handle in the first round contest of the 65th Annual St. James Tournament, but in the end Salem fell short and lost, 67-59. Salem scored a season high 30 points in the 2nd quarter of the game, but could not find the scoring touch in the second half hitting only 13-24 free throws. Salem was led in scoring by Phillip Moser with 23 points, Jonathan Hambacker netted 11 points and Jacob Kettner added 10 more. Salem is 4-9 on the year and will take on the Newburg Wolves Thursday night at 6:00 at St. James.

The City of Salem Winter Youth Basketball Program is almost here. Sign-ups on will be held this Thursday and Friday, January 21st and 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sign ups will also be held on Saturday morning January 23rd from 9:00 – noon. All sign-ups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center (formerly the National Guard Armory.) These will be the FINAL sign-ups for the Winter Basketball program. This program is for all boys and girls that are currently enrolled in the 1st-6th grades. The cost is $15.00 per child. For more information, please contact Greg Nash at the City of Salem Parks & Rec. Dept. at 729-6290.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Montreal to face the Canadians at 6:30. The Blues are 21-20-7 on the year and have won four of their last five games. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a one-year deal on Tuesday. That leaves only one Cardinal left that has filed for arbitration, second baseman Skip Schumaker.

The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with third baseman Alex Gordon and pitcher Robinson Tejeda on Tuesday, signing both players to one-year contracts. The Royals have also requested unconditional release waivers on infielder Luis Hernandez.

Late Score: Salem Girls 55, Owensville 51

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Dollie Anderson of Salem, age 91, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Richard “Rick” Dulany of Farmington, age 47, will be held today at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 10:00 in the morning until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Graveside services for Beverly Ann Hall of Rolla, age 78, will be held today at 3:00 at the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Schuyler Co. Historical Society.

Funeral services Joe Goldner of Lenox, Iowa, age 57, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Hanson-Eaton Cemetery in Crawford County. Memorials are suggested to the Hanson-Eaton Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 20% chance for morning rain, high near 60.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers after midnight, low of 45.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 90% chance for ran during the afternoon, high near 50.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 32.
Friday..Partly sunny, high around 50.

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