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In closed session Tuesday night, the Salem Board of Aldermen unanimously approved to hold off looking for a new city administrator until after the April Municipal election. Until such a time as a new search is completed, the board approved by a 4-0 vote to have Economic Development Director Ray Walden serve as the interim City Administrator in addition to his Economic Development Director duties. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening in the hospital library. After approval of the agenda and minutes from the December meeting, the summary of operations for the month of December showed emergency room visits were down as were outpatient registrations that helped create a loss from operations of $248,952 and an after tax loss of $197,077. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor stated that the extremely cold weather, along with adverse driving conditions and holidays were all contributing factor to the loss. There was a cash decrease of $184,075 for the month of December that led to the days in account receivables going from 42 to 43, which is still outstanding. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy reported that there were 692 emergency room visits with an average turnaround time of 117 minutes. Also during the month, there were 160 ambulance runs with 154 patients being assessed. In December, there were 20 surgery cases, 1,457 outpatient registrations, 131 home health visits, 7,347 lab tests, 807 radiology procedures, 135 CT scans, 19 MRI scans, 13 nuclear med scans, 1,989 cardiopulmonary procedures, 433 rehab treatments, 178 dialysis treatments, and 249 clinic visits. Lacy also reported that confirmed cases of influenza picked up in numbers the last half of December. Until then, there had only been three cases reported, but as of the end of the year, a total of 25 cases had been confirmed. The board reviewed the quarterly patient satisfaction surveys for the emergency room, inpatient services and rural health clinics. There were 154 survey responses from patients in the Emergency Room and all categories came back at 98% or above. There were 23 survey responses for inpatient services and all areas were solid with the exception of when the patient was ready to leave the hospital. The category of getting written information about the patients’ recovery needed some improvement. For the rural medical clinics, 223 responses were received and all were 92% or above. In the Chief of Staffs report, a Med-Staff meeting was held on January 20th and the 2014 reappointments of active staff and courtesy staff physicians was reviewed. The Board approved the reappointments of current active staff and courtesy staff, with the exception of Dr. Shiraz Daud, M.D. from Pulmonology and Dr. Paul Schaefer, D.O. from Emergency Medicine who did not reapply. Administrator Dennis Pryor reported the election filing ended for the hospital board for District #1 and incumbent Judy Thompson was the only one to file so the hospital will not have to have an election. The Board then approved with one objection to purchase two replacement touch screen monitors for in the ER from Directec for $1,404. The Board then approved the conflict of interest policy before voting to go into closed session.

Candidate filing for the April 8th Municipal Election has ended 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 the filing date came to an end on January 21st, Bonnie McGuirt, J.J. Tune and Phillip Giacomelli filed for the mayoral position; filing for the West Ward aldermanic position was incumbent Kenneth Nash who will be opposed by Molly C. Zettel; and incumbent Ryan Whitaker was the lone filer for the East Ward Aldermanic position. For the R-80 School Board positions, filing were Susan Jordan, Holly Erway, Drew Whitaker, Larry Maxwell and incumbent Steven Morton. At Oak Hill R-1, a total of six people 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, Nikki Bowen-Eaton and Brad Smith. At Green Forest R-2, all three board seats that were available were filled by incumbents Scott Schults and Amber Toman as well as Josh Cartwright. At Dent-Phelps R-3, a total of seven people have filed for the three board seats available and they are incumbents Ron Copeland and Joe Case as well as Levi LuCerne, William Manthey, Paul Shaffer, William Woolman and Colleen Lebel. At Northwood R-4, filing for the three board seats available were incumbents Mark McSwain and Jenna Dunn as well as Aaron Brooks and James Kotschedoff. Only one person filed for the Salem Memorial District Hospital’s District 1 seat and that is incumbent Judy Thompson.

Sports [TOP]

Signups for the City of Salem Youth Basketball program will take place on today 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 Community Center @ the 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 Tiger basketball team will play Newburg tonight in the St. James Tournament at 6:00. Salem is 5-7 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

The St. Louis Blues will be in New York tonight to face the Rangers at 6:00. The Blues are 33-11-5 on the year and sit five points back from Chicago for the lead in the Central Division. KSMO will join this game in progress following the Salem Tiger basketball game.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Lawarence Turnbough of Davisville, age 83, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Davisville Assembly of God Church or Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Funeral services for Connie E. Woolf of Salem, age 81, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Linda Faye Coffman of Salem, age 58, will be Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.

Funeral services for Evelyn M. Bequette of St. James, age 73, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time.

Weather   [TOP]

Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9:00 am Friday

Today..Mostly sunny and cold, high of 14 with wind chill as low as -17.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 1 with wind chill as low as -11.
Friday.. Mostly sunny, high of 33.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 24.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 42.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 27.



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