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If you have recently had your house or vehicle egged in the City of Salem, the Salem Police Department is asking that you contact them with your name, phone number and address. Those responsible have been apprehended. Call the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

The Salem Park Board held a meeting Tuesday at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. The board discussed the condition of the Al Brown and City Park Fields in preparation of the upcoming softball and baseball leagues. Parks Director Greg Nash stated that there were some high traffic areas that were in need of attention as far as seeding in the outfield areas of the softball fields. He also said the infields at Al Brown and City Park Fields are in need of topdressing and he is getting bids to see what the costs would be to work on these areas. He stated that the ditch at the City Park fields had been covered and asphalted to the east of the t-ball fields and would help with the parking issues that were dealt with last summer during the ball leagues. The batting cages were also discussed and it is hoped that they can be built this spring so they can be used this year. Nash reported that sign-ups would be held around the first to middle of March, but the exact dates will be announced at a later time. The season is scheduled to start around the middle of May and run through the end of June. The board also decided to include 13-year olds to see what kind of interest would be generated in hopes to get more kids to participate in the program. Nash reported that last year close to 700 kids participated in the city’s program. Director Nash then reported that there were close to 200 kids from 1st-6th grades participating in the youth basketball program. Because of the increase in kids, additional coaches are needed.  Most of the games and clinics will be held on Saturdays in the high school gymnasium with the practices being held throughout the week at the Freedom Activity Center. Nash then reported on the soccer field DNR grant application that was submitted. He is hoping to hear if the city will be awarded the grant by the middle of April. This grant is the same one that the city used to construct the new little league fields at the City Park. Finally, Nash said that he had concerns about lifeguards this year at the swimming pool as there are not that many returning. He does plan on recruiting lifeguards so that there will be more than just a skeleton crew available. With no further business the meeting then adjourned.

An accident was reported at 2:04 Thursday morning in Crawford County on Highway 49 about four miles north of Viburnum. According to the highway patrol report, a reporting party found a 1993 Ford driven by 52-year old Robert Coleman of Cherryville. The Ford had traveled off the left side of the roadway, overturned and struck a tree. Coleman was found unconscious, and suffering serious injuries. He was flown by helicopter to St. John’s in St. Louis. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford was totaled and removed from the scene by Abney’s Towing. 

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce would like to announce the newly elected Executive Board. The regular monthly Chamber Board meeting was held at noon Thursday, February 5th at the Salem Visitor Center/Chamber Office. Philip Giacomelli of Wilson Mortuary was elected the 2009 Chamber President. The 2009 Vice- President will be Avalon Rogus of American Tool Works, and serving as Treasurer for 2009 will be Melanie Wisdom of the Salem R-80 School District. The Chamber would like to congratulate this new executive board and wish them well as they begin this term.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce next regular membership meeting will be Thursday evening, February 12th at 5:30 at the Salem TCRC. Senator Frank Barnitz has agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to speak at the first evening Chamber membership meeting this year. My Place Restaurant will be catering the meal. The cost is $8.00 and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP no later than today by calling 729-6900 or coming by the office at 200 South Main Street.

The Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out at 9:15 Wednesday evening to assist the Salem Memorial District Hospital. The fire department responded to Dent County Road 5140 and arrived on scene at 9:28. The scene was under control at 9:33 and the department remained on scene until 9:45 pm. The fire department had five personnel respond to the call.

Sports [TOP]

Hannah Kettner scored 14 points and Jennifer Herndon added 12 more as the Salem Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 in the SCA with a 53-21 win over Mountain View/Liberty. The Lady Tigers are now 8-11 on the year. They will be at Thayer tonight to face the Bobcats in a makeup game from Monday night.

The Salem Boys basketball Tigers will attempt again to reach the .500 mark tonight as they travel to Willow Springs to face the Bears in SCA Play. Salem is 9-10 on the year and 2-0 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will be back in action as they travel to Iowa State tomorrow afternoon for Big 12 play starting at 5:00. You can hear the pregame show at 4:30 on KSMO Radio. Missouri is 19-4 on the year and 6-2 in the Big 12.

Robert Nilsson scored the decisive goal in the shootout, as the Edmonton Oilers edged the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, at Scottrade Center. Jay McClement lit the lamp for St. Louis, which has lost three of its last five games. Mason stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced. The Blues dropped to 12-10-4 at home with the loss. The Blues will host Colorado Saturday night starting at 7:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Prior to the game last night, the St. Louis Blues recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Peoria of the AHL.

St. Louis Rams have announced that Chuck Faucette will remain with the team as assistant strength coach.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Patricia Gladys Murphy of Salem, age 92, will be held today at 1:00 at the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Miner Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Maybel Marie Ousley of Rolla, age 95, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society.

Funeral Mass for Emma Agnes Smith of Viburnum, age 86, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church in Viburnum. Visitation will be from 11:00 until Mass time. Interment will be in the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

Memorial services for Anthony Joseph Catalano III, of Rolla, age 17, will be held Saturday at 3:00 at the Salem Full Gospel Church in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy and breezy, high of 58.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 47.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy, high around 60.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, low of 45.
Sunday and Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, high of 56, low of 48.
Monday..50% chance for showers, high of 58.

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