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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. In the consent agenda, the sales tax collections for the month of December were down, but for the year, sales tax collections are up about $9,000. Director of Works and Engineering Bill Huffman stated that all departments are doing basic maintenance. He said that the contractor is back at the airport and hopes to be done this week. Huffman reported that six homes and five sheds are in the court system now for repair or demolition. City Administrator Clayton Lucas said that benches have been donated by Elva Schafer at the Roadside Park in memory of her husband, Bob Schafer, who also served as an alderman for the City of Salem. He says that he will be meeting with numerous civic organizations to discuss short-term and long-term goals as part of updating the city’s strategic plan. Lucas said that he attended a grant workshop for CDBG grants and that there is funding available for numerous projects such as money for community buildings, demolition, water and

wastewater projects, and more. He says that the city can earn more points for the grant if the projects they apply for are part of the strategic plan. Alderman Haydn Powell reported that children have been playing on the fire escape at the old Middle School. Lucas said that the city could cut off the fire escape so that the children do not have access to it. Mayor Gary Brown reported that the Rolla Recycling Center would be accepting old tires from individuals on March 31st from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM for no charge. Brown stated that there would be a tombstone dedication for Confederate General Edmond J. Wingo at the Cedar Grove Cemetery on April 21st at 1:00. He also reported that MoDOT would be doing some core drilling and surveying on McArthur Avenue to eventually reduce the crown, possibly within the next two years. MoDOT would reduce the amount of build-up, repave the road and then the city would have to sign an agreement that they would maintain the road from that point forward instead of MoDOT. The board approved the re-appointment of Rose Kinerk to the Salem Housing Authority for four years effective February 15th. The board also approved the payment of $11,388.75 to Midwest Hydro for the inspection and repair of the pump in Well #8, approved the payment of $3,117.60 to Fletcher-Reinhardt for supplies for line work for the electrical department, and approved the payment of $3,710 to IRBY for a 500-foot wire spool for the electrical department. The board approved to let Administrator Clayton Lucas put out for bid for a service truck for the Water and Sewer Department for $14,500 and also allow him to purchase a truck should one become available for that price that meets the bid specs. The board went on to approved the request to sell three city vehicles including a 1995 Chevy ¾ ton pickup from the Water and Sewer Department, a 1998 Ford F-150 4 x 4 ½ ton pickup from the Water and Sewer Department, and a 1993 CAT 70-foot Bucket Truck from the Electric Department. The next meeting of the Board of Aldermen will be on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 due to President’s Day on the 20th. The board then went into closed session.

An accident occurred at 1:08 Monday afternoon in Crawford County on I-44 Eastbound about six miles east of Cuba that took the life of a Cuba man. According to the highway patrol report, a 1988 Chevrolet pickup driven by 89-year old Elmer Brand of Cuba was traveling westbound in the east bound lane of the interstate and struck a 2007 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Ranjit Dhillon of Palmdale, California head on. Brand was pronounced dead at the scene by Crawford County Coroner Paul Hutson and his body was taken to the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba. The Chevrolet pickup was totaled in the accident, and the Kenworth tractor-trailer sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Mile’s Towing of Cuba.

The Rotary Club is sponsoring their annual Pancake Day on Saturday, February 11th from 7:00 to 11:00 am at the William Lynch Elementary School. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children age 12 and under. Everyone is invited to come out and help support Pancake Day. Proceeds from Pancake Day go towards the Rotary Club Scholarship fund.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger Basketball team lost to Cuba Monday night in the first round of the 2012 Newburg Lady Wolves Tournament, 42-28. The Lady Tigers fall to 4-17 on the year and will be playing the Newburg JV on Thursday at 4:00 in the loser’s bracket of the Newburg Tournament.

The Salem Tiger Boy’s Basketball team will be looking for their sixth straight win tonight as they will host Willow Springs. The JV contest starts at 6:00 and you can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at You can also see the game on the Internet on with a paid subscription. Salem enters the game with a 10-11 record and they’re 2-1 in the SCA. The Salem Tiger Benchwarmers will be having a Cancer Awareness Night during the games tonight. All fans are being asked to wear a “White Shirt” to help “White–Out Cancer.” There will be an “In Honor Of or In Memory Of” tree.

Marcus Denmon made four three-pointers en route to 25 points, as the fourth-ranked Missouri Tigers snuck past the Oklahoma Sooners, 71-68. Ricardo Ratliffe added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (22-2, 9-2 Big 12), who have won four in a row since a loss to Oklahoma State on January 25. Michael Dixon donated 13 points. Missouri will host Baylor on Saturday.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Ottawa to face the Senators at 6:30. The Blues are 30-14-7 on the year. KSMO will broadcast the beginning of the game, cut away for the Salem game, and then bring you the third period of Blues on a tape-delayed basis after the Salem Tiger basketball game.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Woodrow T. Lewis of Salem, age 96, will be this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Rector Cemetery in Shannon County.

Funeral services for A.D. McEntire of Salem, age 75, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the A.D. McEntire Family.

Funeral services for Brenda Bowers of Springfield, age 63, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Elmer "Red" Mahurin of Salem, age 66, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life-Dent County Chapter: Patriots and Putters.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain and snow, high of 48.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 30% chance of rain and snow, low of 29.
Wednesday..Cloudy then becoming mostly sunny, high of 37.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 19.
Thursday..Sunny, high of 43.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 27.



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