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Your World Today - Friday, February 8, 2013

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The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting at the fire station Tuesday evening. After approval of the agenda and the minutes from their previous meeting, the Board reviewed and discussed financial reports. There was also a calendar review and during the reimbursement report, it was noted that a total of 24 calls came in for the month of January. There was one call for a structure fire, one flue fire call, one brush fire call, one car fire call, three calls for landing zones, eight first responder calls, two calls for motor vehicles, two mutual aid calls, one call for a meeting, one call for training and one call for an airplane in distress. Fire Chief Brad Nash then reported that Ladder 81 had been repaired and was back in service. The Board then discussed having an Open House the first of May and scheduling is being looked into for a date. The Board then set their next meeting for Tuesday, March 5th at the fire station beginning at 6:00 pm. The meeting was then adjourned.

The South Central Missouri Literacy Council plans to host a tutor training for new volunteer tutors on Wednesday, February 27th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Phelps County Court House in the Multipurpose Room. Tutors will receive training to work with adults who enroll in the Rolla Adult Education and Literacy Program. Tutors may volunteer in the following ways:  assisting class site teachers in Rolla, St. James, Belle, Salem, Cuba, or Steelville, or working one-to-one with literacy level students who need help outside the classroom setting. Tutors may also choose to assist with the English Language classes at the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Levels.  During the summer, tutors may be placed with English Language students who wish to continue learning English after classes end in April. Volunteers may work in small groups or one-to-one. Volunteer tutors are also needed from time to time to work with students who need help with basic math. You may state your preference for tutoring  assignments the day of the training. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor for the Rolla Adult Education and Literacy Program, please contact Jackie at 458-0101, Ext. 15149 for more information. Rolla Adult Education and Literacy provides free instruction to adults 17 or older who need to improve basic reading, writing and math skills, need to prepare to take the GED exam, or want to learn to speak English. Adults who need to brush up on basic skills before entering post-secondary education may also attend these classes. Anyone who would like more information about these classes may call 458-0150 for more information.

There are many important keys to the success of a business, but none are more important than controlling costs and increasing sales. To help area wood products industries manage costs and increase sales, the Missouri Forest Products Association is co-sponsoring a free, one-day workshop in Salem on February 21 at the Salem TCRC, 1200 West Rolla Road. Other co-sponsors are the city of Salem and Missouri Enterprise. The workshop is titled “Growing Profits for Missouri’s Wood Industries.” Participants in the program will learn how “Continuous Process Improvement, Energy Consumption and Waste Reduction, Marketing and Innovation” all fit together to translate into stronger companies with better bottom lines. Three of the presenters; Dave Goebel, Robert Beckmann and Rick Prugh, are experienced business and manufacturing professionals from Missouri Enterprise, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on assistance and training to help Missouri manufacturers succeed. The fourth presenter, Ivry Karamitros, is the International Marketing Specialist from the Missouri Department of Agriculture who specializes in finding export opportunities for forest products industries. There is no cost to attend the workshop, but pre-registration is required. To register, you can call Rick Prugh at 573-308-7581 or register on-line at and click on the workshop title under the seminars and events heading. This workshop is made possible through funding from the USDA Forest Service.

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The Salem Lady Tiger basketball team fell to top the top seeded Licking Lady Cats in the semifinal of the Newburg Tournament on Thursday, 68-48. Kristin Hemken scored 15 points and Savannah Hanning added 14 points for the Lady Tigers, who now drop to 9-12 on the year. Salem will face the loser of the Cub/Laquey game on Saturday night at 6:00.

The Salem Tiger Boys basketball team will be in Willow Springs for a key SCA match-up tonight. Salem is 9-12 on the year and 3-1 in the SCA. JV will start play at 6:00 with the varsity to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Salem Tiger Baseball team will play Mattoon, Illinois at Busch Stadium on Sunday, June 2nd after the Cardinals/Giants game.  Ticket prices are $25.00 and include the Cards/Giants game that begins at 1:15pm and then the Salem Tiger game. They have three hours to play the game. This is an exciting opportunity for our baseball team. The original ticket prices for these seats are $53. Tickets will be sold at the remaining boys and girls home basketball games and also can be purchased at the Salem TCRC, located in the Salem Community Center @ the Armory. The team has 800 tickets to sell with about 600 tickets remaining. For more info, please call 729-8163.

Fabyon Harris hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds to play as Texas A&M took a thrilling 70-68 win over 21st-ranked Missouri on Thursday. Alex Oriakhi had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (16-6, 5-4), who had won three of their last four. Phil Pressey added 13 points, but also had seven turnovers, including one that led to the winning bucket. Missouri had trailed by 15 points before clawing its way back and tying the game with 2:19 to play. Missouri will host the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday at 11:30 and you can hear it on KSMO Radio 1340 AM.

Petr Mrazek made 26 saves in his NHL debut and the Detroit Red Wings used a balanced attack to beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-1, on Thursday. Alex Pietrangelo scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have lost three straight. Brian Elliott stopped 24-of-29 shots. The Blues will host the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night at 6:30 and it can be heard on KSMO.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Graveside services for Jennie Catherine Ortmann of Salem, age 93, will be held today at 11:00 at the Jadwin Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:30 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem Nutrition Site.

Funeral services for Goldie L. Giddens of Rolla, age 85, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service at the chapel. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla.

Funeral services for Kenneth C. Edwards of Columbia, IL, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the Lawlor Funeral Home in Columbia, IL. Graveside services will be held in Salem at North Lawn Cemetery Saturday at 3:00.

Funeral services for Velma Conaway of Cherryville, age 89, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:30. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Nancy Sue Norris of Salem, age 58, will be held Monday at 12:00 (noon) at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Nancy Norris Family.

Funeral services for Donald Humphrey of Salem, age 57, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be held at the dry Fork Cemetery with full military honors.

A Celebration of Life for William E. Seay of Salem, age 91, will be held Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem Public Library Building Fund.

Funeral services for Iver Harvey Pieske of Rolla, age 89, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Elvis Harvey Burton of Rolla, age 89, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 48.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 52.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 41.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, high of 54.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 34.
Monday..Sunny, high of 47.
Monday night..Cloudy, low of 28.



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