State Representative Jason Smith of Salem won the Republican nomination Saturday to replace U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson who resigned. He prevailed after six rounds of voting by an 84-person committee of local Republican leaders and immediately became the favorite in the June 4th special election in the 8th District. The 32-year old Smith would be one of the younger members of Congress, but he already has plenty of experience as a lawmaker. Smith won a special election to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2005 and, because of term limits, is now one of the most senior members of the chamber. After serving as majority party whip, his colleagues elected him in January as House speaker pro tem the No. 2 ranking position. This past Saturday, he defeated nine other GOP candidates that included Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, former state Senator Jason Crowell and former state party Chairman Lloyd Smith. The Democrat Party is to select their nominee this weekend. Smith stated that he drove 10,000 miles to reach all 30 counties in the district and visited with each committee member since Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson announced her resignation. Smith lives in rural Dent County and owns a fourth-generation family farm with about 30 cattle. He is also an attorney and a partner in a local real estate business. Missouri's 8th District stretches south from the outer suburbs of St. Louis to the agricultural-base of the Missouri Bootheel and westward to the rolling Ozark hills. The district's residents are the poorest and least educated in Missouri with a median household income of less than $36,000. Emerson who resigned on January 22nd to become president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, ending the 32-year run of family representation in Congress. Her late husband, Bill Emerson was first elected in 1980 and served until his death in June of 1996. Jo Ann Emerson then won an election to succeed her husband until her recent resignation.
The Board of Aldermen of the City of Salem will be holding a special meeting tonight at 6:15, called by Mayor Gary Brown, in the Council Chambers at 202 N. Washington to review the recommended changes to the City of Salem’s Municipal Code as provided by Sullivan Publications. The special meeting of the Board of Aldermen is open to the public.
The Salem Memorial District Hospital will be conducting their 1st 2013 Health Fair on Wednesday, February 13th and Thursday, February 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 am in the Outpatient Area. The Health Profile will be offered at a cost of $30. They will also be offering a thyroid, cardiac, glucose, urine and PSA tests for $10 each, bone density will be $25 and body fat percentage and blood pressure will be at no charge. Be sure and fast between 8 to 12 hours for most of the tests. For more information call the SMDH at 729-6626.
Cody Whitaker scored 17 points and Chad Elliott added 10 more as the Salem Tigers kept their SCA title hopes alive with a 50-45 win over the Willow Springs Bears Friday night. Salem is now 4-1 in the SCA and 10-12 overall. The Tigers will be at Thayer tomorrow night.
The Salem Lady Tigers fell to Laquey in the third place game of the Newburg Tournament on Saturday, 58-54. Emily Moser had 22 points and Savannah Hanning scored 15 points in the loss. The Lady Tigers fall to 9-13 on the year and will be Thayer tonight for an SCA contest. The JV will start out at 6:00 with the varsity to follow.
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.
Alex Oriakhi scored a career-high 22 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to help 21st-ranked Missouri continue its dominance at Mizzou Arena with a 98-79 win over Ole Miss on Saturday. Oriakhi went 7-for-10 from the floor and finished 8-for-10 from the free throw line to help the Tigers (17-6, 6-4 SEC) improve to 81-4 at their home venue dating back to the 2008-09 season. Phil Pressey also dropped in 22 points and Keion Bell finished with 21 for Missouri, which is 14-0 at home this season. Missouri will play at Mississippi State on Wednesday.
Nick Bonino scored the game-winning goal in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-5 comeback victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center. Alexander Steen and Chris Stewart each had a goal and two assists in the loss, St. Louis' fourth in a row (0-3-1), while David Backes finished with a goal and an assist. The Blues will host the L.A. Kings tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio at 6:30.
St. Louis Blues forward Jamie Langenbrunner was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his hip that will require season-ending surgery, the team announced Saturday. The surgery will sideline the 37-year-old for four-to-six months. That could mean the end of Langenbrunner's 18-year NHL career with 1,109 career games played. With the Stars, Devils and Blues, Langenbrunner has amassed 243 goals and 420 assists.
The St. Louis Cardinals announced they have agreed to terms with third baseman David Freese on a one-year contract for the upcoming 2013 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. The Cardinals have now come to terms with all arbitration eligible players.
Funeral services for Velma Conaway of Cherryville, age 89, will be held today at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville.
Funeral services for Nancy Sue Norris of Salem, age 58, will be held today at 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.
Funeral services for Trevin E. Bond of Hillsboro, age 92, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the Salem Chapel of the Wilson Mortuary. Interment will be in the Kissock Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research.
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 Harold "Bill" Burton of Rolla, age 89, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.