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At the Salem High School Gymnasium Friday night between the JV basketball game and varsity contest, Mina Ibrahim was crowned the 2007 Basketball Homecoming Queen. Mina is the daughter of Mary Slone and Joe Ibrahim. Her court consisted of seniors Jessica Braman and Audra Carty, junior Ellie Nothaus and Sophomore Whitley Mobray. Escorts for the girls were the five senior basketball players: Matt Whitaker, Solomon McNeal, Brad Lewis, Josh Hafner and Jordan Davis.

An accident happened on Saturday around 2:30 in the afternoon in Dent County on Dent County Road 312 about three miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2001 Yamaha ATV driven by 24-year old Travis Inman of Rolla, traveled off the left side of the road and overturned into a fence. Inman suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was airlifted to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. The ATV sustained minor damages and was removed from the scene by the owner.

The National Park Service announces that there have been several changes lately to how Ozark National Scenic Riverways handles reservations for picnic shelters at Big Spring, Alley Spring and Round Spring. As of last Wednesday, to reserve a picnic shelter, you must go to www.recreation.gov. The new system will accept credit cards, which the park previously could not. Payments will be sent directly to Recreation.gov, not the Ozark Riverways or the National Park Service. You can now reserve one year ahead, so if you want a shelter on August 2, 2008, the earliest you can make reservations will be August 2, 2007. The Park Service hopes that these changes will make the process more convenient for everyone. This system will also allow park visitors to make campground reservations at National Parks, National Forests and other Federal recreation areas across the country. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the park office at 573-323-4236, ext 0.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Valentine’s Day Membership meeting on Wednesday, February 14th beginning at noon that Salem TCRC. There will be a presentation by Jennifer Edwards of the Cardiovascular Wellness Program and Sandra Headrick, SNP of the Salem Memorial District Hospital on “matters of the heart”. Be sure and let the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce know if you plan to attend, there will be a special heart-healthy lunch provided.

The Salem Park Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, February 13th at the Salem Freedom Activity Center beginning at 6:30 pm. Scheduled for the meeting will be a report from the Parks and Recreation Director, Greg Nash. The Board will be discussing the youth basketball season, the Al Brown Fields concerning the softball leagues and field conditions, and there will also be an update on the Grant and Amory ball fields that will include the batting cages, parking and the scoreboards. Also to be addressed by the Board will be the youth activity fund, followed by a discussion about the swimming pool that includes the filter replacement and fees. The Board will then discuss the soccer fields, the Salem Freedom Activity Center light covers and any other business that may come before the Salem Park Board. The meeting of the Salem Park Board is open to the public.

The Salem Senior Center’s Annual Valentine’s Day Pig Roast Dinner and auction scheduled for tonight has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers captured the Newburg Tournament Championship as they beat St. James, 42-36. Salem was led in scoring by Natalie Howard with 14 points and Kirsten Stephens added 11 more. This is the second straight title for Salem at Newburg. Salem had beaten Viburnum on Thursday night, 44-41 to get to the final. Named to the All-Tournament Team for Salem were Natalie Howard, Kirsten Stephens and Allison Jones. Salem is now 18-4 on the year and they will travel to Ava tonight to face the Lady Bears in SCA play. The JV will start things out at 6:00 followed by the varsity game. Salem is 5-0 in the SCA going into tonight’s game.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers responded to the challenge of key games in back to back nights as they trounced Mountain Grove Friday night in the front of a packed high school gymnasium, 61 to 36. Salem was led in scoring by Taylor Sirois with 14 points and 13 rebounds followed by Brad Lewis with 12 points and seven rebounds. Also in double figures for Salem was C.J. Smith with 11 points and Solomon McNeal with 10. Salem improved to 13-9 on the year and 5-0 in the SCA and they will be in Ava for another key SCA contest Tuesday night.                         

Julian Wright posted a career-high 33 points and 12 rebounds, as the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks made the familiar trip to Columbia for a 92-74 victory over the Missouri Tigers in the Border Showdown from the Mizzou Center. Brandon Rush scored 21 points for the Jayhawks (21-4, 8-2 Big 12), who completed a week of rivalries after posting a 97-70 rout of Kansas State in Lawrence on Wednesday. Stefhon Hannah had 19 points and five assists for Missouri (14-9, 3-7), which has struggled in league play this season and has lost three of its last four. Kalen Grimes posted 16 points and nine rebounds, while Matt Lawrence scored 13 points. Keon Lawrence added 11. Missouri will face Baylor Wednesday night.

Simon Gagne scored late in the third period to tie the game and then tallied again 27 seconds into overtime to win it for Philadelphia as the Flyers ended a franchise-record 13-game home losing streak with a 4-3 victory over St. Louis. Keith Tkachuk posted a goal and an assist and Sanford ended with 22 saves for the Blues, who have lost five of their last seven contests. The Blues will host the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services

for Josephine M. Gruber of St. James will be held today at noon at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. James. Visitation will be this morning from 9:30 to 11:30 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the Resurrection Cemetery in St. Louis.

Funeral services for Alvin Hagen of St. James, age 84, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery in Dent County.

Funeral services for Carl L. Jack of Salem, age 99, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the New Hope Cemetery.

Funeral services for Erma Pewitt of Kalispell, Montana, formerly of Salem, age 77, will be held Tuesday, February 20th, at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery.

Graveside services for L. Maurice Pewitt of Mesa Arizona, formerly of Salem, age 74, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Dry Fork Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 100% chance for rain showers and isolated thunderstorms, high of 41.
Tonight..Periods of rain showers this evening, then rain and snow after midnight with possible snow accumulation of 1-2 inches by morning, low of 28.
Tuesday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for snow with an additional accumulation of up to four inches, high of 30.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy and cold, low of 9.
Wednesday..Partly sunny, high of 22 with wind chills in the teens.

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