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Tuesday night at the Grace Community Church Gathering Place, the Salem Area Community Betterment Association saluted individuals and organizations that provided exceptional service to this community through their volunteer efforts. Three individuals and three groups received the prestigious “Gift of Time” Awards.  The Community Enhancement “Gift of Time” Award was presented to Bonnie Darling for her work organizing the Trees and Trains Exhibit. Michael Helm was given the “Gift of Time“ Award in the Humanitarian category for his transforming into Santa Claus each Christmas season to brighten the holiday season for children. The Historical Preservation “Gift of Time” Award was presented to Tod Kinerk for his dedication of time and talent to the Timber Days festival and parade. The organizations that received the “Gift of Time” Awards were the City of Salem Park Board in the Community Enhancement category for their commitment to bringing sports to area youth. The Salem R-80 National Honor Society was honored in the Youth category for organizing the local Toy Drive each Christmas. The Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center Teen Mothers Crossroads Mentors received the Humanitarian Award for working with teen mothers.  Others nominated were Doyle Lakes & Family, Larry Gray, Tina Pierce and Melissa Hayes. Congratulations to all those saluted for their outstanding efforts!

The Dent County Sheriff’s Office has released their reports. On Tuesday, February 4th at 1:13 in the afternoon, deputies conducted a knock and talk investigation in the 2000 block of South Henderson. Deputies were investigating the compliance of Timothy Reinier with his Sex Offender Registration. The investigation revealed that Reinier was not in compliance. He was transported to the Sheriff's Office for questioning. Reinier was later to released to his mother with charges pending. Then on Thursday, February 6th, Reinier was arrested on formal charges of failing to register as a sex offender. He was incarcerated on a $10,000 cash only bond. On Saturday, February 8th at 11:00 in the evening, a Lenox fireman was heading back to the Lenox Firehouse on Highway C when he spotted a structure fire on County Road 2070. The Lenox Fire Department responded to the scene and it was reported that the house had been empty for some time. The Fire Marshall was called and came out to the scene and the cause of the fire is listed as undetermined at this time. While investigating the fire, Deputy Robbins and Corporal Wimont discovered a stolen vehicle at an adjacent property. The vehicle, a 2006 GMC Yukon, had been reported stolen from Rolla on December 26th, 2013.  The vehicle was towed to Whitaker’s Towing for processing by the Rolla Police Department.

Superintendent Bill Black expressed appreciation on behalf of the National Park Service (NPS) for the tremendous level of public interest and participation in the planning process for the Draft General Management Plan for Ozark National Scenic Riverways. The public comment period for the Draft began on November 8, 2013, and concluded on February 7, 2014. During that time nearly 1,500 people attended the public open house sessions to learn about the Draft and to provide their comments. More than 2,700 comments were registered on the public comment website during the comment period.  Over 10,000 names on several petitions were presented to the park.  In addition, hundreds of letters have been mailed or delivered to park headquarters. The final General Management Plan is expected to be ready for release during the summer of 2014. Following the distribution of the final document and a 30-day no-action period, a record of decision approving the plan will be prepared for signature by the Midwest Regional Director for the National Park Service. At this time no final decisions have been made about any of the management proposals in the Draft. Specifically, there has been no change in the current situations regarding horse trails or boat motor horsepower. The current use of trails will be allowed to continue until the NPS has established a new system of designated trails. Everyone is encouraged to visit the park’s website at for further updates. For more information, please contact Dena Matteson at (573) 323-8028.

The Bank of Salem is sponsoring the February 14th “Jumpin Java” Friday morning coffee. This informal networking get together for chamber members will be held in the Visitor Center/ Chamber office located at 200 South Main, from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Stop in anytime during the hour to catch up, enjoy coffee and donuts and share what’s new at your shop. Don’t forget to bring your business cards and promotional material. 

Sports [TOP]

Cody Whitaker led the Salem Tigers with 24 points as the boy’s basketball team climbed over the .500 mark on the year to 10-9 overall with a 73-64 win over the Cabool Bulldogs in Cabool. Logan Pogue contributed 15 points and Adam Ziske finished with 10 points as the Tigers move to 3-0 in the SCA on the year. The boys will host Pacific tonight in a makeup game from December that will be a varsity game only starting at 6:00. That game will NOT be aired on KSMO Radio.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will travel to Mountain Grove and play the Lady Panthers in a makeup game tonight. The Lady Tigers are 3-1 in the SCA, and 7-12 on the year.

2014 Olympic Games- Medal Count

Norway: 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 4 Bronze,      11 Total
Canada: 4 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze,        9 Total
Netherlands: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze, 8 Total
U.S.: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze,            7 Total
Russia:  1 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze,        7 Total

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jerry ‘Beef Steak’ Sutton of Salem, age 78, will be held today at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Daniel G. Reinken of Steelville, age 52, will be held today at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service.

Funeral services for Ray Colvin of Rolla, age 85, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary Chapel in Rolla.

Funeral services for Lola Mae Goforth of Bunker, age 84, will be held Thursday at the 1st Baptist Church in Bunker. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 until 8:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the 1st Baptist Church in Bunker.

Funeral services for Jesse F. Reed of Salem, age 83, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Fern Quick of Warrenton, formerly of St. James, age 72, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Peggy Regan of Salem, age 75, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Salem Long Term Care.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 37.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 20.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 48.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 31.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 44.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 23.
Saturday..Sunny, high of 46.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 29.



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