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Round two of the 2012 Rally America National Championship takes place in the majestic Ozark foothills of the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th in Salem. Up to 70 of the top national and international rally competitors will challenge the fast, hard-packed dirt roads following a very slippery opening round at Michigan's Sno*Drift Rally in January. The roads are fast, tight and twisty and the conditions are extremely variable, creating an excellent playing ground for teams to compete for National Championship points. The Rally in the 100-Acre Wood will begin at 12:00pm on Friday, February 24th, with a Parc Expose. Fans can attend the Parc Expose to seek autographs and pick up spectator information before heading to various spots in the woods to watch the exciting rally action. Another Parc Expose will kick off the action on Saturday, February 25th in downtown Salem at the intersection of 4th & Main Street at 8:00am. Two Super Special stages will take place that day at the Potosi Lions' Park beginning at 2:40pm.  

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that William Zaritz pled guilty to federal charges involving his distribution of over 50 grams of methamphetamine, and possession of ammunition in August 2011. William “Mick” Zaritz, 59-year old from Phelps County, pled guilty to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of ammunition and one felony count of distribution of in excess of 50 grams of methamphetamine before United States District Judge Henry Autrey. Sentencing has been set for May 8, 2012. The weapons charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000; the drug charge carries a penalty range of five to 40 years in prison. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges. The South Central Drug Task Force, the Rolla Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives investigated this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael Bert is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The Doe Run Company recently welcomed four new employees to the Environmental Department of Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) based in Viburnum, Mo. The new employees are Genevieve Bodnar from St. Charles, Mo., Samantha Anderson and Kristin Bicsak of Salem, and Preston Pinson of Bellview, Missouri. Samantha Anderson was hired as an environmental analyst at SEMO. Anderson received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University. Anderson previously taught chemistry at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., before coming to Doe Run. Kristin Bicsak was appointed to the environmental technician position at SEMO. Bicsak recently graduated from Michigan State University where she majored in geology. Doe Run’s newest hires join the company’s team of more than 1,500 employees. Those interested in a career at Doe Run, may email their resume to

Congratulations to the Salem R-80 Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team for placing 2nd place in the 2012 4A-5A division at East Central College!! Congratulations to Michael Walden who took 1st in Math and 1st in Physics!

Captain Lee Ann Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, announces the results of the “Get Your Clicks On Route 66 Enforcement” program that was conducted on Friday, February 3rd.  Missouri, along with eight other states along the traditional Route 66 corridor, teamed up to dedicate this day to enforcing vigorously all traffic laws, with a special emphasis on seat belt violations.  In addition to investigating eight traffic crashes and issuing 69 warnings, Troop I officers made arrests and issued summons. There were summons issued for three DWI; three for careless & imprudent driving, one for following too close, 10 for seat belt violations, three for uninsured motorists, one for no driver’s license, five for other hazardous moving violations, three for non-moving traffic offenses, 17 for speeding, three for failure to yield, one felony arrest, one misdemeanor warrant arrest, one summons for a minor in possession of intoxicants, and one for felony possession of drugs.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Boy’s Basketball team lost to Thayer on Friday night, 71-66. Salem was led in scoring by Jacob Kettner with 21 points and Dustin Sercl added 14 points. Salem falls to 11-12 on the year and 3-2 in the SCA. Salem will be playing at Mountain View on Tuesday.

The Salem Lady Tiger Basketball team won their second straight game as they defeated the Newburg Lady Wolves Varsity Basketball Team Saturday afternoon at the Newburg Gym, 60-50. Salem was led in scoring by Kaytlyn Wells, Bailey Barnes, and Darian Grogan as they each scored 11 points. The Lady Tigers will be at Mountain View tonight to face the Liberty Lady Eagles in SCA play starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow. Salem is now 6-17 on the year.

Phil Pressey scored 19 points behind four three-pointers and No. 4 Missouri used a second-half surge to down No. 6 Baylor, 72-57, on Saturday. Marcus Denmon and Michael Dixon added 16 points and six assists apiece for the Tigers (23-2, 10-2 Big 12), who went 8-of-15 from beyond the arc in the second half. Missouri will host Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves to record his sixth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career as the St. Louis Blues kept rolling at home with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center. Alex Pietrangelo finished with two goals and an assist and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who have won four straight and extended their franchise-record home points streak to 19 games (16-0-3). The Blues will play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed pitcher Scott Linebrink to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Linebrink pitched for Atlanta last season and went 4-4 with a 3.64 earned run average in 64 games out of the bullpen. The 35-year-old right-hander is 42-31 with a 3.51 ERA over his 12 seasons in the majors. He has pitched in 607 games with San Francisco, Houston, San Diego, Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ms. Laura Irene (Tighe) Gorman, of Licking, age 82, will be held today at 11:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking. Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery. Memorial contribution may be made to the Patterson Cemetery.

Funeral services for Sue Counts of Salem, age 69, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to St. Judes.

Weather [TOP]

Winter Weather Advisory Until Midnight

Today..Cloudy with periods of snow, high of 31.
Tonight..Cloudy with periods of snow then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle, low of 29.
Tuesday..Cloudy, high of 43.
Tuesday night.. Partly cloudy, low of 27.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, high of 48.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance of rain, low of 39.



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