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The City of Salem Utility Committee held a meeting Monday night in the city hall council chambers. Utility Committee Chairman Mike Whitley discussed a number of items to be recommended to the board of aldermen at the next meeting. The committee wants to recommend to the board to increase the reconnect fee from $25 to $35 dollars and not only have the person pay the past due bill, but the current bill as well. They also want to recommend that a transfer fee be initiated for people who move from one address to another within the city limits and want to transfer their utility account and deposit. That fee was suggested to be $10. The utility committee discussed implementing a trash pickup deposit of $25 for all new accounts and they will recommend that to the board as well. The committee approved recommending that a 5% increase in sewer and water rates go into effect in April. The city is required by the grant they received for sewer improvements from DNR to have that department self-sufficient or the city may have to pay the grant back. Currently, the sewer department is not self-sufficient. The committee did discuss eliminating the 2% electric payment discount, but abandoned that idea. They do want to create an ordinance that would require that homeowners have a cleanout for the sewer five feet inside the property line that the city would maintain once installed. The committee also wants to recommend changing the ordinance that requires a separate sewer and water hookup to a workshop on private property. The committee further wants to change the current ordinance that does not allow new utility service to be started with a new tenant or owner until the old service is terminated by a signed work order. Some or all of these recommendations will be made to the board at their next meeting on February 20th. The utility committee meeting was then adjourned.

The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will present “Out on a Limb” tomorrow night at 7:00. Steve Bost, the Park naturalist at Montauk State Park, will present a program about an Ozark Mystery. The activity is appropriate for all ages. The cost is $3.00 per person or $7.00 for the whole family. Call 729-3400 to make your reservations or for more information.

The Salem R-80, Green Forest R-II, and Dent-Phelps R-III, will be closed on Friday, February 16th, Monday, February 19th and Tuesday, February 20th. Classes will resume on Wednesday, February 21st. Oak Hill R-I and Northwood R-IV (K-8th grade) will be in attendance on Friday, February 16th and Tuesday, February 20th. They will not be in attendance on Monday, February 19th due to observing President’s Day.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their regular meeting this Thursday at 7:00 pm at the district administrative office boardroom. After the approval of the consent agenda, which will include the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting along with approval of bills, the attendance report, the food service report, and the substitute list, will be communications. Superintendent Steve Bryant will address the free and reduced lunch count, the January membership, legislative updates, along with donations from the Judson Young Foundation and the Salem Rotary Club. Bryant will also address the Upper Elementary building addition, an official ballot sample and the Dent County School Administrators meeting. New business to be discussed will include, Board of Education recognition from Representative Smith, program evaluations, policies, resignations and the board will also consider an Assistant Band Director Position. The Salem R-80 Board of Education will then adjourn and go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and discipline. The meeting is open to everyone.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Tigers climbed one step closer to clinching that SCA Basketball Championship outright last night as they beat the Ava Bears, 61-40. Ava kept the game close until Salem pulled away with 24 fourth quarter points. Salem was led in scoring by C.J. Smith with 21 points followed by Taylor Sirois with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Salem is now 14-9 on the year and 6-0 in the SCA with their final regular season game Friday night against Houston. It will be Senior Night and five seniors will be honored along with their parents before the game. You can hear the contest on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com.

The Missouri Tigers will host the Baylor Bears tonight in another Big 12 matchup. Missouri is 14-9 on the year and 3-7 in the Big 12. You an hear the game on KSMO radio tonight starting at 5:30 with the pre-game show.

Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo each had a goal and three assists and the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the St. Louis Blues, 6-5, at Scottrade Center. Mike Grier and Patrick Marleau each added a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three of their last four games. Bill Guerin had his seventh career hat trick and added an assist and Keith Tkachuk and Christian Backman each had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have dropped three of their last four games. Manny Legace started in net, but was pulled after giving up four goals on 18 shots. Curtis Sanford finished the game between the pipes and stopped six of the eight shots he faced.

NHL Scores:

Boston 3, Edmonton 0
Carolina 2, Los Angeles 1
NY Islanders 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 5, Phoenix 3
Florida 1, Montreal 0
Colorado 2, Anaheim 0
Calgary 4, Atlanta 1

NBA Scores:

 San Antonio 107, New Jersey 82
Miami 104, Portland 85
Memphis 108, New Orleans/Ok City 104
Toronto 112, Chicago 111
Houston 109, Sacramento 104 (OT)
New York 107, LA Lakers 106
Dallas 99, Milwaukee 93

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Wilda Freitag of St. James, age 81, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Garden in Rolla.

Funeral services for Maxine J. Schafer of Hillsboro, age 80, will be held Thursday morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be today from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery.

Funeral Service for Stanford W. Sheets of Salem, age 91, will be held Saturday, February 17th at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel.  Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 8:00.  Interment will be in the Cedar Grove 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 where graveside services for her husband, L. Maurice Pewitt of Mesa Arizona, formerly of Salem, age 74, will be held.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy, high of 25 with wind chills today in the teens.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with flurries, low of 9 with wind chills around zero.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 20% chance for snow, high of 23 with wind chills in the mid teens.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy with a low of 8 and wind chill values at –2.

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