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The National Forest Service will conduct prescribed burns in Salem and Potosi Districts from the end of February through March.  In the Salem District, the major prescribed burns will be near Lost Lake and at Marcoot near the tower. In the Potosi District, the major prescribed burns will be in the Delbridge area and at Council Bluff. Smaller prescribed burns may also be held at locations to be determined. The purpose of these burns is to re-establish fire’s natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health and wildlife habitat, and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires. Many conditions must be met before a prescribed fire can be ignited.  The day chosen must be a combination of correct humidity, wind speed and direction; temperature, fuel moisture, and atmospheric conditions.  Factoring all these requirements limits the number of days in which a prescribed fire can take place. Trained and experienced crews direct and conduct each prescribed burn. For the next several years, there will be an increase in fuels on the forest floor as a result of the January 2009 ice storm and May 2009 windstorm.  Persons with smoke sensitivities may contact the nearest ranger district and ask to be notified of upcoming burns. The number to the Salem Ranger Station is 729-6656.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education Superintendent Search Committee will conduct a meeting tonight at the district administrative offices boardroom beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, the Board will move into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation and the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host a workshop on credit and budgeting in Phelps County. It will be held on February 18th, from 2-4 p.m. at Meramec Regional Planning Commission located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James. The workshop, entitled “To Your Credit,” will cover how your credit history will affect your credit future. The workshop will be offered at no cost and registration is not required. Persons needing more information may call (573) 265-2993 or 265-4200.

The Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Community Center located at 606 North McGrath Lane in Salem. After approval of minutes, agenda, and disbursements, they will have a general discussion and report on new business. They may then vote to go into closed session. The meeting of the Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County is open to the public.

The Kid Connection, which is a child fair and developmental screening, will be held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on Friday, March 5th. The developmental screening, including height, weight and vision, will be held from children age birth to five-years old. There will be many free items and giveaways at many of the booths. The Kid Connection is FREE to children living in the Salem and Dent County School Districts. To make an appointment, call 729-2578.

A popular hair stylist who worked in fashionable salon in St. James was shot late Thursday night at her residence just south of Rolla died just before reaching a hospital in Springfield. The victim, 40-year old Tracy Weber, a Phelps county resident who lived on Phelps County Road 5010, was air-evacuated from the scene by helicopter and died en route. The alleged shooter, Weber’s live-in boyfriend Brent C. Schwertz, was taken into custody at the scene and booked into the Phelps County Jail. Even though Schwertz was arrested, specific charges levied against him were not released by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department. Departmental personnel said no information would be released because of the ongoing investigation.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers lost their seventh straight game as they fell to the Licking Lady Wildcats, 44-38. Salem is now 11-12 on the year. Salem was led in scoring by Danielle Connell with 10 points and Kaitlyn Wells with nine points. The Lady Tigers will be at Mountain Grove tonight for an SCA tilt starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow.

Jacob Kettner and Jonathon Hambacker each scored 15 points, but Salem's foul trouble was too much to overcome as the Tigers lost to the Mountain View Liberty Eagles, 67-64 Friday night in SCA play. Mountain View went 31 for 51 from the free throw line. Salem falls to 6-16 on the year and 1-4 in the SCA. The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday as they will travel to Mountain Grove to face the Panthers.

Ekpe Udoh's tip-in with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted 24th-ranked Baylor to a 64-62 win over Missouri at the Ferrell Center. Zaire Taylor scored 15 points to pace the Tigers (18-7, 6-4), who had won two straight. English and Safford both contributed 13 points. Laurence Bowers added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for Missouri, who will host Texas on Wednesday.

David Perron notched the winner in the fourth round of the shootout propelling St. Louis over Washington, 4-3, at Scottrade Center. Patrik Berglund, Erik Johnson and T.J. Oshie tallied in regulation for the Blues, winners of three in a row before the NHL's Olympic hiatus. Chris Mason made 31 saves for the win. The Blues resume play on March 2nd at Phoenix after the Olympic break.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Russell Carney of Steelville, age 82, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the St. Michael’s Church in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Graveside services for Mark M. Walberg of Salem, age 79, will be held today at 1:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Alberta Lee Huggins of Salem, age 78, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Relay for Life.

Funeral services for Glen Arthur Thomason of Salem, age 93, will be held Tuesday at 2:30 at Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.  Visitation will be Tuesday at 1:30 until time of service.  Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.   Memorials can be made to the Glen Thomason Family.

Funeral services for Betty Mae Graham of Salem, age 89, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Graham Family Cemetery.

Funeral services for Homer Cooksey of Ballwin, formerly of Salem, are incomplete at this time, but under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a chance for snow showers this morning and flurries this afternoon, high of 28.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries, low of 17.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy, high around 30.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 18.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high around 40.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 21.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high near 40.

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