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The Missouri State Highway Patrol released their reports on the arrests of 40-year old Betsy Graves and 41-year old Daniel Hartsfield, both of Salem. On Thursday, February 11th at 12:54 in the afternoon they were arrested and charged with felony manufacturing of a controlled substance in a residence with a child, felony possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, two counts of felony possession (methamphetamine and cocaine), felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, felony endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree, and a misdemeanor unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. They were both taken to the Dent County jail and put on a 24-hour hold. The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Dent County Sheriffs Department.

The Salem Police Department released their report on a shoplifting incident that occurred on Sunday, February 14th at 3:00 in the afternoon. According to the report, an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart to investigate the incident. After investigating, a 21-year old Salem woman was arrested for stealing $97.76 worth of merchandise. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. The Salem Police Department asks that you please contact them at 573-729-4242 if you have any information on the previously mentioned report or any ongoing investigation.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, Mayor Gary Brown will present bids that were requested by the City of the collection of past due utility accounts. Chairman Sean Curley will report on the meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission held prior to the meeting regarding vacating a portion of West Gibbs Street. Alderman Jim McDaniels, Jim Jackson, Kenneth Nash and Brad Nash will then discuss miscellaneous items concerning the City of Salem along with comments on various issues from Mayor Gary Brown. During the introduction and reading of bills, Bill #3191, an ordinance amending ordinances 3168 and 3176 regarding the adopting of the annual budget for the City of Salem that began July 1, 2009 by increasing revenues by $117,469.00 and expenditures by $109,811.00, will be addressed. This ordinance is needed, according to State Statues, when you adjust the budget figures. After approval of bills presented by City Clerk Mary Happel, the Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is working to help Missouri producers improve their operations by teaching both youth and adults how to evaluate livestock based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grade standards. The Missouri Livestock Grading and Judging Contest and Workshop will be held Saturday, March 13th at the University of Missouri’s Trowbridge Livestock Center in Columbia. The workshop, open to grades nine or lower, provides youth an educational opportunity to learn the process of grading livestock. The contest, open to all ages, is an opportunity to apply national grading standards and to be judged on the process. A uniform system of grading slaughter cattle by USDA standardizes the production, marketing and distribution of livestock and meats. The Missouri Livestock and Grading Workshop and Contest will help participants apply those standards on grading feeder and slaughter cattle. In addition, participant’s ages 21 and older will have the opportunity to qualify as a certified livestock judge. The certified livestock judges list will be made available to livestock show officials and activity organizers and the Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals. Registration for the livestock contest or workshop is $6 per person including lunch. The deadline to register is February 19th. More information and registration forms are available by visiting or by calling (573) 751-5618.

Do you want to be in charge of who gets your assets after you’re gone? Are you concerned about what your estate will cost your heirs? What are the best tools available to plan my estate how I want?  These are just a few of the questions that will be answered at the Personal, Farm & Small Business Estate Planning Workshop series that is being held for three consecutive Tuesday nights starting tonight and ending on March 2nd. The sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. at the Salem TCRC.  The cost to attend is $45 per person or $55 per couple or single business entity (one set of materials). You need to attend all 3 sessions of this class. Registration fees include your materials and refreshments. The Salem TCRC is located in the Salem Freedom activity Center, 1200 W. Rolla Road.  To register, call the Salem TCRC at 729-8163. Sign-up today!

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger Basketball game with Mountain Grove last night was postponed and rescheduled for today starting at 4:00 with the JV game and the varsity game to follow.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will also be at Mountain Grove tonight with the JV action starting at about 6:15 for three quarters followed by the varsity game at about 7:30. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at

Former St. Louis Cardinals lefty Mark Mulder will apparently announce his retirement. The 32-year-old hurler, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2008, will call it quits after pitching nine seasons in the majors. In four seasons with the Cards, Mulder was 22-18 in 53 starts with three complete games and a pair of shutouts. His last full season was 2005, his first with St. Louis, which produced a record of 16-8 with a 3.64 ERA in 32 starts.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Glen Arthur Thomason of Salem, age 93, will be held today at 2:30 at Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.  Visitation will be from 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 Weldon Spring, formerly of Salem, age 94, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Salem United Methodist Church.

Funeral services for Bobby Wesley Barton of House Springs formerly of Boss, age 74, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ruth Maxine Blackwell of Osage Beach, formerly of Salem, age 85, will be Friday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Blackwell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Osage Beach Health Center.

Funeral services for Betty M. Henson of Vida will be held Friday at 12:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery in Vida.

Graveside services for Ruth K. Jadwin-Bell of Angelton, Texas, age 80, will be held Friday at 1:00 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with flurries until late afternoon, then partly sunny and windy, high near 30.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low around 17.
Wednesday..Sunny, high of 41.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 16.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 42.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 27.



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