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The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Monday, February 6th at 12:13 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of West Beasley in reference to a fight in progress. The investigation revealed that a 17-year old female and a 22-year old female, both of Salem, had been fighting. They were both arrested, were issued summons to appear in court for disorderly conduct, and released. Later that afternoon at 2:10 pm, an officer was detailed to the S.E.M.O. Behavioral Health located at 301 North Grand in reference to an assault. That investigation revealed that a 37-year old Seymour female had assaulted a 29-year old Webb City female. The suspect was arrested, issued a summons to appear in court, and released. That evening at 7:12 pm, an officer made contact with a 28-year old Salem male at a residence in the 800 block of West Third who had an active warrant from Texas County. He was taken into custody and incarcerated at Dent County Jail. On Tuesday, February 7th at 2:45 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took a battery valued $100 from a 1993 Ford Escort Wagon parked at a residence in the 1000 block of West Coffman. Anyone with any information regarding the theft reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 573-729-4242.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will be conducting a Special Meeting on Saturday, February 18th at district administrative offices boardroom beginning at 1:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, the Board will vote to then adjourn and move into Closed Session. During Executive Session, the Board will be discussing personnel.

“The Earth Moves Under Our Feet,” an event in recognition of Earthquake Awareness Month, will be held Saturday, February 18th at Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg. The free event, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey and Missouri State Parks. The park’s visitor center will feature displays relating to earthquakes for visitors to explore. At 10:30 a.m., Edie Starbuck, a department geologist, will present a program on earthquake basics, history, earthquake preparedness and the effects earthquakes have had, and will have, on the land and human population. This program will include an introduction to the State Emergency Management Agency programs related to earthquakes. After the program, a video about earthquakes in the Midwest will be shown. There will be time for questions and answers. Onondaga Cave State Park is located seven miles southeast of the Leasburg exit off of Interstate 44 on Highway H. For more information about the event, contact the park at (573) 245-6576. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

More than 1.7 million visitors from Missouri and beyond flock to the Show-Me State’s four trout parks each year. Along the way, they also leave more than $100 million, which supports thousands of jobs and sustains local economies. Three of Missouri’s trout parks–Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking and Roaring River State Park near Cassville–are owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Maramec Spring Park near St. James belongs to the James Foundation. These destinations, with campgrounds, hiking trails, historic buildings and other amenities, are wonderful destinations in their own rights. But trout provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are the main attraction. March 1st marks the start of the catch-and-keep fishing season at trout parks, and thousands have been making the pilgrimage to Missouri’s trout temples on that date for more than 70 years. Maramec Springs is expecting around 1,000 anglers on opening day, while Montauk is expecting 2,000. Retired science teacher Berry Reynolds, of Licking, will fire the opening gun at Montauk to launch the 2012 catch-and-keep season. He has fished every opening day at Montauk since 1973. In an attempt to keep didymo, an invasive algae also known as rock snot, out of Missouri, the Conservation Commission has banned the use of felt or other porous-soled waders, which can harbor didymo cells. Didymo reduces natural food sources and fouls hooks, making fishing nearly impossible. For more information about trout-park fishing you can call Maramec Springs at 573-265-7801 and the Montauk State Park at 573-548-2585.

Residents in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Laclede counties interested in volunteering during emergency situations are encouraged to take advantage of a three-day course offered March 2nd –4th in St. James. The 21-hour training is offered free of charge. The classes are from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4th at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission Office, 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. The training will introduce participants to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept of preparing civilians to proactively organize and train for a disaster. CERT trainings cover disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization. Certified CERT instructors Byron Burke and Terry Bruno will teach the course. Lunch will be provided for participants on Saturday and Sunday. Persons interested in participating should contact Tammy Snodgrass at MRPC, 573-265-2993 or by email at tsnodgrass@meramecregion.org. Deadline for registration is Feb. 27th.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger Basketball team will be in Mountain Grove tonight to face the Lady Panthers in their final game before District play. JV will start things off at 6:00 and the varsity game will follow. Salem is 6-18 on the year and 1-5 in the SCA.

Marcus Denmon scored a team-high 17 points as 3rd ranked Missouri rolled past Oklahoma State with an 83-65 victory at Mizzou Arena. Ricardo Ratliffe added 15 points and 12 rebounds, Michael Dixon scored 15 points as well, and Phil Pressey and Kim English each netted 13 for Missouri (24-2, 11-2 Big 12), which won its sixth straight contest. The Tigers now sit in a tie with Kansas for the top spot in the Big 12 conference. Missouri will play at Texas A&M on Saturday.

The St. Louis Blues will host the New York Islanders tonight at 7:00. The Blues are 34-15-7 on the year and sit five points back from Detroit for the lead in the Central Division. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The NFL has named St. Louis Ram’s head coach Jeff Fisher to the NFL Competition Committee, which studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to teams.

Basketball district play begins next week in Class 4, District 9 in Union for the Salem boys and girls basketball teams. The Salem Lady Tigers were seeded 6th and they will face the Union Lady Wildcats on Monday night starting at 7:30. The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers were seeded 3rd and they will play Owensville in the first round on Tuesday at 7:30 at Union. The cost for each game at districts is $4.00.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Alta Louise Fink of Rolla, age 75, Saturday at 10:00 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will be in the Elk Prairie Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Funeral services for Opal V. Pruett of Rolla, age 91, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Edgar Springs Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ray Skeeters of Salem, age 81, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy early then becoming sunny, high of 48.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Friday..Sunny, high of 53.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 32.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 46.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 27.
Sunday..Sunny, high of 45.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 28.

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