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Your World Today - February 18, 2010

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Tuesday night at the Grace Community Church Gathering Place, the Salem Area Community Betterment Association saluted individuals and organizations that provided exceptional service to this community through their volunteer efforts. Individuals receiving the prestigious “Gift of Time” Awards were Dan Salyer and Jeff Sellers for Community Enhancement, Bonnie Gray for Education, Jay Anderson for Historic Preservation, Jann Craig for Humanitarian efforts and Houlie Ibrahim in the Youth Category. The Organization that the received the “Gift of Time” Awards was the Dent County Fire Protection District Firefighters for their Humanitarian efforts. Others recognized for their outstanding volunteer efforts were Jim and Jan Almond, James Coffman, Verla Floyd, Pat Johnson, Gary and Shirley Larson, Julie Salyer, Mary Lou Smith, Louise Venn, Doug Walter, Pam Webber and Deloris Gray Wood. Other organizations recognized for their efforts were the Salvation Army Service Unit Board of Directors and the Salem Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Judy Apperson received a special recognition for serving as the Salem Area Community Betterment secretary for many years. Congratulations to all those saluted for their outstanding efforts!

The Salem High School will be holding a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) filing workshop on Sunday, February 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the high school library. Brunch will be served during the workshop. Please RSVP to the counselor’s office at 729-5990 if you plan to attend. Anyone who will be attending college in 2010/2011 should file the FAFSA by the April 1st Missouri deadline in order to be eligible for federal grants.

An accident occurred at 3:00 early Tuesday morning in Phelps County on Highway 72 about eight miles east of Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Nissan Xterra driven by 26-year old Michael Bolerjack of Salem was traveling westbound on highway 72. Bolerjack lost control of the Nissan on the ice-covered roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned. Bolerjack suffered minor injuries and sought his own treatment. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Nissan was totaled and removed from the scene by Ron Dishman Towing of Rolla. 

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their monthly meeting tonight at the district administrative offices boardroom beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Bryant will address student academic achievements, give legislative update, address the free and reduced lunch count along with the January membership, and there will be an official ballot sample and Bryant will also address the Judson Young Foundation donation. In new business, there will be a review of the August bond issue results; there will be a 2009/2010 budget update, and a report from the CIA-PLC leadership team on the Powerful Learning conference. A program evaluation will be heard on differentiated programs, the transportation and safety communications system upgrade license, BOE policy 2010A updates, the Darrell “Jack” Holley MUSIC scholarship and any resignations. The Board will then vote to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel and student discipline. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors will conduct their monthly meeting tonight in the hospital library beginning at 6:00. After approval of minutes from the January 21st meeting, Administrator Dennis Pryor will give the summary of operations and statistics report for January and then update the Board on the Auxiliary report, the hospital activity calendar and legislative updates. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy will then update the Board on the nursing services and ancillary service reports. In old business the Board will address the SMDH video, there will be a strategic planning update, an annual bylaw review, discussion of the hospital lagoon and a report on the finance committee meeting. In new business the Board will address hospital purchases. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers wrap up their regular season tonight when they host the Ava Lady Bears and it will be Senior Night. The JV game will be at 6;00 and the varsity game will follow. You can hear the varsity contest on KSMO and online at Salem is 11-13 overall and 3-3 in the SCA.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will host the Ava Bears Friday night at the Salem High School Gym. The Junior Varsity will start things out at 6:00 followed by the varsity game. In between the JV and Varsity game the 2010 Basketball Homecoming Queen will be announced. The homecoming court includes sophomore class attendant Mackenzie Wulff, junior class attendant, Ashley Jadwin, and the senior homecoming candidates that include Danielle Connell, Houlie Ibrahim and Kayla Meade. Escorts will include basketball players Steven Morton, Phil Moser, Jonathan Hambacker, Andy Kissir and Dex West.

Kim English scored 18 points, as Missouri upended 15th-ranked Texas, 82-77, to beat the Longhorns for a third straight time. Michael Dixon added 13 points, while Keith Ramsey chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (19-7, 7-4 Big 12), winners in three of their last four games. Missouri is 15-1 at home this season. They also have won four consecutive home games against top 25 teams.

Missouri will be at Nebraska Saturday at 4:30.

Obituaries   [TOP]

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 today 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 tonight 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 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..Partly cloudy, high of 45.
Tonight..Partly cloudy this evening, mostly cloudy late, low near 30.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for rain or snow in the morning and rain in the afternoon, high of 40.
Friday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, then light freezing rain after midnight, low around 30.



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