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TheSalem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Tuesday evening at the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, Alfred Hughes talked with the aldermen about his desire to hold outdoor contemporary Christian music and bluegrass gospel shows every first and third Saturdays starting March 22nd and lasting until the end of September at his property and surrounding lands with permission from the neighbors. He said he is doing this so that the youngsters in the neighborhood on Eighth Street between Jackson and Washington have an alternative choice to drugs and get them involved in Christianity. Since it is on private property, the board has no authority to approve or not approve the event, but Mr. Hughes wanted the city to know what was going on at the property before he began holding the events. The board then approved the consent agenda that showed an increase in sales tax for the month of January before Alderman Jim McDaniels asked about the culverts at the city park. The city has cleaned the ditches out as far as they could before the ditch became too wet to do any good. The city will continue that work once the ditch either freezes or dries out. McDaniels stated that he talked with Mike Fiaoni from the Department of Conservation and Dave Massengale from the US Forest Service about transplanting the three to four inch trunk ash trees that are at the treatment plant. These trees would be professionally removed and then planted properly in the city park all for $1,900. Massengale stated the transplanting needs to be done before April 15th during the dormant stage for the tree. The board will put the item on the agenda for the next meeting. Alderman Jackson asked about the utility bill for Marion Whitfield when the residence where she was living caught fire and the meter was pulled. The property then had to be renovated and the owner put the utilities into his name while the work was being done. Whitfield then went to move back in and put the utilities in her name, but was charged a deposit. This was because there was a break in service and that is what the ordinance requires. City of Salem Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash asked the city to help with the building of batting cages and after a discussion; they felt that the best area might be beyond the center field fence at the Red Field. Mayor Gary Brown said that 42 people dropped off items at the recycle day held this past Saturday. They collected a yard and a quarter of magazines. The mayor said that MoDOT says that the city of Salem and Dent County has $93,706 of money in the MoDOT accounts. The mayor asked MoDOT to use the money to remove the crown from McArthur and they will look at that. He went on to say that he and City Clerk Mary Happel would be at the MML legislative session later today. The board approved Bill #3120 that proposes a settlement with AT & T Mobility for back taxes in the amount of $243,481.52. According to City Attorney Mark Weaver, this had to be approved if the city wants to have claim to these funds where the litigation ends. The board approved a request to work with Archer Engineering and the MRPC to prepare the paperwork and plans for the Safe Route to School Grant, and the board instructed City Clerk Mary Happel to create a list from the active accounts receivable of utility bills that have been uncollected for over five years for removal from the active account. She will prepare the list for aldermen approval at the next meeting. After the bills were approved, the meeting went into closed session.

Due to a large number of influenza cases being reported in Dent County and the surrounding areas, the Dent County Health Center is offering flu vaccinations at no charge on a walk-in basis (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm) until the vaccine supply is exhausted. There is a limited supply of the vaccine and it will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need further information, you can call the Health Center at 729-3106, EXT 111.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers travel back to Union tonight to face the Sullivan Lady Eagles in the district semi-final starting at 7:30. Salem enters the game with a 20-6 record. Salem lost to Sullivan back on January 21st by six points. You can hear the game on KSMO radio and online at

Keith Tkachuk posted a goal and two assists, as the St. Louis Blues downed the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-1, in a Central Division showdown at Scottrade Center. St. Louis tallied three times in the third period to open up the four-goal cushion. Barret Jackman registered a goal and an assist for the Blues, who have won two straight and four of five overall. Brad Boyes, Lee Stempniak and Jay McClement also scored, while Erik Johnson and Martin Rucinsky each collected two helpers. Manny Legace made 19 saves to earn the win. St. Louis finished 3-for-6 on the power play and they have scored six power play goals in the last two games. The Blues begin a three-game road trip Thursday versus Los Angeles and then travel to Anaheim on Friday night. You can hear the games on KSMO Radio starting at 9:30 Thursday night and 9:00 Friday night.

NHL Scores:


Boston 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Toronto 3, Columbus 1
Ottawa 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Pittsburgh 3, Florida 2
Nashville 5, Edmonton 4
Vancouver 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)
Montreal 6, NY Rangers 5 (SO)
Calgary 4, Phoenix 1

NBA Scores:

New York 113, Washington 100 (OT)
Orlando 103, Detroit 85
Minnesota 104, Philadelphia 88
San Antonio 85, Charlotte 65
Denver 124, Boston 118
Utah 119, Golden State 109
Sacramento 105, Portland 94
Seattle 108, Memphis 101
LA Lakers 122, Atlanta 93
Houston 93, Cleveland 95

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed pitcher Ron Villone to a minor league contract with an invitation to attend spring training.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Margie E. Pisciotta of St. James, age 84, will be held today at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Hospice.

Funeral services for Jackie Arnold Babb of Duke, age 76, today at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem with Full Military Honors. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Parkinson Research.

Funeral services for Liz Mack of Portland, Tennessee, formerly of St. James, age 77, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Delores Mae Murray of Edgar Springs, age 77, are incomplete, but are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Winter Storm Watch from tonight until Friday afternoon

Today..Partly sunny, high of 28.
Tonight..Parly cloudy this evening with a 50% chance of light snow and sleet after midnight, low of 15.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 90% chance for sleet and freezing rain with a possible sleet accumulation of 1-2 inches and ice of up to ¼ inch, high of 26.
Thursday night..70% chance for light sleet and freezing rain, low of 22.




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