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The Salem Quiz Bowl Teams took First Place in both the varsity and JV divisions in a clean sweep last Thursday evening at the annual SCA Quiz Bowl Tournament. Lane Howard, the varsity team captain, was the top scoring player in the tournament with a total of 670 points. Six Salem students were named to the All-Conference Teams. Named to the SCA First Team were Howard, 1st place; Tarynn Huitt, 3rd place and Liz Snyder, 8th place. Named to the SCA Second Team were Daniel Schultz, 2nd place; Tucker Conley, 5th place and Jacob Gale, 8th place. The Salem Varsity defeated Thayer, Ava and Houston to get to the championship round while the JV beat Thayer, Willow Springs and Houston. In the championship rounds, the Varsity again beat Ava to reach the finals, and then crushed Mountain Grove, 330-150 to win the event. The JV defeated Ava in the first round of the championship round before squeaking out a victory in the championship game over Willow Springs, 190-180. Playing on the Varsity Quiz Bowl team are Lane Howard, Tarynn Huitt, Liz Snyder, Ashley Greenshields and Kaycee Webber. Members of the Junior Varsity Quiz Bowl team include Daniel Schultz, Tucker Conley, Jacob Gale and Madison Auten. The teams are coached by Susan Sheeley and Wanda Nickles. Their next competition will be Saturday in Jefferson City at the Helias Invitational Tournament.

Starting March 1st, Missourians will be able to buy most hunting and fishing permits at home, using the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) new e-Permits system. The system will allow hunters, anglers, and trappers to print permits on regular computer printers and have them in hand them immediately. All sport-fishing and hunting permits will be available through e-Permits. So will trapping permits and the Apprentice Hunter Authorization. E-permits will look like the old permits and will be about the same size as in the past. Deer and turkey tagging procedures will change with the change to e-Permits. The main difference is that permits will no longer include a removable transportation tag. Instead, the permit itself will be the transportation tag. E-Permits will not be printed on adhesive-backed material, so hunters will need to provide a means of attaching them to harvested game. You also can save e-Permits on your computer and print extra copies of permits in case one is lost or ruined. As always, permits may not be shared and additional copies of a permit do not provide additional valid permits for the buyer or others to use. For more information about e-Permits, visit www.missouriconservation.org

The Missouri Farm to Institution Project, a project of University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition, will host a Farm to School workshops on Wednesday, March 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 23rd. This event will be held at the Salem TCRC located at 1200 West Rolla Road in Salem. To register, call the Salem TCRC 573-729-8163. Missouri School Nutrition Association members can receive 7.5 hours of Continuing Education Credit (CECs) for attending. The Missouri Farm to Institution (FTI) Project seeks to improve the physical and economic health of all Missourians through the promotion of locally grown fruits and vegetables. By providing education, raising awareness, and increasing partnerships, the FTI Project is linking more schools, hospitals, and communities with locally-grown foods. This project is funded through a contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A report on the feasibility study for a potential National Heritage Area in the Missouri Ozarks is available to the public for their review and comments. The study encompasses an area that would include Carter, Dent, Douglas, Howell, Iron, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Texas, Wayne and Wright counties. The report is available at the Salem Public Library and online at www.wparts.org or www.scogog.org. This project was spearheaded by Ozark Action, Inc., the Ozarks Preservation, Inc. and the West Plains Council on the Arts and was started in December of 2009. The project was federally funded by ARRA funds received by Ozark Action, Inc. from the US Department of Health and Human Services provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. The project premise is to find a way to market the cultural assets of the area that include the works of traditional artists and craftspeople, locally grown foods, and related resources of the Ozarks in a more integrated and effective way. National Heritage Areas are a program initiated by the National Park Service where they can provide technical, planning and limited financial assistance to the area. The NHA program’s website says, “the National Park Service is a partner and advisor, leaving the decision making authority in the hands of the local people and organizations.” The site also said that “Nothing in this management plan shall be construed to modify any provision of federal, state, or local law with regard to public access to or use of private lands.” Area residents are encouraged to read the report and to comment on it by writing to the West Plains Council on the Arts, P.O. Box 339, West Plains, MO. 65775, or emailing them at arts@townsqr.com. The original cut off date to submit your comments was March 5th, but they have extended the comment period to March 15th for Dent County residents.

Sports [TOP]

Blake Fuchs’ two free throws late in the 4th quarter proved to be the difference as the Salem Tigers dropped a 53-51 decision to Sullivan after a late three-pointer was disallowed due to a blown call by the official. Chad Elliott had hit a desperation three-pointer with .1 seconds left in the game, but the official ruled that the Salem bench had called timeout although no one apparently had. The Tigers were led in scoring by Dustin Sercl with 15 points and Jonathan Hambacker with 12 points. Salem ended the year with an 8-16 record.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers return to Union tonight to face the top seeded Sullivan Lady Eagles in the District semi-final game starting at 6:00. Salem enters the game with a 14-11 record and having won five straight games. Admission to the game is $4.00. If you can’t make it to the game, you can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

Paul Stastny scored the game-winner with 2:38 left in the third period to help Colorado snap a 10-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over St. Louis. Former Blue Eric Johnson also scored for the Avs in the game. Andy McDonald, Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart all scored for the Blues, who were coming off Monday's 5-3 setback against Chicago. Ty Conklin made 23 stops in the loss. St. Louis hits the road for a swing in western Canada starting on Thursday in Vancouver.

The Missouri Tigers host Baylor tonight at 7:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio. Missouri is 21-6 on the year and 7-5 in the Big 12 Conference.

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with pitcher Blake Wood on a contract for the 2011 season. The team also came to terms on one-year deals with outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson as well as catcher Manny Pina and infielder Jeff Bianchi. The 25-year-old Wood was 1-3 with a 5.07 earned run average in 51 relief outings for the Royals last season.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Billy Charles Cook of Salem, age 80, will be held today at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Pearl Ora Woods of Steelville, age 96, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Steelville.

Graveside services for Gertrude L. Caswell of Salem, age 84 will be held Friday at 10:00 at the Mt. Vernon Memorial Estates in Lemont, Illinois. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Memorial services for Virginia Lois Conaway of Pevely, age 52, will be Saturday at 2:00 at Lookout Assembly of God Church in Davisville. Interment will be in the Skaggs Cemetery at Shoal Creek. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, hogh around 50.
Tonight..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 41.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 49. |
Thursday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance for rain, posibly changing to snow, low near 30.

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