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In a special closed session held Friday, February 26th at the courthouse, Presiding Commissioner Darrel Skiles, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell and District Two Commissioner Gary Larson all voted to pay the change of venue bill for the Nash Trial to Phelps County. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Monday evening, February 22nd at 7:10, an officer was detailed to the Salem Treatment Center in reference to an assault that revealed a 17-year old male of Springfield, had assaulted a 47-year old Salem male.  He was arrested, issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:30 in the afternoon, an officer was sent to a Classic Joy Ride Storage unit in reference to a break in. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown had forced open a storage unit and took copper wire and lead valued at $300.00. At 7:00 that evening, an officer transported a 48-year old Licking female to Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, in lieu of a mental commitment order. On Wednesday, February 24th at 2:52 in the afternoon, an officer transported a 23-year old Salem male to the Phelps County Medical Center in lieu of a mental commitment order. At 5:24 that evening, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The report revealed that a Salem female rented an X-Box Arcade console valued $760.00 from Best Rent to Own and failed to return it. Later that same evening at 6:25, an officer was detailed to the Country Mart parking lot in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown took a roll-around tool chest bottom valued at $500.00 from a blue 1995 Chevrolet Suburban. On Thursday morning, February 25th at 7:58, an officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of South Louise in reference to property damage. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown had broken a window at a residence. The value of the damage is approximately $150.00.  Anyone with any information regarding the theft or property damage reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will hold their meeting tonight beginning at 7:00 pm. In bids, Terris Cates of Integrity Engineering who addressed the Board at the January 19th Board meeting, requested the City apply for a CDBG Grant to address a storm water issue occurring between Third Street and “J” Highway in the Housing Development. The Board voted to proceed with a grant application and advertise for engineering services. Mr. Huffman will present the qualifications from engineering firms that were received. In unfinished business, the City had requested bids from collection agencies for the collection of past due utility accounts. Mayor Gary Brown had requested at the last meeting that this item be postponed until phone calls could be made for clarification of the bids. Mayor Brown will present the bids and make his recommendation. Alderman Jim McDaniels, Jim Jackson, Kenneth Nash and Brad Nash will discuss miscellaneous items involving the City of Salem and Mayor Brown will give his comments on various issues concerning the City of Salem. During the introduction of bills, Bill #3191, an ordinance amending ordinances 3168 and 3176, adopting the annual budget for the City of Salem, was tabled at the last meeting due to the absence of Alderman Jim McDaniels. The bill will be presented in hopes of having a full Board for the vote. State statues require this ordinance when changes are made to the budget that affects the total revenues or total expenditures from the original budget. This ordinance adjusts items the Board voted on at a previous meeting. Bill #3192 will be presented and is an ordinance allowing the 2010 Show Me Green sales tax holiday to apply to the local sales taxes of the City of Salem April 19th to April 25th. Last year the Board voted for the Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, and the Board needs to decide if they want to do this again this year so the ordinance could be into the State by March 3rd. After approval of bills presented by City Clerk Mary Happel, the Board will then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino of the Monster World Rally Team have claimed their fifth consecutive 100-Acre Wood Rally win. Block drove the Open Class Ford Fiesta to victory despite having a tough first day and starting the second leg over a minute behind rally leader, Travis Pastrana. The Ford driver was able to gain some ground after Antoine L’Estage dropped to third place due to a water-crossing visibility issue and a puncture on the second stage of the day. Subaru Rally Team USA’s Travis Pastrana held a fast pace and a comfortable lead over Block and L’Estage until Pastrana broke his car’s left rear control arm on the Super Special Stage in Potosi and was unable to continue. With Pastrana out of contention, L’Estage pushed to catch Block and posted comparatively close stage times with him, but Block was able to maintain his lead to the end. Having secured his consecutive second-place finish this season, Antoine L’Estage from Quebec now leads the Rally America Championship with 34 points. Privateer Bill Bacon joined L’Estage on the podium again despite having some difficulties with his Mitsubishi’s new set up, but Bacon’s consistency has now put him second in the overall championship standings with 28 points.

Jamar Samuels scored 14 points to pace sixth- ranked Kansas State to a 63-53 win over Missouri at Bramlage Coliseum. Kim English had 13 points to pace the Tigers (21-8, 9-5), who had a three-game winning streak broken. J.T. Tiller scored 11, while Keith Ramsey and Zaire Taylor each had 10 in defeat. Both teams finished at under 34 percent from the field, but the Wildcats were at just 18.8 percent after the opening 20 minutes. Despite this, the game was tied at 23 at the half. Missouri plays at Iowa State Tuesday night and will finish out the regular season against Kansas Saturday in Columbia.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Felipe Lopez to a one-year contract. Lopez spent part of the 2008 season with St. Louis, batting .385 in 43 games. Last season, the veteran spent time between Arizona and Milwaukee batting a combined .310 with nine home runs, 38 doubles and 57 RBI.

The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year contracts with infielders Josh Fields and Mike Aviles, and outfielder Mitch Maier.

The Kansas City Chiefs have released guard Mike Goff, and re-signed quarterback Matt Gutierrez and running back Kolby Smith.

The Salem High School Winter Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria for the Boys and Girls varsity and JV basketball teams, the cheerleaders and the parents of those who participated.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside service for Evelyn Cuddy of Salem, age 96, will be held today at the Highland City Cemetery in Highland IL. Memorials are suggested to the Salem United Methodist Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for Opal Swyers of Steelville, age 93, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 today. Interment will be in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Jeffery Elmer of Salem, age 51, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for William Benjamin Nash of Salem, age 53, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 46.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 26.
Tuesday..Partly sunny, high of 38.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low around 20.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 43.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 21.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 48.

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