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Your World Today - March 1, 2012

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The Salem R-80 Board of Education met on Tuesday night February 28th. The Board met in closed session for two hours and with a vote of 7–0 approved the contract of newly hired Superintendent Steve Carvajal. Mr. Carvajal is currently the Superintendent of the La Plata School District in La Plata, Missouri where he has served for four years. The board had conducted several evenings of interviews last week and finalized the selection process Tuesday evening. The board is excited about Mr. Carvajal’s leadership skills and looks forward to introducing Mr. Carvajal and his family of four children to the entire Salem Community in the coming weeks.    

The Salem Police Department has released their report involving the skeletal remains located in a wooded area next to Wal-Mart at 1101 West Highway 32 in Salem found on Thursday, January 26th at 11:00 that morning. Officer’s arrived on the scene, processed and collected evidence from the area. An identification card was collected which led officer’s to start looking for family from the Texas County area. Family members were located and were able to provide medical and dental records, which were forwarded with the skeletal remains to the University of Missouri in Columbia. Test’s conducted by medical examiners yielded results identifying the skeletal remains as Danny M. Fleming, age 49 from Licking. The exact cause of death is still pending, no foul play is suspected.

An accident occurred on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:35 in the morning at the intersection of Highway 32/72 in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a 2000 Lincoln Town car driven by Jack Cole of Salem was traveling East on highway 32, while attempting to make a left turn onto Highway 72 and failed to see a 1998 Chevrolet driven by Mark Nash of Salem traveling West on highway 32. Cole and Nash were transported by EMS to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. A passenger in the Lincoln reported no injuries. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

An accident happened at 11:22 pm on Friday, February 24th at the intersection of Truman and Water Streets in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a 2002 Pontiac driven by Amber Kearbey of Salem was traveling West on Truman Street. The Pontiac ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a two of mailboxes attached to a wooden frame. The Pontiac continued along the ditch and struck a second plastic mailbox before crossing a driveway and coming to a stop. The Pontiac backed up freeing itself from the mailboxes and returned to the roadway. The Pontiac traveled further down the roadway and the stopped in a private drive. The row of mailboxes entered the windshield and was lodged in the Pontiac until the Pontiac stopped. Kearbey stated that a blue passenger car swerved into her lane as it was traveling toward her and that she swerved to avoid the vehicle and then struck the mailboxes. A female passenger went to the Salem Memorial District Hospital to be checked due to being pregnant. The Pontiac sustained moderate damage and the mailbox framework was destroyed.

There will be a Steer Weigh-In at the Salem Livestock Barn on Saturday, March 3rd from 8:30 to 10:30 am. All steers will be weighed, tagged and wormed. The first steer is free, additional steer weighed in is $5.00.

The opening of trout fishing season officially begins at 6:30 this morning at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon and Montauk State Park near Salem. For many fishermen, it is the unofficial start of spring. For other anglers, it is the beginning of a summer-long passion that runs until the season’s end on Oct. 31. With opening day falling on a Thursday this year, Missouri State Parks officials are anticipating that many eager anglers will make the event a four-day weekend to maximize time in the state parks and in the water. All of the communities around benefit from trout fishing season with busy hotels, motels, restaurants and retail stores. Opening day fishermen in all three state parks will find numerous improvements ranging from new roofs, fresh coats of paint, several remodeled cabins and four-plexes, and energy-efficiency projects such as solar water heaters in the shower houses. 

Sports [TOP]

Michael Dixon had a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead five Missouri players in double figures, as the seventh-ranked Tigers pulled away to beat Iowa State, 78-72, on Wednesday. Ricardo Ratliffe scored 16 points for Missouri (26-4, 13-4 Big 12), which snapped a two-game losing streak and clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament. Marcus Denmon finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kim English contributed totals of 13 and eight in the win. Phil Pressey added 11 points, four assists, and three steals. Pressey broke Missouri's single-season record for assists with his first one on Wednesday. He entered the game tied with Anthony Peeler (179 in 1989-90). Missouri will play at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in their regular season finale.

Kevin Shattenkirk registered a power-play goal and two assists, as the St. Louis Blues remained hot on the road with a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Andy McDonald scored two goals for the Blues, who have won each of their first four stops on a six-game trek. Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves to match St. Louis battery mate Brian Elliott with 20 wins. It marks the first time in Blues history that two goalies have posted at least 20 wins in a season. The Blues will play the Vancouver Canucks tonight at 9:00 and you’ll be able to hear it on KSMO.

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with World Series MVP David Freese and 23 other players on one-year contracts for the 2012 season on Wednesday. Freese hit .297 with 10 homers and 55 runs batted in 97 regular-season games last season. He had a monster postseason, hitting .397 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 18 contests. Also agreeing to terms on 2012 contracts were the following players: Bryan Anderson, Mitchell Boggs, Matt Carpenter, Adron Chambers, Maikel Cleto, Allen Craig, Tony Cruz, Daniel Descalso, Brandon Dickson, Chuckie Fick, Sam Freeman, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton, Jon Jay, Erik Komatsu, Pete Kozma, Lance Lynn, Adam Ottavino, Adam Reifer, Shane Robinson, Marc Rzepczynski, Fernando Salas, and Eduardo Sanchez.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Memorial services for Vivian S. Standley of St. James, age 83, will be held tonight at 6:00 pm at the Christ Community Church in St. James. Arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Alva Ray Johnston of Salem, age 76, will be held Saturday at 12:00 (noon) at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family of Alva Johnston.

Funeral services for Richard “Glenn” Calvin of Rolla, age 70, will be held Saturday at 12:00 (noon) at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 68.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers, low of 50.
Friday..Cloudy early with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, then partly sunny, high of 63.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 32.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 50.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 31.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 50.



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