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The Salem Community Garden Committee will kick-off the 2010 garden season in March with a variety of activities and tasks to prepare for new programs and gardening opportunities.  The original Community Garden site will accommodate individual beds and a number of specialized plots for experiments and demonstrations planned for the 2010 season.  A nearby site, the Annex Garden, will be used for harvesting for food pantry donations.  The committee will also continue to present workshops and “how-to” sessions on a variety of gardening practices to increase productivity and beauty of any home or market garden. The 2009 garden was a cooperative effort of the University of Missouri Extension’s Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, Salem United Methodist Church, local organizations, and citizens.  Eric Stevens, an AmeriCorps VISTA member, headed the effort as the garden coordinator through February 2010.  His one-year position with AmeriCorps has ended and he has accepted a new position in Illinois.  Management of the Salem Community Garden will be coordinated by several Master Gardeners for 2010. Many hundreds of hours were spent to make the garden a success, and many individuals and businesses donated seeds, services, tools and materials for the garden’s operation. The methods used to grow vegetables in the Salem Community Garden are described as bio-dynamic, intensive raised bed gardening.  This means that organic techniques are used to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers in an intensive spacing of many plants, in soil prepared using organic materials and the micro-organisms living within the soil. With the expansion of the Salem Community Garden, any donations of tools, seeds or other gardening resources are appreciated. Any resident interested in signing up for an individual garden bed at no cost or volunteering their time to help at the garden should contact Sarah Hultine Massengale at Dent County Extension, 729-3196, or Master Gardener Jim Almond at 729-6708. 

The Dent County Cattlemen will hold their annual meeting tonight at The Commons starting at 6:00. The Sligo United Methodist Church ladies will serve the meal at 6:30 and there is a cost of $5.00 per plate. Children under the age of five can eat free. This is also the time to renew your membership. Dues are $10 for the county membership and $70 for membership to the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. Jason McCann, the President of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will be speaking as well as Ben Eggers from Sydenstricker Genetics. Please call the University Extension Center at 729-3196 to let them know if you will be attending or if you have any questions.

An accident occurred on Monday, February 22nd at 3:38 in the afternoon at the intersection of Highway 19 and West Franklin Street in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Michael Cramer of Salem was attempting to cross the highway and made contact with a 1991 Ford Escort driven by Joshua Janson of Salem, that was traveling southbound on Highway 19. The Jeep Grand Cherokee sustained minor damage, and the Ford Escort sustained extensive damage. An occupant in the Jeep suffered minor injuries. Janson and an occupant in the Ford Escort suffered moderate injuries and were transported by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital for treatment.

An accident happened in Phelps County at 9;00 Wednesday evening at 9:00 on Highway 63 about a half mile south of Yancy Mills. According to the highway patrol report, 37-year old Heath Foster of Licking, driving a 1994 Toyota southbound, lost control of the vehicle and it traveled off the right side of the roadway. The car struck an embankment and came to rest. Foster suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by the EMS. The 1994 Toyota had moderate damage and was removed from the scene by Dishman’s Towing of Rolla. Foster was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident.

Sports [TOP]

There will be a Powder Puff Football Fundraiser for the “S” Club Scholarship Fund at the Salem High School Gymnasium tonight starting at 6:00. The first game will feature the sophomores taking on the juniors, with the winner of that game facing the seniors for this year’s bragging rights. Admission is $1.00 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The St. Louis Blues will be at Dallas to face the Stars at 7:30 tonight and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio. The Blues have won four straight games and are three points out of a playoff position with 19 games to play.

The St. Louis Blues have acquired forward Matt D'Agostini from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect Aaron Palushaj. D'Agostini appeared in 40 games for the Canadiens this season, notching two goals and two assists.

The St. Louis Cardinals will start their preseason schedule today as they will face the New York Mets in Florida. KSMO will be airing the weekend games only during the preseason.

The Kansas City Royals will also play their first preseason game as they will take on the Texas Rangers in Arizona.

Kansas City Royals have claimed pitcher Gaby Hernandez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox; placed pitcher Henry Barrera on the 60-day disabled list.

The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Devard Darling and running back Dantrell Savage on Wednesday.

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]

Funeral services for William “Bill” Benjamin Nash Sr. of Salem, age 53, will be held today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grover Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Zander Charles Head of Salem, age 5 months, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jeffery Elmer of Salem, age 51, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Anna M. Wirfs of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Matlock Cemetery in Rural Phelps County. Memorials are suggested to the Matlock Cemetery or Tri County Human Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 50.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 26.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 56.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 32.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high of 56.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy early, mostly cloudy late, low of 38.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy, high near 60.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low around 40.

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