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The annual statewide tornado drill scheduled for today has been postponed until Thursday, March 6th at 1:30 pm due to a number of factors, very cold weather and others. The National Weather Service will kick off the drill with a Tornado Warning, which is plainly marked as a test. This test will cause NOAA Weather Radios to activate, and it is also a hope that every community will set off their sirens and media stations will forward the drill as if this were a real emergency. Next, it will be up to every business and family to participate in the drill by putting their plans into action. 

The Salem Police Department has released a few reports. On Friday, February 21st at 6:06 in the evening, an officer was detailed to Walmart in reference to an assault.  That investigation revealed that a 54-year old Salem male had assaulted a 21-year old Salem female. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and assault, issued summonses to appear in court, and released. On Wednesday, February 26th at 3:26 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The investigation revealed that someone entered a silver 2006 Toyota 4runner parked near the 100 block of West Third and took a purse, wallet, and contents valued at $312. Please contact the Salem Police Department at 573-729-4242 if you have any info regarding the theft, which is still under investigation.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Saturday, March 1st at 12:30 in the early morning, 40-year old William Burns of Salem was arrested on a misdemeanor Dent County warrant for failure to appear on a charge of marijuana possession. Burns was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. That night at 11:45, 28-year old Christopher Dement of Salem was arrested on a felony Crawford County warrant for a probation violation, felony Phelps County warrant for leaving the scene of an accident, Salem Police Department warrant for shoplifting and traffic violations, and a Dent County warrant for dangerous drugs. Dement was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on no bond.

Missouri elementary, middle and home-school students Kindergarten thru 8 have until March 14th to participate in the 2014 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the contest is part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” (NMT) statewide litter campaign. This partnership between MDC and MoDOT, along with thousands of volunteers, is working to prevent and reduce litter in Missouri through education, prevention, and cleanup activities. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: Kindergarten thru 2nd, 3rd thru 5th and 6th thru 8th. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules and effective use of theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school. There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online and up to three photos to www.nomoretrash.org by March 14th. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, current entries, and educational information can also be found at www.nomoretrash.org.

The Dent County Cattlemen will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, March 8th at Indian Trail Archery on Highway 19 North in Salem. The meeting will begin with registration at 6 P.M. and the ladies of the Sligo United Methodist Church will serve our meal at 6:30 P.M. There will be a $5.00/per plate charge. Children under the age of five may eat free. Guest speakers will include Jeff Schoen, a representative for Boehringer-Ingelheim, who will speak about wormers and vaccines, and a representative from Dow will talk about weed and brush control. After the speakers will be a short business meeting and the election of officers for the coming year. This is also the time to renew your membership. The dues are $10 and you must pay them to remain on the mailing list. Please call the University of Missouri-Dent County Extension Center by Wednesday, March 5th at (573) 729-3196 to let us know how many to expect to serve dinner.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers game that was scheduled for yesterday has been rescheduled for today due to the weather. The Tigers will face the Eldon Mustangs today at 4:00 in the first round of District play at Bolivar High School. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. The price of admission is $4.00 per person.

The St. Louis Blues will host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at the Scottrade Center. St. Louis is 40-14-6 on the year and tied for the lead in the Central Division. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 6:30.

Nick Castellanos was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer to help lead the Detroit Tigers to an 8-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Grapefruit League action on Monday. Jhonny Peralta went 2-for-2 with a pair of homers against his former club and James Ramsey drove in a pair for the Cardinals. St. Louis has the day off today.

Stop by and pickup the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules now available in the front lobby at KSMO and as you shop in Salem make sure to thank local sponsors who make it possible to hear the Cardinals on KSMO Radio.

Andy Wilkins hit a three-run home run as the Chicago White Sox took a 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Cactus League play on Monday. Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs and Jarrod Dyson drove in a pair of runs for the Royals. Jeremy Guthrie allowed three runs on four hits in two innings of starting work. The Royals will play the Cincinnati Reds at 2:05 today.

The Kansas City Royals have signed pitchers Francisley Bueno, Chris Dwyer, Donnie Joseph, John Lamb, Michael Mariot and Yordano Ventura, infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Christian Colon and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson to one-year contracts. Bueno did not allow a run in seven relief appearances last season with the Royals. Cain hit .251 with four homers and 46 RBI in 115 games last season.

Veteran reliever Guillermo Mota has announced his retirement. Mota hadn't pitched in the majors since 2012, but the right-hander signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals in January. The 40-year-old played for seven major teams during his 14-year career. He was 39-45 with a 3.94 earned run average.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lee D. Melton of Arnold, age 87, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Rolla Chapel of James and Gahr. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 today. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Edgar Springs.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 39.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 20.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow, high of 43.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow, low of 24.
Thursday..Sunny, high of 45.
Thursday night..Clear, low of 29.

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