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The Dent County Fire Protection responded to two investigative calls this past week. The first call came in on Wednesday, February 28th for a carbon monoxide leak at the home located at 1002 South Hickory owned by Everett Taylor and occupied by Tarah White. Upon arrival, the firefighters could not find any carbon monoxide leak on their detector. Four firefighters responded to the call. On Friday, March 2nd, the Dent County Fire Protection District responded to a call to Oak Hill R-1 School on Highway 19 south in reference to a strong burnt odor with no flames showing. Upon arrival, the firefighters investigated the building but could not find the point of ignition. After a thorough investigation of the building, the ten firefighters who responded to the call returned to the station after being on the scene about two hours and 45 minutes. There was no damage to the school buildings, and school officials later stated that the cause of the problem had been located and would be repaired so no school will be missed. Mutual aid was called out to the Jadwin and Rolla fire districts with Lenox and Montauk on standby, but they were not needed.

An accident happened in Dent County on Saturday morning around 8:40 on Highway 32 about eight miles west of Salem. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1999 Ford Mustang driven by 41-year old James Brakefield of Salem, was eastbound on Highway 32 when he lost control on the snow covered roadway causing his vehicle to run off the left side of the roadway where the vehicle struck a ditch. Brakefield suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Salem Hospital by the Salem Memorial Hospital. The vehicle sustained minor damages and was taken by Knight Towing. Brakefield was wearing a seat restraint.

The Dent County Fire Protection District firemen responded to two brush fires on Wednesday, February 28th. The first call came in at 12:20 for a brush fire on Route P out past the first curve on property owned by Esther Shrock of Salem. Upon arrival about five to ten acres grass had burnt and the fire personnel extinguished the fire. The fire began as the result of the burning of trash in high winds. Six firefighters were on the scene about 40 minutes. The second call came in on Wednesday at 2:15, just after the firefighters returned to the fire station from the previous fire. This brush fire was reported by the sheriff’s department on property at Route MM and Highway 32 east. Upon the fire district’s arrival, about an acre and a half was on fire. Five firefighters responded to the call and extinguished the fire with help from the forest department in about 25 minutes. The cause of the fire was from burning brush in high winds.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen regular meeting will be held tonight at 7:00 in the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board will hear from Polly Mitchell in regards to the vicious dog ordinance and junk cars. Under bids, the board will review bids submitted for the repair of Well #6’s pump start panel. After the consent agenda, the board will address unfinished business that include bids for the pickup truck for the electric department, and bids on the security gate and on a maintenance gate for the Salem airport. The board will then hear from Alderman Jim McDaniels about his recommendation for a new pavilion at the city park, storm water problems, problems with violent dogs, a discussion concerning the TV cable company and other miscellaneous items. Aldermen Mike Whitely, Bill Riley and Jim Jackson will also discuss miscellaneous items concerning the city before Mayor Gary Brown offers his comments. The board will then review three bills: Bill #3090 to establish new city sewer and water rates, Bill #3091 to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for certain municipal officials, and Bill #3092 that repeals section 25-33 pertaining to the separating and independent building of sewer service to every building on one’s property. In new and miscellaneous business, the board will discuss annexation petitions that have been received, and discuss several items concerning the municipal airport before approving the bills and going into closed session. The meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman on tonight at 7:00 is open to the public.

Sports   [TOP]

The All-District Basketball Teams have been released for the Boys and Girls. For the Girls team, Kirsten Stephens and Natalie Howard were named to the All-District Team from Salem and Kristin Marshall from St. James. For the Boys team, Taylor Sirois was named to the All-District team. Congratulations Tigers!

The Salem Athletic Banquet will be held tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria to honor the Boys and Girls Basketball Tigers as well as the Basketball Cheerleaders.

Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career- high 26 points, as the seventh-ranked Texas A&M Aggies closed out the regular season for both teams with a 94-78 victory over the Missouri Tigers Saturday afternoon. Stefhon Hannah scored 17 points and Keon Lawrence and Marshall Brown both added 13 for Missouri (18-11, 7-9), which seems to be on the outside of the NCAA Tournament picture as of now and dropped two of their last three. Missouri's bench saw ample action, outscoring the Aggie reserves, 44-18. Missouri will play in the Big 12 Tournament to be announced this week.

Marcel Hossa scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the New York Rangers a much-needed 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden Saturday afternoon. Glen Metropolit had the last opportunity for the Blues, but Stephen Valiquette made a glove save on Metropolit's wrist shot to preserve the victory. Brad Boyes and Radek Dvorak each had a goal and Sanford finished with 32 saves for the Blues, who had won six of seven before the setback. St. Louis hosts Calgary on Tuesday at the Scottrade Center at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO.

Chris Duncan had two hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as St. Louis trounced Florida, 12-3. Scott Rolen finished 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Cardinals, who outhit the Marlins 14-5. Anthony Reyes earned the win, pitching two scoreless innings without surrendering a hit.

Sammy Sosa belted his first home run of spring training as the Texas Rangers blanked the Kansas City Royals, 5-0. Alex Gordon, Angel Berroa and Justin Huber had the only hits for the Royals. Luke Hudson gave up one run on two hits in three innings and was credited with the loss.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Reverend Marvin L. Callahan of Cuba, age 77, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Center Ridge Pentecostal Church of Cherryville. Visitation will be held today from 3:00 to 8;00 at the Britton Funeral Home in Cuba. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Wilbur Grayson of Steelville, age 80, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church in Steelville. Visitation will from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny and warmer, high of 56.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 30.
Tuesday..Partly cloudy, high around 58.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 38.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 56.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low around 30.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 58.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 36.
Friday..Cloudy with a chance for rain, high of 57.

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