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Captain Lee Ann H. Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, announced the results of the “Click It Or Ticket” program that was conducted on Friday, February 24, 2012.  Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up and save more lives. During this enforcement campaign, Troop I officers stopped 224 vehicles, which resulted in 43 seat belt citations being issued. In addition to investigating three traffic crashes and issuing 165 warnings, troopers also either issued citations or made arrests for the following offenses: four DWI’s, 11 Uninsured Motorists citations, 32 Speed citations, 20 Non-Moving Traffic Offenses, four Driver’s License Violations, five Careless & Imprudent Driving, two Hazardous Moving Violations, and one Felony Drug Arrest. Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in four Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Seven out of 10 Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released several arrest reports. On Monday, February 20th at 11:25 at night, 19-year old Dalton Harrison of Salem was arrested on a felony Texas County warrant for burglary and a misdemeanor Phelps County warrants for resisting an officer and assaulting a law enforcement officer. He was taken to the Phelps County Jail and held on bond. On Thursday, February 23rd at 2:40 in the early morning, 31-year old Ranauta Boxx of Salem was arrested on a misdemeanor Pulaski County warrant for damage to public property. She was then taken to the Phelps County Jail. On Friday, February 24th at 1:23 in the afternoon, 48-year old Rose Stagner of Salem was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence of drugs. She was taken to the Dent County Jail and later released. On Saturday, February 25th at 9:20 at night, 43-year old Stacey Camden of Dittmer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, and no valid proof of insurance. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and was later released.

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation's natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. CRP is a voluntary program available to agricultural producers to help them use environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Producers enrolled in CRP plant long- term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and develop wildlife habitat. In return, USDA provides participants with rental payments and cost-share assistance. Contract duration is between 10 and 15 years. Producers with expiring contracts and producers with environmentally sensitive land are encouraged to evaluate their options under CRP. Producers also are encouraged to look into CRP’s other enrollment opportunities offered on a continuous, non-competitive, signup basis. For more information on CRP and other FSA programs, visit a local FSA service center or www.fsa.usda.gov or call the Texas County FSA office at (417) 967-2028.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission will resurface nine miles of eastbound Interstate 44 in Phelps County this year after awarding a construction contract on March 1st. The eastbound travel lanes and shoulders will be resurfaced from mile marker 176 near Sugar Tree Road to Route E in Rolla. Pace Construction Company, LLC of St. Louis was awarded the contract after submitting the lowest bid of $2,342,000. Once construction begins, the work will take a little more than two and a half months to complete. The contractor can complete the work anytime between spring and early December 2012. Motorists are encouraged to drive safely through work zones by following work zone signing. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). 

The Southwest Baptist University-Salem Campusis sponsoring the Tuesday, March 13th Chamber Members luncheon meeting.  This meeting will be held at Southwest Baptist University located at 501 South Grand, beginning at noon. Philip Giacomelli will be speaking on new and upcoming programs as well as the formation of their new community service student organization and various other SBU related topics. There will be a drawing for the top 3 “premier” booth spaces for the Business Expo – members must be present to win!  There is no cost for lunch but please RSVP by Friday, March 9th to chamber@salemmo.com or call 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

Kim English scored 20 points as 7th ranked Missouri used a big second half to take an 81-59 win over Texas Tech in the regular- season finale for both schools on Saturday. Marcus Denmon scored 17 points, Matt Pressey added 14 points, and Ricardo Ratliffe contributed 13 points and 15 rebounds for Missouri. The Tigers made 16 three-pointers on 26 attempts and held a 30-23 advantage on the glass. Missouri finished the regular season with a 27-4 record overall and 14-4 in the Big 12 and will be seeded second in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament.

T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk each had a goal and an assist, as the St. Louis Blues took down the San Jose Sharks, 3-1. The Blues went 4-0 against the Sharks this year to sweep the season series for the first time since taking all four meetings during the 1994-95 season. Andy McDonald also lit the lamp for the Blues, who jumped into a tie with idle Detroit for first place in the Central Division. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves for St. Louis, which has won five of six. The Blues will face the Chicago Black Hawks tomorrow night.

Billy Butler hit a two-run home run in the first inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers. Lorenzo Cain added two hits and a run scored while Johnny Giavotella scored twice in the win for the Royals. Luis Mendoza (1-0) earned the win for pitching two scoreless innings in the start. The Royals will face Texas again today.

The St. Louis Cardinals start their preseason games today, as they will face the Miami Marlins starting at noon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Robert “Jerome” Bay of Salem, age 93, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 until 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Grace Pearl Johnson of Salem will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 until 8:00. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery in Reynolds County at 2:00 on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the Polk Cemetery.

Memorial services for Herbert Junior Hoffmann of Rolla, age 75, will be held Saturday at 12:00 noon at the Rolla Church of Christ in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 in the morning until service time on Saturday at the church. Special services will be held at the church by the Missouri Highway Patrol Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 54.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 40.
Tuesday..Sunny, high of 67.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 49.
Wednesday.. Mostly cloudy and breezy, high of 63.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low of 51.

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