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Volunteers for AARP are still conducting free tax filing assistance at the Salem Community Center@ the Armory computer lab this year.  This free tax filing assistance will continue every Friday until April 11th. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040. Some of the items you will need to bring with you to have your tax returns prepared: Proof of identification such as a picture ID; Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents. You must also provide birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; Wage and earning statement(s) including Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers; Year-end Social Security Statements showing total SS received and Medicare payments; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; and proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check or deposit slip. You should also provide the total amount paid for a daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number. Finally, to file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Appointments may be made by calling the Salem Community Center@ the Armory at 729-8163.

An accident occurred on Monday, February 24th at 5:34 in the evening on Highway 32 at MaCarthur. According to the Salem Police report, a 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Stacey Lee of Salem was driving east on highway 32 near the intersection of MaCarthur. Lee stated she drove into the turn lane to turn into the Town and Country Bank parking lot. Lee stated she had a seizure and while in the seizure state, drove off the left side of the roadway striking a curb, continued east through the parking lot crossing Henderson. She then left the roadway of Henderson, continued east through a small field and drove off into a ditch and collided with an embankment. Lee was transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital and was released with minor injuries. The Ford Explorer sustained minor damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker Towing.

The Dent County University of Missouri Extension will be offering a Private Pesticide Applicator Training Program on Tuesday, March 11th at 6:30 pm at the Extension Office Conference Room located on the second floor of the Judicial Building in Salem. Will McClain, University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist will be instructing this course for those who wish to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides. By participating in this training session, individuals will meet the Missouri Department of Agriculture requirements to obtain a license to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides for private use.  Those individuals who need to renew an expiring restricted-use pesticide license are eligible to attend this session to have those licenses renewed. There is no charge for this course, but all participants are now required to purchase the new “Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual” to be eligible to renew or apply for a license. The cost of the manual is $12. The course will take approximately 2 hours to complete. This course is only for those people who produce agriculture commodities (farmers) and who desire to apply these pesticides for private use.  Those individuals who are interested in commercial, dealer or other pesticide licenses should call 573-751-5504. Please call the Dent County Extension office at 729-3196 by March 10th to reserve a seat or if you have questions.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released a few more arrest reports for Dent County. On Tuesday, March 4th at 4:30 in the afternoon, 24-year old Terri Crow of Jackson was arrested and charged with possession of synthetic canabanoid, display or possession of a revoked license, and failure to wear a seat belt. A little later at 4:45, 62-year old Doyle Moit of Jackson was arrested and charged with felony 4th offense of no valid license, exceeding the posted speed limit and failure to wear a seat belt. They were taken to the Dent County Jail and later released.

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced he has returned nearly $10,000 in Unclaimed Property to the American Red Cross. It is common for nonprofit organizations to have Unclaimed Property, and Treasurer Zweifel praised the American Red Cross for frequently checking to see if he was holding Unclaimed Property for them. Treasurer Zweifel currently holds more than $810 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.7 million account owners. Anyone with Unclaimed Property – including individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments – may go to www.ShowMeMoney.com to search the database or sign up for email alerts to notify account owners when Unclaimed Property matching their information is added.

Sports [TOP]

The Eldon Mustangs survived a third quarter scare by the Salem Tigers after Salem rallied to close a 15-point gap to one point but never could take the lead, as Eldon went on to beat Salem, 70-55 in District play at Bolivar. Cody Whitaker made a lay-up four minutes into the 3rd quarter to bring Salem to within one point, but then Eldon promptly went on a 9-0 run to break the game open and Salem never recovered. Cody Whitaker led all Tigers with 18 points followed by Logan Pogue with 13 points. Salem finished the year with a 12-14 record.

Alexander Steen scored the game-winner 3:47 into the third period to make Ryan Miller's home debut a successful one, as the St. Louis Blues edged the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Tuesday at Scottrade Center. St. Louis trailed 2-0 after a shaky first period from Miller, but the Blues battled back with goals from Patrik Berglund and T.J. Oshie in the second before Steen found the back of the net early in the third to give the home team their first and only lead of the game. Vladimir Tarasenko tacked on an empty-netter, while Miller made 15 saves to notch his second straight victory with St. Louis. The Blues will be in Nashville on Thursday to play the Predators. 

The Missouri Tiger basketball team will host Texas A&M tonight at the Mizzou Arena. Missouri is 20-9 on the year and 8-8 in the SEC. You can hear the game on KSMO starting at 6:30.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will resume Spring Training action this afternoon when they play the Boston Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. First pitch is set for 12:05.

Salvador Perez went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI in the Kansas City Royals' 9-5 spring training takedown of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. The Royals will play the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon at 2:10.

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.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lee D. Melton of Arnold, age 87, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Rolla Chapel of James and Gahr. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Edgar Springs.

Memorial service for Henry Lewis Volluz of St. James, age 57, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Landmark Baptist Church in Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Bernice Hayes of Steelville, age 86, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Saturday night from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Lick Creek Cemetery in Cuba.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 39.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 22.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 40.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 24.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 51.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 32.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, high of 45.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 28.

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