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The Salem Board of Aldermen held a meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers Thursday night. The board approved the bid for a recycling trailer from Cowtown USA for $3,200 and it will be paid for by grant money. After the consent agenda was approved, City Administrator Ray Walden stated work has been done on cleaning up the property at 817 East Gibbs owned by Darin and Tina Cook. Nuisance officer Jared Brown, said Cook has cleaned up some of the lumber and debris, and has busted up much of the concrete around the property and put it inside the foundation. The board was going to review the bids to cleanup the property, but elected instead to wait until the March 17th board meeting to see the progress made on the cleanup. Walden then reported on the utility bills being sent out late as there had to be some adjustments made and re-reads of meters done due to the ice and snow. Estimated water bills had to made for the last two months and the city uses the first three months to determine rates for thee year and needed to have an actual reading taken. Walden said citizens would still have the same amount of time to pay the bills once they are received. He told the board he is waiting on an engineering report on the downed pole at Al Brown and should have it by Monday so he can talk with the insurance company. It was also noted that two other poles are getting in bad shape at the Al Brown fields and may need to be replaced. Walden said the city would be affected by a new federal requirement on the reflectiveness of road signs and the street department will evaluate those in the city withy a tester to see if they comply. Mayor Gary Brown said he spoke with MoDOT about the McArthur project and said the city would take over the street when it is completed and when the new ADA compliant sidewalks are also installed. Brown also said he spoke with the construction contractor and 4,500 feet of new water and sewer lines as well as valves from Grand to Highway 32-72 will be installed. He said the new codebook is online but the link has not yet been put on the city’s website. Brown reported that he and City Administrator Ray Walden attended a meeting of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance where electric rates could increase 80 to 90% if the EPA gets there way by eliminating coal as a major source of electricity, that new exhaust regulations could virtually eliminate the use of wood burning stoves and the new Clean Water Act is going to force the city to meet new requirements that as of yet can’t be measured. He stated the city may possibly be looking at extending the electric contract another three years this summer. The board approved Bill #3277 that will add a conditional use permit for counseling or professional services to the city code book and also approved to pay Evans Enterprises $4,173.82 to repair a pump at the waste water treatment facility. The board then went into closed session.

The Cosmopolitan Club’s 63rd annual Miss Salem Pageant and Variety Show, entitled “Swinging on a Star”, was held this Saturday night with Gracie Fiaoni being crowned Miss Salem 2014. The First Runner-Up Award went to Anndy Hill, the Second Runner-Up Award was presented to Nicole Hall, and the Miss Personality Award wentto Sarah Chase. Congratulations to all the girls and acts that participated in the show and the Cosmopolitan Club would like to thank all those that attended and the sponsors for making the show possible. 

A Rolla man apprehended Thursday night after a three-hour manhunt has been arrested for the first-degree murder of a man. According to the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, 60-year old David E. Lundin, of Rolla was incarcerated Thursday night in the Phelps County Jail pending a warrant application for first-degree murder. At 5:20 Thursday evening, deputies responded to the 13000 block of Private Drive 7136 and once they arrived, they discovered the body of 57-year old Richard R. Finnell, who was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. The initial call to the private drive, about 1 mile south of Rolla off Highway 63, was in reference to a domestic disturbance, but deputies, while en route to the scene, learned that shots were fired. Lundin was identified as a suspect and according to witnesses, Lundin was last seen walking east on Private Drive 7136 with a gun. Officers from the Rolla Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted with a search of the area, near the south Rolla city limits of Rolla, and a large-scale manhunt began. The Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter arrived on the scene to assist. At about 8:40 that evening, witnesses called central communications and reported a suspicious man walking around houses in the 1200 block of Winchester Drive. Rolla police officers responded to the area and found Lundin who was still in possession of a firearm, according to the sheriff’s department. Officers gave Lundin commands, he dropped the weapon and was taken into custody without incident. The investigation is ongoing but info indicates that no one else was involved.

Sports [TOP]

Jarnell Stokes registered a double-double as the Tennessee Volunteers cruised to a 72-45 win over the Missouri Tigers in the SEC regular-season finale for both squads. Missouri (21-10, 9-9) was led by Jordan Clarkson with his 13 points. Missouri is seeded 8th in the SEC Tournament and will play Texas A&M on Thursday at noon.

 Ryan Miller remained undefeated with St. Louis, making 26 saves to backstop the Blues to a 2-1 win over Colorado in a Central Division showdown on Saturday. On Sunday, T.J. Oshie and Alexander Steen each scored in the shootout as the visiting Blues beat Minnesota 3-2. An fifth consecutive victory vaulted St. Louis ahead of Anaheim for the top spot in the NHL standings. The Blues will host Dallas Tuesday.

 Wilson Ramos drove in three runs to help lift the Washington Nationals to an 11-1 Grapefruit League win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Kelly started for St. Louis and allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. The Cardinals will play the Tigers today at 12:05. 

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Matt Carpenter to a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $52 million. The deal runs through 2019 and includes a club option for the 2020 season. Carpenter is coming off a breakout 2013 season in which he hit .318 with 11 home runs and 78 RBI while leading the majors in hits (199), runs scored (126) and doubles (55). The Cards also signed Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract on Sunday. In 2012, the 23-year-old Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen bases in his final season for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara in Cuba's highest level professional league, the Seri Nacional.

The Colorado Rockies had 14 hits in a 10-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Jimmy Paredes drove in the only Royals run with a single. Starter Bruce Chen gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. The Royals will play the Mariners today at 2:05.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Carold L. Jack of St. Louis, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Fee Fee Baptist Church in Salem. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Corinth Cemetery.

Funeral services for Robert Phillip Magnin of St. James, age 88, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the St. Johns Lutheran Church in St. James. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Johns Lutheran Church.

Funeral services for Norman Floyd Light of Salem, age 74, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Weese Cemetery in Timber. Memorials may be made to the family.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 70.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 44.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 75.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of rain, low of 35. Wednesday..Partly sunny with a 70% chance of rain and snow, high of 43.
Wednesday night..Cloudy, low of 27.

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