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Your World Today - March 13, 2012

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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. The board received one bid for a used ½ ton pickup for the Water Department from Heavin Motors that had 103,000 miles for $11,000. After a discussion with City Administrator Clayton Lucas where he said the city received insurance proceeds on the truck of $2,000 from an accident and that the city would also sell the truck after a different truck is purchased, the board suspended the bid and permitted Lucas to bid out for new truck. The board received two bids for liability and workers compensation, but Lucas said that other companies wanted to bid but did not have enough time. The board rejected these bids and will accept bids that will be due before the second meeting in May. The board then rejected all bids for the purchase or demolition of the old middle school until an asbestos inspection is done. City Administrator Clayton Lucas informed the aldermen and public of a tour at the Industrial Park with Representative Jo Ann Emerson on Thursday with Quality Machines, Integrity Distribution and Heartland Metal  Finishing starting at 1:30. Mayor Gary Brown congratulated City Clerk Mary Happel on being elected President of the Missouri City Clerk’s Association. He also mentioned that the tornado sirens would be tested today at 1:30 as part of Severe Awareness Week. The Board approved Resolution #5-2012 that states the city supports promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for all community residents. The board then approved a long-term lease of ten years with the Council for Healthy Dent County for the Salem Freedom Activity Center that will allow them to pursue a number of grants to expand the services they offer in Resolution #6-2012. The board approved the purchase of 318.61 tons of rock for street repair for $3,137.67 from Capital Quarry, and approved clean-up weeks along with Waste Corporation to be set April 30th through May 4th and May 7th through May 11th. City Attorney William Camm Seay told the board that request for de-annexation from the city limits needs to follow the same procedure for annexing and had to go through the Planning and Zoning Board. The board authorized Administrator Lucas to put out the city employee heath insurance for bid that will also be due before the second meeting in May. Finally the board approved Salem to be a training site for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association in the Salem Freedom Activity Center before going into closed session. After closed session, Mayor Gary Brown announced that there would be a 2012 City of Salem fireworks display this year, but the location has not yet been determined. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Wednesday, February 22nd at 4:30 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the police station in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown scratched the hood of a silver 2007 Chevrolet truck parked at the Salem High School parking lot. The value of the damage is unknown at this time. At 7:20 that evening, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of North Young in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took a 22-caliber handgun valued at $200 from a residence. On Friday, February 24th at 9:31 in the morning, an officer was contacted at the police station in reference to a runaway juvenile. The investigation revealed that a 13-year old female juvenile of Salem had not returned home. The juvenile was located and released to a parent on the same date. The report will be forwarded to the Juvenile Office. Anyone with any information regarding the theft report, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

Kolten Wong singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in the first split squad game on Monday in Grapefruit League play. Erik Komatsu scored the decisive run and added two RBI for St. Louis. Jaime Garcia started for the Cardinals and gave up a run on three hits and two walks in two innings. In the second game, Ryan Zimmerman crushed a solo home run and added a double as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-4. David Freese hit a three-run homer for the Cards. Shelby Miller started for St. Louis and gave up three runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. The Cardinals will play the New York Mets today at 12:10.

St. Louis Cardinals 2012 pocket schedules have arrived. Those pocket schedules can be found at area businesses that sponsor St. Louis Cardinal Baseball on KSMO Radio including: Mooney Auto Supply, both locations of The Bank of Salem, Country Mart, Fidelity, K&H Auto Supply, both locations of Town & Country Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank, and can also be found in the front lobby of the KSMO studios.

Gregor Blanco knocked in the eventual winning run in the third inning with an RBI single as the San Francisco Giants edged the Kansas City Royals, 2-1 in spring training action on Monday. Alcides Escobar brought home the lone Royals run with an RBI groundout and Luke Hochevar gave up two runs on four hits in three innings for the Royals. The Royals will play the Cincinnati Reds today at 3:05.

The league leading St. Louis Blues will be in Chicago tonight to face the Blackhawks at 7:30 in the second game of their seven game road trip. The Blues are 45-18-7 on the year and lead the NHL with 97 points. You can hear that game on KSMO.

The St. Louis Rams have agreed to trade the No. 2 overall pick in this year's NFL draft to the Washington Redskins. The deal can't become official until this afternoon when the new league year begins, but the Rams and Redskins confirmed the reports by agreeing to terms on the blockbuster deal on Saturday. The Rams are expected to receive Washington's first-round pick this year (No. 6 overall), next year, and in 2014 as well as the Redskins second-round selection (No. 39 overall) in this year's draft.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside Services for Clarence W. Farley of Rolla, age 75, will be held today at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Memorial services for Barbara Marie Pickett of Steelville, age 72, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Lester McBenge of Steelville, age 79, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery in Steelville.

Graveside services for John W. Ditmeyer of St. James, age 43, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Miles Cemetery in St. James. Visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:30 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the Miles Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 57.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 78.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 58.
Thursday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers, high of 76.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 58.



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