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The Salem Park Board met Tuesday night at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash reported Salem Wood Products has agreed to sponsor the Fall Soccer Program. He said that Progressive Ozark Bank currently sponsors the Summer Ball Program and the Bank Of Salem sponsors the Basketball Program. Nash also said they are currently restoring water service in the city park facilities, but there was vandalism in the men’s restroom in the park. The urinal and toilet stool ripped out and were broken on the concrete floor, plus pipes were broken off. Victor Plumbing was replacing the stool and urinal, and repairing the pipes. The cost was going to be about $1,000 when it was finished. Nash said that a police report was filed. In the pool report, Nash said that last year the pool lost close to $23,000. The pool and program rates were discussed, and a committee was formed to study pool rates and look for other methods of generating income for the pool. The board also discussed the baseball, soccer and basketball programs and their sign-up fees. At this time, each child is charged $15 per program. After some discussion, the board felt that rates need to be raised to $20 per program and will present that rate at the next aldermen meeting for their approval. Director Nash then reported on the youth basketball leagues that started up the first of March with approximately 200 kids from 1st-6th grades that participated in the program. Most of the games and clinics were held on Saturdays in the high school gymnasium with practices held weekday evenings at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. The board then discussed and planned for the upcoming youth baseball/softball season. Nash reported sign-ups for boys and girls from four to 14 years of age would be held March 24th, 25th, 31st and April 1st at the Salem Freedom Activity Center front lobby from 4-6 p.m. There will also be a sign-up on Saturday March 26th in the High School Gymnasium Lobby from 8:30 am-noon as that is the last Saturday of the Youth Basketball Season. The baseball season will start around the first of May and run through the 4th of July. There was also a discussion about the batting cage issue that has been lingering for years and it is hoped that it can be included in the upcoming budget. The program last year had about 700 children play in the program. The soccer field issue was then discussed and Nash said that very little has been done to the Highway 19 South location as some other locations are being considered due to the high cost of providing service to that location. The DNR grant for the soccer fields is good through December 31, 2012 and the city can ask for a one-year extension. The board then elected new officers with S.N. Ball being elected President, Jody Heavin was elected Vice-President and Stacy Kirker was elected as Secretary. In other business, Ball spoke about the possibility of a competitive baseball organization holding some tournaments in Salem. Nash and Ball will be discussing this matter with the tournament director to see there is some interest in using Salem as a site. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

Albert Pujols belted a fourth-inning grand slam en route to a five RBI day as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers, 9-4, in spring training. Colby Rasmus' 2-for-2 showing included a solo shot, two RBI and three scores for the Cardinals, who saw Chris Carpenter go four innings in the win. He surrendered six hits, a walk and three runs.

Former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion has passed away at the age of 93. The team said Marion, the 1944 National League MVP, died of natural causes on Tuesday night. A native of South Carolina, Marion spent 11 of his 13 major-league seasons with the Cardinals (1940-50). He ended his career with the then-St. Louis Browns from 1952-53 as a player-manager.

The 2011 St. Louis Cardinal pocket schedules have arrived. They are available around town at sponsors of Cardinal baseball heard on KSMO and at the KSMO station in the front room during regular business hours.

Jason Blake scored twice, including the go- ahead goal just 1:50 into the third period, as the Anaheim Ducks took a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at Honda Center. Nathan Oystrick scored the lone goal for the Blues, who have dropped their past two games. Jaroslav Halak made 22 stops in the loss. St. Louis sits 10 points out of the final playoff spot with 12 to play. The Blues face the L.A. Kings tonight at 9:30 and KSMO will join the game in progress.

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in a total of three runs, as the Kansas City Royals took down the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, in Cactus League action. Kila Ka'aihue also hit a two-run home run for the Royals, who had 11 hits. Mike Montgomery went four innings, allowing one run on two hits.

The Missouri Tigers are seeded 11th in the NCAA Tournament West Bracket and will face 6th seeded Cincinnati in the first round tonight at 8:15. You can hear the game on KSMO.

The St. Louis Blues are for sale. Team chairman Dave Checketts said Wednesday night that his group, Sports Capital Partners Worldwide, and Towerbrook Capital Partners have placed the NHL franchise and the Scottrade Center on the market. The two groups own roughly 90 percent of the franchise.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Harry M. Troyer of Salem, age 87, will be held Friday morning at 9:30 at the Salem Christian Brotherhood Church. Visitation will be held tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Salem Christian Brotherhood Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Memorial services for Teresa Marie Coffman of Rolla, age 45, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the Living Water Worship Center in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the family or for the purple balloons for the service. All arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Bill Setzer of Cuba, age 52, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Elwood Black of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Partly cloudy and breezy, high of 78, low of 55.
Friday and Friday night ..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, high of 74, low of 42.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy, high near 60.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, low of 48.
Sunday..Cloudy early, then partly sunny, high of 71.

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