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Saturday night at the Salem City Hall Auditorium at the 60th Annual Variety Show and Miss Salem Pageant, Kayla Gott was crowned Miss Salem 2011. The First Runner-up Award went to Kaycee Webber and the Second Runner-up Award went to Samantha Riley. The Miss Personality Award was presented to Kala Trolinger. The Cosmopolitan Club would like to thank all those who participated in the show and those who attended the event.

An accident occurred at 12:35 early Sunday morning in Dent County on Highway 32 about five miles east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero driven by 43-year-old Linda Mahurin of Salem ran off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment, causing the vehicle to overturn. Mahurin was arrested and charged with felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, felony property damage in the 1st degree, driving while intoxicated (prior offender), operating a motor vehicle while suspended, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in an accident, and careless and imprudent driving involving an accident. She was taken to the Dent County Jail and was checked by the Salem ambulance crew for her minor injuries. She was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Oldsmobile Alero was totaled in the accident and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Thursday afternoon at the city hall council chambers. Billy Joe Parker, Jr. was schedule to speak to the board about the city pit bull ordinance but was not in attendance. The board approved the bid from Merle’s Music for a sound system for the city hall council chambers at a cost of $4,664.80, and the board postponed any decision on putting a cover over the sludge at the Sewer Treatment Center until budget time. The city approved the sale of a 1990 Dodge ½ ton 4 by 4 pickup to Schwartz Salvage for $676.75, the sale of a 1992 Chevrolet Kodiak Dump Truck for $3,025 to Gary Raulston, the sale of a 1993 Elgin Street Sweeper to Roger Mace for $1,010.00, and the sale of two 2007 Chevrolet Impalas to Schwartz Salvage for $2,251.75 each. The board elected not to sell the dump truck bed and controls, a toolbox for a big truck and a 2004 Ford Explorer as there wasonly one bidder for each and the alderman felt the bid was insufficient. The board approved sledding on East Salem Hill as a letter from the insurance company said that there was no more liability to the city than any other park activity. The closing of the street will be done as to not affect the businesses in the area. In the consent agenda, Mayor Gray Brown indicated that sales tax revenues for the month of February were down $15,000, but tax revenues are still ahead of last year by $2,330. The board approved the request from the Park Board to increase fees for the baseball and softball program to $20 per player with signups starting on March 24th at the Salem TCRC at 4:00. City Clerk Mary Happel then discussed her clerk training that she attend March 7th through the 10th at the Lake of the Ozarks where she received her 300 hour training certificate and her MRCC Certification. Mayor Brown said that there would be a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 1st at the new Salem Coin-Op Laundry on Highway 32-72 West. He said that the tornado sirens were sounded during the statewide tornado drill last Thursday and they found a problem at the siren at 3rd and Grand. The fuses were changed and it was re-tested. He also said that the city would like to add at least two more sirens to the system, especially in the northern part of the city. Alderman Kenneth Nash asked about the employee handbook and City Attorney Nanci Wisdom said that it would be on the next board meeting agenda. The board approved the city policy for the charging of residential rates for a detached garage unless it is being used for commercial purposes. The reading of Bill #3220 that would create the position of a city administrator was postponed to correct some wording problems. The board approved to have Spring Clean-Up the weeks of April 18th through the 22nd, and April 25th through the 29th. The board approved holding a public hearing and having a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting concerning three petitions for annexation into the city including the property of Joshua Rowe at 1500 Beezley, Perry and Verna Inman at 1402 West Franklin, and the property of Mississippi Valley Forest Products, Inc. on Highway 32 West. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will be at Houston in the first round of the SCA Tournament. Game time is set for 4:00 for the varsity with a JV game to follow.

Albert Pujols doubled in three runs and Matt Holliday added a pair of RBI doubles in 10-run sixth inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals notched a 10-3 win over Boston in Grapefruit League play. Jon Jay went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and David Freese added two hits with a run scored and an RBI for St. Louis. Kyle McClellan continued his strong spring with five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and walked three while lowering his earned run average to 0.53 in 17 innings.

The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned catcher Bryan Anderson and outfielder Adron Chambers to the Triple-A Memphis roster and they have re-assigned non-roster infielder Ramon Vazquez and outfielder Amaury Cazana to the Memphis roster. The moves leave 40 players remaining in the Cardinals' Major League camp.

Mitch Moreland homered and added an RBI single, helping the Texas Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Royals in spring training action. Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Starter Vin Mazzaro allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings.

Joe Pavelski recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, as the San Jose Sharks jumped on the St. Louis Blues early en route to a 5-3 win at HP Pavilion. T.J. Hensick, David Backes and Andy McDonald all scored for St. Louis, which has dropped three of four. Jaroslav Halak was pulled after yielding three goals on 10 shots to open the game. Ty Conklin made 22 saves in relief. The Blues will be in Phoenix to face the Coyotes Tuesday night.

Obituaries   [TOP]

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

Funeral services for Carole Sue Raulston of Salem, age 66, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 until 8:00. Internment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church.

Funeral services for Everal Hancock of Salem, age 84, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service.

Funeral services for Rosalee Emory of Licking, formerly of Salem, age 89, will be Tuesday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 4:30 until 7:00 tonight. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 65, low of 42.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high near 60.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 48.
Sunday..Cloudy early, then partly sunny & breezy, high of 72.

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