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Congratulations to the students who participated in the SCA Math and Science Relays on March 10, 2011 at Salem High School.  Mountain Grove placed 1st overall with 157 points, Salem was 2nd with 155 points and Ava placed 3rd with 137 points. The Salem team was first in the Challenge Problems. The senior team of Lane Howard, Kyle Robinson, Jesse Robinson and Tarynn Huitt placed 1st. The junior team of Michael Walden, Kayla Hemken, Adam Wood and Lindsay Purcell also came in 1st. The Sophomore team of Cody Lough, Emily Moser, Emily Sullivan and Alyvia Toman earned 3rd place. Individual winners included Dalton Brown taking 3rd in Physical Science, Cody Lough capturing 2nd in Chemistry 1, Michael Walden snared 1st in Advanced Chemistry, Tarynn Huitt took 3rd in Advanced Chemistry, Jonathan Hambacker was 5th in Anatomy & Physiology, Michael Walden came in 1st in Physics, Kevin Presley took 2nd in Physics, Rachel Lyons was 3rd in Geometry, Lane Howard captured 2nd in Advanced Math, Ashley Greenshields took 1st in Probability & Statistics, and Lane Howard earned 5th in Probability & Statistics.

The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports. On Monday, March 14th at 5:56 in the afternoon, four firefighters were responding to Highway 32 and while en route the call was cancelled. At 8:09 that same night, four firefighters responded to Highway 32 at Route MM to assist the Dent County Sheriff’s department with extrication manpower. Then at 8:47 that night, six firefighters responded to the 600 block of South Jackson for an overheated motor. The scene was brought under control at 9:39 pm. Also on Monday, March 14th at 8:56 at night, a total of seven firefighters were responding to the 1700 block of West Scenic Rivers Blvd and the call was cancelled en route. On Tuesday, March 15th at 4:13 in the afternoon, two firefighters were en route to Dent County Road 5085 and the call was cancelled while on their way. On March 16th at 5:52 in the morning, a total of three firefighters responded to Dent County Road 6150 for an overheated motor. The investigation revealed that a refrigerator motor had overheated causing the smoke smell in the residence. On Thursday, March 17th at 2:20 in the afternoon, three firefighters responded to Highway 32 about nine miles out for a grass fire. The fire was out upon arrival and the scene was brought under control at 2:40 pm. Then at 7:00 that evening, a total of six firefighters responded to South Main Street in Salem for training at the fire station. On Friday, March 18th at 11:19 in the morning, fix firefighters responded to the fire station to provide medical assistance for EMS crews and to setup a landing zone. The scene was under control at 11:53. On Saturday, March 19th at 6:30 in the morning, three firefighters were responding to Dent County Road 4110 and the call was cancelled while en  route. At 6:41 that evening, a total of seven firefighters responded to the 1100 block of West Coffman to assist EMS crews with a woman that had fallen down stairs. The scene was brought under control at 7:05 pm. On Sunday, March 20th at 10:01 at night, a total of five firefighters responded to the 900 block of East Fourth Street for a fire. Upon arrival firefighters found a confined wild land fire. The scene was brought under control at 10:48 pm.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways has requested authorization for the placement of dredged and fill material in waters of the United States associated with the periodic removal of gravel at the Akers Ferry location on the Current River. Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR) requests a permit that would allow them to periodically remove accumulated gravel from the Current River around the ferry location using a bulldozer. The proposed project is located in the Current River northwest of Eminence. The basic purpose of the project is to provide Missouri Highway K a crossing of the Current River. The overall purpose of the project is to provide enough draft to allow the continued operation of Akers Ferry, which was first built in 1949 during extension of Highway K. Any interested party is invited to submit written comments or objections relative to the proposed work on or before March 27th. Substantive comments, both favorable and unfavorable, will be accepted and made a part of the record and will receive full consideration in determining whether this work would be in the public interest. The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. You can mail your comments to ONSR, ATTN: Mr. Reed Detring, P.O. Box 490, Van Buren, MO 63965.

Sports [TOP]

On Monday, the Salem Boys Track Team defeated Rolla 89-56. A special congratulations goes out to the 4X100 relay team as they ran 44.59, breaking the school record!  The team consists of Morgan Jessen, Stone Chen, Dex West and Jarred Shorey. The next track meet will be in Salem on Thursday starting at 4:00.

John Bach of Salem caught five bass totaling 14 pounds and 15 ounces to capture 10th place in the Bass Fishing League, Ozark Division on the Lake of the Ozarks on March 19th. Bach’s catch netted him $453 on the day. The next Bass Fishing League Ozark Division tournament is scheduled for April 30 on Stockton Lake in Stockton, Mo. After the fifth Ozark Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Nov. 3-5 Regional Championship on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 29 saves as the Phoenix Coyotes got back on the winning track with a 2-1 victory over St. Louis. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone Blues goal while Jaroslav Halak yielded two goals on 23 shots in the loss. The Blues will host Edmonton Thursday night at 7:00.

Clay Fuller launched a grand slam in the eighth inning, as the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim outslugged the Kansas City Royals, 14-6, in Cactus League play. Alcides Escobar had a two-run shot and Billy Butler added a solo home run for the Royals, who saw starter Jeff Francis surrender six runs -- three earned -- on six hits in the five frame loss. However, he did fan seven batters during the outing.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off and will face the New York Mets today in Grapefruit League action.

The City of Salem Summer Youth Baseball/Softball/T-Ball programs are just around the corner. Sign-ups will be held on Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center located on West Rolla Road from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. There will be a sign-up on Saturday, March 26th in the front lobby of the Salem High School Gym from 8:30 am to noon. And the FINAL sign-ups will be held on Thursday, March 31st and Friday, April 1st in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center located on West Rolla Road from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This league is for ALL boys and girls who are 4 - 14 years of age as of May 1, 2011. The cost is $20 per child and for more information, contact Parks & Recreation Director Greg Nash by calling 729-6290.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Dustin Travis Williams of Robertsville, age 28, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla. Visitation will today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Wishon Cemetery near Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Tri County Human Society.

Funeral services for Pauline Pewitt of Salem, age 94, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem and at 7:00 Eastern Star Service. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Funeral services and visitation for Aaron Charles Sharp of Salem, age 37, will be private and will be held Friday at 1:00. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mary Lenn Nash of Salem, age 76, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday. Interment will be in the Allen Cemetery in Raymondville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and breezy, high near 70.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 36.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and cooler, high of 48.
Thursday night..Becoming mostly cloudy, low of 33.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for rain, high near 50.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance rain, low of 39.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for rain, high around 50.

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