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The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors will conduct their monthly meeting in the hospital library tonight beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the minutes from the February 18th meeting, Administrator Dennis Pryor will update the Board with the auxiliary report, hospital activity calendar and legislative issues. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy will give the summary of operations and statistics reports for the month of February along with the nursing services and ancillary service reports, followed by the Chief of Staff report. In old business there will be a strategic planning update, an updated on the hospital lagoon and the finance committee meeting. In new business, the Board will address the Hospital Foundation Committee as well as hospital purchases. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors is open to the public.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that 34-year old Michael Mehler of Rolla was sentenced to 48 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. Mehler pleaded guilty last December to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm in December 2008, in Phelps County.  Due to his criminal history, he is forbidden by law to own or possess firearms.  He appeared for sentencing before United States District Judge Rodney W. Sippel. This case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which seeks to prevent violent crime through enforcement of federal firearms laws, such as the law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms. The Rolla Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol locally investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Pat Judge handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sports [TOP]

The South Central Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters have announced their All-Region Basketball Team. Phillip Moser of Salem was one of the 14 players named to the team. Congratulations Phillip on a great senior year!

The City of Salem Summer Youth Baseball/ Softball/T-Ball program is just around the corner. Signups will be held today and tomorrow from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center located at 1201 West Rolla Road. These will be the FINAL signups. This league is for all boys and girls who are age 4 to 14 as of May 1, 2010. The cost is $15.00 per child. For more info, call 729-6290.

The Salem Track Tigers faired well at the Rolla Open Monday. Derek Freeman won 1st place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.96 seconds, and then captured 1st place in the 200 meters with a time of 23.13 seconds. Jacob Kettner took 1st place in the 400 meters with a time of 56.12 second. Jarred Patterson won 1st place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:09.46 and then took 1st place in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:46 even. In the 100-meter hurdles, Stetson Hanning won 1st place with a time of 16.65 seconds. The Salem team of Frankie Boyd, Stetson Hanning, Dex West and Derek Freeman snared 1st place in the 4 x100 Relay with a time of 45.83 seconds. Stone Chen won the Triple Jump with a distance of 38’ 5.5”. For the ladies, Crystal Prince captured 1st place in the 400 meters with a time of 1:12 even. Jennifer Herndon was awarded 1st place in the shot put with a throw of 29.2 feet followed by Amber Kearby who also threw 29.2 feet. Herndon then won 1st place in the discus with a throw of 100 feet even. Crystal Prince won the Triple Jump with a distance of 29.8 feet. Salem will hold their first Open today starting at 4:00 at the high school.

David Freese went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in Grapefruit League action. Felipe Lopez also knocked in a run. Kyle McClellan was credited with the win for tossing three innings of two-hit ball with a strikeout. Rich Hill got the starting nod and allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and as many strikeouts in three frames. Cardinal’s catcher Yadier Molina was forced to leave in the second inning with a strained right oblique muscle and will be re-evaluated on today. Albert Pujols returned to the lineup after sitting out a game with a sore back and went 0-for-3 with a walk for the Cardinals. The Cards face the Mets today.

Torii Hunter hit two home runs and Joel Pineiro scattered five hits and a walk over five scoreless frames, as the Angels downed Kansas City, 8-6, in Cactus League play. Brian Bannister was hit around for five runs and six hits in four innings of work to take the loss. Mitch Maier and Alberto Callaspo had two hits and an RBI apiece. Paulo Orlando added a pinch-hit, two-run single for the Royals. Kansas City will play Seattle today.

Valtteri Filppula scored the go-ahead goal with 6:49 to play in the third period leading the Red Wings to a 4-2 win at Joe Louis Arena, damaging the Blues’ playoff hopes.  Paul Kariya and Jay McClement provided the offense for the Blues, who are 10 points behind Detroit with nine games remaining. Ty Conklin allowed three goals on 23 shots to take the loss. The Blues will play the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules are available at local sponsors around town and in the front lobby of the KSMO Radio Station.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Mary Jean Peterson of Salem, age 71, will be held today at 2:00 at the Dry Fork Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Margaret Louise Ellis of Salem, age 63, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Thayer. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for James S. Gibson of Rolla, age 81, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Victor Baptist Church Cemetery in Anutt with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Anutt Community Church.

Funeral services for Carol Smith of Salem, age 62, and Raymond Smith of Salem, age 72, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Polk Memorial Cemetery.

Funeral services for Terry Ray Lea of Wildwood, Florida formerly of Salem, age 50, are incomplete at this time, but under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with a 90% chance for occasional showers, high of 52.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, blustery and colder, low of 32.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 58.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low near 40.
Saturday.. Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 30% chance for showers by the afternoon, high of 61.

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