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Your World Today - March 26, 2012

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The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct a meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington at tonight starting at 7:00 pm. After the approval of the agenda, the Board will hear bids for employee uniforms, salvage metal, and the sale of vehicles. In Public Hearings, Director of Public Works and Engineering Bill Huffman will report on the Planning and Zoning Board Public Hearing on March 19th for vacating a portion of a 20-foot alley between North Washington and North Main Street. In the Reports of City Officials and Boards and Committees, Director of Public Works and Engineering Bill Huffman will update the Board on all departments’ future, current, and completed projects. City Administrator, Clayton Lucas will update the Board on items concerning the City. Aldermen Jerry Randell, Kenneth Nash, Haydn Powell, and Phillip Giacomelli will discuss items concerning the City and Mayor Gary Brown will also discuss items concerning the City. In the Introduction and Reading of Bills and Resolutions, Bill # 3251 is an Ordinance is required in order for the City to recoup costs that are associated with the use of tasers. The cost is $30.00 and it will be added to any fine and costs or other punishment given to the defendant. This fee will be collected as any other court-ordered fine and court costs will be presented. Bill # 3252 is an Ordinance that was requested by the Board in the advent that the City’s wholesale supplier of electric shall implement a rate increase or decrease, that same rate shall be applied to the City’s currents rate without the necessity of a vote from the Board will also be presented. In New and Miscellaneous Business, City Clerk, Mary Happel will discuss the requirements for a Peddlers License in the City of Salem and an ordinance to possibly ban the issuance of ephedrine or pseudophederine related products over the counter. Pseudophederine is used to manufacture methamphetamine. The Board will then vote to go into closed session to discuss Real Estate, Litigation, and Personnel. The City of Salem Board of Alderman meeting is open to the public.

The Salem TCRC at 1200 West Rolla Road in Salem will be hosting a town hall meeting today at noon to discuss Missouri’s portion of a national agreement regarding foreclosure abuses. Assistant Attorney General Mary Mulhearn will be in Salem to discuss how this will affect current landowners and those who have lost their home to foreclosure. Of the $155 million dollars in benefits, $86 million will go to Missouri homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments; another $38 million will go to homeowners who are making payments every month, but now owe more principal on their home than they are worth; and more than $31 million will be targeted to Missouri homeowners who lost their homes due to foreclosure between January 1st, 2008 and December 31st, 2011 because of bad servicing practices. There are no local banks affected by this settlement, but loans through national lenders such as Ally and Chase may qualify. If you feel that you may qualify for these funds, a hotline has been set up for consumers who have questions about the settlements at 1-855-870-7676. The town hall meeting today is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Friday, March 9th at 6:50 in the evening, officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of East Roosevelt with assistance from the highway patrol. A 45-year old Washington male was arrested for possession of marijuana and issued a summons to appear in court. A 54-year old male and a 45-year-old female were arrested for distribution of a controlled substance and felony possession of marijuana. They were incarcerated pending application for warrants. On Saturday, March 10th at 2:43 in the early morning, an officer was detailed to the 1500 block of West Beasley in reference to a fight in progress. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of an 18-year old Salem female for disorderly conduct, minor in possession of intoxicants, and damage to private property. She was incarcerated and will be issued summons to appear in court up her release. Anyone with any information regarding the previously mentioned reports or an ongoing investigation is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 573-729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers beat Houston Friday in the continuation of their suspended game by the score of 5-3. Salem had only four hits in the game but received six walks and took advantage of three Houston errors. Andrew Conaway got the win for the Tigers. In the second game Friday afternoon with Mountain Grove, George Lada scattered four Salem hits in going the distance and drove in a run to lead Mountain Grove past Salem, 3-1. Brady Floyd pitched well giving up two hits and two runs, but only one was an earned run. Saturday at West Plains, the Zizzers scored four runs in the 4th inning en route to a 6-2 win over the Tigers. Each team had seven hits in the game. Austin Bettigrew had two hits for Salem. The varsity Tigers are 2-2 on the year and will be at Licking on Tuesday at 4:30. You can hear that game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Salem JV Baseball Tigers lost to West Plains Saturday in their first game of the year by a final score of 4-3 as the Tigers left eight men on in the five-inning game. The JV will play at Licking following the Varsity Game Tuesday.

Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for his eighth shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-0, on Sunday. St. Louis gave itself some room in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy as the team has 103 points and is two ahead of the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Alex Pietrangelo and David Backes each posted a goal and an assist for the Blues. The Blues will play the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Matt Holliday belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning to help the Cardinals to a 9-2 victory over the Twins in spring training action on Sunday.  Jon Jay smacked a three-run homer and Shane Robinson added a solo shot for the Cardinals. Kyle Lohse went six innings in the start, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six. The Cardinals play Boston today at 12:05.

Scooter Gennett hit for the cycle and finished with three RBI and two runs scored as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Kansas City Royals, 7-3, in Cactus League action on Sunday. Terry Evans ripped a solo home run, while Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler each had an RBI for the Royals. Starter Felipe Paulino gave up five runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings. The Royals play the Giants this afternoon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Joyce Ellen Tiefenthaler of Salem, age 77, will be held today at 12:00 (noon) at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Funeral services for Ruby Helen Graham of Steelville, age 74, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Internment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Steelville.

Funeral services for Lucille Geneva Teague of Salem, age 90, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Stone Hill Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 57.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 81.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 59.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, high of 78.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 54.



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