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The Salem Junior Varsity Quiz Bowl Team captured second at the JV Quiz Bowl State Finals at Marshall, Missouri this past Saturday. The Salem Team was undefeated in the morning and afternoon rounds to earn a spot in the state final four. Salem won their semi-final match and would face Savannah in the state final. After fierce play, Savannah narrowly defeated the Tiger Quiz Bowl Team to take the state title. Named to the All-State team were Jenna Homeyer and Matthew Prince. Jenna medalled with the second highest points scored overall in the tournament and Matt medalled with the fourth highest points scored in the tournament. The Salem Junior Varsity Team is comprised of captain Jenna Homeyer, Matthew Prince, Seth Gott, Megan Greenshields, Bret Hagler, Cody Nickles, Crickett Stroburg, Sarah Reeves, Julianna Bermudez, Philip Moser, Angie Gee and James Frederick. The Salem Varsity Quiz Bowl Team will be in Ava for District finals on April 14th. If Salem wins there, they will travel to Columbia for the varsity state finals. Salem last won the varsity title in 2001.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the city hall council chambers. Alderman Mike Whitley was not in attendance. Prior to the meeting a public hearing was held to discuss annexation of 12 properties including part of the Spring Creek Golf Club into the city limits. The Planning and Zoning committee will meet on May 7th prior to the alderman meeting, to establish the proper zoning for each property. James Mathews was in attendance to discuss a water drainage problem on his property located between Center and Walker Street off of Grand.  Mr. Mathews wants the City to either purchase the one-acre piece of property or to change the flow of the water that sits on his property from the SBU campus. The alderman will discuss this during closed session. Park and Recreation Director Greg Nash presented the Park Board’s recommendation to increase the city pool rates for 2007. The pool rates have not been increased since at least 1989 when the pool was remodeled. With the increase in minimum wage, the board thought an increase was necessary. The board approved raising the rates for individuals from $1 to $2, adult rates will be $3 and seniors will be $2.50.  They also increased the season pass rates. Individual passes will increase from $25 to $40 and family passes from $60 to $80. Alderman Jim McDaniels asked about adding a vehicle barricade to the city parking lot that is used by the Salem Library patrons.  A car recently rolled off of the lot into a private residence.  He also suggested that bids be obtained and a long-range plan be developed to improve the current police department. The vicious dog ordinance  was discussed and the committee members will meet in the near future. City spring clean-up weeks are scheduled for the weeks of April 9th and 16th, and the city-wide yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th.  Alderman Bill Riley suggested getting prices to replace the city’s natural gas furnaces with electric furnaces to lower expenses. Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs reminded the aldermen of the Business Expo scheduled for April 21st and the Town Hall Meeting on April 23rd at 7 PM in the Bank of Salem Courtesy Room. Mayor Brown reported that a request has been made to close off Rolla Road between Hickory and Pershing during the Roots Festival for a car show. The street department has been working on the new soccer field road as well as fixing potholes on city streets. Brown reported that a workshop would be held to review the results of the recent community assessment survey, before setting the capital improvements schedule. Brown reported that the police department would receive several new guns for the officers. After approving the bills, the board went into closed session to discuss litigation and real estate.

The Dent County Schools: Oak Hill R-1, Green Forest R-2, Dent-Phelps R-3 and Northwood R-4, will dismiss early on Friday, April 6th and will not be in session on Monday, April 9th. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 10th. Dismissal times on Friday for Salem will be 11:15 for William Lynch Elementary, 11:20 for the Upper Elementary and 11:30 for the Junior High and Senior High. The rural school will all dismiss at 11:45.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Tigers pummeled the Cabool Bulldogs Monday at the SHS Baseball Field Complex by the score of 22-3. Salem was the benefactor of 11 walks and four hit batsmen to go along with 11 hits in the contest. Andrew Karr had two hits and four RBI to lead Salem followed by C. J Smith who had two hits and three RBI, Solomon McNeal with two hits and two RBI and Brad Lewis had a hit and three RBI. Matt Whitaker got the win giving up three runs on five hits, but he did strike out 10 in the game. Salem improves to 4-2 on the year and 1-0 in the SCA. The Tigers will be in Willow Springs Thursday at 4:30.

Lee Stempniak scored two goals as St. Louis cooled off Dallas, 4-2. Glen Metropolit and Doug Weight also scored and Curtis Sanford finished with 28 saves for St. Louis, which took three of four meetings with Dallas this season. The Blues will be in Phoenix tonight to face the Coyotes.

Pitching on Opening Day for the first time in his career, Gil Meche allowed one run on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, as the Kansas City Royals pounded the Boston Red Sox, 7-1, at Kauffman Stadium. John Buck homered for the Royals, while Mark Grudzielanek went 3-for-5 with three RBI and scored twice. Mark Teahen and Mike Sweeney both finished 2- for-4, and Tony Pena added a pair of triples, an RBI and scored twice.

The Cards will face the New York Mets tonight starting at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Major League Baseball Scores:
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3 (10 innings)
Florida 9, Washington 2
Milwaukee 7, LA Dodgers 1
Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Arizona 8, Colorado 6
Pittsburgh 4, Houston 2 (10 inngs)
Toronto 5, Detroit 3 (10 inngs)
NY Yankees 9, Tampa Bay 5
Cleveland 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Seattle 4, Oakland 0
Minnesota 7, Baltimore 4
LA Angels 4, Texas 1

Al Horford led a balanced attack, scoring 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, as the Florida Gators repeated as national champions with an 84-75 win over Ohio State in the title game of the NCAA Tournament.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Stanley J. DeGraffenreid Sr. of Rolla, age 71, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 at the Eldon City Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps Regional Hospice or VFW Post 2025.

Funeral services for Euthel Smith of St. James, age 91, will be held Wednesday at 1:30 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until time of service. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and some of the thunderstorms could become severe, high of 77.
Tonight..Mostly clear and cooler, low of 38.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 52.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy and cold, low of 28.
Thursday..Partly sunny, high of 48.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy with a chance for light rain or light snow, low of 25.

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