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The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct a Reorganization Meeting tonight at the boardroom starting at 7:30. After approval of the agenda and the certification of the election results, there will be the swearing in of the newly elected members by the Secretary of the Board. Superintendent Cindy Rumpf will then act as Temporary Chairman to during the selection of the new Board President and Vice President. The new Board President will then preside over the election of the Secretary and Treasurer. The newly elected Board members will then consider budget revisions, elect the MSBA delegate and alternative (BCCA) and address resignations. The Board will then vote to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel. The Board will then adjourn the Executive Session and move into a Budget Work Session. The Reorganization Meeting and Budget Work Session of the Salem R-80 Board of Education are open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their report for the month of March. During the month, they wrote nine equipment repair orders, 19 summons to appear in court, 39 warning tickets, and 50 traffic tickets. The Salem Police Department investigated 14 accidents, two assaults, two burglaries, two reports of disorderly conduct, one report of domestic assault, three reports of domestic violence, three reports of driving while intoxicated, one report of driving while revoked, one report of endangering the welfare of a child, two reports of a lost and or stolen plate, and one report of a minor in possession of intoxicants. The department also investigated four reports of property damage, one report of resisting and or interfering with arrest, six reports of stealing, two reports of suicide attempts, one report of supplying intoxicants to a minor and five 96-hour commitments. They also investigated two reports of distribution/delivery/ manufacturing/possessing a controlled substance, two reports of distribution of a controlled substance, one reports of possession of barbiturates, three reports of possession of marijuana and one report of possession of synthetic drugs.  The police department received 1,669 calls for service during the month, handled 102 walk-ins to the station, and redirected 79 calls to the animal control officer. They spent 33 hours in court testifying, four hours as court bailiff and spent 28 hours teaching D.A.R.E. The calls in March included 43 calls for escorts, two calls for an intoxicated driver, three calls for prowlers, two calls for a suspicious person and/or vehicle, three intoxicated pedestrian calls, four calls for domestic disputes, and seven calls for a wrecker. There were two 911 calls, 10 calls for peace disturbances, six calls for alarms sounding, six calls for fights in progress, five ambulance assist calls, one fire call and one call for property damage.  The Salem Police Department drove a total of 9,183 miles and arrested 22 males and 11 females during the month of March.

Wonderful weather and an uptick in statewide turkey population helped young hunters to a successful youth spring turkey hunt. Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) sets aside a weekend before the main, three-week spring turkey season for hunters age 6 through 15. Young hunters checked 4,319 turkeys, up from 3,898 in 2011. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 119 turkeys checked, Osage with 93, and Callaway with 81. This year’s was the highest so far, up 9.5 percent from the previous high of 3,945 in 2010. This year’s youth turkey season started earlier than normal to avoid a conflict with the Easter holiday. The main spring turkey season opens April 16th and runs through May 6th. For details on regulations, you can see the 2012 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulation and Information booklet, which is available wherever hunting permits are sold or at

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Baseball team will be back in action this afternoon as they will be in Houston at 4:30. Salem is 5-3 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO and

The Salem Golf team will host the Salem Invitational this morning starting at 9:00.

The Salem Tennis team will be hosting Mountain View this afternoon at 4:00.

The Salem Track team will be in Sullivan this afternoon to participate in a track meet at 4:15.

The St. Louis Cardinals started a season without three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols for the first time since 2000. The reigning World Series champions didn't need him the way Kyle Lohse pitched, as the Cardinals christened Marlins Park with a 4-1 victory over Miami on Wednesday night. Lohse (1-0) held the Marlins hitless for the first six innings and allowed just one run over 7 1/3 frames. David Freese picked up three hits, including a two-run single in the first inning to get St. Louis' title defense started on the right foot. Rafael Furcal went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Carlos Beltran, who was added after Pujols left for the Angels, had two hits and scored a run for the victors. The Cardinals have the day off today but will start a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon.

Todd Bertuzzi scored on the final attempt of the shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis has 107 points and sits in second place in the Western Conference. The team has already clinched the Central Division, but sits two points back of Vancouver for the top spot in the conference as both clubs have two games left. Andy McDonald and David Perron each had goals for the Blues, who have lost their last three. Brian Elliott, who came into the game riding three consecutive shutouts, gave up two goals on 28 shots. The Blues will host the Phoenix Coyotes Friday night at 6:30.

Terry Evans belted a two-run homer and Mario Lisson added a solo shot in Kansas City's 7-6 spring training triumph over San Diego. Billy Butler had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Royals, who will open the season on the road against the Angels on Friday night at 9:05. Luis Mendoza threw the first 2 2/3 innings and allowed four hits while logging five strikeouts.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Betty J. Johnson of Salem, age 76, will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery.

Funeral services for Alice R. White of Salem, age 77, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or the Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri.

Funeral services for Grace Eva (Creech) Falkenrath of Newburg, age 88, will be Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be at the Roach Cemetery near Doolittle, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, high of 64.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 40.
Friday..Sunny, high of 64.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 40.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 66.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 49.
Sunday..Sunny, high of 47.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 47.



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