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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their re-organizational and regular monthly meeting Thursday evening. After certification of the election results, new board members Holly Erway, Drew Whitaker and Larry Maxwell were sworn in. Superintendent Steve Carvajal then acted as temporary chairman as the board elected Bernie Sirois as board president, Dustin Howard as vice-president, Carrie Snyder as Secretary and Chris Heavin as Treasurer. Larry Maxwell was elected the MSBA delegate and Holly Erway as the alternate. The board than moved into the regular meeting and Carvajal updated the board on projects still being completed and told the board that at next month’s meeting, the board would go for a tour of the building. The nHigh school is on schedule and the middle school is expected to be complete between June 15th and the first of July. During reports, a total of 78 children where enrolled for kindergarten next year and 43 preschoolers were screened at the William Lynch Elementary. The Upper Elementary had 13 students represent Salem at the MCTM Regional Math Contest. On April 12th about 65 of the 5th and 6th graders competed in the Jefferson City Music Contest and received a 1 rating. At the Salem Junior High the Mixed Choir received a superior 1 rating at the Mid-MO Music Contest. Then at the Salem Senior High School, the band received a 1 rating at the State Music Contest as did the Chamber Choir. Haley Cason, Sydney Wood, the Girls Double Quartet, Boys Quartet and a mixed ensemble also got a 1 rating and will now move on to state. The Quiz Bowl team, with just one varsity and the rest junior varsity playersm finished in 2nd place at districts. Currently teacher evaluations are done at the end of the school year, but starting next year, evaluations will be ongoing throughout the year and will include all staff members, as these are state level changes. The board then approved meal prices for 2014-2015 and they are the same as last year, and tuition for 2014-2015 was also set the same as last year. The board then approved the MSBA board policy updates with the exception of one that does not apply to Salem. The board then accepted the retirements of Wanda Nickles from high school art, Danny Pryor as custodian, Marjorie Wilbur from high school English and David Blankenship from maintenance. The board also accepted the resignations of Sean Guffey as 7th grade football coach, Amanda Akins from food service, Melissa Crowe as 5th grade special education and Tori Parker as pre-school developmental aide. The board then voted to go into closed session to discuss personnel.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their regular meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, at the last Board meeting, the Board wanted a larger variety of bids on different types of tractors and lawnmowers for the cemetery and park. Sealed bids were taken and Interim City Administrator Ray Walden will present those bids to the Board. The Board will then canvass the Official Certificate of Election Results of the Municipal Election held April 8th. City Attorney William Camm Seay will then present Resolution #3-2014 declaring the results and the Board will approve the resolution. Mayor Gary Brown will then direct City Clerk Mary Happel to administer the Oath of Office to the newly elected officials; J.J. Tune as Mayor; Ryan Whitaker as an East Ward Alderman and Molly C. Zettel as a West Ward Alderman. In accordance with Section 110.050 of the Code of Ordinances, the Board of Alderman shall appoint one member of the Board to be President of the Board of Alderman and this must be approved by a majority of the members of the Board. Walden will then update the Board on items concerning the City of Salem and Mayor J. J. Tune will the give his report. Superintendent Emory is requesting permission to repair a pump at the treatment plant, as the quote is $5,838, which is over the $3,000 limit and needs approval. Walden would then like to present a Reserve Fund Balance Policy from the discussion at the workshop that was held April 14th for Board approval. The Board will then adjourn the meeting. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman to be held tonight is open to the public.

The Missouri Conservation Commission approved regulation changes at it’s April 17th meeting in Jefferson City that will reduce the availability of firearm antlerless deer hunting permits from “any number” in most of the state to one in most of the state. Exceptions to this regulation change allow hunters to fill two firearm antlerless deer permits in Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan, and Adair counties, which surround the area where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found in a small number of deer in Macon County. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), continuing to maintain stable deer numbers in this “CWD Containment Zone” will help limit the spread of the disease to other deer and other areas. Other areas where hunters can fill two firearm antlerless deer permits include urban zones around the state where deer numbers are typically higher than desired, and in Barton, Howell, and Oregon counties where local deer numbers are higher than deer management goals. The regulation changes are scheduled to become effective for the 2014 fall deer-hunting season. Details on these changes can be seen at mdc.mo.gov.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers went 1-2 in the Salem Baseball Tournament this past weekend at the SHS Baseball Complex. Salem defeated St. James Friday night before losing to Licking in extra innings Saturday and also losing to Eldon in the nightcap. Salem drops to 2-10 on the year and they will host Willow Springs today at 4:30. You can hear the game on KSMO radio, online at ksmorado.com and on fidelitylocal6.com. Salem is 0-3 in the SCA.

The Salem Tiger golf team will be in West Plains for an Invitational this morning at 9:00.

The St. Louis Blues pulled out a 4-3 heart-stopping overtime win Saturday to take a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Vladimir Tarasenko scored the tying goal with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and Barret Jackman scored 5:50 into overtime to give St. Louis the win. Game three will be held tonight at 7:30 and you can hear it on KSMO Radio joined in progress after Cardinal Baseball.

Denard Span's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Washington Nationals a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in the finale of a four-game set from Nationals Park. The Cardinals will be in New York tonight to start a four-game series with the Mets at 5:35. KSMO will join this game in progress following the Salem game.

The St. Louis Cardinals placed right- hander Joe Kelly on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left hamstring. Kelly was injured while running to first base after dropping down a bunt in the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss at Milwaukee. The Cardinals also optioned pitcher Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis and recalled pitchers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from their top minor league club.

Trevor Plouffe went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals, avoiding a sweep in the series finale of a three-game set. Alcides Escobar was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored and Omar Infante drove in one for Kansas City, which saw a five-game win streak come to a halt. Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (1-1) surrendered four runs over four-plus frames of work, fanning six and allowing four walks. The Royals will be in Cleveland tonight to start a four-game series with the Indians at 6:05.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Dorothy Maxine Moreland of St. James, age 83, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Tuesday at 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Meramec Hills Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Johns Lutheran Church of St. James or the American Heart Association.

Funeral services for Marie J. Yeomans of Salem, age 92, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.  All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel of Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, high of 73.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, low of 51.
Tuesday.. Mostly sunny, high of 70.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 42.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 73.
Wednesday night..Cloudy, low of 53.

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