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Your World Today - Monday, April 22, 2013

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The City of Salem Planning & Zoning Board of Commissioners will be conducting a Workshop, called by Chairman Jerry Craig, tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 6:30 pm. The workshop will be to discuss the City of Salem’s new Code Book section for Planning and Zoning. The workshop is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Monday, April 8th at 11:08, an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. That investigation led to the arrest of a 21-year old Salem female for stealing merchandise valued at $74.75. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. That afternoon at 1:53, an officer was dispatched to the Fourth Street Mall in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a 50-year old Salem female had purchased items with a check and later stopped payment on the check after having received the merchandise. She was arrested, issued a summons to appear in court, and released. On Tuesday, April 9th at 7:40 in the evening, an officer, while on patrol, came upon a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of East Third. The investigation of the incident led to the arrest of a 31-year old Salem male for assaulting a 28-year old Salem female. He was issued a summons to appear in court and incarcerated on a 12-hour hold. On Wednesday, April 10th at 3:04 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to two shoplifters. That investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year old Salem male for stealing merchandise valued at $20.85 and a 20-year old Salem female for stealing merchandise valued at $66.33. They were issued summons to appear in court and released. At 3:10 that afternoon, an officer was called to the City Electric Department in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that someone took copper wire valued $400 from a service truck. Anyone with any info regarding the theft report is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Beginning on March 1, of this year, Federal law required the Ozark National Scenic Riverways to reduce its annual budget.  The park must reduce and absorb the cut in the remaining six months of this fiscal year that ends September 30th. For Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the reductions amount to $335,000 from a budget of $6,542,000.  The park has cut travel, training, overtime, supply purchasing and reduced the number of seasonal and permanent employee positions to meet the required spending reduction. The following are the major actions being taken to implement the cut: Staffing, which 92.68 percent of the park’s budget pays for salaries and fixed costs like utilities will have two unfilled permanent positions and 17 seasonal positions will be unfilled as well. Reduced staffing will lessen park operations in the following ways for visitor services: The Big Spring Campground will be open May 24 through Labor Day and then closed the rest of the year.  The other developed campgrounds will remain open as normal. Gooseneck and Rymers Primitive Campgrounds will be closed, Summer Round Spring Cave Tours will not be offered, and evening programs at Pulltite and Round Spring Campgrounds have been eliminated. Also Special events (Heritage Day, Alley Spring Independence Day Celebration, Ozark Dinner Theater, and Haunting in the Hills) will not be offered and Akers, Pulltite, and Round Spring Visitor Contact Stations will not be open this season. The park’s 37 primitive vault restrooms will be cleaned once per week or every other week. Mowing will be decreased in the primitive campgrounds to two weeks prior to Memorial Day weekend, July 4th weekend, and Labor Day weekend. Water will not be turned on at Log Yard and Gooseneck. For more information, you can call (573) 323-4236 Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar. 

The City of Salem Clean-Up continues now through Friday, April 26th and will be on your regular pick up day. This means you can place as much household trash as you need to curbside. The Clean-Up also gives you the opportunity to get rid of larger items as well Those larger items will be picked up by city work crews and should not be co-mingled with the household trash, but should also be placed curbside. The city will also be picking up branches, limbs and debris bags that are placed curbside. Every effort should be made to bundle your limbs and branches according to the city codes that state they should be no larger than four feet in length, and debris such as leaves, twigs and grass clippings should be placed in the biodegradable bags available at the City Administrative Offices. Those bags are packaged 10 for $2.50. For more information, feel free to call the City Administrative Offices at 729-4117.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Baseball team will host Mountain View Liberty today at 4:30. Salem is 8-4 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. The game can also be seen on fidelitylocal6.com.

The Salem Tiger Golf and Track teams will be in action today. Salem Golf will be participating in the SCA Tournament. The Salem Track team will be at Willow Springs for a meet at 3:00.

The City of Salem Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Program begins soon. Signups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Community Center at the Armory. The Summer Youth Ball Program is open to all boys and girls age 4 to 13 years of age and the cost is $20 per child. The FINAL SIGNUPS will be held Thursday and Friday, April 25th & 26th from 4:00 to 6:00 and Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 (noon). For more info, contact Greg Nash at 729-6290.

Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche took down the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, in the opener of a home-and-home series. David Backes had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who came into the game needing just one point to clinch a playoff spot. Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk also lit the lamp. Brian Elliott stopped 15-of-19 shots before being pulled for St. Louis, which sits sixth in the Western Conference. Jake Allen turned aside 11-of-12 shots in relief. The Blues and Avalanche will play the second game of their home-and-home series Tuesday night at 7:00.

Ben Revere hit the go-ahead single and Erik Kratz provided insurance with a three-run homer as part of a four-run eighth inning in the Philadelphia Phillies' 7-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a four-game set on Sunday. Matt Carpenter hit a solo homerun while David Freese and Allen Craig drove in the other runs for St. Louis, who have lost four of their last seven games. The Cardinals will be in Washington tonight to start a three-game series with the Nationals tonight at 6:05. You’ll be able to hear that game on KSMO Radio.

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the fourth inning to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-2, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. Ervin Santana (2-1) gave up two first-inning runs, but only allowed six hits and struck out seven over seven frames. In the second game, Lorenzo Cain's bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning scored Alex Gordon with the deciding run, as Kansas City took a 5-4 decision over Boston. George Kottaras, Gordon and Billy Butler each slugged a solo homer for the Royals, who have the day off today.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Graveside services for Brenda Ann Cooksey of Arnold, age 62, will be this morning at 11:00 at the Cooksey Cemetery. Interment will be in the Cooksey Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Johnny Lee Henson, Sr. of Rolla, age 75, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Pilot Knob Cemetery.

Funeral services for Pauline J. McClain of Salem, age 69, will be Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Marie Reed of Sedalia, formerly of St. James, age 91, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.  Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service.  Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to The Golden Living Center or The First Assembly of God Church in St. James.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 68.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, low of 51.
Tuesday..Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers, high of 59.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, low of 36.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 54.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 36.

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