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The Salem R-80 Board of Education conducted their monthly meeting Thursday evening. After approval of the agenda and consent agenda, Superintendent Cindy Rumpf welcomed the new Board members. Rumpf reported that the MSBA Regional meeting would be held April 28th in Hartville, and she and Mr. McColloch would not be able to attend, as they will be at the MoASBO conference. Rumpf also reported that as new purchases are made, greater consideration is given to programs and equipment that promote a green environment. The custodial department has purchased new floor machines that use fewer chemicals by requiring compete stripping and waxing of the floors every three years. Roland Todd attended a workshop to certify him as “green” technician. Additionally, invoices will be scanned and filed in the computer system eliminating the need for coping and filing of hard copies in the central office. In new business there was a CIA-date team presentation. Rumpf stated that on May 5th there would be an insurance meeting for the health insurance. The Board approved a 10-cent increase in the cost of the regular priced lunches for the 2011-2012 school year. The USDA is mandating that the cost of regular priced lunches at schools be in compliance with the cost that the government pays for the free and reduced lunches. The notes that were taken at the 5-year planning meeting were presented to the Board and another meeting is planned for the second week in May. An MSIP meeting will be held on May 10th at William Lynch, and Rumpf informed the Board of budget workshops that will be held the Tuesday before each monthly meeting to better explain financial issues regarding the Salem R-80 School District. The Board accepted the resignation of the Assistant Volleyball Coach Jamie Chilton effective June 1, 2011. The Board then voted to go into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

An accident happened Saturday night in Dent County at 9:30 on Route W about 1.3 miles north of Highway 32. According to the highway patrol report, a 2004 Jeep driven by 23-year old Whitney Crocker of Salem, was traveling northbound when she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway that caused the Jeep to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike a tree. Crocker suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem Ambulance. Crocker was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Jeep sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

An accident occurred at 10:00 Saturday night in Phelps County on County Road 1090 and County Road 1140 three miles north of St James, that took the life of a St James minor. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Mercury driven by 13-year-old Austin Hoener of St James was traveling east. The accident occurred as the Mercury began to skid and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The Mercury then struck a ditch causing the vehicle to overturn and the driver was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest on its top. Hoener was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. Hoener was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:05 Saturday night by Phelps County Coroner Larry Swinfard. The body was then transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center. The next of kin was notified. The Mercury was totaled and removed from the scene by Spurgeon’s Towing.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers were scheduled to host Mountain Grove today at 4:30.The game for today has been CANCELLED and rescheduled for Thursday, April 28th at 4:30.

The Salem Track Team is scheduled to be at Willow Springs today starting at 3:00.

Yadier Molina belted a three-run homer to back a strong start by Jake Westbrook, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati in the rubber match of a three-game series. Westbrook (2-2) yielded just three hits and three walks in six innings, striking out four to help St. Louis win for the fourth time in five games. Fernando Salas, Eduardo Sanchez and Mitchell Boggs set down nine of the final 10 batters to preserve the Cardinals' third shutout of the season and the third save for Boggs. The Cardinals are headed to Houston for a three-game series that starts Tuesday.

David Murphy hit a three-run double in Texas' six-run fifth inning, and the Rangers held on for an 8-7 victory to complete a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. Bruce Chen (3-1) was touched for six runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss for the first time this season for Kansas City. Mike Aviles had two homers and four RBI, and Jeff Francoeur had a solo shot for the Royals. Kansas City will have the day off today.

The seventh and eighth grade Honors Choir members will join the Upper Elementary Honors Choir to sing the National Anthem on July 28th at Busch Stadium. The band will be playing “God Bless America” prior to the choirs singing the National Anthem. Call the Upper Elementary School at 729-4812, during regular school hours for more information. 

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Eugene A. Bell of Salem, age 84, will be held today at 12:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be held at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Welfare Society.

Funeral services for Linda Kay Light of Rolla, age 40, Benjamin Dalton Jordan Light age 10 and Brooklyn Taylor Mercedes Light, age 1, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Light family.

Funeral services for Gladys Short of Rogers, Arkansas and formerly of Salem, age 98, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Judson Baptist Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Faye Louise Parkinson of St. James, age 78, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery in High Gate, MO.

Funeral services for Mary Faye Cook of Salem, age 84, will be held today at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 this morning until service time. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Southwest Baptist College and the Salem Fitness Center. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Maxine Glidewell of Rolla, age 72, will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Visitation will be held from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Roach Cemetery in Doolittle. Memorials may be made to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Margaret Ann Babb of Salem, age 76, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Phelps County Hospice.

Funeral services for Norma Banning of Steelville, age 83, will be Thursday at 1:00 at the Lakewood Missionary Baptist Church in Shirley, MO. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, and also on Thursday from 9:00 until time of service at the Lakewood Missionary Baptist Church. Internment will be in the Lakewood Cemetery in Shirley.

Funeral services for Jewell Eugene "Gene" Foust of Rolla, age 68, are incomplete but are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy and breezy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 72.
Tonight..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers, low of 56.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, high of 68.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 67.
Wednesday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers, high of 58.

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