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As the City of Salem continues to seek sources of affordable power, a press conference will be held Friday, April 30th at 10:00 am at the city hall council chambers to announce an agreement between Pro-Energy and the City of Salem. ProEnergy Services is an integrated service provider that delivers cost-effective, safe and reliable service to the global energy industry. The company has U.S. offices in Sedalia, MO; Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Tulsa, OK; and overseas locations in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Pakistan, Panama and Ghana. Expected at the press conference will be Senator Frank Barnitz; John Smeltzer, the Vice President of Pro Energy, and Mike Mills with Spectrum GLLC, Consulting Group to name a few.

An accident occurred at 3:25 pm Monday afternoon on Orchard Street. According to the Salem Police Report a 1997 Pontiac driven by Bernice Skaggs of Salem was traveling north on Orchard Street. While a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Amy Leach was traveling east on Franklin Avenue. The accident occurred as the Ford was approaching Orchard street. When the Pontiac was stopped at the stop sign on Orchard Street. As the Pontiac was making a left turn onto Franklin Avenue contact between the two vehicles was made. Leach suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Salem Memorial District Hospital. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving property damage, a disturbance, and abuse of a child. On Tuesday, April 20th at 10:30 a.m. an officer was detailed to the 400 block of West Roosevelt in reference property damage. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown cut two tires valued $120.00 on a vehicle parked at a residence. At 12:47 that afternoon, an officer was dispatched to a residence near Warfel and Center Streets in reference to a disturbance that led to the arrest of a 25-year old Salem male for disorderly conduct. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Wednesday, April 21st at 10:55 a.m. an officer was conducting an investigation regarding the abuse of a child.   The investigation led to the arrest of a 47-year old Edward W. Groves of Salem for physically abusing, with injury, two juvenile females also of Salem.  He has been charged with two felony counts of abuse of a child and two felony counts of domestic assault in the 2nd degree. Groves is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond. Anyone with any information regarding the property damage report, which is still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department 729-4242.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is pleased to announce that forty-one area high school seniors have been awarded a $500.00 college scholarship for their participation in the Students for Life High School Partnership Program. The program is designed to reward student volunteers at schools that hold blood drives with CBCO. The Students for Life program is funded by generous contributions from area hospitals that utilize blood products provided by CBCO donors. This year, high school donors will give over 22,000 pints of blood that will be used on sick and injured patients at Ozarks area hospitals. Applicants were required to help, either as a volunteer or coordinator, during blood drives at their respective schools. Students were required to submit a 300 to 350-word essay on the topic, “Why should healthy people donate blood on a regular basis?” Those essays were reviewed by a committee of volunteers throughout the CBCO service region to determine the winners. Later this spring, select high schools in the area will receive grants from CBCO’s High School Partnership Program. These awards are based on participation and frequency of CBCO blood drives held during the 2009-10 school year. Students in our area included Brandon Vance from Rolla High School and Houlie Ibrahim from the Salem High School.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers game with the Ava Bears that was cancelled Monday due to the weather and has been rescheduled for today at 4:00 pm. Salem enters the game with a 5-9 record and 2-4 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO and online at

Salem Golf finished 6th out of 7 teams Tuesday at a cold St. James Tournament. Union won the tournament with a 326 while Salem shot a 396. Scores for Salem players were Connor Stroburg with an 89, Ben Adams shot a 91, Dylan Sisco had a 101, Alan Benowitz finished with a 115, and Adam Wood shot a 117, which did not count toward the total. Salem will play at Houston for the SCA tournament on Friday.

Milton Bradley’s bases-loaded walk accounted for the winning run, as the Seattle Mariners used a late three-run rally to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, at Kauffman Stadium. Alberto Callaspo and Mitch Maier each registered an RBI for Kansas City, which saw its brief two-game win streak halted. Zack Greinke pitched seven brilliant shutout but watched as the bullpen failed to hold the lead. Greinke allowed six hits and fanned five. KC plays Seattle again this afternoon.

Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in two runs, and the Cardinals used a four-run sixth inning to beat the Braves, 5-4, and send Atlanta to its seventh straight loss. Yadier Molina also drove in two runs for the Cards, who have won three in a row. Chris Carpenter (3-0) lasted six innings and earned the win on his 35th birthday, allowing two runs, three hits, and three walks while fanning four. Jason Motte earned his first save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. The Cards and Braves play again tonight at 6:45 starting with the Dugout Show on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals have activated catcher Jason LaRue from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Bryan Anderson to Triple-a Memphis. The Cards also signed veteran infielder Aaron Miles to a minor-league deal and assigned him to extended spring training in Jupiter, FL.

The St. Louis Rams signed 13 undrafted free agents on Monday. These newly signed players, along with the 12 that were drafted last week, will kick off their rookie year with the rookie mini-camp this weekend.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lela Marie Ball of Salem, age 65, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Morrison Cemetery in Salem. Memorials suggested to the Relay for Life “Patriots or Putters”.

Funeral services for Winifred Helen Decker of Salem, age 94, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Community Church.

A Memorial Service for Hugh Wilson Ford of Rolla, age 72, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the First Christian Church in Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

A Memorial Service for Louise A. Venn of Salem, age 76, will be held Saturday, May 1st at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Internment will be private. Memorials are suggested to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 71.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 52.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and windy, high of 78.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Friday..Mostly cloudy and windy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 76.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy and windy with a 60% chance for rain, low of 61.



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