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The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft and drugs. On Monday, May 4th at 8:45 in the morning, an office was detailed to the 1300 block of South Gertrude in reference to a theft. Investigation revealed a Motorola cell phone had been taken from the residence, valued at $150. At  9:45 the same morning, an officer was dispatched to the 900 block of East Center in reference to an individual with marijuana. The report led to the arrest of a 54-year old Salem man for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with information on the theft, which is still under investigation, is ask to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

A delegation of 16 hospital representatives including Salem Memorial District Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor, traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with Missouri’s congressional delegation and share their views on health care issues. In their meetings with lawmakers, the hospital leaders discussed congressional proposals for broad-based health care reform. They also discussed rural health issues, the need to avoid scheduled cuts to physician payments for treating Medicare patients and hospitals’ financial performance under Medicare’s prospective payment system.

On Thursday May 7th at 6:30 pm, a Spring Pasture Walk will be held at Jim and Megan Cafourek’s Farm near Doss, MO approximately seven miles southeast of Salem. The Cafourek’s have a beef cow/calf operation, and have used Management Intensive Grazing since 1996.  This Pasture Walk will provide participants an opportunity to view the Cafourek’s grazing system, and will include insight on their fence and watering systems, and their methods of grazing and cattle management. The Pasture Walk is sponsored and refreshments provided by the Dent County Cattlemen’s Association, Dent County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Dent County University of Missouri Extension. Please reserve your spot by calling today if you plan on attending or if you have questions. Call the Dent County Soil and Water Office at 573-729-4442 or the Dent County MU Extension Office at 573-729-3196.          

Residents in the Meramec Region, especially those in Dent County interested in volunteering during emergency situations are encouraged to take advantage of a three-day course being offered in Salem. The 20-hour training is planned May 15th through 17th at the Dent County Fire Protection District Firehouse located at #2 South Main Street. The class is offered free of charge. The Salem class will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th Then from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th with Byron Burke and Terry Bruno as instructors. The training will introduce participants to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept of preparing civilians to proactively organize and train for a disaster. CERT trainings cover disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization. The class is sponsored by Meramec Regional Planning Commission and the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee in partnership with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. Lunch will be provided for participants on Saturday and Sunday. Persons interested in signing up should contact Amy McMillen at MRPC at (573) 265-2993. CERT does not train a volunteer to be a firefighter or a paramedic but instead teaches essential lifesaving functions that can be used after a disaster.

In closed session Monday night, The Salem Board of Aldermen named Alan Kimrey as the City of Salem Emergency Management Director replacing Brad Nash who resigned when elected to the Board of Aldermen.

Sports [TOP]

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League Player of the Month for April. Pujols was dominant in the first month of the season, hitting .337 with eight home runs, 28 RBI and 22 runs scored. The two-time NL MVP also walked 18 times, stole four bases and smacked two grand slams in the span. The Cardinal's also claimed the National League Rookie of the Month for April award as that went to Brian Barden. The 28-year old Barden hit a scorching .385 with three homers and seven RBI in 21 games for St. Louis, which recorded a MLB-best 16-7 record in the first month of the season.

Shane Victorino came within a triple of the cycle, driving in three and scoring three, while Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run in Philadelphia's 10-7 victory over St. Louis. Adam Wainwright (3-1) took the loss. Tyler Greene ended 2-for-4, as did Ryan Ludwick, who joined Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina with a solo home run. The Cardinals, who still lead the National League Central in the early going, have lost three in a row. The Cardinals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at 6:55 and you can hear the game on KSMO.

Royals up-and-coming ace Zack Greinke was named the American League's Pitcher of the Month for April. The 25-year-old has been nearly unhittable in his first month of the 2009 campaign, posting a 0.50 earned run average and 44 strikeouts to go with a 5-0 record to open the year. Greinke did not allow an earned run in his first four starts of the year, joining only Fernando Valenzuela to ever pull off the feat. Since earned runs became a statistic in the A.L. in 1912, the right-hander is only the fifth pitcher to post a 5-0 first month while owning an ERA under 1.00.

John Buck only had one hit in six at-bats, but made it count as his RBI single in the 11th inning was the difference as Kansas City edged the Chicago White Sox, 8-7, in the finale of a two-game set. Mike Jacobs had a three-run homer and Alberto Callaspo added a solo shot for the Royals, who have won four straight and six of seven overall. Billy Butler and Coco Crisp both drove in a run in the win. Kyle Davies started and went four-plus innings and yielded six runs on eight hits to get a no-decision. Juan Cruz (2-0) got the win with a scoreless 11th inning of relief. The Royals will face Seattle tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Melissa L. McMurry of Salem, age 34, will be held this morning at 11:00 at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the McMurry family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Hilda B. Clinton of Salem, age 79, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Edward L. R. Hoyt of Sedgewickville, age 72, will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 at the McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Missouri, with Reverend Robert Henrichs officiating. Visitation will be held tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Family and Children Services, the Alzheimer's Association or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services for Lula Mae Hilderbrand of Salem, age 84, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Dry Fork Baptist Church.

Memorial services for William A. Andrews of Rolla, age 86, will be held Saturday, May 16th at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the William Andrews Civil Engineering Scholarship at MST, First Presbyterian Church of Rolla, Rolla Kiwanis club or charity of you choice. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy this morning, then partly sunny, high of 76.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower this evening, low of 58.
Thursday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers in the afternoon, high of 79.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low around 60.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 73.

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