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The Salem Quiz Bowl Team placed fifth at the State Quiz Bowl held Saturday, May 3rd in Columbia. Salem easily defeated East Newton in the first round. The next two rounds proved to be more difficult. Salem drew Savannah for round two. Salem played well against Savannah, but could not compete with their star player. Salem battled Priory to the end, but lost that round. This placed Salem tied for the 4th place seed with Priory. According to MSHSAA rules, the deciding factor became points and Salem’s loss to Priory meant that Priory proceeded to the finals and Salem then dropped to 5th place. Playing on the State Salem Quiz Bowl Team were Jenna Homeyer, captain, Matt Prince, Cricket Stroburg, Bret Hagler, Brett Capps, Megan Greenshields, and Lane Howard. On the 2007-2008 Salem Quiz Bowl Team were Cody Nickels, Kayce Webber, Ashley Greenshields, Juliana Bermudez, Caety Brantley, James Fredericks, Angie Gee, Micah Gott, Philip Moser, Zach Moser, Sarah Reeves, Lena Sherrill and Rebecca Soard. Coaching the team were Susan Sheeley and Wanda Nickles. Congratulations Quiz Bowl team on a great year!!!

The Salem Ranger District of the Mark Twain National Forest is seeking your comments on a proposal for the Loggers Lake Project. Loggers Lake is located in Shannon County about five miles southwest of Bunker. Loggers Lake is 22 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 31 feet. It is located on the Mill Creek drainage on the Salem Ranger District and is fed by perennial springs. The Salem Ranger District is proposing to reduce levels of invasive aquatic vegetation through water level draw downs from 46 percent to 10 to 20 percent, deepening the lakes shallow areas to a depth where light penetrates may reduce the severity of plant problems, and adding aquatic herbicide to reduce the amount of nuisance aquatic vegetation. The plan also includes replacing two boat ramps, reconstructing an accessible fishing pier in the picnic area, and the construction of a fixed concrete fishing pier in the campground, creating fish structures, and the repair or replacement of the gate control water control device. You are invited to comment on this proposal before the analysis has been completed and a final decision has been made. If you have site-specific comments and concerns regarding the proposed Loggers Lake Project, contact Thomas Haines, District Ranger at 729-6656. Written comments should be sent to Thomas Haines, District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 460, Salem, MO 65560, ATTN: Loggers Lake Project. All comments on the project are due by Friday of this week.       

The City of Salem Finance Committee will hold meetings, called by Mayor Gary Brown, this Thursday, May 8th; and on Thursday, May 15th and Thursday, May 29th. Each meeting will begin at 1:00 in the City Hall Council Chambers for the discussion of the 2008-2009 budget. These meetings of the City of Salem Finance Committee are open to the public.

The Ozark Natural & Cultural Resource Center located at 202 South Main is featuring a special exhibit that features photographs, stories miniature trains and artifacts depicting the impact of iron production on Dent County and surrounding areas. “The Age of Iron” exhibit, being presented by the Salem Area Arts Council, is on display Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Rotary Club will join forces to provide you a sneak preview of the new and improved www.salemmo.com website. This will take the place of the May Chamber Membership meeting on Monday, May 12th beginning at noon at My Place Restaurant. The program will be presented by Ray Walden, who chairs the Website Committee and Phil Schmidt, web master of the new website. This is a meeting that any business owner, large or small, will find not only interesting but also beneficial. The cost is $7.00 per person and you are asked to RSVP to the Chamber office located at 202 South Main or call 729-6900 no later than Friday, May 9th by 5:00 pm to be included in the lunch count. 

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers are seeded 5th in district and will face Union Saturday morning at 9:00 in Sullivan in the first round of district play. Salem is scheduled to wrap up their regular season tomorrow at Iberia at 5:00, weather permitting. Those games can be heard on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com.

Braden Looper got all but the last two outs as the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Colorado Rockies, 6-5, in the second of a four-game set at Coors Field. Looper (5-1) gave up four runs on 10 hits in 8 1/3 innings and added two hits, an RBI and a run scored at the plate for the Cardinals, who have won three straight and six of seven. Rick Ankiel had a great game hitting a solo homer that proved to be the difference in the game and threw out two base runners at third base trying to advance. Ryan Ludwick went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the win. Albert Pujols, Brian Barton and Adam Kennedy also added runs batted in for the Cardinals. The Red Birds and Rockies play again tonight at 7:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Garret Anderson drove in all five runs to lead the Angels to a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Anderson, who homered in Monday's series-opening win, belted a three-run homer and added a pair of RBI singles for the Angels, who have captured six of their last eight games overall and will attempt to sweep this three-game set today. Anderson is now 4-for-8 with two homers and seven RBI in the series. Miguel Olivo finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Kansas City, which has dropped four of its last six. Brian Bannister (3-4) suffered the loss after he allowed five runs on 13 hits with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Pittsburgh 12, San Francisco 6
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 0
Florida 3, Milwaukee 0
Atlanta 5, San Diego 3
Houston 6, Washington 5
Arizona 6, Philadelphia 4
LA Dodgers 5, NY Mets 4
Boston 5, Detroit 0
Cleveland 5, NY Yankees 3
Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 4
Chicago White Sox 7, Minnesota 1
Oakland 4, Baltimore 2
Texas 10, Seattle 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Keith Beamon of St. James, age 50, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. 

Funeral services for Charles “Art” Lewis of Licking, age 78, will be Thursday at 11:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Craddock Cemetery.

Graveside services for Patricia M. Flett, of Salem, formerly of Australia, age 84, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to the SMDH Auxiliary “Wildlife Project”. 

Funeral services for John W. Koenig, age 87, of Chesterfield, formerly of Rolla will be held at a later date. All arrangements will be under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Mildred Booker of Steelville will be held Friday afternoon at 1:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Olga E. Haas of Rolla, age 86, will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at Null & Son Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery in rural Phelps County. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran School.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain possible, high of 72.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 100% chance for showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall possible, low of 58.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers, high of 68.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 46.
Friday..Partly sunny, high around 70.

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