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Intercounty Electric is asking that if you are out still of power to please contact them as virtually everyone should have their power back on. They also ask that you continue to report what you see that needs to be repaired and cleaned up.  They ask that you continue to be safe around these situations. The phone number is 1-866-621-3679. Intercounty Electric has also found that some generators have been hooked up incorrectly. They will install a double throw switch at cost to ensure safety for everyone. Please call for details at 1-866-621-3679. There will be a list for that to be done so be patient, but now’s the time to get prepared for the next outage.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. They heard from Eric Schafer who has property at 203 S. Hickory Street. Mr. Schafer and his surrounding neighbors offered the city any access through their property that would be needed to clean out and widen Spring Creek to alleviate future flooding for the residents. The board took no action. Mayor Brown indicated that sales tax revenue for April was up $15,731 over last year and up $94,492 year to date. Alderman Jim McDaniels suggested a meeting be held with city department heads to discuss the May 8th storm damage and create a disaster plan for the city. He also suggested that a generator be provided for the Salem Police Department. Plans are being developed for the Independence Day celebration as they are looking for bands and vendors. Alderman Jim Jackson expressed concern with the upkeep at the old high school that is now owned by the Western Cherokee. Nuisance Officer Rick Raw stated that a notice has been sent to them regarding the high weeds. Alderman Kenneth Nash stated that the Electric Department needed a Superintendent, and he also suggested that the city establish a tree-trimming ordinance. Alderman Brad Nash thanked the city employees, the Salvation Army and others that assisted during the storm.  He suggested the city send thank you letters to everyone that helped. Mayor Brown gave a storm damage report. He thanked the city workers as well as workers from Rolla and St. James that helped get the electric back on the same day that it went out. Two windows broke and water damage was reported at the old City Hall, and the Administrative building had some roof damage. Seven tombstones were damaged at Cedar Grove Cemetery, and forty trees were damaged or downed by the storm, but no three-phase electric lines were down due to an extensive tree-trimming policy. Brown noted that a similar policy needs to be adopted for the primary electric lines. Brown gave an update on the Tower Inn demolition. He reported that this plan was the result of a 10-year strategic plan endorsed by the City in December 1997. The redevelopment project had three phases to complete in a 10-year period beginning December 2001. The first phase was the building of the Holiday Inn Express. The completion date of the project is December 2011. The board approved Bill No. 3164, adopting a new definition of single-family dwelling. The board also approved Brown’s recommendations for appointments to the Finance Committee, Community Services Committee and the Airport Board. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session.

Senator Frank Barnitz announced that District Legislative Assistant Wilma Rowden of Vienna would continue her listening posts in May at locations throughout the 16th Senate District. Rowden will be at the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla on Thursday, May 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Those who cannot make it to the listening post can contact Rowden in the District office by calling (573) 201-6207.

Sports [TOP]

Brandon Plank had five RBI as he hit a single, double and triple to help lead the Salem Tigers to an 11-1 six-inning win over Hermann in the first round of district play. Louis Carroll went 3-4 and drove in two runs for Salem who was given nine walks to go along with nine hits. Grant Gordon gave up four hits while striking out 13 and walking one in the win. The run scored against Gordon was unearned coming in the 4th inning when Salem mad three errors. Salem will face Owensville today at 4:30 at Sullivan in the semi-final and you can hear the game on KSMO and online at

Brewers third baseman Mat Gamel, making his first career start, clubbed a three-run homer, and Milwaukee won its season- high sixth straight contest, topping St. Louis, 8-4, at Busch Stadium. Milwaukee catcher Jason Kendall had two hits and drove in a run on a milestone night. He singled on a soft liner to center field in the second inning for his 2,000th career hit. Kyle Lohse (3-3) dropped his third straight start, as he surrendered four hits and four runs in four frames with three walks and five strikeouts. Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker each belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning for the Cardinals, who lost for the seventh time in nine games. The Cards host the Chicago Cubs tonight at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

The Kansas City Royals were off Monday and will face the Cleveland Indians to start a three game series tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Anthony J. Briener, age 57, will be held this afternoon at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.

Funeral services for Arlene Powell of Salem, age 87, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair. Visitation will be held after 1:00 this afternoon. Interment will be in the Lake Charles Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Foundation.

Funeral services for Edward L. Rose Sr. of St. James, age 59, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Old Alexandria Cemetery in Troy at 2:00 Wednesday.

Funeral services for Walter Holt of Bunker, age 76, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Vistation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Westfork–Sutterfield Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners.

Graveside services for Elvin “Wayne” Baird of Salem of will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Carty Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Daniel R. “Butch” Holman of St. James, age 70, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Hughes Cemetery in rural Phelps County.

Funeral services for Virginia Louise Conway of Reston, Virginia, formerly of Rolla, age 74, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to your local hospice program.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 79.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low near 50.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low around 60.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high around 80.



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