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The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce “Our History of Independence” parade was a great success on Saturday, July 3rd.  There were over 76 entries, plus 55 individual horses. The winner of the non-commercial prize was the Grace Community Church Children’s Ministry and the winner of the commercial prize was Sonic Drive-In. A big thank you to all who participated in this fun and family oriented event from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Tuesday afternoon at the city hall council chambers. The board heard from Ruth Gilmore about the possible raising of electric rates and she wanted to know how many electric shutoffs there were in the last two months as well as how many were not turned back on. Mayor Brown said that there were 60 shutoffs and all of them have been reconnected except for those who have moved. She wanted to say that any electric increase would be detrimental to those who are sick or homebound, and wanted the city to work on energy conservation programs. David Tune then spoke about the electric rate increase and quoted the state auditors report to the city of Salem that suggested that the electric rates should only cover the costs of that utility and not be transferred to general revenue. After Tune spoke, Alderman Nash said that the city should undergo an electrical rate analysis to see what the rate should be, and that analysis would cost the city at least $15,000. Mayor Gary Brown’s appointment to replace the late Jim Jackson was delayed as his choice was out of town and he will make the recommendation at the next meeting. Mayor Brown then went over the budget adjustments that would need to be made to bring the budget in line after the electrical rate increase failed at the last meeting. He reported that proposed revenues in the electric department would now be $5,965,560. He said that the proposed shed from the electric department budget would have to be cut as well as $10,000 from maintenance. He also said that a new computer program for the city would cost an additional $40,000 and that the backhoe in the capital improvement sales tax was entered as $30,000 and it should have been $20,000. After the budget adjustments, the proposed revenues for the city would be $10,454,870 and the proposed expenses would be $10,408,654 leaving revenues over expenses of $46,216. The board later approved Bill #3203 that adopted these changes to the budget as required by state statutes. Mayor Brown wanted to thank the city employees for their assistance with the heritage festival, the Salem Sesquicentennial Committee for their work with the festival, Larry Gray for the fireworks and the chamber of commerce for the parade. He said that contributions to the fireworks fund were at $1,455 and people could still make donations to the city firework’s fund. Sharon Tubbs handed out a brochure on the Salem Walking Tour of the buildings downtown which was proposed as part of the Revitalization program from two years ago that describes what businesses used to be in the different locations downtown. Brown said that 1,558 people used the fitness center in the Salem Freedom Activity Center and another 972 used the Salem TCRC. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session to discuss litigation.

Sports [TOP]

Seth Smith capped an improbable nine-run rally in the ninth inning with a game-ending three-run homer, and the Colorado Rockies recorded their largest ninth-inning comeback in franchise history with a 12-9 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Ryan Franklin surrendered two home runs and six earned runs in the ninth inning in taking the loss. He is 3-1 on the year. Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer against his former team for St. Louis, which has lost four of six. Felipe Lopez added a two-run shot and three RBI in defeat. Blake Hawksworth started for St. Louis and lasted five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and four walks while fanning five. The Cards and Rockies will play again tonight starting at 7:20 on KSMO Radio.

Zack Greinke pitched seven dominant innings and Wilson Betemit drove in all of Kansas City's runs, as the Royals held on to edge the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, in the middle contest of a three-game series. Greinke (5-8) gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks, and fanned nine in the win. Blake Wood allowed a run in the eighth, but Joakim Soria closed the contest in the ninth for his 24th save. Betemit's run-scoring single in the eighth stood as the game-deciding hit. He finished with three hits for the Royals, who took the series, having also triumphed in Monday's opener. Kansas City has won its last four series. The two teams will play again tonight.

The St. Louis Blues have signed newly acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year contract.

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Corey Tropp to a three-year entry-level contract.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will he held July 12th thru 15th and July 19th thru 22nd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for girl's entering 9th through 12 grades and from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for girl's entering 6th through 8th grades. The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will be held at the blue field next to the old armory, the cost is $20 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested can pickup a form at the Salem High School or call Coach Davison at 729-6641 or 729-4208.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Gary Lee Norris of Valley Park, Missouri, formerly of St. James, age 52, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be held in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Betty Gott of Salem, formerly of Ava, age 78, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be today at the Church from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Salem or the SBU Salem Campus. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Alvina Penning of Cuba, age 84, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with a V.F.W. Service at 1:30. Interment will be in the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.

Funeral services for Gail E. Biggs of Cuba, formerly of Sligo, age 83, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery in Salem with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association.

Funeral services for Betty Jean Gamblin of Poplar Bluff, formerly of Salem, age 78, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery in Salem.

Graveside services for Frieda Emily Hamilton of Rolla, age 92, will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Shannon County, Missouri. Memorials may be made to Timber Volunteer Fire Department. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

A memorial service for Loeta Arlene Crews of Boss, age 74, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Burton Eugene Brown of Rolla, formerly of Michigan, age 91, are incomplete at but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 86.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy this evening with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 72.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms, high of 86.
Thursday night..A 60% chance for thunderstorms, low of 69.

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