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Steve Bryant, Superintendent of the Salem R-80 School District, is serving as President of the South Central District of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) during the 2007-2008 school year. As President of the district, Bryant will chair monthly meetings of the South Central school administrators and represent the district at meetings with the MASA Executive Committee. MASA is a strong advocate of public education in Missouri. They lobby for educational funding in the state, provide information on the status of legislation and other issues, and they also provide mentoring for new superintendents, provide legal assistance and offers conferences and workshops to administrators to help them be effective leaders in their districts.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting at the hospital library Thursday evening. Controller Stephanie Wofford reported that the summary of operations for the month of June showed an excess of revenues over expenses of $46,761 for the month with a year to date total of $637,170. There is currently $1.6 million in CD’s.  Director of Nursing Carol Lacy gave statistics for the month and there were 81 patients admitted into the hospital, 766 emergency room visits, 185 ambulance runs, 22 surgeries, 322 clinical visits, 176 home health visits, 8,060 lab tests, 26 nuclear med scans, 1,124 radiological procedures, 36 MRI scans, 343 CT Scans, 111 dialysis procedures visits and 1,421 cardiopulmonary procedures were performed. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor said that the Hospital Auxiliary elected new Officers: Mary Travis as President, Miriam McCarter as Vice-President, Gina Daniels as Secretary and Robin Kohut as Treasurer. Gina Daniels, Director of the Rehab Department, gave a department review to the board.  Pryor reported that Governor Blunt signed into law the Mo HealthNet, the new program that will replace Medicaid in Missouri. The board reviewed the emergency room and in-patient satisfaction surveys for April thru June.  There were 134 emergency room surveys returned and 13 in-patient surveys. The overall satisfaction with the hospital was nearly 100%.  Dr. Yvonne Prince gave the Chief of Staff’s Report. The board approved the medical staff’s recommendation to give staff privileges to Dr. Charles Krin, an emergency room physician, and Dr. Ryan Pharr, the new physician at the Salem Family Health Care. They also gave courtesy privileges to Dr. Lowell Fisher who practices with Dr. Voight. The board approved the Building Committee’s recommendation to start construction August 1st on the new physician’s office building. It was estimated that the construction should be complete in December. There will be a public tax hearing on August 23rd at 5:45 P.M. at the hospital library before the regular meeting. The board then elected new officers of the board of directors for the year and they are Dennis Fiebelman as Chairman, Sheila Kunkel as Vice-Chairman and Joe Brand as Secretary. The board then went into closed session.

Entries for the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce “Yard of the Month” contest for July need to be submitted by Friday. Anyone can nominate a yard by contacting the Chamber. Entries can also be called in at 573-729-6900.

The Dent County Fall Festival Royalty Pageant is set for Thursday, August 23rd. The deadline to register is Friday, August 3rd. Contests include: Dent County babies, ages 0 to 3 years; Little Mr. & Miss., ages 4-6 years; Dent County Princess, ages 7-10 years; Jr. Miss Dent County, ages 11-15 years; and Miss Dent County, ages 16-21 years old. Contestants competing in the Dent County Baby and Little Mr. and Miss contests will need to have two decorated cans that can be placed, one at the Bank of Salem and one at the Town & Country Bank main offices. Votes will calculated at one cent per vote. For an application or for more information, call Sheree Upton Dodd at 729-4126 or Rose Powell at 729-3542.

On July 16th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers assigned to the Troop I unit of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, arrested 41-year old Henry D. Fann of Rolla, for stealing both money and equipment, valued at $120,000.00. Fann was arrested for felony stealing after an investigation and the search of his residence. During that search, troopers recovered several items, which they believe were stolen from the Davaron Corporation of Rolla. Following his arrest, Fann was incarcerated in the Phelps County Jail. The charge for which Fann was arrested is an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.

Sports [TOP]

Salem Co-Ed Softball will be meeting today at 5:30 at the Al Brown Fields. For more information contact Cindy Ard by calling 247-0522.

Albert Pujols' two-out home run in the eighth tied the game and Skip Schumaker and Scott Rolen both went deep in the 10th inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Atlanta Braves, 7-2, in the finale of a four-game set at Turner Field. Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Pujols sent a 1-1 offering from Rafael Soriano off the glove of left fielder Willie Harris and over the wall for a game-tying home run. Aaron Miles then led off the 10th with a single off Tyler Yates (2-2) and one out later, Schumaker sent an 0-1 pitch just over the wall in right field to give St. Louis the lead. Pujols followed with a walk and Juan Encarnacion's single put runners on the corners. Oscar Villarreal entered the game in place of Yates and struck out Chris Duncan, but Rolen smacked a three-run blast into the left field bleachers to blow the game open. Jason Isringhausen (4-0) didn't give up a hit over the last two innings for St. Louis, striking out four to pick up the win. St. Louis starter Brad Thompson lasted six innings, yielding a pair of runs on six hits. The Cardinals have the day off today before hosting a three game set with the Chicago Cubs starting Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms with their top draft pick, shortstop Pete Kozma, on Saturday. Kozma, who was the 18th pick overall in the first-year player draft on June 7, will report to the club's minor league facility in Jupiter, Florida and is expected to undergo a physical early next week.

Brian Bannister allowed just four hits and one run in seven innings, leading Kansas City past Detroit, 5-2, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Comerica Park. Bannister (6-6) fanned three and walked just one for his first win in his last three starts. Mark Grudzielanek went 4-for-5 with a double for the Royals, who have won four of five. Esteban German homered and had two hits, David DeJesus collected a pair of hits and drove in a run, while Reggie Sanders, Tony Pena and Emil Brown also knocked in a run each. The Royals took 4-of-6 on the road against division-leading Boston and Detroit, finishing their nine-game road trip 5-4. Kansas City opens a four-game home set with the Yankees tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Georgia Ford of St. James, age 79, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Wishon Cemetery in rural St. James.

Funeral services for Thomas O. Laffoon of Wappapello, age 77 will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Stagner Cemetery in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and cool, high of 82.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 85.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low around 60.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 88.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 65.
Thursday and Thursday night..Partly cloudy, high of 89, low of 66.

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