The Dent County Sheriff's Office, City of Salem Police Department, and the Salem TCRC announced that they would be hosting a basic law enforcement training academy starting January 17th, 2013 at the Salem TCRC. The Academy will be a 700-hour course that will qualify graduates with a Class A peace officer license in Missouri. The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-10 pm as well as Saturdays from 8 am-5 pm and some Sundays. This is an eleven-month program with a maximum of 30 students and a graduation being held in December 2013. Sergeant Lenny Pabin, Dent County Sheriff’s Office will serve as the coordinator for this academy. Chief Keith Steelman explained that he is excited about the training being held locally since current police officers can attend specific sessions to reach their POST Law Enforcement Training re-certification without having to travel to become re-certified. The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy meets and exceeds the State of Missouri’s minimum basic training requirement for peace officer certification. Graduates will be certified in several areas from report writing to arrest procedures, intake booking to inmate supervision. Driving instruction courses will be held at the Salem airport and firearms training will be held at the newly completed firing range. Those wishing to attend may register by going to mosheriffs.com and clicking on the training academy tab. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and more information is on the MSSA website. The Salem TCRC is located in the Salem Freedom Activity Center, 1200 W. Rolla Road in Salem. For questions please call the Dent County Sheriff’s Department at 729-3241 or the Salem TCRC at 729-8163.
The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda during the hearing of persons, Nancy Major would like to discuss purchasing the Old Middle School and what her plans for the property are. Ted Cunningham would like to update the Board on the 4-H program and Dent County Extension’s impact on the community. Sherry Lea from the TCRC, Stacy Medlock from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Becki Godi from the Salem Area Community Betterment Association would all like to address the Board regarding the funding cuts voted on by the Board at the last meeting. In bids, the City of Salem had requested bids for culvert pipe for the City’s storm water projects and in unfinished business, the City of Salem had requested bids for the sale of the Old Middle School. Then City Administrator Clayton Lucas will address varies items concerning the City. Alderman Kenneth Nash, Jerry Randell, Haydn Powell and Philip Giacomelli will discuss items and those will be followed by Mayor Gary Brown’s report on various items concerning the City. The Board will then address resolutions involving agreements with the Salem Telecommunication Resource Center, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salem Area Betterment Association, the Dent County Museum and the Dent County University of Missouri Extension Council. In new and miscellaneous business, City Attorney William Camm Seay will present a petition for the annexation into the city for property located at 1504 St. Roberts Street, owned by Scott L. and Wilma S. McFarland, which is the last property in Brandon Heights that was not in the City limits. Clayton Lucas will then present bills for approval over $3,000. The Board will then vote to go into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing litigation, real estate, personnel and contracts. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.
An accident occurred at 4:05 Sunday morning in Dent County on Highway 68 about three miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 26-year old Rachel Durham of Salem was driving a 1994 Buick Roadmaster and fell asleep. The vehicle then went off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch embankment. Durham suffered minor injuries while an occupant, 26-year old Jeremy Jackson of Salem, suffered moderate injuries. Both were taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by ambulance. They were not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Buick sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.
An accident occurred at noon on Friday in Reynolds County on Highway 32 about four miles west of Bunker. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Chevrolet 1500 pickup driven by 37-year old Euclid V. Turner of Bunker met another vehicle traveling in his lane of traffic. Turner swerved to avoid the other vehicle, lost control, and ran off the left side of the roadway. The Chevrolet overturned and struck a tree. Turner suffered moderate injuries and was flown by Air-Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was not wearing a safety restraint. The Chevrolet was totaled in the accident and removed from the Scene by Whitaker’s Towing.
Jon Jay and Tony Cruz hit consecutive two-run doubles in the first inning, backing six scoreless frames from Lance Lynn, and the Cardinals downed the Cubs, 7-0, on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran added back-to-back solo homers in the fifth inning for St. Louis. Lynn (12-4) gave up four hits with three walks and five strikeouts and improved to 3-0 against the Cubs this season. The Cardinals will start a four-game series with the L.A. Dodgers tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.
Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate as the Minnesota Twins topped the Kansas City Royals, 7-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series. Billy Butler and Yuniesky Betancourt homered for Kansas City. Jeremy Guthrie (0-1), who was acquired by the Royals on Friday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for Jonathan Sanchez, allowed five runs on four hits over five innings in his Royals debut. The Royals will start a three-game series with the L.A. Angels tonight.
The St. Louis Blues avoided arbitration with T.J. Oshie and signed the forward to a new five-year contract worth $4.175 million per season.
Funeral services for Betty Jean (Hogan) Cowling of Provo, Utah, formerly of Dillard, age 75, will be held Monday at 12:00 (Noon) at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:45 to 11:45 am. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery at Dillard.
Funeral services for Beverly Jean Grogan of Salem, age 70, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until time of service, Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services for Gloria Dorcas Williamson of Salem, age 65, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Salem Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Memorial services for June E. Adams, age 85, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service.
Funeral arrangements for Darrell William Bunton Sr. of Rolla, age 68, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the family of Darrell William Bunton Sr.
Funeral services for John Edgar Ruth, Sr. of Steelville, age 85, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.