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Your World Today - August 7, 2012

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The Dent County 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction held Saturday at the Oakwood Mule farm generated $124,087.50 in sales with 38 different buyers. That number breaks down to $6,984.75 on the sale of seven lambs, $52,681.75 on the sale of 54 hogs and $58,199.00 on the sale of 19 steers. Two ribbons were also sold for $575. Leading purchasers of animals at the auction this year were the Oakwood Mule Farm as they bought two steers and eight hogs, Phil-Mart bought two steers, five hogs and a lamb; the Bank of Salem purchased three steers, three hogs and a lamb; Intercounty Electric bought one steer, two hogs and a lamb; Salem Livestock purchased two steers, a hog and a lamb; Progressive Ozark Bank purchased three steers and a hog; Interstate Regional Stockyards bought two hogs and a lamb; Town and Country Bank purchased one steer and two hogs; Moser Pharmacy bought two hogs and a lamb, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center purchased one steer and two hogs. At the conclusion of the regular sale, three youngsters donated their animals back to be auctioned off to benefit Sara Anderson who has been battling cancer, and the total amount raised was over $16,000. The Dent County 4-H and FFA members wanted to thank everyone who made this year’s event a tremendous success.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. City Administrator Clayton Lucas discussed the painting of the clarifiers at the wastewater treatment facility. The city received one bid from Smith and Edwards Construction from Mountain Grove to sandblast and paint the clarifiers for $24,000 each. The city could also replace the clarifier with stainless steel for an additional $14,500 each and not have to paint it for 30-40 years. The board wanted to find out how much it would cost if the city employees sandblasted and painted the clarifier and Lucas will have that figure at the next meeting. The board accepted the bid from Jim Crocker of $315.85 for the cutting, bailing and the removal of hay on the city property between Highway 19 and Route HH. The board also approved the bid from Highway K Farm in Licking of $9,265 for the sale of the 1993 Cat 70-foot bucket truck by a 3-1 vote with the funds going into the electric reserve. The city approved the bid from Solomon Corporation to purchase three 167 KVA transformers for $2,570 each, and also to purchase one 300 KVA transformer for $5,780. These are reconditioned units and have a two-year warranty. In unfinished business, the discussion on the old Middle School bids was postponed, as City Administrator Clayton Lucas had not yet received the appraisal on the property as well as on the Highway 19 South property. Alderman Kenneth Nash then read a statement dealing with the transfer of $200,000 out of the electric reserve account to general revenue to pay bills because of a clerical error in not posting the electronic payment of some $380,000 to Show-Me Power that comes directly out of the city general revenue account. This occurred in June during the budget preparations. The error was not reported in the open meeting in late July and Nash felt that it appeared that the city was trying to hide something. Alderman Haydn Powell had City Clerk Mary Happel read the e-mail that she sent to the alderman explaining how the error happened. The error was discovered when she was reconciling the bills in July. Mayor Gary Brown reported that there would be a workshop on August 30th at MRPC conducted by the Missouri Municipal League. He stated that another electronic recycling would be held on October 20th in Salem at 3rd and Grand Streets. There will be a $5.00 charge for TV’s and monitors, and no charge for other electronics. The board approved the budget amendments prepared by City Clerk Mary Happel in Ordinance #3261. City Administrator Lucas discussed with the board about an e-bill proposal to pay utility bills online. He said that startup costs are $399 with an annual security fee of $89. If the city wants the customer to see the bill, there is an additional $59.95 per year, and without being able to see the statement, it is $12.95 per year. There is also a 50-cent transaction fee. The board wants to look into the matter further before making any decision. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session.

Enrollment for the 2012-2013 school year at the Salem Junior and Senior High Schools will be held today through Thursday, August 9th, 9:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon each day. All students must attend to receive their schedules and locker assignments. A parent or guardian must attend to complete district required enrollment forms. Today, registration will be held for new high school students as well as Seniors and seventh graders. On Wednesday, Juniors and eighth graders will be able to register. On Thursday, registration will be held for Sophomores and ninth graders. All 7th, 8th and 9th grade students will enroll in the library of the Junior High building and all 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students will enroll in the library of the Senior High School building. Students must be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and hepatitis B (3 doses, grades 7-12) unless an exemption has been signed by a physician or parent and filed with the school. A TD booster is required 10 years after the last dose. All students must present proof of compliance with the immunization rule by the first day of school, but are encouraged to bring records on registration day. A new state law requires that all students entering 8th grade must have a TD booster before starting school. No one will start school if immunizations are not up to date.  Students not entering 8th grade will still be able to follow the 10-year repeat booster. Open House will be on Tuesday, August 14th for the Salem High School and Junior High from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The first day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th.

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The Salem Tiger Football and the 12th Tiger Club would like to invite the public to a scrimmage on Friday, August 10th at the Salem High School Football Stadium beginning at 6:45 pm. At 6:00 there will a Parent Meeting with Coach Schuchardt and then after the Parent Meeting there will be a 12th Tiger Booster Club Meeting. Admission to the game will be a water and Gatorades for the players. After each away game, the 12th Tiger Booster Club provides a sandwich, chips and water/Gatorade. For more information contact the 12th Tiger Club President Stephanie Floyd at 247-1441.

Matt Carpenter came off the bench and delivered the hit that knocked out Matt Cain and helped St. Louis win again at Busch Stadium. His two-run single highlighted a three-run sixth and the Cardinals extended their home winning streak to seven games in an 8-2 triumph over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game set. Jon Jay tallied four hits, two RBI and a run scored for St. Louis, which won its fourth straight overall and sixth in its last seven. Jake Westbrook (11-8), a victor in his last four outings and five of his last six home starts, surrendered two runs on seven hits in six innings. The Cardinals and San Francisco Giants play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio at 6:40.

Gordon Beckham belted the tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth inning to boost the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Luis Mendoza (5-8) gave up seven hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings as the Royals lost their sixth straight road game. Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler each drove in a run. The Royals and Chicago White Sox play again tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

The United States women’s soccer team booked a place in the gold medal match of the 2012 Olympics as Alex Morgan's stoppage-time header in the second period of extra time gave the Americans a 4-3 win in a thriller against Canada. In other Olympic news, Jenn Suhr took the gold in the women's pole vault on Monday to give the U.S. 29 gold medals and 63 total medals, one behind China for the lead.

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Funeral services for Marjorie Sue Pickett of Salem, age 77, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service. Graveside service will be Thursday at the Prospect Cemetery in Hollow Rock, Tennessee. Memorials may be made to the Riverways Pregnancy Center.

Funeral services for Floyd ‘Duke’ Sutterfield of Ellington, age 89, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Polk Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund for the Bunker High School.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Sunny and hot, high of 96.
Tonight.. Mostly clear, low of 67.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 94.
Wednesday night.. Mostly cloudy, low of 69.
Thursday..Mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 91.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 66.



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