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The City of Salem Board of Alderman held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. The board approved the consent agenda that showed an increase in sales tax revenues of $391 from the previous year August totals to $135.897.93. City Clerk Mary Happel reported on the Planning and Zoning Board meeting held last Thursday night to discuss a Reviewed Use for the operation of a Day Care Center at 203 South Hickory by Eric and Jackie Schafer. The request had been denied on August 20th, but the Schafers met with the neighbors and reached an understanding, so the Planning and Zoning Board recommended to approved the Reviewed Use. The board of aldermen agreed and approved the request.  Mayor Gary Brown went over some traffic counts in the city and reported that on the west side of the Highway 32-72 and 19 intersection, 12,728 cars go through that area each day. He reported that the Community Betterment judges would be in Salem Wednesday morning at 8:00 at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center. He reported that the asphalt workers were in town and finished Chaffin Street, Gibbs Street and Hunt Street and has many more streets to do. He also said that the pump is in at Well #7, and the city is currently getting measurements on the well house and chlorine room so that bids can be let out on their construction. The board approved Bill #3109 that created an ordinance to allow the mayor to sign a lease agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission to lease the roadside park on Highway 19 north for a $1.00. The mayor said that MoDOT may want to make it a one year lease with the property then being conveyed to the city. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session to discuss real estate and personnel.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports. On September 14th at 8:10 in the morning, the department received a report of a burglary, which occurred at the Bunker Feed Store in Bunker. The incident was reported to have occurred sometime the night before. Reported taken were beer, mixed packs of cigarettes and possibly liquor. Recovered behind the store were an unopened 12-pack of Bud Light, five cans of Bush, a bottle of Southern Comfort and a 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew. That evening at 7:30 a report of a burglary was received. The incident was reported to have occurred with in a couple days before at a residence located off of Dent County Road 248. Reported taken were a Stihl 049 chainsaw with case, a Devilbliss airbrush system with case and a 5-gallon air compressor. Anyone with any information regarding these burglaries, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be holding a Hunter Education Course tonight, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 at the Youth Building at The Commons for those 11 years old and older. You MUST attend all three nights to complete the course. Call 729-3181 to pre-register.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Softball Tigers will host the West Plains Zizzers today at 4:30 at the Salem Freedom Activity Center Fields.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers will be at Cabool in SCA play tonight starting with the JV contest at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow.

Aaron Rowand and Ryan Howard each hit a pair of home runs as the Philadelphia Phillies held off a furious rally from the St. Louis Cardinals to take the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium, 13-11. Brad Thompson (6-6) started for St. Louis and allowed four runs - three earned - on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Skip Schumaker went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, and both Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols drove in three for St. Louis, which has dropped 10 of its last 11. The Cardinals trailed 11-0 in the game before scoring three runs in the 6th inning, six runs in the 7th and two more in the 8th inning. Prior to the game, the Cardinals announced outfielder Chris Duncan will have surgery to repair a sports hernia on Thursday, effectively ending his season. The Cards and Phillies will play again tonight starting at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Danny Richar finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and his sixth home run of the season began an 11-run fifth inning which sent Chicago over Kansas City, 11-3, in the first of four between the clubs at Kauffman Stadium. It was Chicago's largest inning since a similar 11-run frame against St. Louis last June 20. Josh Fields hit a two-run homer and drove in four for the White Sox, who have won four of their last five. Jermaine Dye hit a three-run shot and Alex Cintron had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. Royals starter Kyle Davies (2-6) was rocked in the loss, charged with seven hits and six runs over 4 1/3 innings. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer and Billy Butler added a solo shot for the Royals, who have lost three of four. Ross Gload added a pair of hits in defeat. The Royals and White Sox will play again tonight.

The St. Louis Blues dropped a 3-1 pre-season contest to the Atlanta Thrashers Sunday night. Paul Kariya scored the lone goal for the Blues, who travel to Dallas to face the Stars tonight. Eric Brewer and Keith Tkachuk both assisted the goal.

 Obituaries   [TOP]

Visitation for Lawrence Allen Story, Sr. of Steelville, age 59, will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. There will be no services.

Funeral services for Joyce Darlene Jester of Salem, age 58, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Berry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Joyce Darlene Jester Memorial Fund.

Funeral services for Norma E. Wilson of St. Louis, formerly of Salem, age 86, will be held on Wednesday at 11:30 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer Association.

Funeral services for Doris Mae Wisdom of Salem, age 84, will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Family and friends gathering for Charles Gustave Zorn of Bland formerly of Steelville, age 79, will be held Saturday at 1402 Highway A in Owensville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral of Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..and tonight..Partly cloudy, high of 88, low of 65.
Wednesday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers, high of 84.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 86.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 62.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 88.

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