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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen will hold their regular meeting tonight at 7:00 in the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board will hear from Beverly Flannery from the Grace Community Church about the closing of the 600 block of South Water for a church event. The board will then hear bids to install three-phase electric line from Walker Street to Highway 72. In unfinished business, the board will review the airport board ordinance #2546 and decide what type of board they want, and then hear airport issues from Phil Schmidt, acting Airport Board President. All four aldermen will then discuss miscellaneous issues before Mayor Gary Brown gives his comments. In new business, the board will discuss providing a letter of support to the City of Rolla for the Highway 72 extension from Highway 63 to Interstate 44, and for the Highway 63 project to expand it to four-lanes through Central Missouri. After approving bills, the board may then go into closed session to discuss personnel, real estate or litigation. The meeting tonight of the board of aldermen is open to the public.

For the second consecutive year, one of The Doe Run Company’s mine rescue teams took top honors in the region’s largest mine rescue competition, further demonstrating Doe Run’s commitment to safety. Hosted by the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), September 25 to 27, the 25th Annual Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Contest drew a record 15 teams, along with industry authorities such as the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Maroon Team earned an impressive first place for the underground competition and captured the prestigious Dean’s Trophy as the “Best in State” team. Meanwhile, the Gray Team garnered third place in the First Aid Competition, and placed fifth in the Field Competition. In a separate contest category, known as the Benchman competition, participants are required to repair a breathing apparatus that has been preset with a defect that causes it to fail during use. Finding the defects and correcting them in a timely and effective manner is key in this portion of the competition. Garry Moore, Jr., 2006 national Benchman competition title holder and BG4 Benchman for Doe Run’s Gray Team, placed first in the contest for the second consecutive year and also achieved zero discounts. Maroon Team Benchman Ricky Martin placed fourth. In another category, known as the gasman competition, participants repair a gas monitor that has been preset with a defect. Thus, finding and correcting the defect in a timely and effective manner is also key in this competition. Ken Wood, gasman for the Gray Team, won first place in the multi-gas bench competition and achieved zero discounts. First-time medal winner Luke Davis, gasman for the Maroon Team, took second place. The 2007 UMR competition marks the seventh time that a Doe Run team has placed first overall. Numerous industry experts develop intricate and intense challenges for the annual UMR competition, which helps industry professionals, sharpen skills and share best practices. Held at UMR’s experimental mine site, the multi-phase contest consists of written tests, simulated mine rescue drills and emergency first-aid scenarios. Many of the teams that participated in the UMR event will also be competing in the 2008 National Mine Rescue Competition, slated for the week of July 2008, in Reno, Nevada.

The Ozark Heritage Tourism Association will hold it’s annual Educational Conference on Friday, November 2nd at the Dorman Steelman Lodge in Montauk State Park. The OHTA is a business membership organization that seeks to promote the tourism industry in 14 south-central Missouri counties. The conference will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and is open to the public. They have asked for some items from our local merchants that they could put into their promotional bags that are given to everyone who attends. If your place of business has anything that you would like to contribute to those bags please bring those items to the Chamber Office located at the Visitor Center at 200 South Main or call 729-6900. The cost for the conference is $35 per person and includes all presentations, lunch and a silent auction. For more information regarding this event, contact Lorraine Ziegler at 729-5574.

Sports [TOP]

C. J. Smith had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown as the Salem Football Tigers won their third straight contest defeating the Liberty Eagles, 19-7. The Eagles had nine turnovers in the game. Max Ball had 19 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tigers. Cody Wofford also scored for Salem who start district play Friday night at home against Logan-Rogersville starting at 7:00.

Matt Stover tied a career high with five field goals and the Baltimore defense forced six turnovers as the Ravens sent the St. Louis Rams to their worst start in 45 years with a 22-3 throttling at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore was powered by a ball-hawking defensive unit that intercepted Rams quarterback Gus Frerotte a franchise-record five times, forced a fumble, and generally made life miserable for the veteran signal-caller, who had been 6-1 in his past seven starts. The Rams (0-6) equaled their worst start since 1962.

Tony Gonzalez caught nine passes for 102 yards with two touchdowns and Larry Johnson rushed for 119 yards and another score as the Kansas City Chiefs held on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-20, at Arrowhead Stadium. Damon Huard finished 25-of-35 passing for 264 yards with two touchdowns for Kansas City (3-3), which rebounded from a 17-7 loss to Jacksonville last week. The Chiefs have won three of their last four contests. Jeff Webb grabbed seven passes for 78 yards and Jared Allen chipped in with 2 1/2 sacks for KC.

Jay McClement had the go-ahead tally in the third period and Dan Hinote scored a pair of goals as the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at Scottrade Center Friday night. Brad Boyes also lit the lamp and Manny Legace finished with 24 saves for St. Louis who have three consecutive wins.

Sam Bradford threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns while Chris Brown rushed for three second-half scores, as sixth-ranked Oklahoma pulled away late to defeat 11th-ranked Missouri, 41-31 Saturday afternoon. Jimmy Jackson's four-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave Missouri a 24-23 lead, but the Sooners responded with 18 straight points in the fourth quarter to beat the Tigers for the 17th time in their last 18 meetings. Missouri will host Texas Tech this Saturday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ernest E. Hammons, jr. of Newburg, age 60, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 9:00 Tuesday morning until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Full military honors will be held at the cemetery.

Funeral services for Bessie “Betty” Washburn of Holts Summit, formerly of Steelville, age 90, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral arrangements for Wayne E. Lunn of Tucumcari, N.M., age 83, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with periods of showers and thunderstorms, high of 67.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 56.
Tuesday..Partly sunny, high around 70.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Wednesday..Partly sunny with a 40% chance for showers, high of 76.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for showers, low of 62.

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