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The city of Albany won the Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award over the other 36 communities at the Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) conference held Monday night in Jefferson City. Thirty-seven communities and 14 individuals were honored at the Awards Banquet. The city of Salem took 2nd place in Category V behind Higginsville in the community competition, and also took 2nd place behind Higginsville in Youth Groups comparison. Honored for his hard work while a student at the Salem High School was Tyrel Floyd as he was presented a Youth Leadership Award. Other towns recognized from our area included those from Category III where Houston was awarded 2nd place, Cabool took 3rd place and Steelville captured 4th place.

The Salem Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. The Missouri Department of Revenue Sales Tax report showed that Salem received $88,827.71 in October and that leaves the city with $24,257.48 less in sales tax revenues, year to date. The board postponed any discussion on the existing pole agreements and franchise fees until a later date. City Engineer Bill Huffman reported on the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held prior to the board meeting where no action was taken on a special use permit for the residence at #1 South McArthur. The Planning and Zoning Board instead recommended resubmitting the information to have the property rezoned from residential to commercial for the in-house counseling services. Mayor Gary Brown reported that Sho-Me Power has sent a letter stating the City of Salem electric rate will increase to $.06.469 per kwh from $.06.414 per kwh which is less than a 1% increase. He said he has not done any calculations concerning any local rate increase to be passed along at this time. He said that the electronic and tire recycling day was a success with two trailers full of electronics and one-half trailer full of tires. He said that 1,520 people used the Cardio-Vascular Center at the Salem Freedom Activity Center while 858 used the TCRC for the month of September. He said that the city would have their surplus sale on October 30th and an ad will be in the paper concerning the items available. The board approved Resolution 3-2010 that allows the Mayor to execute the agreement with the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District grant K2011-06 for another recycling trailer, bins and part-time labor. The board also approved the liquor license request from Bigos Restaurant for a liquor resort license and Sunday sales license after a long discussion. Alderman Jerry Randall asked City Attorney Nanci Wisdom to revise the city ordinance that deals with the alderman voting on the liquor licenses if the board is required to conform to state law requirements concerning liquor licenses. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a disturbance. On Monday, October 18 at 4:50 a.m. an officer was detailed to the 700 block of East Center Street in reference to a disturbance. Investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 20-year old Salem man for disorderly conduct. He was issued a summons to appear in court and incarcerated.

The Dent County Schools, Salem R-80, Oak Hill R-I, Green Forest R-II, Dent-Phelps R-III and Northwood R-IV will be closed on Friday, October 22nd. Classes will resume on Monday, October 25th.

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in cooperation with the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation and the Phelps County PHA Family Self-Sufficiency Program, will host a free workshop on budgeting and savings. The workshop is planned from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, October 21st at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James. The workshop is offered at no cost and registration is not required. Tammy Rigsby and Linda Huffman of the Phelps County PHA will be the workshop presenters. Free training classes are a part of the MRPC and PHA’s efforts to help prepare families who are first-time homebuyers for homeownership and make them aware of the resources available to assist with homeownership. Persons needing more information may call (573) 265-2993 or 265-4200.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tigers clinched a part of the SCA Championship Tuesday night at Senior Night at the Salem High School Gym with a 26-24 and 25-21 match win over the Mountain Grove Lady Panthers. Going into the game, five teams had identical 4-2 records in the SCA and one of them was Mountain Grove. Salem finished with a 5-2 SCA record as they have the rest of the week off to prepare for districts.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers are seeded 4th in District play as they will face the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs on Monday, October 25th at 5:00 at Owensville. The winner of that match will face the top seeded St. Francis Borgia Lady Knights on Tuesday, October 26th also at 5:00 at Owensville. Should Salem win that game, the championship game would be at 8:00 Tuesday night, October 26th.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ola Irene Grogan of Salem, age 85, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the New Hope Cemetery.

Funeral services for James Ottis Devall of Salem, age 84 will be Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery with full military honors. 

Memorial services for Anne Rutledge of Salem, age 71, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Salem Christian Church. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel. 

Funeral services for Rita L. Quick of Salem, age 65, will be held Friday at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Round Pond Cemetery.

Funeral services for Leroy Wallis of Rolla, age 85, will be held Friday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the VFW Post 2025 of Rolla.

Funeral services for Floyd Millard Gibbs of Salem, age 98, will be held Friday at 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 75.
Tonight..Clear, low of 46.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 70.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 46.
Friday..Partly sunny early, becoming mostly cloudy by the afternoon, high of 75.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 55.

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