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The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening at the administrative offices boardroom. Board of Education pictures were postponed until possibly next months meeting. Superintendent Cindy Rumpf reported that the September membership count shows the Salem R-80 district has 1,111 students and the rural schools provide 275 students for a total of 1,386 students. Last year, the September membership count was 1,479 students. In the facilities update, Mr. McCulloch reported that work is finished on the roofs at William Lynch and the high school, and that Grace Community Church donated time to paint the outside of the press box at the football field. He also reported that the City of Salem is helping with fill dirt behind the Junior High and the school ground workers are leveling all that out. At the MASA meeting, information was shared in a handout at the October meeting concerning revenue, school funding, merit/performance pay for teachers and the early childhood special education services program along with varies other topics. In new business, the Board adopted the standard complaint resolution process of homeless children and youth. The Board was set to discuss a new phone system, which is still needed badly, but Rumpf informed them that based on finances at this time, it would not be feasibly possible. The Board approved the changes to Board Policy IKF regarding a dated issue and credit issue regarding graduation. The Board approved moving the November meeting up to Thursday, the 18th due to Thanksgiving. Rumpf updated the Board on the budget and reported that for the fiscal year-to-date from July 1st through October 28th, there was an excess of expenses over revenues of $302,017.86. She said that Salem currently has money that is waiting to be released by DESE and efforts are still continuing for the release of those funds. Rumpf stated that all areas of the financial status of the district are checked on a daily basis as funds are received and expended. Rumpf reported to the Board that there would be more discussion over the course of the next couple months on more cost cutting efforts to be utilized by the district. The Board accepted the resignation of Teresa Stark as a bus driver. They also accepted the retirement of FFA Instructor Bob Parsons, effective June 30, 2011 at which time he will have given 40 years and 5 months of service to the Salem R-80 District. Rumpf then reported to the Board that Salem R-80 had  been reviewing bus routes for games and activities as to taking a safer route by using Highway 72 instead of Highway 68. With transportation being federally funded; the federal authorities would have the final say. Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings had asked that Salem R-80 renew an ad in an anti-drug magazine to be handed out to students and Rumpf said they would at a rate of $389. The Board then went into Closed Session.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen will conduct their regular meeting tonight at 7;00 in the City Hall Council Chambers. After roll call and approval of the consent agenda, Mayor Gary Brown will give his report and give an update on City projects. City Clerk Mary Happel will then present Resolution NO. 4-2010 for approval. Resolution NO. 4-2010 is a three-year renewal of the previous contract that has the city has with Accubak Data Systems, Inc. for the use of the water tower for their wireless equipment that is located at Tower and Condray Street. The Board will then go into closed session. The meeting of the City of Salem Board of Aldermen is open to the public.

Project Graduation for the 2011 Graduation Class will hold a fund-raiser tonight from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Pizza Inn in the Crossroads Shopping Center. Everyone is invited to take a night off from cooking tonight and dine at Pizza Inn to help raise money for Project Graduation. 

Sports [TOP]

Roy Helu Jr. ran for a school-record 307 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, as 14th-ranked Nebraska downed No. 7 Missouri, 31-17, at Memorial Stadium. Blaine Gabbert threw for 199 yards on 18-of-42 attempts with one touchdown and one interception for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1). Gabbert ran for 74 yards on 22 carries, T.J. Moe caught five passes for 71 yards, and Michael Egnew had 70 yards on seven receptions for Missouri. Mizzou will be in Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday.

Rookie Sam Bradford threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense forced four turnovers, as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Carolina Panthers, 20-10, at the Edward Jones Dome. Bradford completed 25-of-32 throws, while Danny Amendola and Daniel Fells each had a touchdown catch for St. Louis (4-4), which dropped an 18-17 decision at Tampa Bay last Sunday. The Rams have won four straight at home. Steven Jackson rushed 23 times for 59 yards in the win. Brandon Gibson had six catches for 67 yards. St. Louis has a bye next week before playing at San Francisco on November 14.

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks because of torn meniscus in his left knee. Alexander was hurt during practice on Friday and was expected to undergo surgery.

Ryan Succop hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 13-10 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. Succop was 2-for-3 on the day, including a 39-yard attempt that went wide left in overtime, and Jamal Charles ran for 177 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 61 yards to lead Kansas City (5-2), which has won its past two games. Matt Cassel threw for 152 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-26 attempts and did not throw in interception in the victory. The Chiefs will be at Oakland next Sunday.

T.J. Oshie and Brad Boyes scored in the shootout for St. Louis, as the Blues rallied from a 3-1 first period deficit to beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 4-3, at Scottrade Center. Jay McClement recorded a hat trick for the Blues, who have won four in a row for the first time since posting five straight victories from February 9-March 4 of last season. It was the first career hat trick for McClement. Jaroslav Halak saw his shutout streak come to an end at 160:08, but he stopped 25-of-28 shots for the victory. The Blues will be off until Thursday night when they host the San Jose Sharks.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Bernice O. Short of Willow Springs formerly of Bixby, age 87, will be held today at 2:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from Noon until time of service. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery.

Funeral services for Bonnie Schafer of Salem, age 77, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary of Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Internment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Green Forest Cemetery.

Funeral services for Lester Vernon Williams, Jr. of St. James will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time Wednesday morning. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James.

Funeral services for Marie Huffman of Rolla, age 95, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Null and Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery in Dent County. Memorials may be made to the Carty Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny this morning, mostly cloudy this afternoon, high of 61.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain, low near 40.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy in the morning, partly sunny by the afternoon, high near 60.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 35.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 62.



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