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Hunters checked 5,929 turkeys during Missouri’s fall firearms turkey season October 1st through 31st, continuing a long-term decline in participation in the fall hunt. Top harvest counties were Greene with 208 turkeys checked, Webster with 158, and Laclede with 152. Harvest numbers were down statewide. The decline was smallest in northeastern Missouri (11 percent from 2012) and greatest in the St. Louis (50 percent), central (41 percent), and Kansas City (32 percent) regions. The declines in harvest were approximately 25 percent in the northwest, southeast, southwest, and Ozark regions. This year’s fall firearms turkey harvest is the third smallest on record. The smallest was in 1978, when hunters checked 4,389 turkeys during the fall firearms season. The fall harvest increased dramatically for the first nine years after it began, building to 28,139 in 1987. It has declined steadily ever since. A parallel decline in sales of fall firearms turkey hunting permits indicates that the harvest decrease is largely the result of waning hunter interest. Further evidence is the fact that the fall archery turkey harvest increased steadily during the same period. Archers checked 108 turkeys in 1978 and 3,217 last year. The Conservation Department sold 14,898 fall firearms turkey permits this year, which is a decrease of 9 percent from 2012 and well-below the 115,020 permits sold for this year’s spring season. Turkey nesting success was down compared to the previous two years. Fifty-three percent of the turkeys checked during the fall firearms turkey harvest were hatched earlier this year. That is in line with the juvenile-adult ratios of other years.

Congressman Jason Smith will give a congressional update at the Salem Rotary Luncheon and he will take questions from Rotary club members today. The Salem Rotary Luncheon will be held at the Salem TCRC located at 1200 West Rolla Road from 12:00 (noon) to 1:00 pm.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00. After approval of the agenda, during the hearing of persons, Kevin Sybert would like to discuss the City’s dog ordinance. In unfinished business, at a previous meeting S.N. Ball presented to the Board a request for permission to host open softball tournaments at the Little League Park stating that this could generate revenue into the City. The Board directed Ball to continue to compile information and bring it back to the Board. S.N. Ball wishes to update the Board on his findings concerning hosting the tournaments and the Board will then discuss the employee’s health insurance plan. City Administrator Clayton Lucas will report on city projects and Mayor Gary Brown will then give his report. During the introduction and reading of bills and resolutions, Bill #3276 an ordinance of the City of Salem to establish “NO PARKING” on the west side of South Jackson, between West Accuff and West Franklin and “NO PARKING” on the east side of South Washington, between West Center and West Franklin, which was approved by the Board, will be presented. In new and miscellaneous business, Superintendent Glenn is requesting permission to use cold mix to temporarily fix Park Street, between Rolla Road and Third Street for this winter and repair it permanently next spring. The Board will then vote to go into closed session to discuss contracts and litigation. The meeting of the Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce congratulates this year’s chamber Award nominees. They include the Air Evac Lifeteam, Country Mart, the American Legion Post 99, Healthy Dent County at Salem Community Center @ the Armory, and the Salem Public Library. Nominees for this year’s Public Service Award included Steve Carvajal at the Salem R-80 School District, Larry L. Gray at Alfermann, Gray & Co., and Robert Rymer from Wal-Mart. Tickets for the Awards Banquet at the Grace Community Church Gathering Place are available through noon today at the chamber office. Tickets are $25 per person. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday November 7th at 6:00.

An accident occurred at 2:05 Friday afternoon in Dent County on Highway 32 about six miles west of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 21-year old Laura Callahan of Salem was driving a 2007 Nissan Versa west when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. The Versa returned to the roadway, traveled off the left side of the roadway, and came to a final rest. Callahan suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by ambulance. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Nissan sustained minor damage and was towed by Whitakers Towing.

Sports [TOP]

Maty Mauk threw three first-half touchdown passes and 10th ranked Missouri posted a 31-3 rout of Tennessee in SEC action from Faurot Field. Mauk managed only 163 yards on a 12-of-25 completion rate, but delivered a career-high 114 rushing yards on 13 attempts for the Tigers. The Tigers will play at Kentucky on Saturday.

On Friday, Brian Elliott made 31 saves to backstop the St. Louis Blues to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers. Alexander Steen remained red-hot by capping off a three-goal second period with his 12th tally. On Saturday, Alex Killorn registered a goal and two assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning doubled up the visiting St. Louis Blues 4-2. The Blues will play be in Montreal on Tuesday to face the Canadians.

Chris Johnson's 19-yard touchdown run, which came on the first play following a Kellen Clemens turnover late in the fourth quarter, sent the Tennessee Titans over the St. Louis Rams, 28-21. Zac Stacy paced the St. Louis offense with 127 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 27 attempts. The Rams will play the Colts in Indianapolis this Sunday.

Sean Smith came up with a tide-turning 100-yard interception return touchdown, and Tamba Hali took a fumble back 11 yards for a go-ahead score in the fourth as the Chiefs rallied past the banged-up Buffalo Bills, 23-13, at Ralph Wilson Stadium to keep the Chiefs undefeated. The Chiefs are now in their by week.

The St. Louis Cardinals began to re-shap their rotation, declining the 2014 contract option on pitcher Jake Westbrook. The 36-year-old right-hander holds a 105-103 career record with a 4.32 ERA in 315 appearances.

The Kansas City Royals have exercised their 2014 club option on starting pitcher James Shields. Shields finished 2013 with a 13-9 record and a 3.15 earned run average.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Kermit Brim of St. James, age 78, will be today at 1:00 at the St. James Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of services. Interment will be in the Matlock Cemetery.

Funeral services for Russell O. Weller of Salem, age 87, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be Thursday at 1:00 in the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Masonic services for Donald Dean Stagner of Strafford, age 71, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #225.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high of 58.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 46.
Tuesday..Cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, high of 59.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, low of 51.
Wednesday..Cloudy with an 80% chance of showers, high of 59.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, low of 37.

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