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The pilot, who ejected from the F-15 aircraft that crashed on Friday in eastern Dent County, has been released from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The pilot suffered a dislocated shoulder, a broken arm and minor cuts and bruises. The pilot is assigned to the 131st Fighter Wing, a Missouri Air National Guard unit located in St. Louis. At the time of the accident, four F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft were performing basic training maneuvers in military operating airspace. The other three jets returned to St. Louis without incident. The crash is still under investigation.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will hold a public meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers beginning at 7:00. During the hearing of persons, Molly Malone from Verkamp & Malone CPA’s will give the annual audit report for the budgeted year 2006/2007. The Board will then hear bids. The City of Salem has requested bids to purchase wire for the three-phase line running from Walker Street to Highway 72, which Mayor Gary Brown will present. The City also requested bids to purchase 22 – 2/45 poles and 4 – 2/50 poles for the three-phase line. After the approval of the consent agenda, the Planning & Zoning Board President Sean Curley will give a report on their meeting held prior to the Board meeting. All the alderman will then discuss miscellaneous items involving the city. Jim McDaniels would also like to discuss sales tax from vendors, and then Mayor Gary Brown will give his comments. Two bills will be read: Bill # 3110, an ordinance approving a settlement agreement with Verizon Wireless and assigning a percentage of the settlement proceeds to go to the Missouri Municipal League for their litigation on the case; and Bill # 3111, an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to execute a contract between the City of Salem and Kiowa Line Builder, Inc. to install that three-phase line from Walker Street to Highway 72. In new and miscellaneous business, the Board will discuss a budget adjustment in the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund for the asphalting this year that went over budget. City Attorney Mark Weaver will then present a draft ordinance concerning the duties and authority of the Airport Board for the Board to view and discuss. There will be a discussion about requiring residents to hook up to City Water when available, and the right of way maintenance requiring landowners to maintain the right-of-way bordering their property. The Board will discuss the outstanding utility bills left after closing of accounts, and the possibility of landlords being responsible for unpaid water and sewer bills that are owed. After the approval of bills, the Board will then go into closed session for the discussion of personnel, real estate and litigation. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman tonight is open to the public.

The Salem Park Board held a meeting Thursday evening at the Salem TCRC to address a number of issues. The board discussed the condition of the fields at Al Brown that had been damaged when the city installed the lift station at the corner of the north field. That work affected a large area of the outfield on the north field and caused the fence to be taken down. It was reported that the area was rough but playable, and that the fence was tighter after being replaced. Salem Park and Recreation Director Greg Nash indicated that the old high school baseball field would be repaired and become a multi-use field for baseball and softball. Nash also said that the fields at Al Brown would be treated with lime over the winter to help the soil regain nutrients. He also said that the city is receiving bids to upgrade the lighting at Al Brown since some of the lights have been damaged by lightning. There was a long discussion about the NSA and ASA rules for softball and the differences between the two, and how the men’s league wants to be certified NSA that would allow the use of a harder ball and allow the use of some bats outlawed by ASA. It would not cost the city anything and the umpires calling the game would be certified, plus there would be insurance for players if they get hurt as long as NSA balls and approved bats are used. The Park Board’s concern was still safety for all players, and not that players are insured by the NSA if they get hurt. There were advantages and disadvantages to both organizations and it was decided that those issues should be brought to the next meeting written on paper. Nash reported that the Youth Basketball Programs signups would be held after Thanksgiving in early December for boys and girls in 1st through 6th grade. Clinics will be held for 1st and 2nd graders, and 3rd through 6th graders would play games at the high school gymnasium from mid-January through the end of February. The board discussed the need for the creek to be covered at the Armory fields, but the city is awaiting DNR approval, and the board would still like to have batting cages built near the fields. Nash did report that the city had finished all the work at the Armory Fields and have now been reimbursed by the Department of Natural Resources. Doug Barnes reported that the Youth Activity Fund has a balance of $3,978.00. The board discussed the soccer fields and are waiting for the CAD drawings that are being prepared for the city. Barnes reported that the Rotary Club wants to contribute as much as $10,000 for the soccer field development. To oversee that development, a Soccer Field committee comprised of Jerry Hurt from the Rotary Club, Jodi Heavin, Mike Roccaberto and Doug Barnes was formed. Nash reported that almost 260 boys and girls signed up for the soccer program this year which will end on Saturday. In other business, the board appointed a committee to work with the Cardiovascular Wellness Center at the Salem Freedom Activity Center that is comprised of Ray Walden, S.N. Ball, Jennifer Chafton and Greg Nash. The center’s initial funding is about to expire. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

Allison Jones of Salem was named to the All-District Volleyball First Team. Congratulations Allison Jones!

A 16-yard pass from Jonathan Batchelor to Mark Philpot with eight seconds left ended the district championship hopes for Salem as they lost to the Ava Bears, 33-24. Salem had taken a 26-24 lead on a Cody Wofford 11-yard run in the 4th quarter, only to have Ava come right back and score with 3:09 left that would have still allowed Salem to win districts, but Salem could not run out the clock giving Ava another opportunity to win which they did. Wofford ran the ball 21 times for 120 yards and Yousef Ibrahim had two touchdowns and 99 yards on the night. Salem finished the year with a 5-5 record.

The St. Louis Blues dropped a 3-0 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night, 3-2.

Chase Daniel threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns as Missouri pummeled Colorado Saturday, 55-10 to move to 8-1 on the year. The Tigers will face Texas A&M in their final home game of the year on Saturday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Reta Elmore of Boss, age 75, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Westfork-Sutter Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mildred Martin of St. James, age 66 will be at a later date along with a private interment. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 65.
Tonight..Mostly clear with a freeze watch, low of 29.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 49.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear with a freeze watch, low of 25.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 53.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 33.

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