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The Salem Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting was held Monday night at the City Hall Council Chambers. At the meeting, Mayor Gary Brown noted that for the month of October, sales tax income was up $27,435 from October of 2007, and total revenues are up about $75,000 so far this year. Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs accounted for this increase by saying that many local people have cut back on their travel plans and are spending more money in the local area, that the tourist season in October was above normal, that the housing market is not suffering as badly in Salem as it is in other areas as our banks have been more frugal in their lending efforts, and that employment has remain stable in the area. In unfinished business, the board approved the bid from Color World for $977.60 to do the body repair and paint for the 2004 Ford Explorer that was damaged by a hit and run driver at the police station. Alderman Bill Riley asked City Attorney Nancy Wisdom if an ordinance for those who vandalized 43 headstones at the Cedar Grove Cemetery could make the punishment more severe. Wisdom stated that those responsible would be tried under state statutes that could result in felony charges, so she said she didn’t recommend it. Riley also asked her about the annexation of Roberts Street and she said that she will work with the county commission on this, but she didn’t expect it to be completed until after the first of the year. Riley then asked once Roberts Street is annexed that it be paved next spring. Alderman McDaniels asked when the paving would be done on Pershing and South Hickory, and Mayor Brown said that it would be next Monday. The mayor told the alderman that there would be a meeting at the Bank of Salem Courtesy Room with the students from MS&T about the ten projects they were working on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:00. The mayor further said that people should not put leaves out in the street and expect the city to pick or sweep them up. They should either burn them in their ditch line or bag them up in the recyclable bags and the city will pick them up. The board approved Bill #3144 which is an ordinance to de-annex the property of Pat Dalton that was incorrectly annexed into the city instead of the property of Ben and Debbie Owen. Chief Clifford Jadwin then requested that the city get a free actuary report from LAGERS to see about changing from the LT8-65 plan they are currently on to an LC-6 plan that does not change the benefit when an employee reaches the age of 65. The board approved the request. Mayor Gary Brown then broke a 2-2 tie so that an ordinance could be drawn up to change the Code Book to allow the City Clerk’s and City Treasurer’s position to read the same as other appointed officials of the city. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Monday at the Dent County Courthouse. Commissioner Bobby Simpson was not in attendance at the meeting. Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that most of the road crew is on vacation deer hunting. He did say some gravel was being hauled to Dent County Road 6116 and that some warranty work was being done on a grader. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that the MoDOT contracts for the approach work due to the moving of Highway 32 west had arrived that were to be signed by the Dent County Commission, the prosecuting attorney and the county clerk. Skiles realized that the contracts used the old Dent County Road numbers and that needed to be changed. MoDOT said that they would send a revised contract. The road approaches that will be affected will be Dent County Roads 2405, 2410, 6080 and 6090. At 10:00 Monday morning, the commissioners heard from Bill Seay, Sheila Kunkel and Dent County Collector Dennis Medlock on a back tax issue. The commissioners listened to both sides and determined that there are some legal issues that need to be addressed and took no action. A meeting will be held today between Seay, Medlock and Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks to discuss the legal matters. The issue will be reviewed at the December 1st meeting at 10:00. A representative from the Road Rally was in attendance and discussed this year’s road layout for the race to be held on February 28th. There will be three legs to the race and three different spectator points will be available for fans to watch the race. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The 2008 Fall Athletic Banquet to recognize all varsity and junior varsity football, volleyball, softball, and cross-country participants, and the cheerleaders, as well as all their parents, will be held on Thursday, November 20th at the Salem High School Cafeteria beginning at 6:30 pm.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League's Most Valuable Player, as voted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Pujols, who won this award in 2005 and is a four-time runner-up, garnered 369 points to outdistance Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard by 61 points. Pujols placed first on 18 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city, second on 10 others, third on two, fourth on one and seventh on another.

Leo Lyons poured in a game-high 25 points and ripped down eight caroms in leading the Missouri Tigers to a 103-75 victory over the Chattanooga Mocs in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff at Mizzou Arena. Lyons finished the game 8-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 at the foul line, with four assists. DeMarre Carroll also turned in a big effort with 21 points and eight boards for the Tigers (2-0), while Matt Lawrence logged 16 points. Missouri faces Xavier Thursday at noon and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Blues' center Andy McDonald is expected to miss the next eight weeks with a fractured left leg, Blues president John Davidson announced Monday. The injury occurred in the first period of Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will miss next Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears with a thigh injury, while offensive tackle Orlando Pace will be out 2-to-4 weeks with a knee injury. Jackson has missed the last two games and will miss his fourth game in five weeks. Pace, the top overall pick of the 1997 draft, suffered an MCL injury that will keep him sidelined for the next few weeks and possibly for the rest of the season.

Monday Night Football Score:

Cleveland 29, Buffalo 27

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ethel May Gross of Salem, age 96, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Form Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Seville Care Center Christmas Fund.

Funeral services for Chris M. Fierce, Jr. of Cuba, age 68, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 today. Memorials may be given to the McConnell family.

Funeral services for Helen Louise Sweet of St. James, age 93, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Wednesday night. Memorials may be made to he First Baptist Church in St. James.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 42.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 58.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 32.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 46.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 22.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 41.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 28.
Saturday..Partly cloudy, high of 53.

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