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Your World Today - December 3, 2012

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Two young brothers from Ellington, a two-year old and a two-month old, died early Saturday in a house fire in Bunker. A woman and three other children managed to escape the early morning blaze. Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner said the victims were sleeping in the home's front room when the blaze erupted. Sheriff Volner stated that the victims did not live at the small frame home located on Highway 72 as a friend of their mother was watching the children. Sheriff Volner said investigators don't know what started the fire, or if the cause is suspicious. The Missouri State Fire Marshal sent an investigator to help determine what sparked the fire. The names of the boys have not yet been released.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their regular meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00. After approval of the agenda and during the hearing of persons, Ashley Miller with the American Cancer Society is requesting the use of the Salem City Park for the Annual 2013 Relay For Life to be held on October 5th from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am. They are requesting that they have exclusive rights to the park on that day of the event and that the swimming pool and park be closed with no ball games. In unfinished business, Salem Police Chief, Keith Steelman is requesting permission from the Board to destroy old records dated from January 1997 through December 2006. This request is in compliance with the Local Records Preservation Program. At the last Board meeting, City Administrator Clayton Lucas noted that he would present to the Board, for their direction and approval, the painting of the remaining two clarifiers and he will present that request. Lucas will then update the Board on items concerning the city along with Alderman Kenneth Nash, Haydn Powell, and Philip Giacomelli, which will be followed by Mayor Gary Brown’s report on issues concerning the City of Salem. During the Introduction and Reading of Bills and Resolutions, Bill #3264, which is an ordinance to amend Ordinance #2716 is required, which the City Attorney was directed to present at this meeting for the Board’s approval. At the last meeting City Attorney William Camm Seay and Salem Chief of Police Keith Steelman, presented a new House Bill 1402, concerning the definition of “recreational off-highway vehicles”, to the Board. Salem Mayor Gary Brown, with the approval of the Board will then appoint an East Ward Alderman to fill the un-expired term of Alderman Gerald Randell until the next Municipal Election, which will be held April 2, 2013. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The meeting of the Board of Alderman is open to the public.

It’s that time once again for the Annual Trees and Trains Exhibit at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center. You will find more than just pretty lights and garland. Many trees have been decorated in some very unique ways. Also in the center of the room are passenger and cargo train sets, complete with miniature trees and buildings. There is also an inverted tree hanging from the ceiling as well as many more things to see. The theme for this year’s exhibit is White Christmas. Admission to the Trees and Trains Exhibit is free. Donations are accepted in support of the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center and the Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, now through December 23rd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information stop by the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center located at 202 South Highway 19 in Salem or call 729-0029.

On Saturday, December 8th beginning at 10:00 am, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting an old fashioned Christmas celebration for the public at the Alley Mill and General Store. Bring the whole family and your friends to view Alley Mill and the store all dressed up in holiday decorations. Feast on cookies, cider and hot chocolate.  Try out your creativity by making old-time ornaments that you can take home and hang on your Christmas tree to enjoy.  The FREE old-time festivities end at 1:00 pm, so come early to allow plenty of time for cookie munching and ornament crafting. Alley Mill and General Store are located six miles west of Eminence, on State Route 106.  For more information, phone (573) 226-3945 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or visit the park’s website at

Sports [TOP]

Cullen VanLeer scored 27 points to lead the Pacific Indians past the Salem Tigers, 49-37, on Friday. Chad Elliot led the Tigers with 20 points, but Salem dropped to 1-1 on the year. Salem will play at West Plains on Tuesday.

The Salem Lady Tiger basketball team will play Seymour tonight in the first round of the Cabool Tournament. The Lady Tigers are 1-1 on the year and tip-off is set for 7:00.

The All-District Football teams have been announced for the Class 3 in the Central District and the Salem Tigers have two players honored on the selections made by radio announcers and newspaper sportswriters. Senior Jon Hickernell was named to the All-District First Team with 83 solo tackles and 30 assists, while sophomore running back Zane Kyser was named to the All-District Second Team. Kyzer finished the year with 905 yards rushing on 121 carries and scored six touchdowns. All-State teams are to be released this week.

Laurence Bowers posted 23 points and five rebounds as 16th ranked Missouri took an easy 72-56 win over Appalachian State. Earnest Ross gave 13 points and nine rebounds, Keion Bell donated 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals while Tony Criswell posted 10 points for the Tigers (6-1), who will host the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks on Tuesday.

Greg Zuerlein connected on a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in OT to give the Rams a 16-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. St. Louis (5-6-1) remained unbeaten against division foes despite being held to 293 yards. Janoris Jenkins scored on a fumble recovery with 3:04 to play in the fourth quarter. The St. Louis Rams will be in Buffalo Sunday to play the Bills at noon.

A day after linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life at the team's facility, the Kansas City Chiefs resiliently took the field and downed the Carolina Panthers, 27-21, snapping their eight-game slide. Brady Quinn threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-23 efficiency for the Chiefs (2-10), who avoided joining the 1987 and 2007 Chiefs as the only teams to lose nine straight games in franchise history. Jamaal Charles carried the ball 27 times for 127 yards in the win. The Chiefs will play at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Graveside service for Charles Heuer Jr. of Rolla, age 93, will be held Tuesday at 3:00 at the Steelville Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Mell A. Scrivner of Rolla, age 87, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Junior Ray Boyer of Rolla, age 48, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family of Junior Boyer. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather   [TOP]

Today....Partly sunny, high of 70.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 70% chance of showers, low of 50.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny with a 30% chance of showers early, high of 61.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 38.
Wednesday..Sunny, high of 58.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 40.



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