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The Salem Police department released their reports involving thefts. On Sunday, December 7th at 9:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 600 block of West Roosevelt in reference to a stolen vehicle. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown had taken a red 1994 Chevrolet pick up with out permission. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.  On Monday, December 8th at 8:30 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of South Water in reference to a theft. The report revealed that a wallet, a GPS and a Craftsman tool bag containing Snap-On tools were stolen from a vehicle. The theft occurred December 8th between 2:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Friday, December 12th at 10:40 a.m. an officer was sent to the 700 block of South Washington in reference to a theft. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown had taken two subwoofers, a watch and a pair of Nike shoes from a residence between 8:00 am December 11th and 10:00 am December 12th. On December 12th at 2:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to #1 Carnett Industrial Drive to Heartland Metal Industries in reference to the theft of copper. The report led to the arrest of a 24-year old Salem man who was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with any information regarding the thefts, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police department by calling 729-4242.

Like it or not, winter weather is here. When snow and ice hit, highways and roads can become dangerous.  Fortunately, Missouri drivers can find out what lies on the road ahead with MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map. Located at www.modot.org, the map gives drivers an up-to-the-minute view of road conditions for major Missouri highways. Conditions for major routes across the state are color-coded to give visitors the information they need at a glance. The map shows road conditions for major Missouri cities, counties, MoDOT districts and other travel destinations.  Individual routes can also be selected.  A text report and links to road condition maps for surrounding states are also available. Although the map is updated around the clock during winter events, road conditions can go from bad to worse in an instant.  Drivers are strongly urged to consult other informational sources before heading out in any questionable weather. Local television and radio stations and the Missouri State Highway Patrol provide information to supplement conditions reported on the map. Travelers can find the map by visiting MoDOT’s Web site at www.modot.org and clicking on the map in the center of the page. You can also call the Missouri Road Condition Report number is 1-800-222-6400.

Colonel James F. Keathley, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to make the public aware of the Patrol’s participation in the 2008 C.A.R.E. Lifesaver Weekend scheduled to begin just after midnight this Friday, December 19, 2008, and ending at midnight on Sunday, December 21, 2008. Troopers across the state will be actively enforcing all traffic-related statutes during this period with emphasis on seat belt use, aggressive driving, excessive speed, and driving while intoxicated. Troopers have been asked to maximize Patrol visibility in an effort to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. This goal of Lifesaver Weekend is to increase public awareness and to make Missouri’s roadways as safe as possible. Please allow plenty of time for your holiday travel, reduce your speed, wear your seat belt, and don’t drink and drive. Drivers are reminded to allow plenty of distance between vehicles, especially in inclement weather. If you see a driver you feel may be impaired or a danger to the public, you are encouraged to report it to the Patrol. Aggressive or impaired drivers may be reported by calling at 1-800-525-5555, or *55 on your cellular phone. 

As recently shared at a community briefing hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), two Phelps County bridges will temporarily close, though not at the same time, during improvement work during the 2009 construction season under the Safe & Sound bridge improvement program. These bridges are at Corn Creek on Route M and Spring Creek on Route K. According to South Central District Safe & Sound Coordinator Ed Hess, the department recognizes there will be impacts to those who live on or travel the route.  Among the efforts to make the most up-to-date information available to the public, a web page has been created on the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) website. The page is located at www.modot.mo.gov/southcentral and features the latest information available. Those with questions about the program or plans for specific bridges also are welcome to call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring a Holiday Decorating Contest. Enter your own home or someone else’s, to be the winner of the 2008 Holiday Decorating Contest. A $100 prize will be awarded to the “best overall” display. Second place wins $50 and third place will receive $25. The deadline to enter the contest is tomorrow. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 22nd. You can pick up an entry form at the Chamber office located at 200 South Main, call the Chamber at 729-6900 or e-mail the director at chamber@salemmo.com. Each entry needs to be completed with the address of the home to be entered, a contact phone number for both the person entering the home and the homeowner of the home being entered. If the home is out of town, be sure and include driving directions.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball game Tuesday night against Rolla was postponed and was rescheduled for January 29th.

Jarome Iginla scored twice and added two assists while Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves, as the Calgary Flames defeated the St. Louis Blues, 6-3, at Scottrade Center. Brad Boyes and David Backes scored for the Blues, who have dropped four straight games. Patrik Berglund added an unassisted tally and Chris Mason allowed six goals on 31 shots in the loss. The Blues did recall defenseman Tyson Strachan under emergency conditions from Peoria. The Blues will play Washington Thursday night at 6:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Kansas City Royals signed lefty John Bale to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Bale was 0-3 in three starts last season before a shoulder problem put him on the disabled list in April.

St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Joe Thurston and catcher Justin Knoedler to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.

NHL Scores:

Carolina 3, Montreal 2
Washington 5, NY Islanders 4
Philadelphia 5, Colorado 2
Toronto 3, New Jersey 2
Atlanta 4, Ottawa 1
Dallas 2, Phoenix 1
Chicago 9, Edmonton 2
NY Rangers 3, Anaheim 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Linda Frances Inman of Salem, age 54, will be held at a later date. All the arranagements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Thelma Sellers of Arnold, age 80, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery in Dillard.

Funeral services for Windell “Salty” Bryan of Steelville, age 84, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Pinnell Cemetery in Steelville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Ksenia Bryan Scholarship Fund at the Phelps County Bank or the Pinnell Cemetery.

Funeral services for Robert K. “Bob” Reed of Licking age 86 will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Boone Creek Baptist Church with Dr. James Miller officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking. Interment will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sunshine Rainbow Day School.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy, high near 35.
Tonight.. Cloudy with a 20% chance for freezing rain after midnight, low of 28.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for freezing rain early and then rain showers, high of 45.
Thursday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers, low of 38.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 43.

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