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Your World Today - December 17, 2012

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An accident occurred at 12:30 early Saturday morning in Phelps County that took the life of two St. James teenagers. According to the highway patrol report, 17-year old Nikki Stanley of St. James was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt on I-44 when she lost control at mile-marker 188.6. The Cobalt traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck several trees, and overturned. Nikki Stanley and an occupant, 18-year old Alexa Bartlett of St. James, were ejected from the vehicle. They were both pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy County Coroner Lenox Jones and their bodies were taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Morgue. Another occupant, 21-year old Cory Rose of St. James, suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. No one involved in the accident was wearing a seat restraint. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by C&C Towing.

Healthy Dent County is pleased to announce that they have reached their goal of raising nearly $500,000 to create the “Salem Community Center @ the Armory.” This campaign used the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to raise funds for this project. NAP helps not-for-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects. Donations from this Capital Campaign will benefit Healthy Dent County as they renovate and expand the Salem Freedom Activity Center into a Community Center (the former National Guard Armory) located at 1200 W. Rolla Road. Final plans for the construction will be drawn up and approved, and then construction will begin. Anticipated completion date of the initial phase is May 2014. The benefit to Dent County residents will be a permanent Community Center that will provide recreational and health benefits for all ages. The phase one of the project will be self-sustaining and includes a renovated multi-purpose gym area, updated entrances and restrooms and consolidation and expansion of the Salem Fitness Center. Additional phases for the facility will be constructed when funding is secured. Future phases the committee is considering include a new regulation size basketball gymnasium, racquetball court, rock-climbing wall, and indoor water park. For additional information on this or any Healthy Dent County project, please visit Sherry at the Armory or call 729-8163 or e-mail

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 and during the hearing of persons, Anderson M. Seay is presenting a petition stating they want Father Hirtz to limit the use of the church bells at the Sacred Heart Church. In Bids, the City of Salem requested bids for the sale of old utility poles that were due on Wednesday, December 12th by 3:00 pm. City Administrator Clayton Lucas will present the bids. Lucas will then update the Board on items concerning the city along with Alderman Kenneth Nash, Haydn Powell, Phillip Giacomelli, and Ryan Whitaker. City of Salem Mayor, Gary Brown will then address various issues concerning the city. Resolution 28, which authorizes the Mayor to sign the completion documentation closing out agreement with the Crossroads Redevelopment Corporation, will be presented. The Board may vote to go into Closed Session. The meeting of the Board of Alderman is open to the public. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Friday, December 14th at 4:30 in the afternoon, three Salem men were arrested on felony Dent County warrants for burglary. Those arrested were 19-year old Benjamin Wisdom, 26-year old Randall Payne, and 26-year old Christopher Brawley. They were taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. Later that night at 11:03, 36-year old Danny Perkins of Salem was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to signal. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and then released. On Saturday, December 15th at 4:55 in the afternoon, 25-year old Charles Edward of Salem was arrested on a felony Dent County warrant for stealing/theft of a firearm and a warrant from Rolla for no seat belt. He was also charge with felony possession of a controlled substance. Edwards was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on no bond. On Sunday, December 16th at 5:45 in the evening, 52-year old Jeffrey Cottrell of Bunker was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated (persistent offender), careless and imprudent driving, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and was then released.

Sports [TOP]

Chad Elliott scored 25 points to lead the Salem Tigers to a 60-37 win over the Potosi Trojans Friday night. Brady Floyd added 13 points and Cody Whitaker netted 12 as the Tigers improved their record to 2-4 on the year. They will host the Licking Wildcats Thursday night at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will host the Mountain Grove Lady Panthers tonight starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio, and watch it on The Lady Tigers enter the game with a 3-4 record on the year.

The 12th ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will host South Carolina State tonight at 6:30. Missouri is 8-1 on the year and KSMO will play the second half following the Salem game.

Adrian Peterson ran for 212 yards as the Minnesota Vikings dropped the St. Louis Rams, 36-22, on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome. Sam Bradford threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns on 35-of-55 passing, while Stephen Jackson ran for 73 yards on 13 carries. Jackson became the 27th player in NFL history to reach the 10,000 rushing yard plateau with a 9-yard dash in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough for the Rams (6-7-1), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Rams will be in Tampa Bay Sunday to face the Buccaneers.

Sebastian Janikowski accounted for all of Oakland's points on five field goals, as the Raiders posted a 15-0 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15 action from the AFC West. Brady Quinn threw for 136 yards and one interception on 18-of-32 efficiency for the Chiefs (2-12), who will host the Colts Sunday at noon.

The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with veteran utilityman Ty Wigginton on Friday. Wigginton, 35, appeared in 125 games for the Phillies this past season and hit .235 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for George W. Jackson of Peoria, Illinois and formerly of Rolla, age 84, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Upper Davis Cemetery.

Private memorial services and interment for Loma T. Love of Salem, formerly of Chandler, Arizona, age 86, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Three Rivers Hospice.  All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Memorial services for Junior Ray Boyer of Rolla, age 48, will be held Tuesday at 5:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the family of Junior Boyer.

Funeral services for John J. Gilbert of St. Louis, formerly St. James, age 85, will be held Friday at 2:30 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Fog this morning with a 20% chance for rain late this morning through this afternoon, then partly sunny, high of 49.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 33.
Tuesday..Sunny, high of 60.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 38.
Wednesday.. Partly sunny with a 30% chance of showers, high of 60.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, low of 35.



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