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The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting at the City Hall Council Chambers Monday night. At the meeting, the board heard from Renee Keaton, the City Clerk of Licking, who presented City Clerk Mary Happel with a plaque recognizing her fine work as the city clerk for Salem. The board postponed discussing the cleanup at 817 East Gibbs Street at the request of City Attorney William Camm Seay who hadn’t reviewed the file in time for the meeting. Mayor Gary Brown reported that sales tax revenue for the calendar year 2013 was down about $48,000 or about 5% from last year which was a record setting year for sales tax revenue. City Administrator Clayton Lucas reported the first Law Enforcement Academy at the Salem Community Center at the Armory graduated 13 students and a second class will be held starting with interviews on January 2nd. He also said that the city as part of their partnership with the Council For a Healthy Dent County received an honorary brick from the brick paver program that benefits the new Salem Community Center at the Armory. The bricks are being sold for $200 each to help raise funds to improve the facility. Lucas went on to say the transaction amount at the Salem Airport Fuel Pump has been increased to $300 so that pilots do not have to make a number of smaller purchases to fill their tank. Mayor Brown reported that with the help of Economic Development Director Ray Walden, the roads in the cemetery now have new street names referring to trees that will help people locate grave markers. Mayor Brown thanked interim Street Superintendent Gary Glenn and the entire street department for their work in getting the streets passable after the storms. Brown also read a “thank you letter from the city to KSMO Radio for providing Duracell Batteries in the “Save a Life” program that helped to collect over 200 cans of food that will be donated to local food banks. Brown went on to recommend that long time city employee Gary Glenn be named the new Street Superintendent replacing Ben Bryson who retired and the board approved the appointment. The board approved the bill from Asphalt Products, Inc. for cold asphalt mix to pave Park Street for the winter at a cost of $3,330.36, and the board approved the bill from Erb Equipment for repairs to the John Deere back hoe at a cost of $5,806.64. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Dent County Sheriff's Office, City of Salem Police Department, and the Salem Community Center @ the Armory announced they will be hosting a basic law enforcement training academy starting January 16, 2014 at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory. This will be the second academy held in Salem. The first class recently graduated 13 officers. The Academy will be a 700-hour course that will qualify graduates with a Class A peace officer license in Missouri. The class will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-10 pm as well as Saturdays from 8 am-5 pm and some Sundays. This is an eleven-month program with a maximum of 30 students and a graduation being held in December 2014. Sergeant Lenny Pabin, Dent County Sheriff’s Office, will serve as the coordinator for this academy. The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association Training Academy meets and exceeds the State of Missouri’s minimum basic training requirement for peace officer certification. Graduates will be certified in several areas from report writing to arrest procedures, intake booking to inmate supervision. Driving instruction courses will be held at the Salem airport and firearms training will be held at the newly completed firing range. The Missouri Sheriffs' Association Training Academy (MSATA) plays a vital role in the training and education of law enforcement and emergency services professionals statewide. Those wishing to attend may register by going to the Missouri Sheriff's Association website at www.mosheriffs.com and clicking on the training academy tab. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and more information is on the website. The Salem Community Center @ the Armory is located at 1200 W. Rolla Road in Salem. For questions please call the Dent County Sheriff’s Department at 729-3241 or the Salem Community Center at 729-8163.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Saturday, November 30th at 7:03 at night, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of East Ellis to assist the Division of Family Services with a hotline investigation. During the investigation it was discovered that a 26-year old Salem female had an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. She was taken into custody on the warrant and later released with a new court date after posting bond. On Sunday, December 1st at 10:17 in the evening, an officer was detailed to a traffic accident. The investigation led to the arrest of a 39-year old Lebanon male for driving while intoxicated and for an active felony Probation and Parole arrest warrant from Laclede County. He was issued a summons to appear in court and incarcerated pending extradition. On Monday, December 2nd at 1:52 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to Highway 32 West near the Al Brown Complex in reference to a subject staggering out in front of traffic. That investigation led to the arrest of a 48-year old Salem male for an open container.  He was issued a summons to appear in court and incarcerated on a 12-hour hold. Anyone with any information regarding these reports is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Rolla Bulldogs built a 20 point lead by the half and cruised to a 72-39 win over the Salem Tigers in Rolla Tuesday night. Caleb Copeland led all scorers with 13 points for the Rolla Bulldogs. Logan Pogue netted 12 for the Salem Tigers followed by 11 points for Zane Kyzer. Salem falls to 1-1 on the year and they will face the West Plains Zizzers Thursday night in a makeup game at the SHS Gym.

Matt Irwin and Marty Havlat each recorded a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks continue their mastery of the St. Louis Blues this season with a 4-2 win at Scot trade Center. Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester had the goals for St. Louis, with Jaroslav Halak stopping 23 shots in the loss. The Blues will host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The Cardinals' 2014 coaching staff is now complete after officially announcing the hire of David Bell. Bell will work alongside former teammate John Mabry as the team's assistant hitting coach. Bell, 41, was the third-base coach for the Cubs last season. The Cardinals had previously announced that all other members of their 2013 coaching staff would be returning next season in their same roles.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Fleeta Mae Adamick of Salem, age 79, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Mausoleum in Salem.

Funeral services for Jerry Usher of Morrisville, Mo., age 62, will be held at 2:00 Thursday at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time. Interment will be in the Mounce Cemetery

Funeral services for Tucker Lee Rutledge of Boss, age 4 months, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Boss Assembly of God Church in Boss. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time at the church. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Wilbur McCarter of Salem, age 81, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 52.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 38.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy, high of 57.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, low of 45.
Friday..Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, high of 47.
Friday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, low of 27.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers, high of 41.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 70% chance of rain, freezing rain or snow, low of 30.

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