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The judges for this year’s Chamber of Commerce 2007 Christmas Decorating Contest had their work cut out for them this year with twelve entries. After much deliberation, the first place winner is Kurt and Beverly Irons located on Highway 32 East. Second place goes to Wayne and Mary Jo Roberts located on Highway 32 West, just past the Eagles Club. Third place goes to Ruth Ann Parker who is also located on Highway 32 West. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce would like to extend their wishes to everyone for a happy and safe Christmas season.

Scenic Rivers Industries, also known as the Dent County Sheltered Workshop of Salem, was recognized for its recycling efforts during the annual meeting of the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District on November 27th. The Sheltered Workshop received one of seven awards, recognizing recycling and waste reduction efforts benefiting the Ozark Rivers Region. Each year, the Ozark Rivers District recognizes companies and individuals that are helping the district meet its 40-percent reduction goal and to showcase them as models for others to follow. Since 2005, Scenic Rivers Industries has collected 1.1 million pounds of cardboard and 377,695 pounds of paper products for recycling. The material is then transported to the workshop facility to be baled and shipped for further processing. Scenic Rivers also collects empty paper feeds sacks and cardboard boxes, dropped off at the MFA Agri-Services in Salem. While some of the empty paper feed sacks and cardboard boxes are a result from MFA¹s operations, area farmers have made MFA a drop-off for feed sack recycling. Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles nominated Scenic Rivers Industries for their outstanding contribution in solid waste management in the Salem/Dent County area, especially in the area of waste paper recycling. Others honored this year were: Flying J Travel Plaza of Sullivan; Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6069 of St. James; Don Meyr of Cuba; Resource Recovery of Cuba; Ed and Susan Albee of Salem; and Cub Scout Pack 429 of Bourbon. The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more.

On December 17th at 9:15 in the morning, the Dent County Sheriff's Department received a report of a burglary at a residence located off of P Highway.  The incident was reported to have occurred between December 3rd and 15th.  Reported taken from the residence were two jars of coins and currency with an estimated value of $300.00. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their regular monthly meeting tonight at the district administrative offices boardroom beginning at 6:00 pm. After the approval of the consent agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Bryant will give updates on legislative issues, a CEE update, the Dent County School Administrators meeting and the local MSBA and MUSIC scholarships. In new business, there will be a program evaluation on vocational programs and community education, a presentation on Instructional Activities by selected Upper Elementary staff, the Board will discuss the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and also consider the district long-range plan and vision. Also in new business will be a resolution authorizing optional redemption of outstanding general obligation school refunding bonds (Series 2002), the MUSIC Insurance renewal, budget amendments, the Board will also consider the Reading Recovery Consortium Membership agreement, set a tentative graduation date and address resignations. The Board will then adjourn and go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel and discipline. The regular meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds travelers that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. If you’re planning a trip during the holiday, please keep this in mind. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 1-800-222-6400. Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 936 traffic crashes during the counting period. In those crashed, six people were killed and another 382 were injured. This year’s traffic crash counting period begins at 6:00 pm Friday, December 22nd and runs through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 25th. Please remember to wear your seat belt, pay attention to your driving, and please, don’t drink and drive. If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if their vehicle becomes disabled or they are involved in or witness a traffic crash or crime. They may also use the emergency number it they observe an erratic drive or pass a stranded motorist in need of assistance. Motorists can expect to see more marked patrol vehicles on the roadways this holiday season and in the future. More than 100 previously unmarked vehicles now have decals on the side to help increase visibility and further reduce traffic violations.

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Blues will host the Detroit Red Wings tonight starting at 7:30. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio. The Blues have lost four straight games.

The Salem Lady Tigers will travel to St. Clair Friday night to face the Lady Bulldogs. The JV game will start at 6:00 and the varsity contest will follow. The Lady Tigers are 6-1 going into the game.

The Salem Lady Varsity Tigers are seeded 2nd in the Lebanon Central Bank Tournament that begins on Wednesday, December 26th. Salem drew a bye in that round and will begin Thursday afternoon at 1:00 against either Pleasant Hope or Crocker.

The Salem Lady JV Basketball Tigers are seeded first in the Lebanon JV Central Bank Tournament. They also drew a bye Wednesday and will begin Thursday morning at 11:30 against either Richland or Pleasant Hope.

The Missouri Tiger and Fighting Illini hold their annual “Bragging Rights” game Saturday night at 7:00 at the Scottrade Center. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ernie Ray Hutchens of Salem, age 69, will be held Friday at 11:00 at Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ernie Hutchens Memorial Fund.

Graveside services for Margery Loretta “Plank” Pitcher of Springfield, age 92, will be held Saturday at 1:30 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and possibly thunderstorms, high of 52.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 38.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high around 60.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 45.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 70% chance of rain and thunderstorms, high of 52 and turning sharply colder in the afternoon.

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