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The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Christmas Home Decorating Contest winner is Charles and Cindy Maledy, 1000 Highway 19 North.  The Chamber sends a cordial thank you to all the participants of this year’s contest. 

There were three winners in the Big Christmas Giveaway sponsored by Fairground Auto Plaza in Rolla, South Town Furniture, Fidelity Communications and KSMO Radio in Salem. Each winner will each receive over $2,000 in merchandise. Items include two Blues tickets, four Missouri basketball tickets, a shop-vac, a collection of novels & audio books; a collection of CD’s’; cookbooks; food and candy; games; golf balls & a football; crayons, colored pencils and markers; Tim McGraw cologne for men and Faith Hill perfume for women; light bulbs and a whole lot more. The three lucky winners were: Jim Conaway and Richard Barred of Salem and Sarah Fern Wallas of Steelville. Congratulations to the winners of the Big Christmas Giveaway for 2010 and thank you to all who participated.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Tuesday evening at the Upper Elementary in the Library. After approval of the agenda, consent agenda and communications, Superintendent Cindy Rumpf reported that there had been no candidate filings to date. The deadline for candidate filings is January 18th at 5:00 pm. Rumpf informed the Board that Salem R-80 was honored with a plaque for its support of the city's recycling program by the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District. In new business, everyone in attendance moved to Mrs. Hagen's room for a Promethean demonstration, which are interactive white boards. There are three types of Promethean Boards and the original proposal was for 28 of the non-adjustable boards at $3,100 each with eight of those boards being at half price. It was proposed to the Board to purchase 50 of the boards, which would put one in each classroom at William Lynch and the Upper Elementary, ten at the high school and seven at the Junior High, for a total of $160,000. Most of the money for the boards would be paid from ARRA funds, which if not used by the end of the school year will go back to the state. After a very lengthy discussion, the Board tabled the matter and felt that more information regarding the ARRA funds and what can and can't be paid from them should be addressed. Although the eight at half price was just for the month of December, more information about those funds and what other school districts are doing with their ARRA funds was called for before a decision would be made. If the company assembles the boards, it costs an additional $500 more and the boards then come with a five year warranty. If the school bought all 50 at one time, they would save on shipping costs for one and they would also save money as they would be assembling the machines and the machines would then have a three-year warranty. The Board then approved the yearly MUSIC insurance renewal for $4,983 which is for their general liability insurance and also includes an umbrella for liability and cyber coverage. The Board approved a contract with Newton again for summer school next year and that is contingent on the fact that summer school is funded by the government, otherwise, the contract is void. The Board then set a tentative graduation date for Friday, May 20th. A Communication Committee has been formed and has acquired input of data from numerous sources regarding numerous issues. The Committee is looking for input regarding the future of Salem R-80 and beyond. Meetings are being planned for next year to gather insight as to what plans lie ahead for Salem R-80 from the Board, staff and the public. The Board then went into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

An accident occurred at 8:25 Sunday evening in Phelps County on Highway 68 about 10 miles south of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 1995 Cadillac driven by 49-year old Jeffrey Porter of Salem was traveling westbound on Highway 68. Porter failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road, came back onto the roadway and ran off the left side, striking a tree. Porter suffered moderate injuries and taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla by the Phelps County ambulance. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Cadillac was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker Towing of Salem. 

An accident occurred at 2:51 in the Monday afternoon in Dent County on Highway 32 two miles east of Howes Mill. According to the Highway Patrol Report a 1996 Suzuki SUV driven by 58-year-old Sheila Barton of Salem was traveling west on Highway 32. The accident occurred as the SUV ran off the right side of the roadway, Barton then overcorrected, and the vehicle came back to the roadway. The vehicle then drove off the left side and struck an embankment. Barton suffered minor injuries and was taken to Salem Memorial District Hospital by a private vehicle. Barton was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. The SUV sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Abney’s Towing in Viburnum.

Sports [TOP]

Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Sobotka each notched a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues took a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena. Alexander Steen and Brad Boyes each had a goal for the Blues, and Ty Conklin stopped 37 shots in the win. The Blues will host Detroit Thursday night at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will face Illinois tonight at 7:30 at Scottrade Center on KSMO. Missouri enters the game with a 10-1 record.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Henry ‘Hank’ McGauly of Steelville, age 71, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Steelville Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Helen Hawkins of Rolla, age 79, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Calvary Assembly of God in Rolla.

Funeral services for Helen Elizabeth Harman of Linn Creek, formerly of Steelville, age 80, will be held today at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Memorial services for DeWayne Carl Arthur of Salem, age 71, will be held today at 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Salem Pentecostal Church.

Funeral services for Raymond Hoevelmann of Rolla, age 93, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy early becoming mostly cloudy, high of 37.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 25.
Thursday and Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, high of 39, low near 30.
Friday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for rain and then snow with light accumulation, high near 30.
Friday night.. Cloudy with a 50% chance for light snow, low of 25.
Christmas Day..Mostly cloudy with occasional flurries, high of 31.

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