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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds travelers that holiday drivers will affect traffic patterns. Check the weather forecast and plan accordingly. The Road Condition Report number is 1-800-222-6400. If bad weather is expected, make sure your vehicle is winterized. Allow extra time to reach your destination and obey all traffic laws. Last year over the Christmas holiday, there were 1,356 traffic crashes during the counting period. In those crashes, 15 people were killed and another 477 were injured. This year’s traffic crash counting period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2008. 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 they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or pass a stranded motorist in need of assistance, etc.

The Salem Park Board held it’s a meeting at the Salem TCRC Tuesday evening. Park and Recreation Director Greg Nash went over the park and recreation programs starting with basketball from last year stating that about 160 children participated. The season this year is expected to start on February 13th and run through March 6th at the Salem High School Gym on Saturdays. Signup information will go out on the 5th of January with the actual signup dates being January 7,8,14 and 15 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, and on January 9th from 9:00 AM until noon. The signups are for children in 1st through 6th grade. In the baseball season, about 500 children signed up for the city leagues with another 100 or so playing traveling leagues. Nash said that the new dirt that was put on the City Park fields last year was washed away by the May 8th storm and some of the fields would need some work to correct drainage problems. Nash reported that the swimming pool operation went well with average attendance, but the new lifeguards were very enthusiastic and did a great job with the pool and the dressing rooms. He said that the pool chlorination system worked great and the ph levels were always spot on, but the pool does need a new diving board for the low dive. He said that City of Salem was approved by the Department of Natural Resources for the soccer park grant for $76,000 which is a 45-55 match, but the National Park Service is requiring a new boundary map before final approval is made. Nash did say that the new soccer field grant proposal did not include lights. Once final approval is given, Nash is hoping that it will be ready for the next season. The new soccer field area may also have some hiking and biking trails associated with it as that is being looked at as well to see if some grant money is available. Nash stated that the last soccer season was difficult as first not enough coaches could be found, then the rains became a problem so the season ended up being shortened. When asked about the satellite parks, Nash said that the Carol Midyett Park has been updated with playground equipment and swings recently, and that the roadside park grounds on Highway 19 had some damage done to it by a vehicle. In other business, the board brought up the batting cage issue at the city park, but there has been no word from the city on when it will get done. The board discussed getting together in January to discus rates for the upcoming baseball, pool and soccer season, and to set the signups for baseball at that time. Nash will bring in revenues and expenses for the last year for the board to review. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving vandalism, a traffic violation, and shoplifting. On Thursday, December 17th at 9:40 a.m. an officer was contacted at the station in reference to vandalism. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown damaged a window on the Western Cherokee building located at 301 East Tenth. The value of the damage is approximately $150.00. Later that evening at 7:55 p.m. a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of the driver, a 29-year old female of Salem, on a fugitive warrant from Rolla. She posted bond on the warrant and was released with a court date. On Friday, December 18th at 7:27 a.m. an officer was dispatched to BP Convenience Store in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 27-year old male of Richland for stealing merchandise valued at $11.99. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that afternoon at 1:37 p.m. an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 41-year old female of Salem for stealing merchandise valued at $25.00. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the vandalism.

Your World Today will not be published on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. From everyone at YWT and KSMO Radio, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

Sports [TOP]

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will face the Fighting Illini tonight in the Arch Rivalry game at the Scottrade Center starting at 8:00 on KSMO. Missouri enters the game with a 7-3 record.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Calgary tonight to face the Flames starting at 8:30. KSMO will join the Blues game in progress after the Basketball game. The Blues will then face Minnesota Saturday night at 7:00 on KSMO Radio.

The Salem Lady Baskletball Tigers will be off until next Monday when they will participate in the Lebanon Tournament. The varsity will face Lebanon in the opening round on Monday at 11:30 at the Boswell Gym. The JV will also participate in the Lebanon Tournament and they will face Conway at 10:00 at the Carr Gym.

The Salem Boys basketball Tigers will face Rogers, Arkansas next Monday when they participate in the US Bank and Rolla High School Invitational Tournament. The game will be held at 5:30 at the Rolla High School Gym. If Salem wins, they would play at 7:00 on Tuesday; and if they lose, they will play at 4:00 on Tuesday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Nancy Allmon of Brackettville, Texas, age 59, will be held on today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Pine Lawn Cemetery at Winona. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Funeral services for Christopher Higgs of Salem, age 31, will be held this afternoon at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be private. Memorials are suggested to the Higgs Family.

Funeral services for Bob Eugene Jimmerson of Boss, age 78, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Macedonia United Baptist Church in Boss. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Macedonia United Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Otis R. Berry of Salem, age 70, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Berry Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Berry Cemetery.

Funeral services for Effie Bobbie Pines of Phoenix Arizona, formerly of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Salem United Methodist. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. 

Funeral services for Selena Jane White of Salem, age 15 days, will be held Monday afternoon at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Cecil Leon Breeding of Vichy, age 65, will be held Monday morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in rural Rolla.

Funeral services for Alpha Vitzthum of Rolla, age 97, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 at the null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 1;00 until service time on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rolla.

Funeral services for Clara J. Moreland of Rolla, age 87, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Breezy with periods of showers and thunderstorms, high of 52, low of 46.
Thursday..Cloudy and windy with periods of showers with a high of 50 with dropping afternoon temps.
Thursday night..Windy and colder with a chance for rain and freezing rain, then snow after midnight, low of 21.
Christmas Day..Mostly cloudy and windy, high around 30.
Friday night..Partly cloudy and cold, low of 18.



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