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Your World Today and KSMO Radio wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas. No YWT edition will be printed or published Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The next issue of Your World Today will be printed on December 26th.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening. After approval of the agenda, Superintendent Steve Carvajal updated the Board on the candidate filings with three people having filed thus far including: Holly Erway, Steve Morton and Susan Jordan. In the updated building projects, the slabs have been poured at the high school and the walls are 90% complete. Structural beams are to be poured December 30th. It was noted with the weather staying above 40 degrees more work is able to get done. In reports from the principals, Kriste Crocker reported that the William Lynch Elementary Christmas concert was well attended and the students did a fantastic job. The staff adopted two families for Christmas and the New Harmony Baptist Church along with the Carvajal family donated several coats for students who needed them. Also noted was that due to a shortened quarter first semester, grade reports will go home the week after Christmas break, January 10th. At the Salem Upper Elementary, Melanie Wisdom reported that the 3rd/4th grade Reading Fair was a huge success with almost 400 students and parents in attendance. The 100-Mile Club has logged 2,859 miles and one student achieved the 100-mile milestone. The 5th/6th grade music concert was a great success. The SUE Art Club has a tree on display at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Center’s Tree & Trains exhibit. Wisdom also sent a big thank you to the staff and community members, as 24 kids are able to have a special Christmas and a special thanks to Mr. Gary Nash. The Salem Junior High Turkey Trot went very well with 12 turkeys going to families. The Basketball season is underway. Several fundraising events haven taken place, donations from the community as well as Doe Run sponsored five students and the candy cane drive, and the staff helped make Christmas brighter for several Junior High students was reported by Bobbie Jo Lewis. The Chamber Choir took 1st place at the SCA Choral Festival held in November. The Annual Christmas concert was held and the drama club also performed A Christmas Carol. John Smith wanted to send a special thanks to the Salem Methodist Women for a $500 donation and also the Vandivorts for providing lunch for all the students who went on the A-P field trip. In new business the Board voted to not use Edison for Summer School preparation for 2014, but instead, utilize the teachers resourcefulness. The Board approved the MUSIC, Liability insurance renewal and then accepted the resignation of David Cochrane as Track/Field Coach for the spring. The Board then adjourned the regular meeting and voted to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

There were three winners in the Big Family 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. The three lucky winners were: Ruth Williams of Salem, Lori Ard of Bunker, and Jim Asbey of Rolla. Congrats to the winners and thank you to all who participated.

An accident occurred at 2:00 early Sunday morning in Carter County that took the life of an Ellington man. According to the highway patrol report, an unknown person was driving a 2013 Ford north on Route M near County Road 100 when they turned into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet driven by 23-year old Kirk Odell of Ellington, who was also northbound. This caused the vehicles to strike and leave the roadway. Odell was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:45 by Coroner Erik McSpadden. His body was taken to the McSpadden Funeral Home in Van Buren. An occupant in the Chevrolet, 23-year old Tasha Parks of Ellington, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center. She was the only one wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled while the Ford sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Mike and Ike’s Towing of Van Buren.

Sports [TOP]

Cody Whitaker netted 33 points including a key 3-pointer late in the game that put Salem ahead for good as the Boys Basketball Tigers evened their record at 2-2 on the year with a 51-47 win over the Potosi Trojans Friday night. Whitaker finished with six 3-pointers in the game. The Tigers will be off until Monday, December 30th when they will host the St. James Tigers in a makeup game starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow.

The Lady Tigers will participate in the Lebanon Tournament starting at 1:00 on Thursday against Buffalo. Salem is seeded 5th in the tournament and they go into the game with a 1-4 on the year.

Tracy Abrams scored 22 points, the last two on a pair of foul shots with 4.6 seconds remaining that lifted Illinois to a 65-64 win over No. 23 Missouri in the Braggin' Rights game on Saturday. Jordan Clarkson led Missouri with 25 points and eight assists, Ross scored 13 and Jabari Brown added 10 points. Missouri will play at North Carolina State on Saturday and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting at 6:30.

Chris Stewart registered his third career hat trick to back Brian Elliott's shutout performance in the St. Louis Blues' 6-0 thrashing of the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Stewart set up another goal, while Elliott made 23 saves. The Blues will be in Calgary tonight to face the Flames and you can hear it on KSMO starting at 7:30.

The St. Louis Rams leaned on a pair of rookies to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-13, from the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday. Zac Stacy carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, while fellow rookie Stedman Bailey added a 27-yard touchdown run for St. Louis (7-8), which has won two straight. The Rams play the Seahawks on Sunday.

Donald Brown scored two touchdowns and the AFC South-champion Indianapolis Colts beat the Kansas City Chiefs by a 23-7 margin. Alex Smith connected on 16-of-29 passes for 153 yards and two interceptions for the Chiefs (11-4), who are locked into the fifth seed. The Chiefs will be in San Diego on Sunday to play the Chargers.

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder David Lough from the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. Valencia hit .304 with eight homers and drove in 23 runs last season. The 29-year-old is a career .263 hitter with 156 RBI and 66 doubles over five seasons.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Virginia Shults of Salem, age 86, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.

Graveside services for Helen Irene Boren of St. James will be at 11:00 Thursday morning at the Gorman Cemetery in St. James. A Funeral precession will start at James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James at 10:45.

Funeral services for Roger Dean Light of Salem, age 62, will be held Friday at noon at the Shannondale Community Church. Visitation will be held Friday from 11:30 until service time at the church. Interment will be in the Weese Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Charles Girardier of St. Louis, age 72, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 Friday night. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Church of Christ in St. Louis.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 26.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 6.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 29.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 21.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 40.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 24.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 37.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 18.

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