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The Salem R-80 Board of Education met Tuesday evening to form a search committee to be used for the purpose of finding a new Superintendent for the Salem R-80 school district. After a lengthy presentation on how to go about finding the right superintendent as ell as numerous questions and discussion among Board members, the Board voted 4-3 to hire Consultant John Boise of Superintendent Search Services with the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). The cost of hiring MSBA is 7% of the Superintendents first year’s salary, plus there will be extensive advertisings within the state of Missouri and possibly surrounding states, mailings and phone calls totaling from $1,000 to $1,500. Boise reported that he does about 25 to 30 searches a year, and if the candidate does not work out after the first year, MSBA would conduct another search for free. MSBA would work through the process of receiving applications, doing background checks, and interviewing staff as well as getting input from the public. The Salem R-80 Board of Education expects to have made their choice and have hired a new Superintendent by the end of February 2012. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three people died during the Christmas holiday counting period that started at 6:00 pm, Friday, December 23rd and ended at 11:59 pm on Monday, December 26th. The Patrol investigated 213 traffic crashes, which included two fatalities and 67 injuries. Troopers arrested 56 people over the Christmas holiday weekend for driving while intoxicated. During last year’s counting period, the Patrol investigated 487 traffic crashes, which included one of the two fatalities and 122 injuries. Troopers arrested 51 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s Christmas holiday. One fatality occurred in the Troop D, Springfield area; one in the Troop F, Jefferson City area; and one in the Troop I, Rolla area. Troopers investigated two of the fatalities; and the Springfield Police Department investigated one fatality.

An accident occurred at 8:37 Tuesday morning in Phelps County on County Road 1000 about a mile before Route B. According to the highway patrol report, a 2007 Ford Focus driven by 51-year old Dwayne Waggoner of St. James lost control on the slush covered roadway, ran off the left side of the road, and overturned. Waggoner suffered moderate injuries, but sought his own treatment. He wasn’t wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford was totaled and removed from the scene by Spurgeon’s Towing in St. James.

An accident occurred Tuesday morning at 7:00 in Phelps County on County Road 3620 about a quarter mile east of Highway DD. According to the highway patrol report, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by 42-year old Sheila Lloyd of St. James struck a 2004 Ford Ranger driven by 51-year old Rollie Kioux of St. James. A passenger in the Chevrolet, 6-year old Journey Lloyd, suffered minor injuries and transported by the Phelps County ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet Impala was totaled and Ford Ranger sustained extensive damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Spurgeon’s Towing.

The South Central Missouri Literacy Council and Rolla Adult Education and Literacy will be hosting a volunteer tutor training at the Missouri Career Center, 1202 Forum Drive, Rolla, on Wednesday, January 18th from 9:00 AM until 12:00 (NOON).  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor is invited to attend.  Volunteer tutors serve in the AEL-GED program in several ways.  A tutor may work with individual literacy students one-to-one or in the AEL classroom setting as an assistant to the teacher.  Volunteer tutors also assist in the ESL classes.  Tutors are needed at all class sites, including Rolla day and evening classes, St. James day classes, Salem day and evening classes, Cuba night classes and Steelville night classes.  One-to-one tutors are needed at each location as well.  ESL tutors will be working with the evening classes or one-to-one as needed.  If you are interested in tutoring, please call 458-0101 Ext. 15149 for more information.  If you wish to attend the tutor training in January, please RSVP at the same phone number. 

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Boy’s basketball team lost to Francis Howell Central, 62-55, Tuesday afternoon. Jacob Kettner led the Tigers with 17 points while Dustin Sercl, Brady Floyd, and Chad Elliott added 11 points apiece. Salem falls to 2-5 on the year and will play Rogers, Arkansas today at 4:00. You can hear that game on KSMO and online at

The Salem Lady Tiger basketball team will be playing the loser of the Bolivar/Buffalo in the loser’s bracket of the Lebanon Holiday Tournament today. The Lady Tiger’s are 0-8 on the year.

Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall scored 56 seconds apart in the third period, boosting the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night. Matt D'Agostini and Alex Steen lit the lamp for St. Louis, which won its previous two games. The Blues will host the Nashville Predators Friday night.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Private graveside services for Dorothy D. Porter of Washington, MO, formerly of Salem, age 96, will be held at 11:00 this morning in the Anutt Cemetery in Anutt. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Graveside services for Donald Dwight Durham of Jadwin, age 59, will be held today at 1:00 at the Weese Cemetery in Timber, Mo. with military honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Franky Eugene Oehring of Rolla, age 61, will be held today at 2:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rolla. Visitation will be from noon until time of service at the church. Interment will be in the Roach Cemetery near Doolittle with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Doris M. Rutledge of Salem, age 99, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Salem Christian Church. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Salem Christian Church.

Memorial services for Erma Louise Webster of Piedmont, SD and formerly of Steelville, age 89, will be held Friday at 5:15 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 5:00 with an Easter Star Service at 5:00. Interment will be in the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis.

Funeral services for Pearl Sites of Cuba formerly of Steelville, age 95, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.  

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 47.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 32.
Thursday..Sunny, high of 57.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 39.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 54.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 36.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 57.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 39.



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