Stop in and visit The Attic, located at 123 West Main Street in Salem.





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The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting to help Michelle Yount celebrate the recent purchase of Head Lines Hair Designs from Jenny Holsapple.

Head Lines Hair Designs is a full service salon.  They do hair care, manicures, pedicures, waxing, and massages.  Head Lines Hair Designs is located at 1104 West Whittaker in Salem and their phone number is 548-2255.  Hours are 9:00-5:30 Monday through Friday and 9:00-1:00 on Saturday.

Michelle’s employees include Judy West, Karen Sanders, Sandy Loker, Carrie Sykes, Amanda Vest and masseuse David Belcher.


Ryan Petrea was the Industrial Sector speaker representing Fabick Tractor. Petrea recounted the early days of Fabick, the years of growth and the company’s involvement in the Alaskan Pipeline. 

Fabick actually began in 1917 as the Ideal Motor Sales Company in St. Louis. There were four employees including John Fabick Sr. and they sold and serviced Cletrac, John Deere Tractors, Pullman and the Stanley Steamer Autos. Over the years the business grew and in 1925 John Fabick Sr. was granted a franchise with the C.L. Best Co. Fabick, however, was interested in the Caterpillar Tractor franchise. John Fabick eventually designed a tractor to compete with the “Cat”. Almost a duplicate of the “Cat” Fabick added his own improvements. Hearing of Fabick’s plans and accomplishments, Caterpillar granted him a franchise in 1927. The new franchise territory was principally southern Illinois but in later years locations in Missouri were added.

Fabick opened the first Fabick branch in Salem in 1939, and at one time had branch locations in St. Louis, Sikeston, Salem, Jeff City and Marion.

The 1970’s was a time for Fabick as they faced their biggest and most complex challenge, supplying parts and service for the vast array of machines used on the construction of the Alaskan pipeline. Two Caterpillar dealers – N.C. Machinery Co. and Fabick Cat formed a joint venture to handle sales and service of the more than 2,000 Caterpillar machines used on the mammoth project. The pipeline would run from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, a distance of 800 miles across three mountain ranges and hundreds of rivers and streams.  Today Fabick employs more than 600 with over 10 store locations across Missouri and southern Illinois and members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of Fabicks are actively involved in the company. The Salem branch is now home to the Fabick Used Parks Department and houses over $1 million in parts inventory.   In recognition of outstanding contributions to the Export Expansion Program, Fabick was awarded the President’s “E” Award in 1964. In 1972 Fabick Cat received the President’s “E Star” Award for continued superior performance.

Roseann Brubaker Brandt, staffing specialist at Manpower and representing the Commercial Sector, spoke of the many services available through Manpower in providing temporary or full time employees. Each week Manpower provides 200,000+ people in jobs to a wide variety of companies and positions.
The Manpower specialist will compile all the information about the abilities of the worker searching for employment and the particular needs of the employer and find a match. The success of Manpower has resulted in the organization being a world leader in workforce solutions.
The Manpower office in Salem is located at1402B West Main. Phone Roseann at 548-6471, the e-mail is roseann.brubaker@manpower.com – website

pictured: Ryan Petrea of Fabick and Roseann Brandt of Manpower addressing Luncheon audience




Thanks to all who participated in the Customer Appreciation Program, swimmers, sponsors, Chamber Board of Directors volunteers and Aquatics Center personnel.

Unbelievably at this time of year, the water was a little cool. The great part was, there were more than enough hot dogs, Sloppy Joes, chips and soft drinks to go around several times. It was a lot of fun.

The bicycle winners were Justine Smith and Mikel Peters.   Brody Meigs and Gavin Berry won Salem Dollars Certificates.

Again, Thanks for making the evening possible.



“Today I received a call from Tom Merta at R A Computers in Salem regarding several people bringing in their computers for repairs that had a similar story about how their computers were damaged.  People are receiving calls from a person who suggests that Microsoft or Google has detected a problem with their computer.  Fortunately the repair can be made over the internet and there may be a lifetime warranty on the work.  People are then asked for their Credit Card numbers, bank account numbers and mothers maiden name to verify that everything is proper.
The results are the same as any scam that asks for personal information.  In this instance, the scammer gets access to the computer and steals passwords, bank account numbers and identity theft has happened.  If you get one of these calls – HANG UP.  If you get a callback number displayed on your phone, let the police know immediately.  DO NOT GIVE OUT CREDIT OR BANK INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.  Call the Salem Police at 548-2232 to report someone asking for information about your credit or bank over the phone.  After your computer has been damaged by the scammer, typical repair costs start at $60 at local computer repair stores, and may be much higher.
Thank you -”
John A. Raymer
City of Salem
101 S. Broadway Ave.
Salem, IL  62881
Office: 618-548-2222
Cell:    618-267- 6082