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Dent County Coroner Gina White has released her report for the death that occurred at the Dent County Jail this past Sunday. According to the report, Dr. Carl Stacy with the Boone County Medical Examiners Office performed an autopsy on 34-year old Jason Allen Hall on Monday. It was found that Hall had died as a result of asphyxiation due to hanging. His body was then released to the Bell Funeral Home in Pacific.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors met for their regular meeting Tuesday evening at the hospital library. In the summary of operations, Chief Financial Officer Becky Cunningham reported that in November the hospital had a loss from operations of $103,654 with an excess of expenses over revenues of $102,160. Inpatient admissions were below budget at 49 and there was a decrease in cash of $259,181. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy reported during the month there were 749 emergency room visits with an average turnaround time of 121 minutes. Also during the month, there were 205 ambulance runs, 30 surgery cases, 1,442 outpatient registrations, 344 home health visits, 6,733 lab tests, 876 radiological procedures, 162 CT scans, 28 MRI scans, 453 rehab treatments, 160 dialysis treatments and 255 clinical visits of which 29 were for cardiology. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor said the hospital is having problems with their nuclear med machine and they are analyzing the data as to whether they should buy their own or lease another piece of equipment. In the flu update, Lacy said there have been nineteen confirmed cases for the month of December. Pryor stated the Hospital Auxiliary had nine members at their December meeting and Dr. Pharr presented his recent Haiti Mission trip. Pryor reported that Dr. Jasdanwala would begin his practice in Physician Building #3 on July 1, 2015.  He also reported that Dr. Bob Carnett will begin working part time January 8th at the hospital, Sandra Headrick, Nurse Practitioner will begin February 2nd and Physician’s Assistant Nathan Miracle will begin mid-March. Assistant Hospital Administrator Kasey Lucas gave the Electronic Medical Records report and said the Patient Portal operational and patients will be able to review their hospital records online beginning January 2nd. Pyror reported the SMDH Foundation Board met and talked about the Montauk 5K run to be held in November with Phil Newcomb serving as Chairman of this event. The hospital has received a $75,000 grant for network development and also a Telehealth System grant for new Telehealth equipment.  Pryor stated that there will be no increase in the employee health insurance this year and the Ozark Independent Health Alliance is looking into other providers for next year. Election filing for District #2 began today and incumbent A.J. Seay has filed. The board approved the budgeted purchase of two defibrillator/monitors for the EMS Department at a cost of $59,283 from Zoll Medical Corporation. The board then went into closed session.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their December meeting tonight at the boardroom beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Carvajal will update the Board on the current candidate filings. Principals will then report on happenings and events taking place at their respective buildings. In new business the Board will address summer school for 2015, make a selection of the MSBA Belcher Scholarship recipient and address the MUSIC renewal. Following resignations, the Board will then adjourn their regular meeting and vote to go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel. The meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

Just a reminder, Flu Shots are still available at the Dent County Health Center on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday. The cost is $30, and the Health Center will bill Medicare, but you need to bring your card with you. The Center for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for all those 6-months of age and over. The Health Center is located at 601 North MacArthur. For more information call 729-3106.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) is warning Missourians to be cautious of third party websites offering to help them find Unclaimed Property. Missourians recently saw thousands of names in newspapers across the state of individuals, businesses and nonprofits with Unclaimed Property. These entities should go to Treasurer Zweifel’s website at ShowMeMoney.com to begin the claims process completely free of charge. Other websites often charge fees and can put your personal information at risk. Treasurer Zweifel protects more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.8 million account owners. In Fiscal Year 2014, he returned a record $40 million to more than 170,000 Unclaimed Property accounts, all free of charge. You may also check for Unclaimed Property outside of Missouri at www.Unclaimed.org, administered by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. It provides links to other states where you can also search free of charge.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tigers basketball home opener scheduled for tonight at the Salem High School has been cancelled, as the Newburg school district has shut down for the next two days due to a high number of influenza cases. A make up date will be announced at a later time.

The Salem Tiger Boys’ basketball team will be in Licking tonight to face the Wildcats in the Cat Classic. The JV will start things off at 6:00 with the varsity contest to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. Salem is 4-2 on the year.

The St. Louis Blues will be in L.A. tonight to face the Kings at the Staples Center at 9:00. The Blues are 21-8-2 on the year and have 44 points. St. Louis trails Chicago by one point for the lead in the Central Division. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio following the conclusion of the Salem Tiger game.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Pamela Lynn McElvy of Edgar Springs, age 47, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. There will be no interment.

Funeral services for William “Bill” Young of Viburnum, age 62, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Young Family Cemetery in Davisville.

Graveside memorial services for Susan Irene Connell of Salem, age 63, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Louise Marie Martin of Bunker, age 74, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery near Bunker. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Breast Cancer Association.

Funeral services for Edward Eugene Kellison of Edgar Springs, age 89, will be held Saturday at 12:00 noon at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time Saturday. Interment will be in the Roseberry Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

A memorial service for Neal Tullis, Jr. of Salem, age 64, will be Saturday at noon at the Anutt Community Church. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund at the Memorial Service.  The family will collect memorials and forward to the Fund.

Funeral services for June Marion Swope, age 86 of St. Louis, formerly of Salem, will be Monday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.  Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 until 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First Church of God in Salem or Cornerstone Community Church of God in St. Louis.

Funeral services for Katherine E. Martens of Vichy, age 76, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 the church. Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of snow, high of 37 with wind chill as low as 25.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a chance of freezing drizzle, low of 30.
Friday..Mostly cloudy, high of 39.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 29.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high of 41.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 29.

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