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Your World Today - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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The Dent County Commission held their budget hearing Monday evening in the courtroom at the Judicial Building with several office holders and media in attendance. Skiles reported on the five major categories for the 2015 budget hearing. The General Revenue Fund showed a beginning balance of $1,328,160.80 for January 1, 2014. Revenues for 2014 totaled $1,427,483.17 and expenses came in at $1,514,709.56 leaving an ending balance as of December 31, 2014 of $1,240,934.41. The estimated revenues for 2015 are $1,535,861.00 and with estimated expenses of $1,675,461.51, that leaves an estimated ending balance for the General Revenue Fund for 2015 of $1,005.329.90. Skiles did note that with the recent grant of $32,000.00 from the Department of Natural Resources for replacement of the round windows on the top floor of the Courthouse, the line item of Grants under other expenses in the General Revenue was lowered from $100,000.00 to $50,000.00. The Road and Bridge Department showed a beginning balance of $126,101.64 for January 1, 2014. Revenues for the year came in at $1,604,872.17 and expenses totaled $1,694,210.35, which left an ending balance as of December 31, 2014 of $36,763.46. Estimated revenues for 2015 are $1,361,908.00 and expenses are estimated at $1,348,611.12. The estimated ending balance for Road and Bridge for 2015 is $35,035.34. The Assessment Fund showed a beginning balance of $67,266.59 as of January 1, 2014. Revenues for 2014 totaled $184,514.39 and expenses came in at $176,184.83. The ending balance for the Assessment Fund as of December 31, 2014 was $75,596.15. The estimated revenues for 2015 are $187,968.00 with estimated expenses of $204,032.00, which would leave an ending balance of $59,532.15 for 2015. In the 9-1-1 Fund the beginning balance on January 1, 2014 was $88,385.30. Revenues came in at $38,525.32 with expenses totaling $46,188.89, leaving an ending balance of $80,721.73 as of December 31, 2014. For 2015, revenues are estimated to be $38,635.00 and expenses are estimated to be $49,834.58 bringing the estimated ending balance for December 31, 2015 to $69,522.15. The LEST (Law Enforcement Sales Tax) Fund showed a beginning balance of $148,560.98 on January 1, 2014. Revenues for the fund totaled $1,142,382.64, while expenses were $1,064,943.74, leaving an ending balance of $225,999.88 as of December 31, 2014. Estimated revenues for 2015 are $1,180,221.60 while expenses are estimated at $1,211,347.19. The estimated ending balance for December 31, 2015 is $194,874.29. After the budget was presented, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell and District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson addessed the need to maintain the 45 miles of chip and seal roads in Dent County as soon as possible, otherwise they risk losing those roads.  Even if only seven to eight miles of chip and seal are done each year, the cost ranges from $18,000 to $20,000 per mile and the County cannot afford to do that with the drop in funding from MoDOT. The Commission again expressed the need for the 1/4 of one cent sales tax that will be on the April ballot for the Road and Bridge Department. Skiles noted that the Senate Bill 40 Board had budgeted a beginning balance for 2014 of $734,515 and the ending balance came in at $739,137. The estimated ending balance for 2015 is $744.127. Skiles also made note of the fact the Sandy Hogan will be retiring from the Senate Bill 40 Board in March after 33 years of service. After approval of the amendments to the budget, the Commission voted 3-0 to accept the 2015 budget for Dent County. The meeting was then adjourned. 

Route AC in Reynolds and Dent County will be reduced as Missouri Department of Transportation crews perform pavement repairs. This section of roadway is located between Highway 32 and end of the state maintenance. If weather allows, this work will take place today, January 28th, from 8:00 this morning until 2:30 this afternoon. Flaggers will be redirecting traffic in the work zone.

Sports [TOP]

The 2015 City of Salem Youth Winter Basketball sign-ups for all boys and girls in 1st thru 6th grade and will take place on Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and on Saturday, January 31st from 9:00 am to 12:00 (noon) and on Thursday, February 5th and Friday, February 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. All signups will be held in the front lobby at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory, located at 1200 West Rolla Road in Salem. The cost is $20 per child. For more information, contact Greg Nash at the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 729-6290.

The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with outfielder Jarrod Dyson Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. The deal is worth $1.225 million, according to the Kansas City Star. Dyson asked for $1.6 million while the team countered with $900,000. Dyson hit .269 with one homer, 24 RBI and a career-high 36 stolen bases over 120 games in 2014. The Royals have six remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players: closer Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Danny Duffy and reliever Kelvin Herrera.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement from the NHL on Thursday at Scottrade Center. Brodeur will stay with the Blues organization in a management role in hockey operations, the team announced Tuesday. Brodeur joined St. Louis in early December when the Blues lost goaltender Brian Elliott to an injury. He played seven games over a month, posting a record of 3-3-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average and one shutout. A lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, Brodeur holds regular season NHL goaltending records for wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes played (74,438). In postseason history, he ranks first in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113).

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Josephine “Jo” Garner of Rolla, age 81, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral Mass for Carol Timson of Salem, age 87, will be Friday at 10:30 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 with a prayer service at 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and/or Food for the Poor.

Funeral services for Isaiah “Little Bear” Hyde of Rolla, age 25, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time on Friday. Interment will be in the Two Moons Family Cemetery in Montana.

A memorial service for Larry Ray Treat of Rolla, age 73, will be held this Saturday morning at 10:30 at Salem Full Gospel Church on Highway 19 North in Salem with Brother Gary Chilton officiating.

Funeral Mass for John W. Bell, of Salem, 81, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Bourbon Cemetery in Bourbon. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Clinton Donald Peeler of Salem will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and breezy, high of 58.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and still breezy, low of 39.
Thursday..Partly sunny and cooler, high of 46.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 25.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high of 42.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 27.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for snow or rain, high near 40.

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