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The Ozark Heritage Project is sponsoring a boat riding and fish gigging opportunity beginning at 1:00 this Saturday afternoon at the Pulltite Campground in north Shannon County. The campground is located off Highway 19 south, on Route EE to the Current River. The boat riding and fish gigging opportunity will be held at the river access. The boat rides will be free and there will be refreshments available including water, soda, hot dogs, and then fried yellow suckers and potatoes. The National Park Service is proposing Alternative B for the new Draft General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and part of the new restrictions include a year round ban on outboard motors on upper Current River and upper Jacks Fork. The boats that will be made available to all guests are the very ones they wish to exclude. The Ozark Heritage Project is presenting this opportunity so that more people can make informed decisions as to their comments on the new proposals. There will be no charge, but if anyone actually wants to gig that evening, they must have a valid Missouri Fishing License. People not wishing to actually take fish can still ride along and witness the sport firsthand. Life jackets will be provided.  All of the activities will conclude around 9:00 PM. If you have any questions or want more information about the boat rides or gigging, contact Rick Mansfield at 573-663-2269, or send him an e-mail at emansfield2004@yahoo.com. Reservations are NOT necessary, but some idea of the number participating will better ensure their ability to have enough boats and food. 

On Friday, December 27th, Dent County deputies responded to North Rhodes Street for a stolen property investigation. During the investigation, consent to search the residence was granted. As a result of the search, numerous plastic baggies were found. Two of the baggies contained a plant matter that field tested positive for Marijuana.  Also found in a separate baggie was a crystalline substance that field-tested positive for Methamphetamine. The crystalline substance weighed approximately 1 gram. As a result of the items found, 35-year old James Howard of Salem and 26-year old Jessica Dodson of Salem were arrested on Tuesday, December 31st. Both Howard and Dodson were incarcerated in the Dent County Jail pending the issuance of warrants. Howard’s bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.  Dodson’s bond has been set at $7,000 cash only. Both are being charged with possession of a controlled substance, Methamphetamine.

State Auditor Tom Schweich released the audit of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). As reported in a prior audit, the MDC did not prepare a complete and accurate estimate of costs to reintroduce elk in the state. The approved project budget anticipated spending $411,000 to bring 150 elk into Missouri, but as of June 30, 2011, the MDC had spent over $1.23 million to reintroduce elk. Two years later, excluding salaried personnel costs, the MDC has now spent $3.382 million (including $1.424 from federal grants and private donations) to release 129 elk. The MDC provided pay raises not provided to other state employees. The conservation commission authorized a two percent cost of living adjustment to most employees with 18 or more months of service in July 2012 and three other two percent raises through fiscal year 2014. The MDC also provided a total of $54,036 in increases to two deputy directors and four division chiefs, who also received the annual and anniversary increases, and gave the department director, who did not receive the other increases, salary increases totaling $20,004, a 17 percent increase.

An accident occurred at 8:30 Wednesday morning in Crawford County on Highway 49 about eight miles north of Viburnum. According to the highway patrol report, 15-year old Lorenzo McGee of Viburnum was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier south when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, went airborne through a fence, struck the ground, and overturned. McGee and an occupant, 18-year old Wesley Utech of Steelville, suffered minor injuries and were taken to by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Neither individual was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by the owner.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will host Pacific tonight in a non-conference contest that was originally scheduled for early December. The JV game will be at 6:00 followed by the varsity game at the SHS Gym. You can hear the varsity contest on KSMO radio and online at ksmoradio.com starting at about 7:15.

The Salem Tigers benchwarmers will be hosting a chili supper tonight at 5:30 at the SHS cafeteria prior to the game with Pacific.

The Salem 9th grade game with Pacific tonight at 6:00 will be held at the Upper Elementary School Gym.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will play Dora tonight at 5:00 at Mountain Grove in the Cabool Tournament 3rd place game that was snowed out in December.

Brian Elliott turned away 24 shots as the St. Louis Blues held on to beat the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. T.J. Oshie and Jaden Schwartz tallied for the Blues, winners of three straight and eight of 11. St. Louis is now 27-7-5 on the year and sit in 2nd place of the Central Division. The Blues will host the L.A. Kings tonight at 7:00 at the Scottrade Center. KSMO will air the pre-game show at 6:30, then breakaway for Tiger basketball and then join the game in the third period.

David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk have all been named to the USA Olympic team and will play in Sochi, Russia in February. Other Blues players are expected to be selected to represent their country’s Olympic teams in the coming days. The U.S. team will play their first game against Slovakia on February 13th.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Velma L. Walker of Rolla, age 79, will be held Thursday at 12:00 noon at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 in the morning Thursday until service time. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery in rural Dent County.

Funeral services for Preslee Larue Kingery of Salem, age 12 weeks, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Preslee Larue Kingery Memorial Fund. Cards are available and all arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for Leita Faye Scott of Bismarck, Missouri, age 51, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary Chapel of St. James. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 Monday. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Girls Scouts.

Funeral services for Ruth Rambosek of Salem, age 91, will be held Wednesday, January 8th at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy then clearing, high of 21.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 5.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 30.
Friday night..Clear, low of 21.
Saturday..Sunny, high of 39.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance of snow, low of 22.
Sunday..Cloudy with a 50% chance of snow, high of 25.
Sunday night..Cloudy, low of 6.

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