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The Dent County Commissioners met Thursday morning for their regular meeting in the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that road crews were treating slick spots on roads with salt and sand. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson indicated that his crew was performing similar tasks, plus he had two men continuing the work on constructing the service trailer. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wanted to remind the public of the upcoming National Park Service meetings Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Van Buren, Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Salem City Hall, and at 6:00 pm at the Powder River Nature Center in Kirkwood. Skiles encouraged interested citizens to attend and voice their concerns and opinions. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that she is continuing to work on the 2014 budget. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and it is open to the public.

Thomas Haines, the Forest Service District Ranger, reports that permits for the removal of timber from the Bunker Area Derecho Fuels Project will be available very soon. The purpose of the project is to decrease the wildland fire risk to the community of Bunker and the surrounding areas by removing and reducing hazardous fuels. Some fuels may also be rearranged to allow for easier transportation. This project will not be done on a bid basis. Haines stated the area has been divided up into smaller lots and permits will be sold for each lot. Interested parties may buy permits for one lot at a time to ensure completion of the removal of the timber. The permit system is open to all interested residents and businesses, and he welcomes those interested in getting a permit to stop by the Forest Service office on Highway 19 or you can also call 729-6656. The final approval of any permits issued will be under the purview of District Ranger Thomas Haines.

The Dent County Service Unit of The Salvation Army would like to announce that they have successfully exceeded this years Christmas Campaign goal of $20,000 by raising $26,439.74. A special thanks goes out to Becki Heathman for being in charge of the kettles, and also to Gail and Bob Gravely for helping with the counter kettles. The local Salvation Army Board would like to thank everyone who made monetary donations at the kettles or through the local mail appeal. They also extend their greatest appreciation to the dedicated volunteers that took time out of their busy holiday season to ring the bells at the kettles during this exceptionally tough weather season. Your continued generosity will be distributed throughout Dent County to those less fortunate.

An accident occurred at 7:45 Thursday morning in Phelps County on Highway 63 about three miles north of Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Ford Ranger driven by 21-year old Brandon Sutton of St. James was traveling southbound on highway 63 and was attempting to pass another vehicle. The Ford Ranger slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned. Sutton and an occupant, 22-year old Heather Zanitsch of St. James, both suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford Ranger sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Ron Dishman Towing of Rolla.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were zero fatalities during the New Year's holiday counting period beginning at 6: pm on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and running unto 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Troopers investigated 116 traffic crashes with 42 injuries. In addition, troopers made 47 arrests for driving while intoxicated during the 30-hour counting period. They ask all motorists to remain vigilant as winter weather moves across our state. Please clean snow and ice completely from your vehicle and allow extra time to reach your destination at a safe speed.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tigers Boys Varsity, JV and 9th Grade Basketball games with Pacific scheduled for Thursday were cancelled due to slick conditions at the Salem High School Gym and at the Upper Elementary School Gym. No Make up date has been set.

The Salem Boys JV and Varsity Basketball Games Saturday at Licking with the scheduled start time for 6:00, have been changed. The JV game on Saturday will start at 4:30 and the varsity game will follow at about 5:45. The varsity game can be heard on KSMO and online at ksmoradio.com. Salem is 2-3 on the year

The Salem Lady Tigers dropped the third place game of the Cabool Tournament versus Dora on Thursday night by a final of 62-53. Savannah Hanning scored 18 points while Payton Curley added 11 points in defeat. The Lady Tigers are now 3-6 on the year and will host Sullivan tonight at the SHS Gym.

T.J. Oshie scored two goals, Brian Elliott made 30 saves and the St. Louis Blues extended the woes of the slumping Los Angeles Kings with a 5-0 thrashing at Scot trade Center. Brenden Morrow had a goal and one assist for the Blues, who won their fourth game in a row. Elliott recorded his third shutout of the season in the 100th win for Ken Hitchcock as St. Louis' head coach. The Blues will host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at 7:00.

Former conference rivals are set to collide in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, as the ninth-ranked Missouri Tigers take on the 13th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO tonight starting with the pre-game show at 5:00.

The 25-ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will host Long Beach State on Saturday. Missouri is 11-1 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO starting at 3:30.

The 5th seeded Kansas City Chiefs will be in Indianapolis to face the AFC South Champion Colts in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:35.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

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 tonight 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 Marvin P. Lemke, age 83, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time.

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 night. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Girls Scouts.

Funeral Mass for Jeannette Ann Till of Salem, age 83, will be Tuesday at 1:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Ruth Rambosek of Salem, age 91, will be held at 10:00 Wednesday morning at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Funeral services for James Herman Privett of Salem, age 75, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Privett family.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 30.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 23.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy, high of 39.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance of rain and snow, low of 17.
Sunday..Cloudy with a 70% chance of snow, high of 19.
Sunday night..Cloudy, low of -1.

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