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The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held a special meeting on December 31st. The meeting was called by City Attorney Nanci Wisdom to correct a problem with the deed from 1996 for the property where the old Daisy BB building sits that had mistakes to it. The property has exchanged hands numerous times since 1996 where the lot was supposed to have 3.8 acres, but only measured just over three acres. City Engineer Bill Huffman staked the property where it was supposed to be and went over the location with the mayor and representatives from the proposed buyer of the property. To correct the problem, the board approved by a 3-0 vote to allow the mayor to sign a limited warranty deed with Alderman Jim McDaniels not present at the special meeting. The deed was to be recorded so that the Dent County Industrial Development Authority could close the deal to sell the building to Integrity Distribution, LLC. Secretary of the IDA Ed Pratt stated that the Industrial Development Authority was glad to help a local business expand their operation in an existing location in Dent County in the industrial park. Integrity Distribution, LLC produces and assembles portable hand washing stations for the education, health and food service industries. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. For the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that a crew would be in the Bunker area cleaning out pipes on the Medley and Cooley bridges. He also said that crews would be stockpiling sand for winter and checking the driving conditions on Dent County Roads 5180 and 6170. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that a crew would also be stockpiling sand and the rest of the District 2 crew would be catching up on routine maintenance. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles presented a letter that will be faxed to Phelps County concerning the amount charged to Dent County for the change of venue Donald Nash trial. The total amount for the trial came to $25,444 and that includes security, meals, motel rooms and transportation for jurors. Skiles said that after reviewing the motel room receipts the amount billed to the county is $409.00 higher than what the tickets provided total. Also on that same bill is state sales tax totaling $464.95, which the county is exempt from. Skiles also has concerns about the amount of overtime hours that officers were paid, two officers in particular were paid for 77 and 79 overtime hours and the total amount of money that was paid out for guard duty during the trial came to $12,900. For 2009, the county budgeted $10,000 for trial expenses and the Commission voted 2 to 1 to go ahead and send a check to Phelps County for that amount.  Commissioners Skiles and Purcell voted to send the check, because $10,000 was already budgeted for trial expenses and when and if the amount of the bill is changed the county will then pay the rest and that will be less money taken out of the counties 2010 budget.  Commissioner Larson voted no, because he felt the county should pay it all in one lump sum.  Joe Webber with GS&M stopped by the meeting to update the Commission on the Justice Center for Law Enforcement Project. Webber has been studying the best ways the county could go about building a new jail if needed.  He has looked into building sites and building sizes, how much revenue the jail could bring in and also what type of funding could be obtained to build the facility. The Commission has no plans for the county to build a new jail, but if and when the time comes the information provided by GS&M will be very helpful. Judge Camm Seay also came by the meeting to discuss the Juvenile Offices budget with the Commission.  The next meeting of the Commissioners will be this morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public. 

There will be a public hearing, followed by a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission tonight at 6:45 at the City Hall Council Chambers regarding the annexation or 1426 West Franklin. The City of Salem Board of Alderman will then conduct their regular meeting beginning at 7:00. City Attorney Nanci Wisdom will report on the public hearing held prior to the meeting regarding the annexation of 1426 West Franklin, and Sean Curley will give a report on the Planning and Zoning meeting. Park and Recreation Director Greg Nash will then report on the Park Board meeting. Alderman Jim McDaniels, Jim Jackson, Kenneth Nash and Brad Nash will discuss miscellaneous items involving the City of Salem followed by comments on various issues involving the city by Mayor Gary Brown. City Clerk Mary Happel will present the bill for the City’s liability insurance for approval of payment along with bills. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The public hearing and meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission along with the City of Salem Board of Alderman meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers took fifth place in the Lebanon Tournament as they defeated Springfield Central, 59-32. Jennifer Herndon scored 21 points to lead the Lady Tigers as Danielle Connell netted 15 and Alayna Sellers added 10 points. Salem is now 7-4 on the year and they will be in St. Clair tonight at 6:00 to face the Lady Bulldogs.

Ricky Dobbs rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another score as Navy controlled and beat Missouri, 35-13 in the Texas Bowl. Missouri's Blaine Gabbert connected on just 15-of-31 attempts for 291 yards and a touchdown toss to Danario Alexander, who logged 137 yards on six catches for the Tigers, who had won three straight to end the regular season.

Laurence Bowers scored 23 points to lead the Missouri Tigers to an 89-61 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at Mizzou Arena. Marcus Denmon added 13 points for the Tigers (11-3), who won their sixth straight.

The St. Louis Blues on Saturday fired bench boss Andy Murray and named Davis Payne as interim head coach. The Blues then dropped a 6-3 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues have lost five straight games.

Jamaal Charles led the offense with 259 rushing yards and two scores, while Derrick Johnson paced the defense with two touchdowns off a pair of interceptions, as the Kansas City Chiefs eliminated the Denver Broncos from playoff contention with a 44-24 victory in Week 17 action. Charles' big performance on the ground broke Larry Johnson's club record for most rushing yards in a single game (211). Charles carried the ball 25 times for the Chiefs (4-12), who snapped a five-game skid. Matt Cassel connected on 13-of-24 passes for 207 yards and an interception. Chris Chambers caught five passes for 80 yards to lead the receiving corps.

Frank Gore rushed for 107 yards on 23 carries with a pair of touchdowns, as the San Francisco 49ers routed the St. Louis Rams, 28-6, in the season-finale for both teams at the Edward Jones Dome. Josh Brown kicked two field goals for the Rams (1-15), who have dropped 13 straight at home and finished the season with eight straight losses overall to ensure themselves the No. 1 selection in the 2010 draft.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Tina Rachelle Thomlinson of Salem, age 47, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel.  Interment will be in the Street Cemetery at Big Creek.

Funeral services for Michael Valdez of Salem, age 53, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Westfork Sutterfield Cemetery in Bunker with full military honors.

Funeral services for Charles Duane Blackwell, Sr. of Salem, age 70, will be held Tuesday morning at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Rector Cemetery and memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Funeral services for Wandul Taylor of Salem, age 85, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 7:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Faith Mission

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and cold, high of 17.
Tonight..Clear and bitterly cold, low of 1 with wind chills of –10.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 19.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 7.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for snow, high of 25.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance for snow, low of 8.

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