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The Dent County Service Unit of The Salvation Army would like to announce that they have successfully reached their $21,000 goal during the Christmas Kettle Campaign. The local Salvation Army Board and Christmas Campaign Chairman, David Dittman, 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. Your continued generosity will be distributed throughout 2011 to those less fortunate in Dent County.

The Salem Board of Aldermen met for their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. The board approved the high bid from Jadwin Fire Department for a surplus rotating light bar with directional arrow for $203.50 and a bid from Marty Farrar for $79.39 for the rotating light bar without the directional arrow. In the consent agenda, the city received $15,681.68 in C.A.R.T. tax revenues in the month of December. Mayor Gary Brown distributed storm siren guidelines to the Aldermen. They state that the storm sirens will sound if a tornado warning has been issued for Dent County and the warning’s path cast specifically mentions Salem in the path of the storm. Also, they will sound the siren if a report has been received of a previously unwarned tornado that has touched down and damage to trees and/or structures has occurred. Sirens will sound when a severe thunderstorm warning indicates hurricane strength winds, 75 mph or greater are expected. Brown stated the city departments have implemented a miscellaneous equipment service log and vehicle service log. Alderman Jerry Randell suggested having a workshop before implementation to discuss possible inventory control be added to these logs. Brown reported that on January 1st electric rates from Sho-Me Power increased 9.5%, which is $3 per thousand-kilowatt hour. This totals an extra $197,975 to be paid to Sho-Me Power. The board approved Bill No. 3211 regulating the parking on the city hall auditorium parking lot on the east side of the building to two hour parking between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. In unfinished business, the board approved the extension of the temporary liquor license for Bigos Mexican Restaurant thru January 7th and they also approved a permanent license if the state issues a permanent license. Alderman Hadyn Powell made a motion for the board to look into the steps needed to re-create a city administration position including looking into the possibility of hiring a consulting firm to help find candidates for the position. The board approved the motion.  After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Sunday, December 26th at 9:00 at night, an officer was detailed to a residence on Key Lane in reference to property damage. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown broke a window on the passenger side of a tan 1999 Ford F-150.  The value of the damage is approximately $200. On Tuesday, December 28th at 12:56 in the morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of an 18-yearold Salem male for a minor in possession of intoxicants. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. At 9:45 that same morning, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to property damage. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown had cut two tires on a 1996 Ford Explorer and one tire on a Ford F-150 that were parked at a residence in the 800 block of East Third. The value of the damage is approximately $375. That afternoon at 1:12, an officer was dispatched to the Salem Treatment Center in reference a 22-year old Marshfield male who had an active felony warrant from Webster County. He was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated at the Dent County Jail pending extradition. On Thursday, December 30th at 12:30 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to property damage. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown damaged a door at the Western Cherokee Nation building at Tenth and Hickory. The value of the damage is approximately $1,000. Anyone with any information regarding the property damage reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

Jennifer Herndon scored 14 points and the Salem Tigers held on to beat St. Clair Monday night at the Salem High School Gym, 38-36. The win is the third in a row for Salem and puts their record at 4-7 on the year. They will travel to St. James Thursday night to face St. James.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will host Licking tonight starting at 6:00 with the JV game with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO and online on ksmoradio.com. Salem is 1-7 on the year.

Teammates Marcus Denmon and Matt Pressey (Missouri) have been chosen as the latest Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of December 27 - January 2 in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference.  It is the second weekly award this year for Denmon, while Pressey is recognized for the first time. 

University of Missouri junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert (Ballwin, Mo.) has decided to forego his final year of collegiate eligibility, and make himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft.  Gabbert made the choice following an outstanding 2010 season, which was capped by a standout performance in the 2010 Insight Bowl, when he completed 41-of-57 passes for 434 yards and a touchdown.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Shirley M. Crabtree of Rolla, age 82, will be held today at 12:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service. Interment will be in the Ozark Hill Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Phelps County Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Fannie Marie Ware of Cherryville, age 87, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 today. Interment will be in the Delhi Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.

Funeral services for Herple W. Craine of Rolla, age 88, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla. Visitation will be held today from 5:00 until 7:00.

Funeral services for Diane Lynn Vance of Salem, age 64, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery in Jadwin. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 40.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 21.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming partly sunny, high of 43.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 23.
Thursday and Thursday night ..Partly cloudy, high near 40, low of 26.
Friday..Partly sunny in the morning, the mostly sunny by the afternoon, high of 38.

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