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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, both District Commissioners said it was too cold to grade and that general maintenance was going to be done to the vehicles. District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell also reported that his crew would be repairing a pump on a brush cutter and that fuel conditioner was going to be added to the fuel of the heavy equipment so it will start during these extremely cold days. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the commission would be working on the 2010 budget for the county. At the last meeting, the commissioners agreed to payoff the Dent County Annex early for $51,764.47, which would come out of the Capital Expense in the General Revenue Fund. This would pay off the note about 3.5 years before it was due. Their next meeting will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public. 

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the city hall council chambers. At the meeting, the board approved the recommendation by Sean Curley from the Planning and Zoning Commission to allow the annexation of 1426 West Franklin owned by Phil and Ruth Krueger. The matter will be brought before the alderman at the next meeting in the form of an ordinance. Park and Recreation Director Greg Nash gave the report on the park board meeting held on December 22nd before Mayor Gary Brown gave his report. He said that the airport fuel system should be in full operation by the middle of next week, and that bids have been posted for an agency to handle the collection of past due bills. Brown said that he and engineer Bill Huffman would meet with Integrity Engineers about the water problem at the Salem Housing Authority units near the football field at 3:00 with a public meeting to follow at the Salem Housing Office at 4:00 to discuss a possible solution. The mayor gave the year-end report for the nuisance officer and there were 887 animal calls, 404 nuisance violations, 202 dogs and 118 cats taken to the animal shelter, and 129 dead animals destroyed. The mayor then read a letter from Show-Me Power that said that effective March 25, 2013, they would no longer provide electric service to the City of Salem under the current contractal obligations. This letter was sent to ALL municipalities that Show-Me serves. The mayor said that the city is still looking at the Bio-Mass electrical generation, but he also said that Senator Frank Barnitz is going to meet with all the cities in his district that would be affected by this decision to possibly form their own coop. The board approved paying the liability insurance for the city to Savers Insurance through Town and Country Insurance Associates for $143,935 that included airport liability, crime liability, general liability and terrorism coverage. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

An accident occurred at 1:08 Thursday in Texas County on Route VV about six miles southeast of Licking. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Ford Windstar driven by 70-year old Arthur Fackert of Salem swerved to miss a deer and hit some trees. Fackert suffered minor injuries and sought his own treatment. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford Windstar sustained moderate damage and was removed from the scene by Triangle Towing.

An accident occurred at 2:15 Thursday in Shannon County on Highway 19 about thirteen miles north of Eminence. According to the highway patrol report, a 1997 Honda Civic driven by 21 year-old Luke Brown of Salem slid off the left side of the road, down a steep embankment, and struck a tree. An occupant in the vehicle, 25 year-old Kathleen Witbrod of Salem, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by St. John’s ambulance to Salem Memorial District Hospital. Both were wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Honda Civic was totaled in the accident and was removed from the scene by Tyler’s.

An accident occurred New Year’s Day at 9:12 in the evening in Dent County on Route CC about eight miles east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire driven by 18-year old Jennifer Parks of Salem was traveling south on Route CC. The accident occurred as the vehicle lost control on ice-covered roadway, then traveled off the left side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the car traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch before coming to a rest. Parks suffered minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Salem Memorial Hospital. Parks was not wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. The Pontiac sustained moderate damage and was left at the scene by the owner.

An accident occurred at 1:05 early Monday morning in Phelps County on Highway 68 about 11 miles east of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Chrysler Sebring driven by 26-year old Rachel Quick of Salem was traveling eastbound on highway 68. The Chrysler Sebring slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and came to rest in the ditch. Quick and a passenger, 3-year old Dominik Deluca suffered minor injuries and sought their own treatment. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chrysler Sebring sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker Towing of Salem.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be in Licking tonight to face the Wildcats starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com starting at about 7:15.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson was named to the 2010 Pro Bowl team for his efforts this season. The selection is Jackson’s second, to go with his debut Pro Bowl appearance in 2006. Through 15 games, Jackson is second in the league in rushing with 1,353 yards and fifth in total yards with 1,675.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed cornerback Jackie Bates, defensive end Bobby Greenwood, running back Kestahn Moore, offensive lineman Jermail Porter and wide receiver Chandler Williams to reserve/future contracts.

The Kansas City Royals have signed pitcher John Parrish to a minor league contract.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Michael Valdez of Salem, age 53, will be held this 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 this morning at 11:00 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 tonight. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Faith Mission.

Funeral services for Milton “Milt” Yeary of Steelville, age 75, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the Steelville Ministerial Alliance.

Funeral services for Horace W. “Pop” Copeland of St. James, age 80, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Copeland Family.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 18.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 8.
Wednesday..Cloudy with a 40% chance for snow in the afternoon, high of 28.
Wednesday night..Periods of snow in the evening with flurries after midnight with areas of blowing and drifting snow, low of 9.
Thursday..Cloudy and bitterly cold, high of 13.

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