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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting, Judge Kelly Parker presented the budget request for the Circuit Court and Juvenile Court. The Circuit Court budget request was the same as last year with an increase of $500 for new equipment as their fax machine and copier needs to be replaced. Parker said that the Juvenile Court requested monies are actually $1,907.93 less than last year’s budget as the parties have been able to work things out before going to court, saving attorney fees and court costs. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 5690 and 5490. He said that culverts would be cleaned out in the Jadwin area, a worker would be hauling rock, and two workers would be moving items back into the completed part of the Road and Bridge Department building. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that two men would be hauling rock while two others were repairing brush cutter #6 and then cutting brush on Dent County Road 2070. He said that men would also be working at the gravel plant and helping at the building. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the commission sends their condolences to the families in the Lecoma area that lost loved ones in the tornado last week. He also commended the emergency management responders to the Lecoma area last week including the Lenox Fire Department, Dent County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Emergency Management Director Brad Nash, and road crew members who helped clear the roads and help out those affected. Skiles said that he met Tuesday with Gene Oakley who is the Deputy Director of Missouri Broadband Now. Oakley said that the state received $311 million dollars to have 95% of the state get high-speed Internet access within five years. Also attending the meeting were Nick Girondo who is a Fisheries Management Biologist from the Department of Conservation, and Thom Haines form the US Forest Service. They are applying for monies to rebuild the bridge over Sinkin Creek on Dent County Road 5680. Girondo said that he applied for a $25,000 grant from the state and is going to apply for another grant of about $10,000 to help fund the roadwork. Haines said he applied for an LMCG grant of $100,000 that comes from their Legacy Fund Dollars for the project. Haines said that he should know more about the grant in March, while Girondo said that he should know more about his requests in April. The county would have to contribute $25,000 to the project but that could be in the form of “in-kind” work. Tommy Marcak from MoDOT was also in attendance and he had a county road inventory book that needs to be reviewed by the commission. Marcak said that they need to make any additions or corrections on the maps and he said that the state would like to have the maps back by the end of January. However, the road inventory that he had still had the “old” three-digit Dent County Road numbers and they will all have to be changed to the new four-digit numbers. The commission asked if they could request an extension until the end of February to complete the inventory and he said he would see what he could do. At the last meeting, GS&M representatives including Joe Weber, Karen Weber and Joyce McCrerey came in to discuss the jail and justice center study. Joe Brand from Edward Jones was also in attendance to visit about public financing. The commission agreed to participate in a Department of Economic Development Disaster Planning Initiative through the MRPC. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams presented bids for the Bank Depository Agreement for 2011. The Bank of Salem bid .5% and Progressive Ozark Bank bid 1.05%. The Commission approved going with the Progressive Ozark Bank bid by a 3-0 vote. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers were shut down last night by a stifling St. James defense as Salem lost to St. James, 54-13 ending their three-game winning streak. Salem falls to 4-8 on the year. Salem will host Houston Monday night starting at 6:00 with the JV game followed by the varsity contest. KSMO will air the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com Monday night.

The Salem 9th grade Boys Basketball Tigers were overwhelmed by the Waynesville Tigers Thursday night at the Upper Elementary School gym, 49-14 being outscored 30-4 in the second half. They will play tomorrow at Rolla along with the 8th grade team starting at 10:00.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers return to the road as they will be in St. Clair tonight to face the Bulldogs in non-conference play. Salem enters the game with a 2-7 record. The JV will start things out at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers start out their Big 12 schedule on the road at Colorado starting at 12:30 tomorrow. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 12:00. Missouri enters the game with a 14-1 record.

The City of Salem Winter Youth Basketball Program is just around the corner. The Winter Youth Basketball Program is for boys and girls currently enrolled in grades 1st through 6th. Sign-ups will be held at the Salem Freedom Activity Center located at 1201 West Rolla Road in the Foyer today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm; Saturday, January 8th from 9:00 until noon and then again next Thursday and Friday, January 13th and 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The cost is $15 per child. If you have questions, contact Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash by calling 729-6290.

Tyler Bozak netted the game-winning goal in the shootout, as the Toronto Maple Leafs blew a three-goal lead but rebounded to nip the St. Louis Blues, 6-5, at Air Canada Centre. Matt D'Agostini capped a three-goal rally, which eventually sent the game beyond regulation for the Blues. Alex Steen, David Backes, and Eric Brewer were among the goal scorers in the loss. Jaroslav Halak started between the pipes, but was pulled after he yielded four goals on 19 shots. Ty Conklin made 11 saves in relief but suffered the loss. The Blues will host the New York Rangers Saturday night at 7:00 on KSMO Radio.

Missouri junior guard Marcus Denmon was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 30 list on Thursday afternoon as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The midseason list was selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board and is comprised of 30 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November and December, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.

Southeast Missouri State Head coach Tony Samuel was rewarded the 2010 Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the Football Championship Subdivision's Coach of the Year.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Gail A. (Fenton) Schwegel of Bentonville, Arkansas, age 59, will be held today at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Sam Crocker Cemetery in Bixby.

Private family services will be held at a later date for Opal D. Lindsey of Salem, age 79. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Memorial services for Francis “Mike” Scherer of Salem, age 69, will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Salem Public Library or American Cancer Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Private family funeral services for Paul L. Bell of Steelville, age 84, will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Asher Cemetery in St. James. Memorials may be given to the Steelville Ministerial Alliance or Community Child Care Center.

Memorial services for Janice Garn of Lecoma, age 81, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Anutt Community Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy and blustery with isolated snow showers, high near 40.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 17.
Saturday..Partly cloudy, high near 30.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy early, mostly cloudy late, low of 15.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy, high of 33.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low near 20.
Monday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for snow, high around 30.

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