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The Commons Committee will hold an open house at the Youth Building on Saturday starting at 4:00. All the documents concerning the management of the Commons will be on display. Joanne Maxwell, the Commons Committee and the Fair Board of Directors will be on hand to explain and answer any questions on past policies and their future plans. Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed as well as needed. There will also be pulled pork sandwiches, chips and soda available. For more information call 247-2606.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, Commissioners Dennis Purcell and Gary Larson both reported that crews would be busy in both districts spreading sand on slick spots and removing snow from the subdivisions with chip and seal roads. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that the county received a response to the letter they sent to Phelps County regarding the cost of the Donald Nash trial. One particular charge the Commission wanted to see taken off the bill was the state sales tax for motel rooms totaling $464.95.  The county is exempt from state sales tax and that amount was removed. Skiles said he would still like to look into the $12,900 that was spent on guard duty and will request information regarding that amount. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their report for the month of December. During the month, they wrote 33 traffic tickets, 19 warning tickets and two equipment repair orders. They served 52 summons to appear in court and three fugitive warrants. The Salem Police Department investigated 14 accidents, three assaults, three domestic assaults, and four reports of driving while intoxicated. The Department also investigated 18 reports of stealing, six reports of property damage, one burglary, one report of forgery, four reports of disorderly conduct, one report of a lost or stolen plate, and seven reports of leaving the scene of an accident. The Salem Police Department also conducted two death investigations. The police received 1,438 calls for service during the month, handled 113 walk-ins to the station, and redirected 53 calls to the animal control officer. They spent four hours as court bailiff and 16 hours teaching D.A.R.E. The calls in December included 11 calls for escorts, five 9-1-1 calls, two intoxicated driver investigation calls, one call for peace disturbance, 17 ambulance assist calls, two calls for alarms sounding, four calls for fights in progress, two domestic dispute calls, two calls for an intoxicated pedestrian, four fire calls and one wrecker was needed. The Salem Police Department drove a total of 7,959 miles during the month of December and arrested 18 males and 17 females.

Salem’s 150th birthday is a special event and on Saturday, January 16th the Salem City Hall will be filled with those ready to celebrate the first event of Salem’s Sesquicentennial. The gathering time is 6:00 PM. Plans for the Costume Ball are moving forward. Enthusiasm is building and individuals are creating their own version of costumes they wish to wear. The Ball will include a costume contest, period scenes and decorations, music through the years, dancing, photographs, a historic video, and light refreshments. Special dances include the Butterfly Waltz, Can Can and the Charleston. You won’t want to miss this event. The Costume Ball is a great way to begin the yearlong celebration. It will start with a social hour including refreshments and photographs.  Scenes designed to depict different historic events or items will be used for backdrops for photos. Charles Pace and Beth Watson will be the photographers. Automated Business Systems will print the photos on site. Photos will be provided at no cost to those attending. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded for those dressing in fashions from the period 1860-1910: best female costume, best male costume and best child’s costume. You may choose to dress as they did in any period other than current fashion, the 20’s 30’s 40’s etc. However, only individuals that dress in some costume will be admitted to the auditorium. Those who attend but do not wear a costume will be seated in the balcony. The social hour will be followed by music and dancing to selections from the last 150 years. Charles Pace, Salem TCRC, is preparing a video showing scenes of Salem throughout the timeframe 1860-2010. For tickets or more information please contact the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, 729-6900. Buy your tickets by Jan 12th to receive a discount.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger game with St. James last night was postponed due to weather with no make up date yet determined. The Boys basketball game tonight against St. Clair has also been postponed and will be played next Wednesday, January 13th.

The Missouri Tigers begin their Big 12 schedule tomorrow when they face off with Kansas State starting at 12:30. Missouri is 11-3 on the year. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Matt Beleskey scored the game-winner late in the third period, as the Anaheim Ducks edged the St. Louis Blues, 4-2, at the Honda Center. Barret Jackman scored his first two goals of the year for the Blues, who have lost a season-high seven straight games. Chris Mason turned aside 25-of-28 shots for St. Louis.The Blues will face Los Angeles Saturday at 9:30 on KSMO Radio.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Alabama knocked out Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy early, as the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Longhorns, 37-21, to win their 13th national championship. Alabama gave the SEC its fourth consecutive national champion, as Florida sandwiched a pair of titles around one by LSU the past three years.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Horace W. “Pop” Copeland of St. James, age 80, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Highgate Baptist Church. Interment will be in the High Gate Baptist Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Copeland Family.

Funeral services for Leroy E. Heskett of St. James, age 68, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Heskett Family.

Funeral services for Pamela Sue Webber of Salem, age 46, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Home Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Eileen Patricia Sybert of Rolla, age 74, will be held Saturday at 5:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 3:00 until service time. Memorials may be made to the 1st Christian Church Greentree in Rolla.

Funeral services for Hazel Mason of Steelville, age 81, will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Old Dillard cemetery in Dillard. Memorials may be made to the United Baptist Church in Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy this morning and partly sunny this afternoon and cold, high of 9 with wind chills below zero all day.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and cold, low of –4 with wind chills of 22 below.
Saturday..Partly cloudy and cold, high around 10.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 1 with winds chills at –12.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 25.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 14.

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