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City Administrator Clayton Lucas submitted his resignation to Mayor Gary Brown this past Tuesday after having spent two years and just over three months on the job. Back in September of 2011, Lucas was the unanimous choice of the aldermen to be the city administrator coming from Lindsey, California. Last September, Lucas asked for an extension to his current contract with certain provisions that he wanted to see added to his contract. The board approved extending his contract beyond his current contract that would expire on September 30th, 2015, but it did not contain all the provisions Lucas asked for. Attorney William Camm Seay presented the contract offer on behalf of the board and it included an additional two years on his current contract, an additional one-week of vacation and one week of administrative leave. The contract offer did indicate that the Board of Aldermen would not modify his insurance until the board can review it for everyone and the offer did provide six months severance pay if Lucas was fired without cause. Lucas later signed the contract extension. His last day on the job will be February 7th.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams was present to let the commission know that she and the county clerk balanced on all accounts from January through December. She reported that the balances for the General Revenue Fund, Road and Bridge Fund, the Law Enforcement Fund and the Assessment Fund all improved over last year’s figures. The only fund balance that did not improve was the 9-1-1 fund. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell and District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson both stated that work crews were treating slick spots with sand and salt, while other work crews were widening the county roads by getting the snow off the shoulders. Purcell also reported that workers were replacing the blade on the plow on truck #115. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wanted to remind everyone that the Draft General Management Plan Open Houses have been rescheduled again after the adverse weather conditions. The new schedule has the first Open House at the Eminence New High School Gym on Thursday, January 16th from 6:00 to 8:00, and the second open house will be in Salem at the Salem City Hall Auditorium from 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday, January 17th. Skiles also complimented the road crews for the efforts on Sunday in getting snow off the road. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she and the treasurer balanced on all accounts for the month of December. She also stated that tentative budgets would be available to the public on Friday, January 17th at 8:00 in the morning. The county budget hearing was set for Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 at the Dent County Judicial Building courtroom. Curley also reported that phone bids were taken for propane for the courthouse and the lowest bid was Amerigas/Titan at $2.14 a gallon. A total of 550 gallons were purchased. She also said that phone bids for 1,000 gallons of unleaded fuel were taken and the lowest bid was MFA Oil at $2.74 per gallon. Phone bids were to be taken for diesel. Also at the meeting, Sheriff Rick Stallings and Deputy Wayne Becker came in to discuss the 2014 budgets. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce January members luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 14th and will be hosted by Alferman, Gray & Co. LLC. Start the New Year learning about tax updates along with some 2014 planning thoughts. This meeting will be held at SBU-Salem Campus at 501 S. Grand, beginning at noon. There is no cost for lunch; but members need to RSVP by today at, by dropping by 200 South Main Street or by calling 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tigers, seeded 7th in the Owensville Tournament, upset the #2 seeded Cuba Wildcats Thursday night by the final score of 79-67. The Tigers were led by Logan Pogue who finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds followed by Cody Whitaker with 23 points. The Tigers also got a strong game from Zane Kyser who netted 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Salem improved to 3-4 on the year and they will face the Sullivan Eagles in the winners bracket at the Owensville High School Gym at 7:30 tonight. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers game with Festus Thursday was postponed due to adverse weather and no make up date has yet been set. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to host the Bunker Lady Eagles tonight with only a varsity game to be played at 6:00 at the SHS Gym. Salem is 3-7 on the year.

The Salem 7th and 8th grade boys basketball game with St. James Thursday was postponed due to the weather and rescheduled for next Wednesday at 5:30.

The Salem Boys 9th Grade basketball game with Waynesville Thursday was postponed and has not yet been rescheduled.

Jaroslav Halak posted 33 stops for his third shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues thumped the Calgary Flames, 5-0. Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko each had a goal and an assist, while Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, and Ian Cole all scored for the Blues, who have won a season-high seven straight. The Blues will be in Vancouver tonight to face the Canucks at 9:00 and you can hear that game on KSMO Radio.

The 21st ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will play at Auburn on Saturday afternoon. Missouri is 12-2 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO, starting at 12:30.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for James Herman Privett of Salem, age 75, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Privett family.

Funeral services for Leander Neumeir of Rolla, age 80, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Humane Society.

Funeral services for Sharon Bryant of Centerville, age 60, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Ohlman Baptist Church in Bunker. Vistiation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Corridon-Reynolds Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Funeral services for Beverly JoAnn Bishop of Ballwin, age 69, will be held Monday at 11:30 at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Wildwood. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time. Graveside services will be in the St. James Cemetery at 2:30. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Ann J. Simmons of Rolla, age 59, will be held at 11:00 Wednesday morning at the Rolla Chapel on James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ridgeview Christian Church.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance of rain and thunderstorms, high of 46.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance of rain, low of 31.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 47.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 30.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 57.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 35.
Monday..Mostly sunny, high of 46.
Monday night..Mostly clear, low of 31.



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