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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5490 and that workers would be repairing and replacing downed signs. He said that rock was going to be hauled to the shop and that two workers will be working at re-organizing the new additions to the Road and Bridge Department Building. In District Two, Commissioner Gary Larson reported that two men would be hauling rock and that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 2110. He reported that other workers would be repairing or replacing downed signs as well as getting the equipment ready for snow and cold weather by adding fuel additive for the extremely cold nights ahead. Larson went on to say that two of his crew would also be helping out at the maintenance shed. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the General Revenue Fund finished in the black for 2010 by over $104,000 due to savings by office holders and unanticipated revenues, and that the Road and Bridge Department Budget also finished in the black by over $140,000 basically due to unanticipated revenues from FEMA for road repairs. Skiles did say that the sales tax revenue just received for the month was down $9,000 from the amount received last year for the same time period. Donald Dodd came in representing the IDA to discuss payment on the federal audit for the year 2007. The audit was necessary because an IDA grant put the county over the $500,000 threshold that triggers a federal audit. Dodd discussed sharing the cost with the county, but believes the bill is too high as did Presiding Commissioner Skiles. The county has been waiting on the final bill from the accounting firm after receiving their first bill of $13,000. Skiles said that he would like to have a representative from the accounting firm address both the IDA and Commissioners to explain their bill and will ask them for that meeting once they call concerning a release sent to the commission that Skiles refuses to sign. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley open bids for grader blades for the county and they ranged from a low bid of $16,790 to $20,000, but the bid was not awarded until the commission finds out if the price includes delivery. At the last meeting, Montauk Park Ranger Kevin Reed and Doug Rusk, the new Superintendent at Montauk State Park, stopped by to visit. The Dent County Commissioners will meet Thursday morning at the courthouse and it is open to the public.
The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a probation violation, tampering with a motor vehicle, an active warrant, trespassing, and burglary. On Friday, December 31st at 1:37 p.m. an officer apprehended a 28-year old male of Salem in lieu of a felony probation violation absconder warrant near the intersection of Hunt and Oak Streets. He was incarcerated on the warrant at the Dent County Jail pending extradition. Later that night at 11:31, an officer was detailed to the Wal-Mart parking lot in reference to tampering with a motor vehicle. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown tampered with the engine of a blue 1990 Chevrolet van and took a coil wire off the vehicle while parked in the parking lot. On Saturday, January 1st at 3:08 pm, an officer made contact with a 37-year old male of Salem at the Mobil Convenience Store who had an active warrant from the City of Salem. He was taken into custody on the warrant, pled guilty, paid fines, and was released. On Sunday, January 2nd at 2:05 PM, an officer was sent to Wal-Mart in reference to trespassing. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 67-year old male of Bunker for trespassing after having receiving a no-trespass order. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that night at 9:08 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of North Hickory in reference to a burglary. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown entered a residence through a window and took two checkbooks, a jar of change, and a snub nose 38-caliber handgun. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the tampering with a motor vehicle or the burglary.
There will be a CBCO Blood Drive in Salem today from 1:00 to 6:00 at the First Baptist Church. To give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and bring an ID.
Jennifer Herndon finished with 17 points and the Salem Tiger defense swarmed the Houston Tigers creating 20 turnovers as the Salem Lady Tigers defeated Houston, 37-28. Alayna Sellers added 10 points for Salem as they improve their record to 5-8 on the year and 1-1 in the SCA. The win was also the 200th of Coach Phillip Karr’s career. The Lady Tigers will host Cabool Thursday night at 6:00.
The Salem 7th, 8th and 9th grade games with West Plains were postponed. No makeup dates have been set.
The Salem Boys basketball Tigers will be back in action tonight hosting the Sullivan Eagles starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game at about 7:15. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO radio and online at ksmoradio.com.
Taylor Pyatt scored the go-ahead goal with 3:12 remaining in regulation, and the Phoenix Coyotes rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, at Scottrade Center. Matt D'Agostini, Brad Winchester and David Backes scored for the Blues who have lost four straight games. The Blues will be on the West Coast starting Wednesday night in Anaheim.
Auburn won its second national championship on a last-second field goal, as Wes Byrum's 19-yard kick lifted Auburn over Oregon, 22-19, to end a memorable BCS National Championship Game. With Auburn trying to run out the clock holding a 19-11 lead, Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton fumbled in his own territory with under five minutes remaining to give Oregon a chance to tie the game and they did but left too much time on the clock for Auburn. On the second snap of the march, Michael Dyer took a handoff and reached midfield while rolling over Ducks safety Eddie Pleasant. His knee never hit the ground, and with the defense standing flat-footed, Dyer alertly kept running and went 37 yards down to the Oregon 23-yard line. Another Dyer run of 16 yards helped set up the game-winning field goal.
Memorial services for Janice Garn of Lecoma, age 81, will be held today at 11:00 at the Anutt Community Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services for Lowell Pogue of Salem, age 86, will be held Thursday at 10:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Bay Cemetery in Bunker. Memorials are suggested to the Diabetes Association.
Funeral services for Cordell “Corky” Callahan of St. James, age 90, will be held Thursday at 7:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be Friday at 11:00 at the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville with Full Military Honors.
Funeral services for Susie Bailey of Salem, age 69, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Pleasant Union Methodist Church in Reynolds County. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday night at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery in Reynolds County.
Today..Mostly cloudy and blustery with a 20% chance for snow, high of 25.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and cold, low of 7 with wind chills as low as 10.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high near 19.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 3 with winds chills of 5.
Thursday and Thursday night..Partly cloudy, high of 25, low of 14.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 35.