The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the courthouse. At the meeting, Ray Turner came in stating that he heard that James Fulton had submitted a petition for the county to abandon Dent County Road 2230 and make it into a private lane. Turner has property that goes along that road and to the west and south of the property owned by Fulton. He said that Mr. Fulton had offered to buy that section of his property that borders the road so that he could square up his property, but Turner will not sell it. He was asking what would be done now that there is a petition. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the commissioners would get with the prosecuting attorney to make sure that the Missouri statutes are followed properly. He said he understood that a notice for a public hearing must be published in three public places for 20 days before the hearing, and persons that have property adjacent to the road must be notified. Turner was concerned if he needed to get up his own petition how much time would he have. Skiles said that nothing would be done until after the commissioners’ talk with the prosecutor. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that crews would be replacing downed road signs and working in the shop. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that his crews would be doing the same thing as District 1 workers as well as cutting brush on Dent County Road 2370. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended the PHA Board meeting, the MRPC External Relations meeting and the MRPC regular meeting last Thursday. He stated that representatives from Jo Ann Emerson’s office, Claire McCaskill’s office, Roy Blunt’s office and Blaine Luetkemeyer’s office were there. According to the Emerson camp, Jo Ann may step down from her position January 21st or 22nd depending upon legislation so that a special election could be held in April for her replacement. Skiles also said that he talked with Preston Kramer with MoDOT about the supposed approved increase in speed limit on Highway 72. Kramer said that although the road has been rated a “super 2” and that the speed limit could be increased to 65 MPH, that determination has not yet been made. He said that if there are concerns from the public about the speed limit increasing to 65 MPH, they should contact the MoDOT district office in Rolla, or call the 1-888-275-6636 MoDOT number. Skiles reported that he would be attending a County Commission Association of Missouri meeting Wednesday in Jefferson City to finalize plans for the commissioner training in February. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the tentative county budget for 2013 would be ready today at her office and available for the public. She stated that the Youth Leadership Academy group would be at the courthouse Wednesday at 3:15, and that the courthouse would be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day. The commissioners voted to hold their budget public hearing on Monday, January 28th at 7:00 in the courtroom at the Judicial Building. Commissioner Purcell then stated that there is interest in two of the county vehicles they no longer need. He wanted to advertise that the county has a 1996 Dodge 4x4 with 158,000 miles that has a 360 V-8 and it is an automatic. The county also has available a 1997 L9000 Ford Dump Truck that has a 3406 Cat and has 325,000 miles on it. Bids may be submitted for those interested in purchasing these vehicles to the Commissioners at the courthouse and the bids will be opened on January 24th at 10:00. Any and all bids may be rejected. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Thursday, January 10th at 4:40 in the afternoon, 55-year old Stanley Nelson of Salem was arrested and charged with felony property damage in the first degree, felony leaving the scene of an accident, and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident. He was held in the Dent County Jail. On Saturday, January 12th at 9:50 in the morning in Dent County, 23-year old Sean Jones-Adams was arrested on a total of five felony warrants. Two of the warrants were out of Crawford County for burglary in the second degree and the other three felony warrants came from Dent County for FTA-possession of a controlled substance, probation violation for burglary in the second degree, and a probation violation of tampering with a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Dent County Jail on no bond.
MoDOT would like to make the public aware of the roadwork that is occurring in our area this week. In Crawford County, roadside maintenance will take place on Route 8 between 19 and the Phelps County line, Route 19 between Route 8 and Route 49, and Route Y between Route 49 and Route V through Friday. In Dent County, roadside maintenance will take place on Route P at county road 5050 through Wednesday and on Route N between Route 10 and the end of state maintenance through Thursday. In Phelps County, roadside maintenance will take place on Route P between Route J and Route T through Thursday. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work areas. For more info about a project, please contact MoDOT at 1-888-275-6636.
The Salem Tiger Boys’ Basketball team will be back in action tonight when they play Hillsboro in the first round of the St. James Tournament starting at 6:00. Salem is 5-7 on the season and is seeded 6th in the tournament. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.
Don’t miss your chance to meet, greet and get autographs as the 2013 St. Louis Cardinal Caravan will be in Rolla Saturday, January 19th
at the Rolla High School Gymnasium beginning at 6:00 pm. Cardinal players scheduled to appear are Shelby Miller, Oscar Taveras, and Seth Maness. Cardinal Alumni will include; John Mabry, Cal Eldred and Alan Benes as well as emcee Al Hrabosky (The Mad Hungarian).
Funeral services for Terry L. Wiggins of St. James, age 60, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held from 9:00 this morning until service time. Interment will be in the Missouri Veteran’s cemetery in St. James. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.
Graveside services for James Joseph (Jimmy) Madison of Salem, age 47, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Dutch Chapel Cemetery in Wright County. Memorials may be made to the Dutch Chapel Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
A memorial service for Juanita Hardin Whitaker of Rolla and formerly of Vicksburg, Mississippi, age 89, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Rolla, Phelps County Regional Medical Center Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
Graveside services for Arnold Hanbury of Salem, age 84, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials suggested to the Missouri Baptist Home in Ironton, Mo. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem.
Funeral services for William “Bill” Turnbough, SR. of Steelville, age 79, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Cherryville. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 9:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.
Funeral services for Douglas Lundy of Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 64, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held Wednesday night from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Greeley Cemetery and American Alzheimer’s Association.
Funeral services for Gladys Sheffield of Fort Polk, Louisiana, age 79, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.