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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning.  At the meeting, Commissioners Bobby Simpson and J.J. Tune both reported that conditions are too wet for grading.  District 1 crews are checking roads for debris, checking low water crossings and catching up on routine maintenance. District 2 crews are also checking roads for debris. The district received a complaint about a dead bull on the Spring Creek Road and Commissioner Tune said that it would be removed immediately. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that Sandy Hogan reappointed Senate Bill 40 members: James Coffman, Mike Bell and Mary McFarland.  Bill Hobson stopped by the meeting to request that gravel be hauled to Dent County Road 221 and Pat Hanson requested that gravel be hauled to Dent County Road 315. Members of the Jadwin Fire Department attended the meeting to get an update on where the county stood on E-911.  Commissioner Tune explained that funding for E-911 addressing the county is not yet available, but the Commission continues to look for other possible funding options. Commissioner Simpson said that when funding does become available it would take a vote of the people to allow all Dent County telephone prefixes to be E-911 compatible. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public

The Salem Academic Quiz Bowl Teams started the New Year off with first place victories in both the varsity and junior varsity brackets. The varsity team, seeded second behind Rolla, defeated Rolla to take first, and the junior varsity team defeated Helias and St. James to take first place. Schools participating in the Salem Invitational Tournament were Alton, Ava, Helias, Hancock, Koshkonong, Rolla, Salem, St. James, Sullivan and Union. The Salem Varsity Team includes: Bill Van Ronzelen, Jenny Homeyer, Alexis Snider, Amanda Drury, Tiffany Land and Scan Hanner. Bill Van Ronzelen, captain of the varsity team, took first place for the individual varsity medal scoring 490 points. The Junior Varsity Team includes: Megan Greensheilds, Bret Hagler, Cody Nickles, Crickett Stroburg, Matt Prince, Julianna Bermudez, Sarah Reeves, Zach Moser, Philip Moser, Angie Gee, Kayla Flint, James and Seth Gott. Megan Greensheilds and Sarah Reeves are the captains of the junior varsity team. Zach Moser of the junior varsity team took first place for the junior varsity individual medal with 270 points. The teams are coached by Susan Sheeley and Wanda Nickles. The Salem Quiz Teams travel to Willow Springs on February 3rd for the annual SCA Tournament.

The South Central Missouri Community Action Agency (SCMCAA) will be providing FREE TAX PREPARATION for low-income families who reside in Dent, Reynolds and Shannon counties during the tax season. All Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Refunds are typically quicker due to electronic filing or “e-filing” In addition to federal and state returns, SCMCAA will be providing FREE tax preparation for individuals who qualify for the Missouri Property Tax Credit, the Missouri Certification of Rent Paid and the Telephone Excise Tax Refund. These services are free to all income eligible families in the county. All eligible families are urged to make an appointment. Appointments should be made for Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Families are also asked to provide social security cards for all household members, all W-2’s, 1099’s, etc…and the birth dates of all household members. If you would like to make an appointment or not sure of whether you would qualify for this FREE service, please call or stop by the closest community action office nearest you. The SCMCAA office in Dent County is located at 1405 South Wines in Salem or you can call (573) 729-3500. The SCMCAA office in Reynolds County is located at 150 North Main in Ellington or you can call (573) 663-2855.  For more information you can also contact Todd Richardson at (573) 325-4255.

North Wood R-IV would like to thank the parents of our 9-12 graders for transporting their children to the Jr. and Sr. High School while the school was closed last week due to illness. They very much appreciated all your efforts.

Sports   [TOP]

Hailee Parks of the Sullivan Eagles scored 26 points to lead the Lady Eagles past the Lady Tigers of Salem, 49 to 39 Monday night. Salem received 18 points from Allison Jones and 11 more from Natalie Howard but it was not enough. Salem falls to 14-3 on the year and they will face the Lady Waynesville Tigers on Thursday.

The Salem Lady JV Tigers pounded Sullivan by the score of 42-16.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers have a rare Tuesday night off. They will be back in action on Friday at St. James against the Tigers.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will travel to Colorado Wednesday night to face the Buffaloes. Missouri has not yet won a Big 12 game this year with three of their losses totaling six points. Game time Wednesday night will be at 8:00 and you can hear the pre-game show starting at 7:30 on KSMO Radio.

NBA Scores:

Indiana 98, Chicago 91
Toronto 105, Charlotte 84
Orlando 90, Cleveland 79
San Antonio 93, Boston 89
Miami 101, New York 83
Utah 106, Minnesota 91
Sacramento 88, New Jersey 87
LA Lakers 108, Golden State 103
Denver 115, Memphis 98

Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells has decided to retire. Parcells took some time to make his decision after the Cowboys' season ended with a wild-card round loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Lane Kiffin became the youngest head coach in Raiders history on Monday, when the former Southern California offensive coordinator was named to the post. At 31-years-old, Kiffin is the youngest current head coach in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Mike Tomlin as their new head coach and introduced him at a news conference Monday afternoon. After a weekend of speculation, in which differing reports had Tomlin and Russ Grimm as the Steelers' choice, the team has decided that Tomlin will be the 16th coach in franchise history and the successor to Bill Cowher.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Joyce Ann Blair of Trenton, Michigan, age 71, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ruthene Haffner of Jonesburg, formerly of Salem, age 84, will be held today at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Porter Lee Warden of Salem, age 84, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Warden Cemetery in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today ..Mostly sunny, high near 45.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 27.
Wednesday..Cloudy early then becoming partly sunny, high of 38
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 26.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 40.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low around 25.

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