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The Dent County Commissioners met Thursday morning for their regular meeting in the Dent County Courthouse. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams was in to share CART results. January receipt was $51,803.65, which was up $894.52 when compared to January 2013.  In the road report District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that he had a crew checking for missing road signs, picking up tires and trash, and inspecting crossover pipes for possible replacement. Purcell went on to say that workers were also servicing truck #57. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that his crews were doing the same as District 1 and servicing truck #70. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles pointed out that all three Commissioners attended the last National Park Service public comment meeting Wednesday evening in Kirkwood. Skiles reminded citizens that they have until February 7 to comment and that it is vital that they let their feelings be known.  Comments may be done online at the National Park Service website or by mail. Mailed comments should be sent to the National Park Service Post Office Box 490 in Van Buren, MO 63965. Skiles went on to say that he was thoroughly disgusted with the way NPS has presented the plan to indicate that the “No Action Option” is not a viable option. Skiles said that it is obvious that NPS has and is ignoring local input. He added that it was also obvious at the Kirkwood meeting that the majority of sentiment was in favor of local citizens opinions.  Skiles also reminded citizens of the budget hearing to be held Tuesday evening January 28th at 7:00 pm in the Judicial Building first floor courtroom. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said her office was working on year-end reports and quarterly reports. Commissioner Gary Larson left to take care of a family medical need.  Attorney Brooks Kenagey was in, representing Thomas Kratz of St. Louis, asking for a Quit Claim Deed for abandon railroad right of way on the property Mr. Kratz purchased on the Crawford and Dent County lines. Dent County Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Curley was present and he said he had no issue with the request.  Presiding Commissioner Skiles checked the Commission minutes and verified that the Commission had already approved the deed at the November 18, 2013 meeting and had just been waiting on documentation from Mr. Kratz’s attorney. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and it is open to the public.

Nominations for the Salem Area Community Betterment Association Gift of Time awards and the Gift of Time Honor Roll for individuals and organizations are currently being sought and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. today! The categories for volunteer recognition include Education, Community Enhancement, Arts and Culture, Youth (be it an adult or adult organization), Youth (be it a youth or youth organization), Humanitarianism, and Historic Preservation.  Any citizen may nominate any individual and/or any organization that has made a significant volunteer contribution to the community during the calendar year 2013. The Gift of Time awards will be presented and all nominees will be honored at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, February 11th at The Gathering Place located at the Grace Community Church at 6:30 p.m. Nomination forms are available at the Salem TCRC, the Salem Public Library, the Salem News and the SACBA office at 200 N. Main. You can mail in your nomination to SACBA, P.O. Box 732, Salem, MO 65560; or e-mail your form today to no later than 5:00 p.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released a few arrest reports for Dent County. On Sunday, January 19th at 1:22 in the early morning, 20-year old Kara Happel of Salem was arrested on Dent County municipal warrants for failing to appear on charges of stealing and driving while intoxicated. She was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on no bond. On Tuesday, January 21st at 4:55 in the afternoon, 21-year old Haden Civey of Belleview was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of up to 35 grams of synthetic cannabinoid. He was released and given summons to appear in court.

Sports [TOP]

Signups for the City of Salem Youth Basketball program will take place on today from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The final signup will be held Saturday, January 25th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. All signups will be at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory. This league is for all boys and girls that are currently enrolled in 1st through 6th grades. The cost is $20 per child. If you have any questions, contact Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash at 729-6290.

Cody Whitaker had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Salem Tigers to a 62-38 win over the Newburg Wolves in the St. James Tournament. Zack Elliott added ten points as the Tigers improve to 6-7 on the year. The Tigers will play Saturday at 5:00 at St. James. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

Jaroslav Halak came up with 34 saves in a 2-1 triumph over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the eventual game-winner on the power play 3:09 into the third period. The Blues will be in New York on Saturday to play the Islanders and you can hear it on KSMO at 11:30 in the morning.

The Missouri Tiger basketball team will host South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. Missouri is 14-4 on the year and 2-3 in the SEC. You can hear the game on KSMO starting at 2:30.

The Kansas City Royals and outfielder Justin Maxwell have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Maxwell's deal leaves the Royals with two unsigned arbitration-eligible players: right-handed pitchers Aaron Crow and Greg Holland. The Royals have also signed veteran pitchers Brad Penny and Guillermo Mota to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Lawarence Turnbough of Davisville, age 83, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Davisville Assembly of God Church or Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Funeral services for Connie E. Woolf of Salem, age 81, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Linda Faye Coffman of Salem, age 58, will be Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.

Funeral services for Evelyn M. Bequette of St. James, age 73, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 2:00 until service time.

Funeral services for Eric Lee Dunn of Lesterville, age 53, will be Sunday, January 26, at 11:00 at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church at Oates. Visitation will be Saturday, January 25, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Lesterville. Interment will be in the Myers Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Eric Dunn Scholarship fund that is to be established.

Funeral services for Deborah Joan Davies of Salem, age 56, will be held Tuesday at 1;00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 Tuesday morning until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Deborah Davies Family for funeral expenses.

Weather   [TOP]

Wind Chill Advisory in effect until 9:00 am this morning

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 36.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 25.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy, high of 39.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 26.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 53.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 13.
Monday..Sunny, high of 18.
Monday night..Cloudy, low of 2.



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