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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 5490, 5500 and 5530; and workers would be working on the apron approach to Highway 32 and Dent County Road 2440. Purcell said that work was also being done on county truck #119. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that workers will be salting and sanding roads in the Boss area where needed including Dent County Road 4430. He said that workers were still working on the bridge on Dent County Road 4050 in the Short Bend area where there could be some temporary delays. Larson said that repairs were being made to chain on the salt spreader for county truck #114, and that the new pump for the brush cutter is in and workers are repairing it. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he would be attending Capital Day with other MRPC Commissioners today where they will discuss legislative priorities, and he will be attending a Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday in St. James where they will hear from SEMA, DNR and the 911 Directors Association. At the last meeting, the Commission signed the road relinquishment agreement for sections of right-of-way at Dent County Roads 240A, 241, 608 and 609 connections to Highway 32. This was in accordance with the county agreement between MoDOT and the County of Dent on November 11, 2008 for the road improvements to Highway 32. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Saturday, January 15th at 12:18 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the Ranch Motel in reference to a fight in progress.  The investigation of the report led to the arrest of two 29-year old males and one 27-year old male all of Warrensburg for disorderly conduct and peace disturbance. They were incarcerated and issued a summons to appear in court. At 2:27 that afternoon, a vehicle was stopped for an investigation involving a disturbance at Wal-Mart. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 22-year old male of Reynolds on a Dent County warrant. He was transported to the Dent County Sheriff’s Office where he was released to their custody. Then at 8:02 that evening, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 25-year old male of Salem for driving while suspended. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Sunday, January 16th at 11:00 in the morning, a 44-year old Salem male was transported to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a 96-hour mental commitment order. On Monday, January 17th at 1:38 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted in reference to sexual abuse of a child. The investigation of the report revealed that an adult male had possibly sexually abused a female child. The report is still under investigation. On Tuesday, January 18th at 3:00 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a burglary at a residence in the 900 block of East Hawkins. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown forcibly entered a residence and took a Taurus 38 caliber snub nose pistol valued at $400. At 4:40 that same afternoon, an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to trespassing. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 23-year old Salem male for trespassing on Wal-Mart property. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released.

Congratulations go out to the 2010-2011 Band Members who earned High School All-Conference Honors. They include Amber Blaylock, Hanna Bostic and Jeri White on the Clarinet; Kasey Wainwright playing the Flute; Alicia Wallis playing the Alto Sax; Emily Green on the Tenor Sax; Kimberlee Bradford playing the Baritone Sax; Alan Benowitz & Weston Richardson on the Trumpet; Bradley Yates playing the Euphonium; and Shawn Bolerjack on the Tuba. A special recognition goes to Amber Blaylock, Jeri White, and Emily Green for earning First Pick All-Conference; and to Jeri White for earning All-Conference Bass Clarinet and B-flat Clarinet. The band is under the direction of Hillary Alexander.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will perform bridge maintenance on Route 32 in Dent County, on the bridge over Huzzah Creek, beginning today. Weather permitting, crews and equipment will be on the roadway between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the area. Bridge maintenance is performed to improve the section where the road and bridge meet and prevent deterioration of the bridge deck or structure. For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). 

Sports [TOP]

Jonathan Hambacker scored 24 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Salem Tigers to a 66-54 win over Cabool at the McDonald’s Panther Classic in Mountain Grove Monday night. Jacob Kettner added 21 points in the game to help Salem improve to 4-10 on the year. They will face the Willow Springs Bears tonight in the second round of the tournament. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

Brandon Yip scored two goals and drew a high- sticking penalty that led to a Kevin Shattenkirk power-play marker in the third period, as the Colorado Avalanche held on to beat the St. Louis Blues, 4-3, at Pepsi Center. Jay McClement, Eric Brewer and David Backes lit the lamp for the Blues, who fell to 2-7-2 in January. Brad Boyes collected three assists and Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots. The Blues will be in Calgary Wednesday night.

Two Chiefs players were added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, as linebacker Tamba Hali and safety Eric Berry replace Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Walter K. Deisher of Salem, age 88, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church of Asher Cemetery.

Funeral services for John J. Sinclair of St. James, age 81 will be held Wednesday at 11:00am at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla. Visitation will be at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James from 6-8 tonight. Interment will in the Old Adams Cemetery in Rural St. James with full military honors. Memorials may be made to EWTN Network.

Funeral services for Kimberly Lynn Ludeke of Salem, age 42, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time Friday. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kimberly Ludeke family.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy, high of 38.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low near 20.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy in the morning, mostly cloudy by the afternoon, high of 38.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 18.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly sunny by the afternoon, high of 42.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low around 30.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high around 50.



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