The Dent County Commission met Thursday at the Dent County Courthouse. In the hearing of persons, James Fulton was in attendance to find out what Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Curley had determined about the petition for the county to abandon county road 2230. Second District Commissioner Gary Larson explained that Curley was working on the issue and that the state statutes would be followed. Fulton asked to be kept up to date as to what was to happen. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that truck 117 was being repaired, a crew was checking and repairing road signs and a man was servicing the backhoe. He went on to say that brown rock would be hauled if time and the weather permitted. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that truck 68 was being worked on, two men were servicing the backhoe and loader and two men were picking up old tires. Presiding Commissioner Darrel Skiles said several people had commented to him about the proposed change to the speed limit on Highway 72. He wanted to remind the public that the Dent County Commission is not involved in the decision and that those wanting to comment should contact MoDOT at 573-751-2551. Skiles went on to remind everyone of the budget hearing coming up Monday at 7:00 pm in the Judicial Building. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind everyone that March 6 is the last day to register for the April election. Curley went on to say that she had received the writ of election from Governor Nixon’s office setting June 4 for the election to fill the 8th District Congressional seat, currently held by Jo Ann Emerson. Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Curley joined the Commission to discuss the process for the county road 2230 issue. He said there would have to be a first reading of the petition and relative statute, followed by public postings in three locations within 10 days. The postings will include the petition, statutes, and second reading details. The second reading would be 30 days after the first reading and at that time the petition and statute would be read and public comment would be heard. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley opened the bids for the two county trucks. The Commissioners voted 3-0 to accept the bid of $5,500 from Whitaker Auto Salvage for the 1997 Ford dump truck and the bid of $1,667.50 from Schwartz Salvage for the 1996 Dodge 4X4 pickup. The next meeting will be Monday at the courthouse.
Dent County Coroner Gina White’s office released a report. According to the report, the Salem Police Department found the body of 28-year old Dennis J. Cunningham at a residence in the 1100 block of West Franklin Street on Wednesday, January 23rd. Dent County Coroner Gina White pronounced Cunningham dead at 6:24 am and concluded that the cause of death was suicide, asphyxiation due to hanging. The body was then released to the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Saturday, January 12th at 1:11 in the early morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year old Salem female for possession of amphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. She was incarcerated and issued five-traffic summons pending application for warrants. On Sunday, January 13th 1:39 in the early morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. That investigation led to the arrest of the driver, a 45-year old Salem male, for driving while intoxicated. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Monday, January 14th 8:40 in the morning, an officer was dispatched to Casey’s General Store on Highway 32 in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation revealed that a female suspect stole two lighters valued $10. On Tuesday, January 15th at 4:40 in the afternoon, an officer made contact with a 33-year old Salem male in the 1000 Block of South Dilworth who had an active felony arrest warrant from Phelps County. He was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated pending extradition from Phelps County. That evening at 6:20, an officer was dispatched to the Salem Bowling Center in reference to a counterfeit bill. The investigation revealed that someone unknown passed a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill and it was located in the cash drawer before deposit. The counterfeit bill will be relinquished to the U.S. Secret Service as the investigation continues. On Wednesday, January 16th at 10:50 in the morning, an officer responded to Dollar General in reference to a shoplifter. That investigation led to the arrest of a 31-year old Salem female for stealing merchandise valued at $12.50. She was issued a summons to appear in court and incarcerated in lieu of an active arrest from Probation and Parole. Anyone with any information regarding the shoplifter or counterfeit money is asked to please contact the Salem Police at 729-4242.
The Salem Basketball Tigers jumped out to a 20-9 first quarter lead only to watch the Cabool Bulldogs outscore them the rest of the way by a 58-23 margin as Salem lost to the Bulldogs, 67-43. Chad Elliott scored 17 points to lead the Salem attack followed by Cody Whitaker with 12 points. Salem went 1-2 in the McDonalds Classic in Mountain Grove and fall to 7-11 on the season. They will be in Ava to face the Bears Tuesday night in SCA play.
The Steelville Lady Cardinals hit the shot at the buzzer to take a controversial win over the Salem Lady Tigers, 42-41, on Thursday. Emily Moser finished with 17 points for the Lady Tigers, who fall to 7-10 on the year. Salem will host Cabool on Monday.
Jaroslav Halak needed to make just 13 saves for his second shutout of the season, as the St. Louis Blues downed Nashville, 3-0, in a Central Division clash. T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Tarasenko lit the lamp for the Blues, who have given up six goals in four games en route to a 3-1-0 start. The Blues will be in Dallas to face the Stars on Saturday at 6:30 and you can hear it on KSMO Radio.
The 22nd ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will host the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday. Missouri is 14-4 on the year and 3-2 in the SEC. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO, starting with the pre-game show at 3:30.
Funeral services for Sandra Joy Hall Byers of Roseville, IL, age 55, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bibleway Fellowship Church in Roseville, IL.
Memorial services for Brian Carmier of Salem, age 59, will be held Monday at 12:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 until time of service.
Funeral services for Patty G. Shults of Salem, age 56, will Tuesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 Monday night. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Corinth Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Charles Henson of Vida, age 73, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 in the morning until service time Tuesday. Interment will be in the Pilot Know cemetery in Vida. Memorials may be made to the family of Charles Henson.
Funeral services for Dennis Cunningham of Salem, age 27, will be held Thursday, January 31st, at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery.
Funeral services for Audrey Lois Jorgenson of Rolla, age 80, are incomplete at this time. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Charles O. Kroeck of Bunker, age 78, will be Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.