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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that work crews were going to repair a sinkhole on Dent County Road 5450, and check the bridge on Dent County Road 6080 for debris and buildup. He said that work crews would also be checking road conditions and looking for downed signs. He also said that the spreader box on truck #119 needs repair. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that there was a washout on Dent County Road 2750 that was to be repaired, plus the workers will check other roads for possible washouts. He also said that truck #114 won’t start and that it would be worked on. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting Thursday and the county grant for an additional $24,000 for the generator at the Red Cross Shelter at the Oak Grove Baptist Church was approved and will be sent to the state for approval. He also said that he heard back from the Phelps County Clerk on more questions that he had about the bill from the county for the jurors, but they did not provide any more answers. Later Friday, a fax from Judge Long came in ordering Dent County to pay the outstanding balance of the bill to Phelps County by March 1st
. Scott Krieger from Marceline Mapping came in to discuss plat books and that they would be interested in bidding on doing the job. He said that they can print as few as 200 copies at $25 per book initially, then the county could order at least 25 books at a time for the same $25 per book price. He also said that they could provide GIS services for the assessor. At the last meeting, Mayor Gary Brown, Police Chief Clifford Jadwin, Lt. Keith Steelman and Sheriff Rick Stallings discussed the past boarding bills at the jail. The Missouri state statute of limitations on paying those bills only allows going back five years. After making some clerical corrections between the state and city billing, they came up with a total of $6,055 due. The city and county will have their legal counsels revue the information and get back to the commission. Also at the last meeting, Nick Hutchinson from the Crawford County Juvenile office came in to visit about a $3,000 grant they were awarded for training in the field of child abuse and neglect. The amount will be filtered through Dent County’s budget. The next meeting of the commissioners will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Dent County Commissioners held a budget hearing Monday night at the Judicial Building in the Associate Courtroom. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reviewed the five major funds of the county based upon revenue figures that remain flat from 2009. In the general revenue fund, the county actually finished $67,073 better that they budgeted for in 2009 and had cash available to start the 2010-year of $1,065,295.19. Major expenses expected include $20,000 for plat books, and extra expenses for the upcoming elections in 2010. The budgeted ending balance for December 31, 2010 is $944,002.08. The Road and Bridge Fund cash balance at the end of 2009 was about $90,000 more than budgeted at $524,400,54. The commission stated that more repairs to chip and seal roads are expected this year, and the price of fuel, oil and propane remains volatile. The commissioners also did not transfer the $50,000 from General Revenue into the fund as they did last year. This will result in an expected ending balance at the end of 2010 at $310,750.54. The Assessor’s Fund will be affected by the state’s decision to cut back the reimbursement of parcels from $6.00 per parcel to $3.99 per parcel. The ending balance for 2009 was $141,696.58 and the expected cash balance at the end of 2010 is $111,012.58. The 9-1-1 Fund is expected to continue to increase slightly in 2010 going from an ending balance in 2009 of $91,307.74 to $94,244.32 at the end of 2010. The Law Enforcement Fund that is generated from a one-half cent sales tax is expected to go down from the $133,240.03 balance at the end of 2009 to $125,913.89 if sales taxes remain flat or decrease in 2010. After there were no questions asked by those present, the commissioners approved the 2010 Dent County Budget.
The St. James Lady Tigers dominated the first half and silenced the Salem Lady Tigers last night in a makeup game, 51-23. Jennifer Herndon had six points to lead Salem. The Lady Tigers were coming off a 60-51 win at Licking Friday night where Herndon had 22 points followed by Rachel Sirois and Danielle Connell who each netted 12 points. Salem is 11-6 on the year and will host Waynesville Thursday night.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will face Cabool tonight at 6:00 at Mountain Grove in the McDonald’s Classic. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.
Ty Conklin turned aside all 34 shots he faced to record his third shutout of the season, as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Calgary Flames, 2-0. Patrik Berglund and David Perron scored for the Blues. The Blues will be in action Wednesday night when they will be in Vancouver.
Cole Aldrich dominated the paint with 12 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, and the second-ranked Jayhawks built up a big first-half lead and cruised down the stretch for an 84-65 win over Missouri. Justin Safford led Missouri (15-5, 3-2) with 19 points and seven rebounds. Zaire Taylor added 11 points in the defeat.
Funeral services for Bernice Berry of Salem, age 79, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Barton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Barton Cemetery.
Funeral services for Ernest Quinton Schafer, Sr. of Hillsboro, age 84, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Heiligtag-Lang Fendler Funeral Home in Arnold, and from 4:00 to 8:00 Thursday at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery with full military honors.
Funeral services for Vera Mae Morford of Rolla, age 95, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service time Friday. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Rolla Presbyterian Manor.
Funeral services for Gene Charles Gapsch of Anutt, age 71, will be held Saturday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary n Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services for Catherine N. House of St. James, age 90, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of St. James or The Community Partnership.
Funeral services fro Roberta Lee Pierce of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Hermon Cemetery or Salem United Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Norman Sharwark of Salem age 92, are incomplete and are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Today..Cloudy early with partly sunny skies this afternoon, high of 36.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 25.
Wednesday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for freezing rain in the morning and rain in the afternoon, high of 41.
Wednesday night ..Cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, changing to freezing rain, then snow, low of 26.