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The Dent County Commissioners approved the 2007 Fiscal Year Budget at Thursday morning’s regular meeting with a vote of two to one. The total budget for the county shows cash available at the beginning of the fiscal year of $1,706,944.69 with expected revenues of $4,442,080 and anticipated expenditures of $4,618,875 for all departments. The expected cash balance at the end of the year should be $1,530,151. The General Revenue fund will start the year with total cash available of $915,710 with expected revenues in 2007 of $1,462,086.  Expenditures are expected to be $1,570,912, with an estimated ending balance of $806,884.  The largest expense not previously budgeted in the general revenue fund is $110,000 for physical addressing that would be needed for E-9-1-1. The Special Road and Bridge Department Fund started the year with net cash available of $151,381 with total expected revenues of $1,219,500. The total highway and road expenditures for 2007 are expected to be $1,212,950 with an estimated ending balance of $151,931. Areas of change in that budget were additional money for fuel and lubrication, chip and seal, and white rock. The road and bridge budget also included $138,000 for equipment capital purchases for the year. The 911 Fund started the year with cash available of $111,722 with total expected revenues of $53,000, mostly from funds charged by Embarq. The 9-1-1 total expenditures are expected to be $79,200 including a $52,700 transfer to the law enforcement fund and $25,000 for equipment, and that fund should have an estimated ending balance of $85,522.  The Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund has net cash available of $95,564 with total expected revenues of $968,965 with some $769,000 coming from sales taxes. Expected expenditures for the Sheriff’s Department for 2007 will be $705,681 and that included an increase in deputy salaries and $89,480 approved for the purchase of automobiles. The Dent County Jail expenditures should be $238,018 bringing the total expenditures of that budget to $943,699 with an estimated ending balance of $120,830. After much discussion and many comments from citizens, Commissioner Bobby Simpson made the motion to approve the budget, Commissioner J.J. Tune seconded the motion and Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles opposed the approval primarily due to conflict of the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney’s salary in the budget being reduced from $38,000 to $25,000.

An accident happened Saturday around 2:40 in the morning in Crawford County on Highway 19 about three miles south of Cuba that took the life of a Steelville man. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Ford E-350 driven by 44-year old Russell Franklin of Desloge, Missouri, was driving south on Highway 19 when a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 driven northbound by 45-year old William Langley of Steelville, crossed the center line and struck the Ford E-350 head on. Both Franklin and Langley suffered serious injuries and were taken to St. Johns Hospital in Creve Coeur by Arch Helicopter. An occupant in the Langley vehicle, 46-year old Robert Wade of Steelville, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Crawford County Coroner and was taken to the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville by the coroner. Both vehicles were totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by Miles Towing of Cuba. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat restraint.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers fell to the St. James Tigers Friday night by the score of 62 to 54. Salem was not sharp in the game and only had Taylor Sirois in double figures with 13. St. James had four players in double figures: Zane Garr with 21 points, Damon Thomas with 13 points, Austin Walls with 11 points and Chase Ford with 10 points. Salem is now 8-9 on the year and will travel to Willow Springs tomorrow night.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will host the Mountain View/Liberty Lady Eagles tonight in SCA play. Salem has lost their last two games and are 14-4 on the year and 2-0 in the SCA. You can hear the varsity game tonight on KSMO at about 7:10. The JV game will begin at 6:00.

Stefhon Hannah scored 15 points and collected six rebounds to lead the Missouri Tigers to a 71-58 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 matchup from the Mizzou Arena. Marshall Brown added 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for Missouri (13-6, 2-4 Big12), while Leo Lyons also tallied 11 points. The Tigers shot 55.2 percent from the field in the opening frame, and took a 41-35 lead into the break. Missouri used solid defensive play in the second half, holding Texas Tech to a meager 27.6 percent shooting effort en route to the 13-point victory. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field in the contest.

Steve Sullivan had two goals and an assist and Martin Erat also scored twice as Nashville continued its dominance over St. Louis with a 6-3 victory at Scottrade Center. Lee Stempniak, Petr Cajanek and Radek Dvorak each scored and Curtis Sanford gave up five goals on 23 shots for the Blues, who saw their season-best four-game winning streak come to an end after an exciting 2-1 overtime win on Friday night over the Detroit Red Wings. Bill Guerin scored the game winner for the Blues in that one. The Blues will face the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at 7:00. KSMO will start the game at 7:00 Tuesday, then break way for the Salem Tiger game at Willow Springs before airing the thrid period after Salem Basketball.

NHL Scores:

Chicago 4, Calgary 3 (OT)
Anaheim 4, Dallas 1
Detroit 3, Colorado 1
Vancouver 3, San Jose 1
Philadelphia 2, Atlanta 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Deloris Cooksey of Salem, age 79, will be held this morning at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel at 11:00. Interment will be in the Cooksey Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sligo Methodist Church.

Graveside services for Jean Cochran of Texas formerly of St. James, age 71, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the St. James Cemetery in St. James. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of St. James.                                            

Funerals services for Beverly Joyce Mikel of Steelville, age 74, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jean T. Decker of Rolla, formerly of Salem, age 81, will be held Thursday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held Thursday morning from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church Youth Ministry or Phelps County Hospice.

Funeral services for Cordelia Tomason of Iberia, formerly of Salem, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Myrtle Cowan of Salem, age 91, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Funeral services for Van McDonald of Salem, age 91, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 41.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a chance for flurries, low of 15 with wind chills near zero.
Tuesday..Partly cloudy, high of 26.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 11.
Wednesday and Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy, high of 33, low around 20.

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