The Dent County Commission held their 2013 budget hearing Monday night at the Judicial Building, with just several office holders and media in attendance. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on the five major categories for the budget. For the General Revenue Fund, Skiles reported that available cash as of December 31, 2011 was $1,268,378.80. Revenues for 2012 were $1,703,779.78 and expenditures came in at $1,672,253.94 leaving cash available as of December 31, 2012 of $1,299,904.64. The budget for 2013 shows estimated revenues of $1,466,714.68 with expenses of $1,762,461.28, thus leaving an estimated ending balance as of December 31, 2013 of $1,004,158.04. It was noted that every office and office holder came in under budget. In the Road and Bridge Fund, the cash available as of December 31, 2011 was $281,597.68. Revenues totaled $1,148,606.16 while expenditures totaled $1,308,294.06 thus leaving a cash available balance of $121,909.78 as of December 31, 2012. The estimated revenue for 2013 is $1,504,500.00 with expenses estimated at $1,554,961.00. The estimated cash available as of December 31,2013 is $71,448.78. Due to the continued concern of the unpredictable cost of not just fuel but also items pertaining to petroleum, the Road and Bridge Department continues to carefully monitor all expenses. The cash balance available as of December 31, 2011 for the Assessment Fund was $127,959.09. Revenue came in at $163,728.15 and expenses were $214,014.57, thus leaving a cash balance as of December 31, 2012 of $77,672.67. Estimated revenue for 2013 is $164,845.00 and the estimated expenses are $228,985.00. The estimated cash available as of December 31, 2013 is $13,523.67. State reimbursements were down again from $41,000 to just over $33,000. It was also noted that legislative funding cuts are drastically down, even though they have been mandated, the promise to fund them has not been kept up. In the 911 Fund, the cash available as of December 31, 2011 was $101,566.49. There were a total of $45,967.64 in revenue and $46,586.39 in expenses. The cash available as of December 31, 2012 was $100,947.74. The estimated revenue for 2013 is $49,100.00 while expenses are estimated at $53,881.40 and is expected to result in estimated cash available as of December 31, 2013 of $96,166.34. Revenue for the 911 Fund continues to drop off due to less and less landlines. In the final major category of the budget, the Law Enforcement Sales Tax Fund there was a cash available balance of $150,569.04 as of December 31,2011. Revenues totaled $1,121,311.11 while expenses came in at $1,150,608.05. There was then a cash available balance of $121,272.10 as of December 31, 2012, The 2013 estimated revenue is $1,089,803.69 and estimated expense are $1,110,108.95. The estimated cash available as of December 31, 2013 is $100,966.84. It was noted that although the per-diem per prisoner per day is supposed to be $37, the amount received is actually less than $20 a day. Currently there are 30-40 prisoners per day compared to about 20 per day just a few years back. The Dent County Commission accepted and approved the 2013 budget by a 3-0 vote. The meeting was then adjourned.
Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri’s 2012-2013 archery deer and turkey hunting season, topping the previous year’s figures for the second year in a row. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that hunters checked 53,997 deer during the four-month archery season. That is a 2.5-percent increase from the previous year, which was a record. Archers checked 3,217 turkeys, a 10-percent increase from the previous year. Adding the archery harvest to the number of deer taken during the six portions of firearms deer season brings Missouri’s 2012-2013 deer harvest to 311,304, up 6.8 percent from the previous year. MDC Resource Scientist Jason Isabelle notes that the 2012-2013 archery turkey harvest was up more than 20 percent from the previous five-year average and was second only to the 2009-2010 harvest of 3,298. MDC recorded 10 firearms-related deer-hunting incidents during the 2012-2013 hunting season. 3 were fatal.
An accident occurred at 12:52 Monday afternoon in the Moser’s Pharmacy parking lot in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, Kenneth Sumpter of Bixby was driving a 2008 Ford F-450 in the drive thru, at which time he thought he could clear the awning, continued to drive forward, and the top of his vehicle collided with the awning of the building. The vehicle sustained no apparent damage, while there was minor damage to the building.
The Ava Bears outscored Salem 17-7 in the 4th quarter, breaking a 31-31 tie at the end of three quarters and giving the Bears a 48-38 win over the Tigers at the Ava Middle School Gym. The game was moved due to a leak in the high school gym roof onto the floor. Salem was led in scoring by Chad Elliott with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Brady Floyd added 10 points in the loss as the Tigers fall to 7-12 on the year and 1-1 in the SCA. The JV also lost on Tuesday, 46-40. Salem will host Houston Friday night.
The Salem Freshman defeated the Ava Bears in a shortened two-quarter game Tuesday night by the score of 21-16. The Tigers were led by Triston Dubois with 11 points. On Monday, the Freshman Tigers beat St. James by the score of 35-28. Triston Dubois again had 11 points in the game for Salem. The Freshman Tigers are now 6-6 on the year.
The 17th-ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will be playing at LSU tonight in SEC play. Missouri is 15-4 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio, starting with the pre-game show at 6:30.
The Kansas City Royals have claimed catcher George Kottaras off outright waivers from the Oakland Athletics. To make room on the roster, infielder Tony Abreu was designated for assignment. Kottaras, 29, played 85 games with nine home runs and 31 RBIs and a .211 average for the Brewers and A’s last season.
Funeral services for Dennis Cunningham of Salem, age 27, will be held Thursday 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 Krista Rae Flett of Rolla, age 28, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter in memory of Krista Rae Flett and “Lil Dog”.
Funeral services for Artie Westerman of Salem, age 79, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday night from 6:00 until 8:00. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery in Salem.
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. Interment will be in the North Lawn 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.
Memorial services for William E. Seay of Salem, age 91, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Salem Public Library Building Fund.