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An accident happened Thursday evening at 6:50 on Interstate 44 about nine miles west of Rolla. According to the highway patrol, a 1997 Dodge Dakota driven eastbound by 51-year old Debra F. Trolinger of Salem, drove into the path of a 2009 Kenworth Tractor Trailer Unit that was heading eastbound driven by 56-year old Michael L. Dudley of Ashmore, Illinois. A passenger in the Dakota, 29-year old Angelique M. Bunton of Salem, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by the Phelps County Ambulance. Everyone involved in the accident were wearing seat restraints. The Dodge Dakota was left at mile marker 177 after sustaining moderate damages. The Kenworth Tractor Trailer had only minor damage and was driven from the scene.

The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors held their regular meeting Tuesday night. After approval of the minutes from the previous meeting, bills were discussed and approved. A discussion on the electric bill was held as the usage had tripled for the period of 12/13/2009 – 01/13/2010. Chief Nash had the City check the electric at the meter, which tested correctly. Nash also had Brown Heating and Cooling check furnaces and found that two of the heat pump furnaces had frozen in the locked position, causing them to run on the electric back up. This has been corrected and furnaces were serviced. Board member Liz Gruendel asked if a CPA should be hired for advice on investments and other financial situations, and Treasurer Dave Wells agreed that a double check would be a great idea. There were a total of 33 calls for the month. During the calendar review, Chief Nash noted that he would be attending a meeting to possibly apply for a block grant at MRPC, and he also noted that the Road Rally would be at the district building February 25th through 27th. Nash reported that the gear damaged in the American Auto fire has been sent for cleaning, it was determined by the cleaning company that the gear could not be cleaned and will have to be replaced. Insurance will pay for replacement, which will be $1,689.00 per set of gear. Seven sets of gear are to be replaced along with other firefighting equipment including a deck gun that exploded from the cold. Chief Nash asked the board to purchase a set of turnout gear for a new firefighter while the gear was being replaced. After discussion, a motion was made to go ahead and buy the gear for the new firefighter with an agreement for a 1-year commitment to the department from the firefighter. Chief Nash reported that ladder truck 81 has been repaired and is back in operation. The board then adjourned to go into closed session to discuss personnel. 

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will have their monthly membership meeting. The meeting this month will take place at My Place Restaurant. The cost is $8.00 per person for those who wish to have lunch and please RSVP no later than Monday the 8th of February. The guest speaker will be Alex Withrow, a counselor at Salem Senior High School, who will be speaking on how and when to begin preparing our youth for college. The meeting is open to everyone. For more information, call the chamber at 729-6900 or drop by the office at 200 South Main.

There will be a Sweetheart Benefit Banquet in support of Show-Me-Hope on Friday, February 12th at the Salem City Hall Auditorium starting at 6:00. The dinner will be catered by Seasons-N-Thyme. Tickets are available at the Bank of Salem, Town and Country Bank and US Bank for $20 per person or two tickets for $35. Tickets MUST be purchased by noon on February 8th.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers dropped their fourth straight contest and their second straight SCA game as they dropped a 53-40 decision to the Mountain View-Liberty Eagles. Salem was led by Alayna Sellers with 17 points and Jennifer Herndon added 10 points. The Lady Tigers will face Fatima Monday night at 8:30 in Newburg. They are now 11-9 and 3-2 in the SCA.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will host Willow Springs tonight at the Salem High School Gym. The Junior Varsity will start things out at 6:00 followed by the Varsity game. In between the JV and Varsity game the 2010 Basketball Homecoming Queen will be announced. The homecoming court includes Mackenzie Wulff, sophomore class attendant, junior class attendant, Ashley Jadwin, and the senior homecoming candidates that include Danielle Connell, Houlie Ibrahim and Kayla Meade. Escorts will include basketball players Steven Morton, Phil Moser, Jonathan Hambacker, Andy Kissir and Dex West. Salem is 6-13 on the year and 1-1 in the SCA.

Devin Setoguchi's power-play goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner, as San Jose continued its winning ways on the road with a 4-2 victory over St. Louis at Scottrade Center. Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen got the goals for the Blues, who came in flying high off a 3-2 road win over Central Division leader Chicago on Wednesday. However, St. Louis hasn't won back-to-back games since putting together four straight from January 9-16. Ty Conklin recorded 27 saves in defeat. The Blues will host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at 7:00 on KSMO.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will try to get back on the winning track Saturday at Colorado starting at 2:30. Missouri is 16-6 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Rhonda Sue Tighe of Anderson, South Carolina, age 47, will be today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Salem United Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Ken Ellis of Salem, age 61, will be held today at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Ashley Creek Cemetery in Montauk with full military honors. Memorials are suggested to the Ken Ellis Funeral Expenses Fund.

Funeral services for Gordon B. Camden of Ballwin, age 95, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for William Gary Strader of Salem, age 63, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Isabel Amelia Elliott of Rolla, age 88, will be held Saturday at Noon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rolla.

Funeral services for Anton “Tony” Skouby of Vichy, age 84, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the High Gate Baptist Church. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the High Gate Community Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the High Gate Community Cemetery or Hospice.

Funeral services for Maxine Kurtwright of Salem, age 86, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Love Packs Program.

Weather [TOP]

Winter Weather Advisory in effect until midnight tonight 

Today..Periods of snow, high of 38.
Tonight.. Cloudy with a 70% chance for snow with total accumulations of 2-3 inches.
Saturday..Cloudy, high of 36.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 21.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy, high of 35.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for snow, low of 23.

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