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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, both commissioners stated that workers were changing the blades on the graders and loading the trucks in preparation for the impending storm. Commissioners Purcell and Larson said that the county road crews continue to address slick spots on the county roads. This past weekend, road crews were out pushing snow in both districts and in some cases up until about 1:00 when the roads became to soft. Commissioner Larson said that the road crews would be pre-treating the chip and seal roads for the storm; and that the commission is aware that there are many potholes, but conditions right now are not conducive for repair work until the grounds firm up. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that all the commissioners attended their required training last week. He also said that he received a response from Phelps County Clerk Carol Bennett for the certification of the guards used at the Nash trial, and from Phelps County Circuit Clerk Sue Brown about information on the bills being charged to Dent County for the Nash trial. He said that he had not yet had the opportunity to review the paperwork sent or their responses to his questions. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the Dent County Treasurer and her office both balanced for the month of January, and that the financial statement is now ready for the public notice to be put in the Salem News. She also said that she received a grant of $2,400 from the Secretary of State’s office through federal HHS funds for the purchase of eight handicapped accessible voting booths and eight two-sided voting location signs with the handicapped emblem. She said that now all the voting locations would have a handicapped accessible voting booth. It was also noted that the county is accepting bids until Thursday morning at 10:00 for the purchase of a 2000-2007 pickup truck for the Road and Bridge Department. At the last meeting, 8th Congressional District Representative Jo Ann Emerson, as well as Darrin Lingle and Kristie Nitsch from her office, were at the courthouse to discuss a couple of issues. One issue was the National Forest Service access request from Jerry Clements that was denied, and the issue has been resolved as the National Forest Service is going to issue a permit to Clements that will give him access to the Forest Service Road so that the marketable timber on his property can be harvested and sold. Emerson also discussed appropriations of the budget and asked what Dent County needs as far as infrastructure. Salem Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs was in to let the commission know that two USDA Rural Development Grants have been received that will help expand the current Farmer’s Market. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
An accident happened at 7:25 Monday morning in Phelps County on Route F about a half mile east of highway 72 near Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, a 1975 Ford F-250 driven by 32-year old Matthew Williams of Rolla was traveling westbound on Route F. Williams lost control of the Ford on a patch of ice, ran off the left side of the road and struck an embankment. Williams suffered moderate injuries and treated and released at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by C&C Towing.
The public is invited to a naming ceremony for the Ken Fiebelman Ozark Heritage Memorial Highway on Monday, February 22nd. A portion of Highway 72 from Route FF in Dent County to the Phelps County line will be named for former Representative Fiebelman during the event, which will be held at the City Hall Auditorium in Salem at 11:00 a.m. Representative Fiebelman was first elected to the Missouri State House of Representatives in 1984 and served for 6 consecutive terms. He played an active role in getting Highway 72 from Rolla to Salem started, and introduced a bill to name the fiddle as the state musical instrument. All interested individuals are invited to attend to celebrate Representative Fiebelman's contributions to Missouri politics and heritage of the area. For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636)
An accident happened at 10:20 Monday night in Dent County on Highway 32 about a mile east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1993 Mazda MX3 driven westbound by 28-year old Tabitha J. Marrill of Salem, crossed the centerline at which time Marrill overcorrected and the Mazda went off the left side of the roadway into a ditch. Marrill suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Marrill was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident and the Mazda sustained only minor damages. The vehicle was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will try to even their SCA record tonight when they host the Thayer Bobcats starting with the JV action at 6:00 and the varsity game to follow. Salem enters the game with a 1-2 record in the SCA and 6-14 overall. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.
Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche downed the St. Louis Blues, 5-2, at Pepsi Center. Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson each lit the lamp for the Blues, who have dropped four of five. Chris Mason started in net but was pulled in the second period after giving up five goals on 15 shots. Ty Conklin finished the game between the pipes and stopped all 18 shots he faced. The Avalanche beat the Blues in both of their meetings this season. The Blues will be back in action tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings at 7:00 on KSMO Radio. The game will be interrupted by the Salem boys basketball game.
The St. Louis Cardinals avoided salary arbitration with Skip Schumaker, agreeing to terms with the second baseman on a two-year contract. The 30-year-old Schumaker became the first Cardinal since Red Schoendienst (1945-46) to move from the outfield to second base from one year to the next. He started 124 games at second base last season while also playing games in each of the outfield positions and finished the campaign with a .303 batting average, four homers, 35 RBI and 85 runs scored.
Funeral services for Dolly Fay Labruyere of Salem, age 88, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dolly Labruyere family.
Funeral services for Norma Jean Kelly of Salem, age 67, will be held at a later date. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Today..Mostly sunny this morning, becoming partly cloudy this afternoon with scattered flurries, blustery, high of 22 with wind chills near 10 all day.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and blustery, low of 14 with wind chills near 0.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high near 30.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 13.