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The Dent County Sheriff’s Department made a second drug investigation in the Bunker area and arrested 46-year old Kenneth Benton, Sr. and 44-year old Veronica Benton of Bunker on February 2nd, and arrested a third person, 17-year old Sabrina Evans of Bunker on February 4th. According to the Dent County Sheriff’s Department case notes, Veronica was charged with two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two felony charges of the manufacturing of a controlled substance, a felony charge for keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, a felony charge for possession of methamphetamine, and felony charges of possession of a methamphetamine precursor with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. She is being held in the Dent County Jail on a $30,000 bond. Kenneth Barton, Sr. was charged with a felony possession of methamphetamine and is incarcerated in the Dent County jail on a $15,000 bond. Evans was charged with a felony count of manufacturing methamphetamine and a felony count of keeping or maintaining a public nuisance. Evans was incarcerated and is being held on a $20,000 cash only bond in the Dent County Jail. Warrants have been requested on two other individuals who are allegedly involved in the case.

Licking voters approved a new sales tax Tuesday for local parks including a swimming pool. The unofficial results showed 156 yes votes to 43 no votes. The one-half of one percent sales tax will pay for a community pool that's scheduled to be built in Deer Lick Park. The pool will cost an estimated $1.3 million and is scheduled to be open by Memorial Day 2012.

An accident occurred at 6:40 Wednesday morning in Phelps County on I-44 eastbound about a tenth of a mile east of Jerome. According to the highway patrol report, a 1999 Nissan Sentra driven by 21-year old Rachael Kissir of Salem, slid on the ice and snow covered roadway, traveled off the left side of the road, and struck the median barrier. Kissir suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Nissan Sentra sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by C&C Towing of Rolla.

An accident occurred at 8:20 Monday evening in Texas County on Kitchen Drive about two miles east of Licking. According to the highway patrol report, a 2006 Mercury Montego driven by 49-year old Thomas Glenn of Licking, was traveling westbound on Kitchen Drive. The Mercury slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. Glenn suffered minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to the Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Mercury Montego was totaled and removed from the scene by A1 Towing of Houston.

The Meramec Regional Planning Commission will conduct their monthly meeting tonight at the MRPC office located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James beginning at 7:30 pm. After approval of the agenda and several contracts, Tammy Snodgrass will have a presentation on the Statewide Electric Cooperatives Hazard Mitigation Planning through Missouri’s Regional Planning Commissions. Donald Dodd will then report on the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting, Tammy Snodgrass will report on solid waste activities, Kraig Bone will report on MREPC activities, Tom Klebba will report on business loan activities and T.R. Dudley will report on workforce development activities. Chairman Russell Scheulen and Director Richard Cavender will then reports on issues of interest. The regular monthly meeting of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission is open to the public. For more information about the meeting, call 573-265-2993.

The University of Missouri Extension will host a “Winter Grazing Workshop” at the University of Missouri Wurdack Farm from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, February 23rd. This workshop is designed to teach and demonstrate the benefits of grazing stockpiled fescue during the winter months and participants will be provided class room instruction as well as the “hands-on” training necessary to successfully winter graze. Topics for the workshop will include how to grow and manage stockpiled fescue, feed value of stockpile, meeting the nutritional requirements of various classes of beef cattle with stockpile, allocation and feeding of stockpile, winter fence and water systems, and stockpiling economics. Additionally, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to tour two farms that are grazing stockpiled tall fescue. Cost of the workshop is $20 per person, which covers the cost of materials, a hot lunch, and refreshments. Class size is limited, and reservations are required by February 18th. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Ted Cunningham, Livestock Specialist at the Dent County MU Extension Office at 573-729-3196.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Game with Willow Springs Wednesday was postponed and has been re-scheduled for Friday, February 11th at 3:30 pm in Willow Springs. There will no JV contest, it will be a varsity game only.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers are scheduled to play Licking today at 4:00 at the Newburg Ladies Tournament. Salem enters the game with a 9-9 record.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be back in action tonight in a makeup game with Houston starting at 6:00 with the JV contest with the varsity game to follow. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO & online at

Cancer Awareness Night with the Salem Tigers will be Tuesday, February 15. There will be a drawing for two winners of Mizzou Basketball Tickets & Parking Pass for the Mizzou vs. Baylor game on Feb. 23rd, a Silent Auction for Sports and Health Fitness themed baskets; an “In Honor and In Memory” Tree; Buy a HEART for $1; and a Free-Throw contest at Half-Time. This cause is very near and dear to the Salem High School Boys Basketball Team.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Minnie C. Hawkins of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 10:30 at the Rolla City Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the your favorite church or charity.

Funeral services for Rhota Henslee Bays of Salem, age 93, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Please make checks payable to the Cystic Fibrosis.

Memorial services for Willard Duckworth of Salem, age 81, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to the Willard Duckworth Education Scholarship.

Memorial services for Francis “Mike” Scherer of Salem, age 69, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Salem Public Library or the American Cancer Society.

A Celebration of Life for Anthony "Tony" Joseph Viessman of Rolla, age 76, will be held Saturday from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Lehigh Valley Health Network to support Heart/Vascular Center in Pennslyvania. All arranagements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 30.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 9 with a wind chill of zero.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high near 40.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 22.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 44.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 31.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 55.
Sunday night..Mostly clear, low of 33.



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