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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Denny Mathes from the Department of Labor was in attendance and discussed safety issues for the county employees in handling the rock crushing equipment and the work area as the county is considered in the “mining” business, as well as other regulations that county workers need to abide by. He said that inspectors are now going by the letter of the law and are looking for violations, so he was giving a “heads up” to the county. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated that road crews are still moving snow to widen the driving area on the roads in the Jadwin and Montauk area including Dent County Roads 6630 and 6670. He said that the blades are being replaced on the graders and that work crews are working on slick spots as well as patching some of the potholes. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that work will continue on widening the driving surfaces by pushing more snow to the road sides. He said that work continues on repairing country truck 114. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended the TAC meeting in St. James Thursday night as MoDOT will be determining road maintenance priorities. He also said that the Dent County Courthouse would be closed on Monday for President’s Day. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she would be mailing out 9,000 voter ID information cards in Dent County today. If people do not receive a voter ID information card after about a week, they will need to contact the Dent County Clerk’s office to see if there is an address problem. She said that she would be delivering the handicapped accessible voting booths and the ad placards to the schools next week when they are back open. David Bollerjack from Van Kappel Equipment then brought in a bid for a new loader for the county as they are looking at leasing a new one. Dent County Clerk Curley then opened bids for a 2000-2007 pickup truck that the county would like to purchase for the Road and Bridge Department. Five bids were presented from C & E Auto Sales, Classic Joyride, B & B Motors, Heavin Motors and Kenny Welch. The commissioners will review all the information submitted in detail before making a decision. At the last meeting, the commissioner awarded the phone bid for propane gas to Ferrellgas for $2.09 per gallon. Bids were presented by Chilton Oil, Titan, Ferrellgas and MFA Oil, and Ferrellgas was the lowest bid. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held on Thursday, February 18th
at the courthouse and that meeting is open to the public.
The Roses and Romance Giveaway courtesy of US Foodservice Outlet, That Special Touch Florist, My Place Restaurant, Phil-mart and KSMO Radio ended with one grand prize winner and two winners of a dozen roses each from That Special Touch Florist. The Grand Prize winner was George Gruendel winning two nights at the Cheshire Inn in St. Louis, one dozen roses from That Special Touch Florist, dinner for two at My Place Restaurant, $50 in gas from Phil-Mart and $50 cash. Joe Hubbs and Tim Sanders were the winners of a dozen roses each. Congratulations to the winners of the Roses and Romance Giveaway.
The Dent County Extension Council has announced the eight members elected to serve two-year terms on the council after last week’s voting ended. Newly elected from the Central District were David Headrick, Chip Adams, Billy Smith, and re-elected were Becki Godi and Jim Freeman; Kelly Case from the Northern District was re-elected; and newly elected from the Southern District were Josh Cartwright and Tracy Strange. For more information about Extension programs, call the Dent County Extension office at 729-3196.
An accident happened Thursday at 2:20 on Highway 119 about six-tenths of a mile south of Highway 32 north of Montauk. According to the highway patrol report, a 1994 Chevy Pickup driven by 77-year old Homer R. Mallady of Salem, pulled from a driveway into the path of a 1997 Ford Aspire driven northbound by 50-year old Nathan D. Holland of Columbia. Holland suffered minor injuries and sought his own treatment. Both Mallady and Holland were wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. Both vehicles sustained minor damages and were driven from the scene.
The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers fell for the sixth straight time as they lost to the Newburg Lady Wolves Thursday night, 42-39. Danielle Connell had nine points to lead the Tigers in scoring. Salem is now 11-11 on the year and they will play Saturday afternoon at 3:00 at Newburg against Licking.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be on the road and Mountain View tonight to face the Liberty Eagles. Salem is 6-15 on the year and 1-3 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO and online at ksmoradio.com.
The St. Louis Blues will host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and the Washington Capitals Saturday before going on an extended Olympic break. You can hear both games on KSMO although tonight’s game will be interrupted for Salem Tiger Basketball. Both games start at 7:00.
The Missouri Basketball Tigers will face Baylor tomorrow at noon in Big 12 play and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.
The majority owners of the St. Louis Rams have reportedly reached an agreement to sell the team to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan. Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez have entered into a signed agreement to sell their 60% interest in the team to Khan, president of the Flex-N-Gate Corp., an auto parts manufacturer based in Urbana, Illinois. The paper cited league sources in reporting Khan will purchase 60 percent of the franchise, though the report also said the deal won't be completed until sometime in March and needs approval from NFL owners. Stan Kroenke owns the remaining 40 percent of the club and it is unclear if he will sell.
Funeral services for Carl “Leroy” Smith of St. Louis, age 60, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Davis Cemetery.
Funeral services for James Dwayne Ellis of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, formerly of Centerville, age 52, will be held Saturday at 3:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will from the 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Centerville City Cemetery.
Funeral services for Russell Carney of Steelville, age 82, will be held Monday at 10:00 at the St. Michael’s Church in Steelville. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 7:00 with a prayer service at 4:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Graveside services for Mark M. Walberg of Salem, age 79, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Alberta Lee Huggins of Salem, age 78, will be held Monday at 11;00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Sunday evening. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Relay for Life.
Today..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for snow, high of 38.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 22.
Saturday..Partly sunny early, then mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for rain or snow, high of 37.
Saturday night and Sunday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for snow with some accumulation, low of 28, high of 33.
Sunday night..Cloudy with a 30% chance for snow, low of 17.