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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting, Commissioners Bobby Simpson and J.J. Tune both reported that crews are out spreading salt, sand and sawdust on hills, curves and approaches and pushing the ice and snow when it softens. The Commissioners wanted to let everyone know that they are doing what they can, when they can, depending on the weather and temperature. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that Ray Walden from TCRC will meet with the Commission at 10:30 on February 25th to discuss the possibility of TCRC assisting the county with rural addressing. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving thefts. On January 25th at 1:25 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The report led to the arrest of an 18-year old Salem female for stealing and using an electronic benefit transfer card. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On February 8th at 3:35 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to the theft of an automobile. The report revealed that person(s) unknown took a green 1994 Ford Explorer that was parked in the area of Henderson and 9th Street. The Ford is valued at $1,500. At 3:10 the same afternoon, an officer was detailed to the 200 block of East Roosevelt in reference to a theft from a vehicle. The report revealed that person(s) unknown took a toolbox with tools valued at $300. On February 8th at 3:45 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The report revealed that person(s) unknown took a class ring from a student’s backpack at the Salem Jr. High School, valued at $100. On February 9th at 5:25 in the evening, an officer was detailed to Casey’s General Store on Highway 19 in reference to a theft of gasoline. The report revealed that person(s) unknown pumped $25 in gasoline into a tan GMC Blazer and left without paying. Anyone with any information regarding these thefts, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Troop I, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recorded two traffic fatalities during the month of December 2007. This is three less than December 2006. The total fatalities for 2007 are 56 compared to 49 last year. There were a total of 244 accidents, with 64 injuries and two fatalities reported for December of 2007. Crawford County reported 33 accidents with 7 injuries, Dent County reported 17 accidents with five injuries and Phelps County reported 76 accidents with 24 injuries. The fatalities occurred in Maries and Laclede counties. Captain Randy Becker, Commanding Officer of Troop I Headquarters of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like all motorists to consider their safety and the safety of others when operating a vehicle on the highway. Last year, 56 individuals lost their lives on the roads within the six county Troop I area.  Every day troopers see how speeding, driving while impaired, and not paying attention contribute to accidents. They also see how wearing seatbelts reduces the chances of motorists being killed or seriously injured.

Sports [TOP]

Taylor Sirois recorded his 1,000th career point with a rebound put back in the 4th quarter and the Salem Tigers romped over Ava in the final home game of the year, 73-49. Sirois led all Salem scorers with 25 points and 12 rebounds in the contest followed by Zach Pitchford with 19 points and C.J. Smith with 11 points. Salem moves to 18-6 with the win and 5-1 in the SCA. They finish up their regular season tonight at Houston starting at 6:00 with the JV contest. With a win, the Tigers will share at least part of the SCA Championship. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO starting at 7:15 with Tiger Talk and Coach Travis Wrightsman.

Allison Jones scored 15 points and Natalie Howard scored 12 more as the Salem Lady Tigers smashed the Lady Tigers of Houston, 52-30. Salem also received double digit scoring from Jessica Brand who netted 10 points. Salem is now 18-6 on the year and 5-1 in the SCA. They will be at home tonight to face the Lady Bears in their final regular season game and last home game of the year. It will be Senior Night tonight. There will be no JV game, so the varsity contest will start at 6:00.

David Backes posted a goal and an assist, as the St. Louis Blues thumped the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at the Pepsi Center. Paul Kariya, Jay McClement and Ryan Johnson also scored for the Blues, who have won for just the fourth time in their last 15 games (4-8-3). Manny Legace continued his dominance over the Avs, stopping 39-of-40 shots to pick up his 21st win of the season. Legace improved to 13-2-0 lifetime against Colorado. The Blues will be in Nashville Saturday night, then return to the Scottrade Center Sunday to face the Columbus Blues Jackets. You can hear both those games on KSMO Radio. With the win, the Blues moved to within five points of the final playoff spot in the west.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will be at Kansas State tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. Missouri enters the game with a 14-11 record and 4-6 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The pitchers and catchers for the St. Louis Cardinals report to Jupiter, Florida today as spring training is officially underway. The rest of the players will be reporting by next week. Spring training games begin March 1st.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Harold E. Bonham of St. James, age 86, will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Masonic Services will be at 6:00 tonight.  Memorials are suggested to the Gingerbread House.

Funeral services for Deloise Fae Nelson of Bunker, age 65, will be Saturday mroning at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery. Memeorials may be madeto the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Kenneth Williams of Cherryville, age 82, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 2:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery.

Funeral services for Maurice Simpson of Cherryville, age 73, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Meramec Hills Cemetery in Cuba.

Funeral services for Evelyn Hodges of Salem, age 86, will be Sunday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be from 11:00 am til time of service. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery. Memorial are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Memorials services for James "Jim" Welch of Salem, age 55, will be held Monday at 10:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking with Mr. Roger Kinder and Brother Harry Foley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Funeral services for Deborah Green Armer of Alexandria, LA, age 53, will be held Monday at 2:00 to the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) until service time. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Robert Francis Gearhart of St. James, age 81, will be held Tuesday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Funeral services for Jackie Arnold Babb of Duke, age 76, Wednesday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Parkinson Research.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Mostly cloudy, high of 33, low of 25.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy, high of 42.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 90% chance of showers with locally heavy rainfall possible, low near 38.
Sunday..Cloudy and breezy with periods of rain in the morning, then sleet and rain in the afternoon, high of 41.

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