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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that workers would be repairing and servicing the equipment. They are also cleaning the spreader boxes, getting the salt and sand out of them so that they would be ready if needed again this year. Purcell also said that the workers may haul some brown rock if time allows. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that two men would be running the gravel plant. He also said that the spreader box from truck #114 has a bearing problem and workers will be repairing it. Larson also said that the back glass on grader #31 would be replaced as it was shot out a couple weeks ago. He went on to say that workers would also be cleaning the salt and sand out of the spreader boxes as soon as they can. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended a TAC meeting last Thursday before the MRPC meeting and that a number of maintenance projects are scheduled for Dent County. These projects include resurfacing part of Highway 72 north, resurfacing part of Highway 32 west, plus work on Route K and Route JJ. He said that MoDOT was also going to be doing shoulder work on Highway 19 from Steelville to Cherryville, and even though that is not in Dent County, it could affect traffic using that route. He also reported that MoDOT is considering extending the four-lane part of Highway 63 north of Rolla to the Maries County line. Skiles stated that he would be at the SACBA Volunteer Recognition Dinner Tuesday at the Grace Community Church, would be in Jefferson City Wednesday for a County Commissioner Association of Missouri meeting to reschedule their training and discuss legislative issues, and he would also be at the Youth Leadership Academy’s dinner Wednesday night. 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.

The Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County will conduct their regular monthly meeting tonight at the Dent County Community Center on McGrath Lane beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and reports including financial reports, the water testing report, President’s report and a bookkeeping report, the Board will address any general or new business that may come before the Board. The Board may then vote to go into Closed Session. The regular monthly meeting of the Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County is open to the public. 

Originally scheduled for February 3rd and postponed due to the weather, the D.A.R.E. Graduation will be held this Thursday, February 17th beginning at 6:00 at the Salem Upper Elementary gym.

Do you need to get your GED, improve your study skills, or learn to read?  Rolla Adult Education and Literacy Program can help you.  They offer free classes in Salem to help adult’s ages 17 and older to prepare for the GED test, improve study skills, or improve basic life skills.  They can also provide one-to-one instruction with a tutor, if needed. Classes are held at the Old City Hall Building located at 202 North Washington on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00AM until 1:00 PM and 4:00PM until 7:00 PM.  Sign up today and begin a brighter future, call 729-4224 for more information, or stop in today to enroll and change your future! 

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]

Jennifer Herndon scored 21 points and the Salem Lady Tigers out rebounded the Mountain View/Liberty Lady Eagles en route to a 42-37 win. Salem is now 11-11 on the year and 3-2 in the SCA. They will play Mountain Grove Thursday night and it will be Senior Night.

The Salem Lady Tigers are seeded 5th in District play which will begin Monday at Union. Salem will face the #4 seed St. Clair Lady Bulldogs at 6:00 on Monday at the Union High School Gymnasium. If Salem wins that game, they would play the #1 seed, the Sullivan Lady Eagles on Wednesday at 6:00 at Union.

The Boys Basketball Tigers will be back in action tonight at the SHS gym against the Mountain View/Liberty Eagles starting at 6:00 with the JV contest. Between the JV and the varsity game, it will be the Basketball Homecoming. The sophomore attendant is Paige Arnett, Junior attendant is Crystal Prince and the Senior Queen candidates include: Amy Huitt, Sam Riley and Kala Trolinger. It will also be Cancer Awareness Night tonight. The grand prize will be a drawing for two winners for Mizzou Basketball Tickets & Parking Pass for the Mizzou vs. Baylor game on Feb. 23rd. There will also be 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. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio and online at

Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots and Patrik Berglund scored the winner late in the second period as St. Louis clipped Vancouver, 3-2, at Scottrade Center. Andy McDonald and Alex Steen also tallied for the Blues, who have won three of six overall. The Blues play Buffalo on Friday night.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will host Texas Tech tonight starting at 5:30. Missouri is 19-6 and 5-5 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral mass for Joseph Edgar Morgan of Rolla, age 65, will be held Wednesday morning at 10:30 at the St. Patrick Church in Rolla. Visitation will be held today from 5:00 until 7:00 at the St. Patrick Church with a Vigil Service at 7:00. Memorials are suggested to the Recreation is for Everyone Foundation, St. Patrick Church Food Pantry, or Phelps Regional Hospice. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Funeral services for Beverly Ann Flett of Salem, age 73, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until service time. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for expenses.

Funeral services for Frances “Mae” Taff of Jefferson City, formerly of Steelville, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Victory House Christian Academy c/o the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Paul Huitt of Bella Vista, Arkansas, formerly of Salem, age 88, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors.

Memorial services for Jamie Dustin Guill of Rolla, age 21, will be held Friday at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00. Memorials are suggested to the family of Jamie Dustin Guill.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high of 56.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for light rain, low of 44.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy, high of 62.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy early, then becoming partly cloudy, low near 50.
Thursday..Partly sunny and breezy, high of 68.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 51.



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