An accident happened Wednesday evening in Dent County on Highway 19 about ten miles south of Salem that took the life of a woman from Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 25-year old Sara R. Conway of Salem was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound when she failed to negotiate a curve and slid off the left side of the roadway where the vehicle struck a tree. Conway was pronounced dead at the scene by Dent County Deputy Coroner Ben Pursifull. Conway was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Cavalier was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.
The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 4150 and 4155, while materials will be added and grading will be done to county roads 5400 and 6460. He also indicated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5550. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that materials would be added and grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2330 and 5283; that grading was going to be done on county roads 2260, 2270 and 5287; and that materials would be added to county roads 5225 and 5285. He did indicate that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 2240. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reminded the commission of the SACBA Awards dinner on Tuesday, February 26th at the Gathering Place at the Grace Community Church and tickets are available from SACBA Board members and at the Salem TCRC. He also said that SACBA would be holding their annual Trivia Night as a fund raiser on March 23rd at the City Hall Auditorium at 6:00. Skiles went on to say that many Dent County residents who have telephone land lines are paying Phelps County sales tax on their phone bill. If your phone bill indicates that you are paying Phelps County sales taxes on your CenturyLink phone bill, please call the CenturyLink store in Rolla at 573-308-0040 and have them change that to the Dent County sales tax. You can also stop by their store at the corner of Highway 63 and 72 in Rolla. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that she would hold a voter registration drive at the Salem High School Gym Lobby tonight starting at 6:00 at the Boys Basketball game. The last day to register to vote for the April election will be March 6th. She also indicated that the courthouse would be closed on Monday for President’s Day. The commissioners then opened bids for grader blades and culverts, but they did not make any decisions until the bids are reviewed. At the last meeting, James Fulton brought in minutes from the Dent County Commission from 2002 where all but 2/10ths of a mile of Dent County Road 2230 had already been vacated. The original public notice by the county indicated that the road was .57 of a mile long. The public document was amended to reflect that change. Tyson Richardson came in to ask about getting a Private Lane sign for his road. The county does not provide a sign and the landowner has to get their own sign. Commissioner Skiles said that he may be able to get a sign through the Sheltered Workshop, but found out that they do not create signs that include letters. The county received phone bids on unleaded fuel and the low bid from MFA Oil of $3.18 per gallon for 1,000 gallons was accepted. Linda Shelton, representing the Dent County 4-H and Junior Livestock Committee, came in to visit about the need for new facility for FFA, 4-H and a county fair. She presented the commission with a copy of a state statute for their information that deals with this subject. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Mountain View-Liberty Lady Eagles outlasted the Salem Lady Tigers in SCA play last night in Salem by the score of 67-57. The Salem Tigers were led in scoring by Savannah Hanning with 17 points followed by Gabby Sanderson with 13 points. Kristen Hemken netted 12 points while Ashley Crocker finished with 10 points for Salem as the Lady Tigers fall to 9-15 on the year and 2-5 in the SCA. Their final regular season game and home game will be coming up Monday night against St. Clair.
The Salem Tiger Boys basketball team will host the Mountain View-Liberty Eagles tonight at the SHS gym for Senior Night. JV will play at 6:00 with the varsity to follow. Salem is 10-13 on the year and 4-2 in the SCA. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO Radio 1340 AM and online at ksmoradio.com. The game can also be seen on fidelitylocal6.com.
The St. Louis Blues will be in Calgary tonight to face the Flames at 8:00. The Blues are 7-5-1 on the year and KSMO will join this game in progress following the Salem game.
The Missouri Tiger basketball team will be playing the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. Missouri is 18-6 on the season and 7-4 in the SEC. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio, starting with the pre-game show at 2:30.
Funeral services for Berna Deane Gibbs of Salem, age 88, will be held today at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until service time today. Interment will be in the Edgar Cemetery.
Gilbert C. Martin of Rolla, age 88, will have no visitation or funeral services. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Margaret Rose Niemi of Salem, age 90 will be Tuesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11:00 until the service time at 1:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Funeral services for Jarvice Carroll Johnson of Salem, age 84, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery ay 2:45.