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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the courthouse and in the road report, both Commissioners said that the road crews are going through their annual Mining Safety and Health training. Both Commissioner Dennis Purcell and Gary Larson said that the road crews would be spreading rock on soft and muddy areas in the roads. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended a SACBA board meeting where they discussed the upcoming Trivia Night on March 26th and possibly a candidate forum on the 29th. He also attended the County Commissioner Association of Missouri meeting on Wednesday and said that the annual training of the commissioners was not going to be rescheduled. Instead, the staff would provide the training session on tape or DVD and send it to the commissioners at no charge to the county. He said that the CCAM Board went on record opposing an advanced voting measure due to the increased costs that the counties would have to burden. He also said that they continue to work on getting a new budget statute passed that allows counties to reduce their annual budget when revenues decrease. Skiles told the commission about a letter to Davis, Lynn and Moots. LLC about the audit for the IDA grant that needs to be signed, and about a letter of support by the county commissioners and sheriff for the Road Rally to be held next weekend that also needed to be signed. Skiles also wanted to remind people to read and comment on the Ozark Highland National Heritage Area feasibility study. A copy is available at the Salem Public Library. People who have comments should send them to the Ozark Action, Inc. and West Plains Council on the Arts as well as to Senator McCaskill and Blunt as well as Representative Emerson. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the first day to vote absentee for the April election will be February 22nd, and the last day to register to vote for that election is March 9th. She also said that there would not be a Commissioner meeting Monday as the courthouse will be closed for President’s Day. Commissioner Purcell then requested that bids be put out to vendors for chip and seal overlay for the year and that the bids be opened on March 10th. At the last meeting, Chris Raulston from James and Gahr Mortuary and Herb Hofer from the Dent County Memorial Chapel expressed concerns with procedures on picking up and transporting bodies. They would like to see a centralized location for a cooler to be put in. They also opposed the idea of the county buying a vehicle for the coroner. They were informed that it was the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund Board that approved the purchase of the vehicle for the Coroner’s use, and the commission is taking bids as required by state statute. At the meeting Thursday, the board received four bids for vehicles: one from B&B Motors, C&E Auto Sales, Dave Sinclair Ford in St. Louis and from B.A. Wilson, Inc. dba Wilson Mortuary. The county awarded the bid to B.A. Wilson, Inc. on a 2002 Chevy Suburban 1500 for $11,500 as the vehicle already had the emergency light kit and emergency radio installed, and also included the Stokes Body Rack for transporting bodies. Also at the last meeting, Ron Burke with the Missouri Department of Conservation came in regarding the grant application for the Sinkin Creek Bridge, and Commissioner Purcell signed the maintenance agreement. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday, February 24th at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

If you enjoy answering questions on the TV trivia shows, or playing trivia games, then this is the event for you. The Salem Area Community Betterment Association will be putting the FUN back in FUNdraiser when they host their annual “Trivia Night” on Saturday, March 26th. The event will be held at the Salem City Hall at Washington and 2nd Streets and begin at 6:00 PM. There will be ten categories with ten questions in each category. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, with $200 going to the first place team. A prize will be given for the most creative team name. The 2010 first-time champions – “SCCC Escapeez” from the prison in Licking, Missouri will be defending their title and will enjoy special food and table decorations. Compete as a team, bring your family, friends & neighbors. Teams of up to 8 people will participate for $100. Snack foods will be provided along with drinks. Teams are encouraged to bring dinner food for their table. A limited number of teams will be allowed to participate, so gather your team and call 729-8163 to reserve your table.

A report on the feasibility study for a potential National Heritage Area in the Missouri Ozarks is available to the public for their review and comments. The study encompasses an area that would include Carter, Dent, Douglas, Howell, Iron, Oregon, Ozark, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Texas, Wayne and Wright counties. The report is available at the Salem Public Library and online at or This project was spearheaded by Ozark Action, Inc., the Ozarks Preservation, Inc. and the West Plains Council on the Arts and was started in December of 2009. The project was federally funded by ARRA funds received by Ozark Action, Inc. from the US Department of Health and Human Services provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. The project premise is to find a way to market the cultural assets of the area that include the works of traditional artists and craftspeople, locally grown foods, and related resources of the Ozarks in a more integrated and effective way. National Heritage Areas are a program initiated by the National Park Service where they can provide technical, planning and limited financial assistance to the area. The NHA program’s website says, “the National Park Service is a partner and advisor, leaving the decision making authority in the hands of the local people and organizations.” The site also said that “Nothing in this management plan shall be construed to modify any provision of federal, state, or local law with regard to public access to or use of private lands.” Area residents are encouraged to read the report and to comment on it by writing to the West Plains Council on the Arts, P.O. Box 339, West Plains, MO. 65775, or emailing them at The original cut off date to submit your comments was March 5th, but they have extended the comment period to March 15th for Dent County residents.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers upset the Lady Panthers from Mountain Grove Thursday night for their third win in a row, 46-36. Salem was led in scoring by Jennifer Herndon with 14 points as they finished the year 8-1 at home. Salem is now 12-11 overall and 4-2 in the SCA with a makeup game at 2:00 Saturday in Thayer before Districts begin Monday night in Union.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will host Mountain Grove tonight starting at 6:00 with the JV game followed by the varsity contest. Salem comes into the game with a 6-16 record and 1-4 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO and online at starting at 7:15. The Boys will also host Cabool Saturday starting at 3:00 with the JV game followed by the varsity contest at about 4:15 on KSMO and online at

The St. Louis Blues will be at Buffalo tonight starting at 6:30. You can hear the first period live before KSMO airs the Salem Basketball game. The third period will be played back after the game. The Blues will also host Anaheim Saturday at 7:00 on KSMO.

The Blues placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve with a right hand injury on Thursday after he was hurt in Wednesday's practice. To fill the roster spot, the Blues recalled netminder Ben Bishop from Peoria of the American Hockey League.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will travel to Iowa State starting at 12:00 noon tomorrow on KSMO. Missouri enters the game with a 20-6 record and 6-5 record in the Big 12.

Obituaries   [TOP]

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

Funeral services for Gerald Edwin Lund of Salem, age 83, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials made go to the Upper Parker Church.

Visitation for Pauline (Hogan) Stewart of Salem, age 84, will be held today from 12:30 to 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Show Me Hope.

Memorial services for Jamie Dustin Guill of Rolla, age 21, will be held tonight 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.

Memorial services for Carol Milligan of Salem will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Show Me Hope.

Funeral services for Mary Lou Sturgeon of Licking, age 79, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Boone Creek Baptist Church near Licking. Visitation will be from 12:30 until time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Awana Program c/o First Baptist Church in Licking, MO. All arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Licking.

Funeral mass for Philip Werner of Steelville, age 1 year and 10 months, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00 to 7:30 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery in Steelville.

Funeral services for Richard Clair Wilson of Salem, age 92, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 65.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for light rain or drizzle after midnight, low of 41.
Saturday.. Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain, high of 58.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 48.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy and breezy, high of 68.
Sunday night..40% chance for rain, low of 46.



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