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The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports. On February 10th at 2:20 in the morning, the department received a report of a mailbox being stolen from a residence located off of P Highway. Reported taken was a cedar mailbox in the shape of a house. On February 15th at 1:35 in the morning, the department received information of a vehicle leaving the area of Highways 19 and 32, and the driver was believed to be intoxicated. The deputy observed the vehicle weaving in its own lane and driving with the driver’s side tires on the center lane. A vehicle stop was conducted on East Truman Street. Investigation led to a 29-year old male being taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, driving while their licensed revoked, failure to make a left turn within a proper lane and an active warrant from Texas County. Another 26-year old male was taken into custody and charged with tampering in the 1st degree with a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $4,000. The vehicle, a 1994 Ford Explorer, was reported stolen from Randolph County, Illinois and was impounded for their department. On February 15 at 10:00 in the evening, the department assisted by the Salem Police Department arrested an 18-year old male on a fugitive warrant issued out of Phelps County. He was also charged with resisting arrest in Dent County and is being held with bond set at $500. Further investigation at the residence led to the arrest of a 21-year old male who was charged with possession of under 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anyone with any information regarding the stolen mailbox is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.

There will be an organizational meeting for individuals and agencies interested in the First Steps program tonight beginning at 7:00 pm in the playroom at the Phelps County Community Partnership/Capable Kids and Families building located at 1101 Hauck Drive in Rolla. Parents, providers, representatives of agencies and the general public are encouraged to come and share their ideas and suggestions for the First Steps program, Missouri’s early intervention program for families with children with delays or disabilities.  

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 7:00 pm. During the hearing of persons, Alfred Hughes is requesting permission to hold outdoor musical gatherings on his property at 202 West 8th and part of his neighbor’s lot, which the neighbor has given permission. The Musical Gatherings would be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm starting March 22nd through September. No fees will be involved and volunteers will provide supervision. Alderman Jim Mc Daniels, Bill Riley, Mike Whitley and Jim Jackson will discuss miscellaneous items involving the City of Salem and Mayor Gary Brown will give his comments on issues as well. City Attorney, Mark Weaver, will present Bill #3120, concerning a settlement agreement with AT&T Wireless. In new and miscellaneous business, the Mayor needs authorization to request engineering services for the Safe Route to Schools Grant, and City Clerk Mary Happel wants direction from the Board on a time line to write-off old unpaid utility bills. After the approval of bills, the Board will go into closed session for the purpose of discussing personnel, real estate and litigation. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

A reminder that the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held Wednesday at 12:00 at the Salem TCRC with Dwayne Cartwright from Intercounty Electric the featured speaker.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks has issued a code yellow alert for Type A Negative, B Negative and O Negative blood. There is less than a two-day supply on hospital shelves. The next blood drive in the area will be at Bunker at the Bunker Wood Products on Highway 72 East on Monday from 2:30 to 6:30. An ID is required for first time donors and you must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health to donate blood.

Sports [TOP]

Hannah Kettner and Allison Jones each scored 12 points as the Salem Lady Basketball Tigers edged the Owensville Dutchgirls by the score of 37-33 in the first round of district play. Kettner also captured six rebounds for Salem who improved on the season to 20-6. It is the third straight year that Salem has finished with 20 wins. The Lady Tigers will face the Lady Eagles of Sullivan Wednesday night at 7:30 at the Union High School Gym in the semi-final. Earlier this year, the Lady Eagles beat Salem by six points at the Salem High School Gym. The winner of that game will go on to face the winner of the St. James and St. Clair game for the championship Friday night at 6:00. You can hear the game Wednesday night on KSMO Radio and online at

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers have a bye tonight in districts and will face the winner of the Union and Sullivan game tonight Thursday night at 7:30. Salem is 19-6 on the year.

The St. Louis Blues will host the Chicago Black Hawks tonight before embarking on a three game road trip. Game time tonight is scheduled for 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio. The Blues have won three of the last four games and are three points out of a playoff spot in the western conference.

NHL Scores:

 New Jersey 5, Carolina 1
NY Islanders 3, San Jose 2
Phoenix 4, Los Angeles 0
Detroit 4, Colorado 0

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on two-year contracts with kicker Billy Cundiff, safety Erick Harris, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson, cornerback Chad Johnson, tackle Joe Lobdell, kicker Nick Novak and guard Rob Smith.

Obituaries   [TOP]

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

Funeral services for Richard G. Calvin of Salem, age 92, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Margie E. Pisciotta of St. James, age 84, will be held Wednesday 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. Memorials are suggested to Hospice.

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 tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Parkinson Research.

Funeral services for Liz Mack of Portland, Tennessee, formerly of St. James, age 77, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Delores Mae Murray of Edgar Springs, age 77, are incomplete, but are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 42.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a chance for drizzle and flurries after midnight, low of 15.
Wednesday..Partly sunny, high of 28.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy with a 40% chance for light snow or sleet late, low of 18.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for freezing rain, sleet and snow, high of 28.



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