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The Dent County Commissioners have reported that due to unsafe road conditions on Dent County Road 3210 (better know as the Hospital Road,) the road is going to be closed to through traffic until further notice. Local traffic only will be allowed on the road. The Commission apologizes for any incovenience this may cause, but feels the safety of the citizens must take priority until the road can be repaired.


An accident happened Friday afternoon at 4:15 in Reynolds County on Route J about seven miles west of Black. According to the highway patrol report, 24-year old Marcus Kitson of Salem was driving a 1993 Pontiac eastbound when he went off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and then went airborne coming to rest in a creek. Kitson suffered serious injuries and was taken by an air ambulance to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. It was not known if Kitson was wearing a safety device at the time of the accident. The Pontiac was totaled and removed from the scene by Bonds Towing of Des Arc.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening at the district administrative offices boardroom. After approval of the agenda and consent agenda, Superintendent Cindy Rumpf updated the Board on various issues. Rumpf reported that the free and reduced lunch count totals were 774 this school year, and the January membership count is 1348.  A total of three candidates are vying for the 2 three-year positions on the board in the April election and they include incumbents Chris Heavin and Carrie Coffman Snider, and also having filed is Barry Wainwright. After watching the MSBA board report, Board member, Carrie Snider, gave a report on the Powerful Learning Conference.  Rumpf reported that a total of nineteen applications have been received for the superintendent’s position. Assistant Superintendent, John McColloch gave a facilities update and Rumpf gave information to the board, requested last meeting about professional development for the board members. In new business, the Darrell “Jack” Holley MUSIC Scholarship representative for Salem R-80 is Mitch Lo. The board voted to approve the following purchases using donated funds:  William Lynch Playground Phase II with funds from Cox Memorial; Weight Room Classroom Upgrade from the Judson/Young Foundation and Coco Cola; Mobile Computer Lab for the Senior High from the Judson/Young Foundation; Clickers for the Junior and Senior High also from the Judson/Young Foundation; and fiber for the new phone system from Coco Cola.  The new phone system was approved last month and will be funded by Cox Memorial and Coco Cola.  The board also voted to purchase new lockers for the Senior High and additional openings for the Junior High. The Community Foundation of the Ozarks was discussed and nominations for members of the Board will be presented at next months meeting. The Board approved the request from Project Graduation for transportation on May 18th to Rolla. The Board then approved the resignations from Donna Prugh, Junior High Counselor; Frank Brooks from transportation; Rita Chamberlain as a paraprofessional; and Carey Davison, 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach were accepted. The Board then voted to go into Closed Session at which time the Board re-hired all building administrators. Contracts were extended for the principals, and both assistant principals were given a two-year contract.

The Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at the Dent County Community Center beginning at 7:00. After approval of the agenda, the minutes from the previous meeting and disbursements, the Board will hear reports such as financial reports, the water testing report, Presidents report and a bookkeeping report. The Board will then address any other business that may come before the board and may vote to go into Closed Session. The monthly meeting of the Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County is open to the public.

The Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) is accepting applications from individuals wishing to be considered for its Community Advisory Council (CAC) – and there is less than a month left to apply. The 13-member CAC works to gather community input on health issues affecting Missourians. It informs the grant making decisions and strategic planning of MFH’s Board of Directors, with special focus on programs for the uninsured, underinsured and underserved. The CAC also is responsible for nominating Board candidates each year. CAC members can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. MFH is committed to a CAC that represents Missouri’s racial, ethnic, cultural, gender and geographic diversity. CAC members must reside in MFH’s service area, which includes 84 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 2nd. To review CAC eligibility guidelines, print an application form, or request an application packet, visit  Or, send a letter requesting the information to: Community Advisory Council, Missouri Foundation for Health, 415 South 18th Street, Suite 400, St. Louis, MO 63103. Also for more information, contact Kathryn Zetzer (314) 345-5565, or (800) 655-5560.

Sports [TOP]

Jacob Kettner scored 26 points and brought down 10 rebounds to lead the Salem Tigers past Mountain Grove Friday night by the score of 74-61. Chad Elliott added 17 points to the Salem cause and also hauled down 10 rebounds in the game as Salem finished the regular season with a 12-13 overall record and 4-3 in the SCA. The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers are seeded 3rd and they will play Owensville in the first round on Tuesday at 7:30 at Union.

Basketball district play begins this week in Class 4, District 9 in Union for the Salem boys and girls basketball teams. The Salem Lady Tigers are seeded 6th and they will face the Union Lady Wildcats tonight starting at 7:30. The cost for each game at districts is $4.00. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO and

Kim English had 21 points to lead four Missouri players in double figures, as the third-ranked Tigers beat Texas A&M, 71-62, on Saturday. Michael Dixon totaled 15 points and six assists for Missouri (25-2, 12-2 Big 12), which has won seven straight and notched its first win in College Station since 2001, snapping a five-game skid. Marcus Denmon contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, while Phil Pressey added 13 points and seven assists. Missouri will host Kansas State on Tuesday.

Dave Bolland scored late in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. Andy McDonald had the lone goal for the Blues and Brian Elliott turned aside 24-of-26 shots in the loss. The Blues will host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ray Skeeters of Salem, age 81, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral services for Edward W. Savage of Rolla, age 69, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time on Tuesday. Military honor will be held at the funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Melvin Thomas Lampley of Salem, age 72, passed away February 19th and was cremated and there will be no service. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 53.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 32.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 52.
Tuesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 37.
Wednesday.. Mostly sunny, high of 58.
Wednesday night.. Partly cloudy, low of 39.



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