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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning.  At the meeting District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that despite the snow and ice, the 100-Acre road Rally was a success with about 55 cars competing in the annual event. Simpson also said that the District 1 crew is down to one spreader box and they are doing what they can on the county roads weather permitting.  District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune also reported that the District 2 crew is doing what they can weather permitting; he said there was not a lot of accumulation left on the county roads, but they would try to push the rest of it off when they could.  Tune also said that the rest of crew would be putting up new road signs in the 200 quadrant.  Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he would be attending a Health Insurance Consortium Meeting tomorrow in Springfield.  Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that Ray Walden would be meeting with the Commission next Monday at 10:30 to inquire about TCRC assisting the county with rural addressing. Curley also wanted to remind everyone that filing for county offices begins this morning at 8:00 am, absentee voting for the April 8th Municipal Election also begins this morning and the deadline to register to vote for that election is March 12th.  The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education in closed session re-employed John Smith as the senior high principal; Don Smith as the assistant senior high principal; John McColloch as the junior high principal; Melanie Wisdom as the upper elementary principal; and Kriste Crocker as lower elementary principal, and gave these individuals each two-year contracts. The board of education also extended assistant superintendent Cindy Rumpf another year on her current two-year contract. The board then adjourned.  

Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol recorded three traffic fatalities during the month of January 2008, as compared to nine for the  same time period last year. In January, 32 accidents were reported in Crawford County with seven injuries; 25 accidents were reported in Dent County with 13 injuries; ten accidents were reported in Maries County with two injuries, 57 accidents were reported in Phelps County with 19 injuries and one fatality, and 42 accidents were reported in Pulaski County with 10 injuries. Two fatalities were also reported in Laclede County. In the entire Troop I area, there were a total of 216 accidents with 65 injuries and three fatalities reported in January 2008 in the Troop I area, compared to 263 accidents with 84 injuries and nine fatalities reported in January of 2007.

As the state of Missouri is a leading agricultural producer and an important link in the nation’s food supply chain, the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) is taking steps to help farmers and ranchers prepare for potential agricultural emergencies, including a livestock disease outbreak. MDA is now holding Animal Agriculture Emergency Planning & Response meetings across the state. The meeting in our area will be held on Thursday, February 28th at the Zeno’s Steakhouse in Rolla located at 1621 Martin Spring Drive in the VIP Room from 11:00 to 1:30 pm. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Captain Randy Becker, Commanding Officer of Troop I Headquarters of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, wants to remind parents and caretakers in our communities, that all children should be placed in either a child safety seat, booster seat, or seatbelt, every time they ride in a car or truck. When placing a child safety seat or booster seat in your vehicle, be sure to read both the seat instructions and your vehicle owner’s manual. Remember, infants must always be placed in rear-facing seats until they are at least one year old and 20 pounds. Children at least one-year old between 20 and 40 pounds should be placed in forward-facing safety seats. Captain Becker would also like to remind everyone that Missouri law states children ages four to eight who weigh between 40 and 80 pounds, and who are less than 4’9” tall, must be secured in a child passenger restraint seat or a booster seat appropriate for that child. Seatbelts alone are designed for adults or children over 80 pounds.  Another safety reminder is that all children 12 or under should sit in the back seat. If you have questions concerning child safety seats, please contact the Dent County Health Center at 729-3106.

Sports [TOP]

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will take on the Cowboys of Oklahoma State tonight at the Mizzou Arena starting at 7:30. Missouri enters the game with a 15-12 record and they are 5-7 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO.

The St. Louis Blues will host the Dallas Stars tonight at the Scottrade starting at 7:30. KSMO will join the Blues' game in progress after Missouri Basketball. The Blues have lost three straight and start a four game home stand before hitting the road for nine straight games.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman was given a contract extension by the team on Monday. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed by the team, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports it's a four-year package. The 26-year-old Jackman has played in 58 games with the Blues this season, recording eight points (two goals, six assists) along with 63 penalty minutes. Jackman has played in a total of 289 career NHL games all with St. Louis, registering 67 points (13 goals, 54 assists) along with 532 penalty minutes. St. Louis Blues also recalled goaltender Hannu Toivonen from Peoria (AHL); and assigned goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu to Peoria.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Aleta B. Prewitt of St. James, age 90, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 3:00 in Poplar Bluff. Memorials may be made to the Phelps County Hospice.

Funeral services for Henry O. Crocker of Salem, age 75, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association.

Funeral services for Louella Rose McCabe of Springfield, age 71, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for John Burton Condray, Sr., age 79, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Asher Cemetery in Phelps County.

Funeral services for Daniel Lyn Soard of Salem, age 21, will be held Friday at 8:00 pm at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. There will also be a funeral service at the Stillwell Baptist Church in Clarksville, Arkansas on March 3rd at 2:00. Interment will be in the Stillwell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Soard Family. 

Funeral services for Kyle Luther Watson of Rolla, age 46, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Chelsi and Kayla Watson Trust Fund.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy and windy with snow flurries or light snow this morning, but no accumulation, high of 32.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low around 20.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 38.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 23.
Thursday..Partly sunny and breezy, high of 48.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 38.

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