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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that county road crews would be repairing and replacing county road signs. He said that workers would be repairing the radiator on county truck #117 and brown rock would be hauled in from the creek. Purcell did say that two men would be working on the service trailer. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson stated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 4030 and patch grading would be done on county roads with specified areas of concern in the district. Larson indicated that two men would be hauling rock after they put a battery in truck #118. Larson also reported that he and Commissioner Purcell approved the phone bid for unleaded fuel for $2.99 a gallon from MFA Oil on Tuesday. He went on to say that he and Commissioner Purcell went to Ste. Genevieve to look at new brush cutters. The purchase of a new brush cutter is in the budget. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles visited with Representative Jeff Pogue about HB 1726 that would provide for raises for the county sheriff of 15% for 2014, another 10% in 2015 and another 5% every year thereafter. The bill does not include where the money will come from to pay the salary as well as the increase in payroll taxes. If passed, it would be an increase cost to the county of about $2,800 in 2014, and over $10,000 in 2015. Skiles also said that Pogue reported the bill to reduce the legal speed on county roads from 60 MPH to 45 MPH is running into some opposition and doesn’t look like it is going anywhere this year. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said absentee voting for the April 8th election is going on now through April 7th. People who are interested in running for an office in the August Primary need to register by March 25th in her office, and the last day to register to vote for the April 8th election will be March 12th. The commissioners opened culvert and graders bids at 10:00. At the last meeting, Tom Van Hatten with Road Rally America visited with Commission and said that rally was a huge success. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and that meeting is open to the public.The Salem Police Department has released more of their reports. On Monday, February 17th at 7:30 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the truck parking lot located on Babb Lane reference a theft. The investigation revealed that someone took a toolbox and loading straps, valued $700, from a truck parked on the lot.  Later that morning at 8:58, an officer was dispatched to Quality Machine Works located on Carnett Industrial Drive in reference to a theft. That investigation revealed that someone took scrap metal and I-beams valued at $800. Later that evening at 5:00, an officer was detailed to the 300 block of South Jackson Street in reference to a theft from a vehicle. That investigation revealed that someone entered a gold 2000 Chevrolet Impala and took a purse and contents valued at $12. On Tuesday, February 18th at 2:51 in the afternoon, an officer made contact with a 31-year old Salem male in the 400 block of Hogan & Adams Land who had an active arrest warrant from Dent County. He was taken into custody on the warrant and released to the Dent County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday, February 19th at 3:53 in the afternoon, an officer made contact with a 19-year old Nixa male near Fourth and Walker, who had an active arrest warrant from Dent County. He was taken into custody and was also found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released with summonses to appear in court after posting bond on the warrant. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the thefts, which are still under investigation.

Sports [TOP]

Stop by and pickup the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules now available in the front lobby at KSMO and as you shop in Salem make sure to thank local sponsors who make it possible to hear the Cardinals on KSMO Radio.

The Salem Lady Tigers will take on Hillcrest in the first round of District play Saturday afternoon at 3:00 at Bolivar High School. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. The cost of admission to the game will be $4.00 per person.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Anaheim tonight to face the Ducks. The Blues are 39-13-6 on the year and are tied for the lead in the Central Division. You can hear the game on KSMO starting at 8:30. The Blues will also be in Phoenix on Sunday to play the Coyotes. You can hear that game on KSMO Radio starting at 6:30.

The Missouri Tiger basketball team will host the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday. Missouri is 19-9 on the year and 7-8 in the SEC. You can hear the game on KSMO starting at noon.

The St. Louis Cardinals will kick off their Spring Training schedule today when they play the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. First pitch is set for 12:05. The Cardinals will then play the Marlins again on Saturday at 12:05. St. Louis will play the New York Mets on Sunday and this game will be the first game of the spring that KSMO will broadcast. You can hear that game at 11:45.

Prince Fielder homered in his debut for the Texas Rangers, helping them beat the Kansas City Royals 11-7. Bruce Chen gave up two runs on four hits in two innings while Royal Danny Valencia and Justin Maxwell hit homers in the loss. These teams play again today at 2:05.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Bobby Harrison of Salem, age 71, will be held this morning at 11:00 Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Alma Lucille Jordan of Steelville, age 97, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gibbs Care Center.

Memorial mass for Patricia Ann Lovicott of Salem, age 79, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Kenneth “Kenny” Dewayne Wilkinson of Davisville, age 75, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Center Ridge Pentecostal Church in Davisville. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Barbara Mounce Folta of Salem, age 50, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of snow and sleet, high of 37.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow and drizzle, low of 24.
Saturday..Cloudy with a chance of freezing drizzle, high of 43.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 70% chance of snow and sleet, low of 21.
Sunday..Cloudy with a 70% chance of snow and sleet, high of 24.
Sunday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance of snow and sleet, low of 10.

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