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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that the temporary bridge at the intersection of Dent County Roads 5610 and 5680 has been washed out from rains last Thursday in Bunker. He said that workers have firmed up the sides, but the bridge is closed on Dent County Road 5680. Dent County Road 5610 is still accessible from Dent County Road 5680. He said that he would like to repair the washout with Title 3 monies that right now total over $166,000. He said that workers would be cutting brush on Dent County Road 5610, and other would be checking for downed trees and washouts from the storm Sunday night. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson stated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 4270 and that a problem with a bridge on Dent County Road 4030 will be checked out. He said that workers will continue to haul rock to soft spots as it is too wet to grade, and that workers will also be checking for any washouts. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles stated that he would be attending an

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Board meeting Tuesday. At the last meeting, Sheriff Rick Stallings came in with Joyce McCrerey, Joe Weber and Artie Lucas from GS&M to discuss the Dent County Justice Center Feasibility Study. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday at 9;00 in the morning and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education held their monthly meeting Thursday evening at the district administrative offices boardroom. After approval of the agenda, consent agenda and communications, Superintendent Cindy Rumpf, reported that Mrs. Bundy and Mrs. Smith completed the annual free and reduced lunch count taken in January and the total count for the year is 717 students compared to 809 for last year. The January membership count was taken the last Wednesday in January and totaled 1,338 students, which is down from the September count of 1,386. Rumpf then presented a Board Recognition Proclamation signed by Governor Jay Nixon thanking them for their services. The Board then approved calendar revisions for the 2010/2011 school year. There has been a total of 13 days missed due the weather. With no more days missed, the last day of school will now be May 26th. Graduation will remain on May 20th. The Board then approved budget updates and revisions, and approved several Board of Education policies. The Board then approved the recommendation of Tarynn Huitt as the Darrell “Jack” Holley MUSIC scholarship recipient. The Board then reluctantly accepted the retirement of Don Smith effective May 31st. The Board then went into Closed Session to discuss personnel.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft, a mental commitment order, an accident, a fatality involving a firearm and a burglary. On Sunday, February 20th at 8:00 in the morning, an officer transported a 41-year old Salem male to the Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, in lieu of a mental commitment order. Then at 9:20 that same morning, an officer was dispatched to the Mobil Service Station in reference to a theft of fuel. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown driving a red Ford Focus had pumped $21.50 in fuel and then left without paying. On Tuesday, February 22nd at 6:00 in the evening, an officer was detailed to an accident at the intersection of Highways 32-72 and 19. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 28-year old Salem male for driving while intoxicated, for careless andimprudent driving and for driving while having his licensed revoked. He was incarcerated pending the application for a warrant. On Wednesday, February 23rd at 1:04 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of North Young in reference to a fatality involving a firearm. The investigation of the report indicated that 41-year old Ronald Lee Mayes of Salem was deceased as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot.  At 5:18 that same afternoon, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 700 block of South Macarthur reference to a burglary. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown entered a residence and took a .22 caliber revolver that was valued at $150. Anyone with any formation regarding an incident is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Missouri Tigers will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers starting at 6:30 tonight. Missouri is 22-7 and 8-6 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO.

The St. Louis Blues shipped forward Brad Winchester to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Heading to the Gateway City is a third-round draft choice in 2012. The 29-year-old posted nine goals and five assists in 57 games this season with St. Louis who will host the Calgary Flames at 7:00 tonight. KSMO will join the game in progress after Missouri Basketball.

Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI as the Marlins doubled up the Cardinals, 6-3, in Grapefruit League action. Lance Berkman belted a solo homer in the second inning as he went 2-for-2 and Adron Chambers knocked in a run to go along with his two hits in the Cardinals first game of spring training. Raul Valdes was tagged for four runs on five hits in two innings of work to get the loss.

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-2 with a two-out three- run homer in the fourth inning as the Rangers edged the Royals, 12-11, in a Cactus League slugfest. Mike Moustakas belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning for the Royals, who also got a solo shot from Eric Hosmer. Christopher Dwyer allowed three runs on two hits while walking two batters in an inning of work to get tagged for the loss.

The Salem Winter Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria to salute the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams and the Cheerleaders.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Edna Moutray of Steelville, age 88, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Lena Mae Flemming of Rolla, age 96, will be held this morning at 11:30 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 10:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Rolla or the Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Funeral servcies for Rosalie Summers of Pacific, formerly of Salem, age 82, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Bell Funeral Home in Pacific. Visitation will be today from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Pacific.

Visitation services for Keith Randolph Hogan of Salem, age 55, will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Salem Faith Assembly Church. Memorials may be made to the Sound System at Salem Faith Assembly of Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for Jimmie Dean Young, of Salem, age 77 will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery with Military Honors.

Funeral services for Vina E. Blankenship of Salem, age 80, will be Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 60.
Tonight.. Mostly clear, low of 33.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 58.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 35.
Thursday and Thursday night..Partly cloudy, high of 62, low of 47.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a chance for rain, high of 60.



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