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The Dent County Sheriff's Department and the Division of Drug and Crime Control of the Highway Patrol are conducting an investigation into the double homicide on Dent County Road 2240. On Tuesday, March 1st at 5:50 pm Dent County Coroner Gina White pronounced 50-year old Mary L. Lewis and 57-year old Dennis L. Lewis both of Salem dead at their residence. Preliminary autopsy results from the University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital in Boone County showed that both Mary Lewis and Dennis Lewis died from gunshot wounds to the head. The incident is still under investigation. Sheriff Rick Stallings says that they do have a person of interest in the crime.

he Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting Thursday evening at the fire station. After approval of the agenda and the minutes from the previous meeting, the bills were paid and file copies were signed. Board President Grant Hamlet presented the board with a letter from the roofing company offering $6,000 as a settlement for the Board to review. After a discussion, the Board voted to accept the offer to close negotiations between Rel-Tek and Dent County Fire Protection District. The districts calendar was reviewed and approved, and registration for an election and a letter to the Clerk were filed with two candidates having filed for the two open positions. There were a total of 28 calls during the month of January. The calls consisted of 10 structure calls, three calls for flue fires, one brush call, one call for a landing zone, four calls for first responders, two calls regarding motor vehicles, one call for a gas leak, one call for carbon monoxide, one search and rescue call, one fire alarm call, one call for a utility pole, one call for training and one call for a meeting. In new business, a bid for new phone system was presented from Fidelity for $4,053; and two quotes were received from Advanced Telephone for $3,000 and $3,200. A discussion was held on the warranties and features, and then a motion was made and carried to accept the $3000 bid from Advanced Telephone. The Board approved the use of the District building for the Roots Festival and the Board moved to continue with the capitol improvements to the dining room and kitchen. The board asked Chief Nash to coordinate this. Chief Nash then reported that the station inventory is still in progress and Ladder Truck 81 is at Clarke Power still being checked. The Board then set the meeting for March for Thursday, March 10 at 6:00 pm. The meeting was then adjourned.  

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce March membership luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at the Southwest Baptist University Salem Campus beginning at noon. The program will be about social and local media and how to reach potential customers. The luncheon is being sponsored by Fidelity Communications and there is no cost. RSVP’s for the luncheon must be in by Friday, March 4th by calling the Chamber at 729-6900 or e-mail the Chamber at

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released their reports involving arrests made in Dent County this past week. On Saturday, February 26th at 12:45 in the morning, 34-year old Daniel Bisby of Salem was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, and for not having an operator’s license. He was taken to the Dent County jail. On Monday, February 28th at 7:15 at night, 19-year-old Kayla Inman was arrested on a felony Dent County warrant for possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Dent County jail.

The opening of trout season at Montauk State Park began Tuesday morning with temperatures in the teens and the banks filled with anxious anglers. For the day, a total of 1,661 adult trout tags were sold plus 151 kids tags were sold for a total of 1,812 anglers. The largest trout caught on opening day were 6 pounds and 8 ounces by Jeff Wilfong of Bonne Terre and Dylan Watson of Mansfield and were both rainbow trout. The next largest trout netted were 6 pound and six ounces by Tad Hedrick of Salem and Brian Ginnever of West Plains and they were both rainbow trout. Hedrick also caught a 5 pound and 10 ounce rainbow trout on the day. The regular catch and keep trout season will continue through October 31st. Remember that you do need a Missouri Fishing License and a trout tag to fish for trout in Missouri trout streams. For more information about fishing for trout at Montauk, call the Montauk Park Office at 573-548-2201 or the Hatchery Office for fishing regulations at 573-548-2585.

Sports [TOP]

Lance Jeter put up 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, and Nebraska continued its roller-coaster season by upending No. 22 Missouri, 69-58. Marcus Denmon paced Missouri with 19 points in the club's second straight loss. The Tigers (22-8, 8-7) ended their road slate at 2-7 and finishes the regular season at home against No. 2 Kansas on Saturday.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 25 shots he faced for his sixth shutout of the season, as the Calgary Flames crushed the St. Louis Blues, 6-0, at Scottrade Center. Ben Bishop yielded all six goals on 29 shots for the Blues, who have dropped five of their last six games. The Blues will be in Washington to face the Capitals Thursday night.

St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter pitched 2 2/3 strong innings in the Cardinals' 7-1 victory over Florida before leaving with what appeared to be a minor left hamstring strain. Carpenter cruised through 10 batters, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out two. The former Cy Young award winner walked off the field during the third inning, but said afterward that he didn't think the injury was "very bad" and that his hamstring was "just strained a little bit." Mitchell Boggs replaced Carpenter but only lasted two-thirds of an inning before leaving in the fourth with a lower back strain. He finished with two strikeouts and didn't surrender a hit. Both injuries appeared to be minor, but they caused a stir considering the Cardinals have already lost No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright for the entire season to Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals got two-run homers from Matt Holliday, Allen Craig, and Jon Jay and a solo blast from Mark Hamilton. The Cardinals are now 1-1 for spring training.

Lorenzo Cain's RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference in Kansas City's 4-3 win over San Diego in Cactus League play. Clint Robinson doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for the Royals, whose starter Luke Hochevar allowed four hits and a run over two innings. Jesse Chavez picked up the win with a scoreless top of the eighth. The Royals are 2-1 in the spring.

After helping Missouri State University to its first regular-season Missouri Valley Conference crown and the tournament's No. 1 seed, MSU's Kyle Weems is the 2011 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year. 

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 Rosalie Summers of Pacific, formerly of Salem, will be held today at 10:00 at the Bell Funeral Home in Pacific. Interment will be it the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Pacific.

Visitation services for Keith Randolph Hogan of Salem, age 55, will be held today 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 tonight 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 of 56.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 36.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high around 60.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain, low of 48.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for shower, high of 62.
Friday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 42.



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