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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Lou Trombley came in to discuss with the commission about adopting a road that he has made to their specifics in a new upscale subdivision that he is developing off of Dent County Road 6150. He has built a house and received a temporary address on a private lane for the home from the Salem TCRC, but wanted the commission to make the private lane a county road so that there would not be an address change later after more homes are built. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that even though he understood what Mr. Trombley wanted to do, he does not want to set a precedent on adopting a road with only one home on it. That has been a policy of the county for years. He said that once two homes have been built, he would be glad to check the road to make sure that it meets the county specs and then adopt the road. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 5330, 5360, 5380, 6010, 6585 and 6590. He stated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6470. District 2 Commissioner Larson said that he responded to a call early Wednesday morning about 2:37 concerning downed trees across roads and storm damage south of Lecoma. He said that the crews were out there at 3:00 to assess the damage and workers arrived at the scene around 4:00 to remove the trees across the road and also move other debris from the roads. He reported that workers would be in the area again to help clean up debris from the storm. He did state that workers would be grading in the Howes Mill area on Dent County Road 5260 and adding materials to Dent County Road 2160. Presiding Commission Darrell Skiles reported that he received a letter from Attorney General Chris Koster in regards to holding a public town hall presentation on Missouri’s portion of a national settlement on foreclosure abuses. Of the $155 million dollars in benefits, $86 million will go to Missouri homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments; another $38 million will go to homeowners who are making payments every month, but now owe more principal on their home than they are worth; and more than $31 million will be targeted to Missouri homeowners who lost their homes due to foreclosure between January 1st, 2008 and December 21st, 2011 because of bad servicing practices. The town hall meeting to discuss this will be held at the Salem TCRC on March 26th at noon. A hotline has been set up for consumers who have questions about the settlements at 1-855-870-7676. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reminds everyone that absentee voting is currently going on for the April election at the courthouse, and you must be registered to vote by March 7th to vote in that election. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Dent County University of Missouri Extension will be offering a Private Pesticide Applicator Training Program on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm at the Extension Office Conference Room located on the second floor of the Judicial Building in Salem. Will McClain, University of Missouri Extension Agronomy Specialist will be instructing this course for those who wish to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides.  By participating in this training session, individuals will meet the Missouri Department of Agriculture requirements to obtain a license to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides for private use. Those individuals who need to renew an expiring restricted-use pesticide license are eligible to attend this session to have those licenses renewed. This course is only for those people who produce agriculture commodities (farmers) and who desire to apply these pesticides for private use.  Those individuals who are interested in commercial, dealer or other pesticide licenses should call 573-751-5504. There is no charge for this course, however, participants are now required to purchase the new “Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual” to be eligible to renew or apply for a license. Cost of the manual is $12. The course will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Please call the Dent County Extension office at 729-3196 by Monday, March 5th to reserve a seat or if you have questions.

Thursday was the opening day of trout season at three state parks in Missouri including Montauk State Park in Dent County. There were 1,678 adult trout tags sold and 149 children tags sold for a total of 1,827 total tags. Last year, there were 1,812 total tags sold on opening day. The largest lunker was a rainbow trout caught by John Devoto of Cherryville and it came in at nine pounds even. The next largest trout caught was a 6-pound, 9-ounce rainbow by Glen Shockley of Cuba followed by two 6-pound, 8-ounce lunkers caught by Brian Black and Lawson Toman of Salem. The catch and keep trout season will continue through October 31st.

Sports [TOP]

Roberto Luongo posted 29 stops for his third shutout of the season as Vancouver took a 2-0 win over St. Louis in a battle for the top spot in the NHL. Coming into the game, the Blues trailed the Canucks by one point for No. 1 in the conference and the league, but thanks to Luongo's 58th career whitewash, Vancouver now has 90 points, two more than the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers. Brian Elliott was the tough-luck loser as he gave up just one goal on 23 shots for the Blues, who had a four-game winning streak stopped. The Blues will play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at 9:30 and you’ll be able to hear it on KSMO Radio.

The seventh-ranked Missouri Tiger basketball team will play at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon in their regular season finale. Missouri is 26-4 on the year and have clinched second place in the Big 12. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO, starting with the pre-game show, at 2:30.

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has signed a five-year contract extension. The new deal begins in 2013 and runs through the 2017 campaign. It also includes a mutual option for 2018. Molina, 29, is a four-time (2008-11) Rawlings Gold Glove award recipient and a three-time (2009-11) National League All-Star.  He was also voted the recipient of the Rawlings Platinum Glove award in 2011, recognizing him as the top defensive player among all players in the National League. Yadier posted a career-high .305 batting average last season, leading the team and ranking 8th in the National League.  He became the first catcher to pace the team in batting since Ted Simmons did so in 1973.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Alva Ray Johnston of Salem, age 76, will be held Saturday at 12:00 (noon) at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family of Alva Johnston.

Funeral services for Richard “Glenn” Calvin of Rolla, age 70, will be held Saturday at 12:00 (noon) at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Robert ‘Jerome’ Bay of Salem, age 93, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 until 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Grace Pearl Johnson of Salem will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 until 8:00. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery in Reynolds County at 2:00 on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the Polk Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms this morning, then partly sunny this afternoon, high of 61. Tonight. Partly cloudy, low of 31.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 47.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 30.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 51.
Sunday night..Mostly clear, low of 32.

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