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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Red Cummings was in attendance and asked if the Road Rally provided any economic gain to the community versus any damage to the road. Commissioner Purcell said that the county receives sales tax revenues from the teams and their families as well as the people who come to watch. He said that last year, an economic impact study was done on the 2009 race that showed that the money spent by these people turned over about five times in the local area. Purcell also told Cummings that those roads were going to have to be graded anyway and that those drivers did not do any extensive damage to the roads. Cummings also wanted to know that if a person was having their affairs managed by the public administrator after being deemed incapacitated by the court, could they still vote? County Clerk Angie Curley said that they cannot vote and that is the law by state statute. In the road report, Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that patching would be done and materials would be hauled to Dent County Roads 5360, 5380, 5520, 5530, 5580, 5600 and 5690. He said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 6460 and 6570. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was going to be done and materials were going to be added to Dent County Roads 2200, 3230, 3240, 3300 and 4380. He also said that Crown Equipment would be in town to repair truck #116 as a cylinder blew out. Purcell also reported that he attended the Ozark National Scenic Riverways Management Plan Workshop in Rolla last week and the hot issues were motorized boats, horse trails and crossings, and vehicles on the gravel bars. The National Park Service will take all the comments from the worksheets from those in attendance and provide a summary of the workshop after compiling the information. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he would be attending a Resource Conservation Development meeting today in Houston. County Clerk Angie Curley is reminding everyone that the last day to register to vote for the April election is March 10th, and that absentee voting is currently underway at her office. You also have until March 31st to get an absentee ballot mailed to you to vote. For more information, call 729-4144. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft, shoplifting and a felony probation and parole warrant. On Thursday, February 25th at 2:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the truck parking lot on Babb Lane in reference to a theft. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown entered 2 unsecured vehicles and removed an in dash radio and CD’s valued at $300 and from the second vehicle a Tom-Tom GPS valued at $120.00 was taken. On Friday, February 26th at 5:40 p.m. an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting report that led to the arrest of a 23-year old Salem woman for stealing $14.00 of merchandise. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Sunday, February 28th at 7:00 a.m. an officer was detailed to the 300 block of East Center Street in reference to a theft. The report revealed a small portable safe was taken from a residence. At 6:30 that evening, a 39-year old Holt Summit man was contacted in the 1000 block of East Mondy Street in reference to a felony Probation and Parole warrant for his arrest. He was incarcerated on the warrant. Then at 7:30 p.m. that same evening, an officer was detailed to the 800 block of East First Street in reference to a theft. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown removed a white cast iron bathtub with claw feet from the residence. The tub was valued at $250.00. Anyone with any information regarding the thefts, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

An accident occurred on Thursday, February 25th at 2:24 in the afternoon on Highway 32 in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a 2002 Buick Century driven by Barbara Killion of Licking was traveling east on Highway 32 in the inner lane when she fell asleep. Killion started to veer left crossing the center turn lane, both west bound lanes, and ran off the left side of the roadway making contact with the North Street curb in front of the car wash. Killion continued east bound on the sidewalk across 58 feet of the car wash east driveway making a second impact with the North Street curb. Killion then continued 44 feet into the grassy area, and crossed Orchard Street making a third impact with the North Street curb and sidewalk. Killion continued 21 feet east before coming to a final resting position. MODOT property sustained extensive damage, 4.5 feet of street curb was damaged, and there was minor damage to the grassy area. The Buick Century sustained extensive damage, but no injuries were reported.

Sports [TOP]

Missouri State freshman righty and Salem native Grant Gordon has been honored as the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week. Gordon threw seven innings of scoreless relief Friday and struck out eight batters against UT Arlington. Gordon is the first Missouri State freshman to win the league's pitcher of the week award since March 7, 2005.

Zaire Taylor banked a lay-up at the buzzer to lead the Missouri Tigers to a thrilling 69-67 overtime victory against the Iowa State Cyclones in a Big 12 battle at the Hilton Coliseum. J.T. Tiller scored 17 points to lead Missouri (22-8, 10-5 Big 12), while Marcus Denmon and Michael Dixon tallied 16 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench. In overtime, the Tigers and Cyclones both shot at 50.0 percent clips from the field, setting the stage for Taylor's heroics at the buzzer.

David Backes and T.J. Oshie each had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues took a 5-2 decision over the Phoenix Coyotes in the first game for both teams after the Olympic break. Andy McDonald, Jay McClement and Brad Boyes each scored a goal for the Blues, who have won four straight. Chris Mason stopped 37 shots in the win. St. Louis plays at Dallas on Thursday and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

There will be a Powder Puff Football Fundraiser for the “S” Club Scholarship Fund at the Salem High School Gymnasium this Thursday night starting at 6:00. The first game will feature the sophomores taking on the juniors, with the winner of that game facing the seniors for this year’s bragging rights. Admission is $1.00 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Salem High School Winter Sports Banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:30 at the Salem High School Cafeteria for the Boys and Girls varsity and JV basketball teams, the cheerleaders and the parents of those who participated.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for William “Bill” Benjamin Nash Sr. of Salem, age 53, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grover Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Zander Charles Head of Salem, age 5 months, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jeffery Elmer of Salem, age 51, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Anna M. Wirfs of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Matlock Cemetery in Rural Phelps County. Memorials are suggested to the Matlock Cemetery or Tri County Human Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 45.
Tonight.Mostly clear, low of 22.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 50.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 26.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 56.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low around 30.
Saturday..Partly cloudy, high of 52.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 38.

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