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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done and rock was going to be added to Dent County Roads 5650, 6010 and 6420. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was going to be done and rock was going to be added to Dent County Roads 2120, 2240, 2270 and 4330. Commissioner Purcell said that he and Commissioner Larson attended the National Forest Service special meeting Wednesday morning for those interested in logging the downed timber on forest service lands 300 feet to each side of the county roads. He said that there were 38 interested individuals in attendance to find out what needed to be done to bid. Purcell went on to say that no start date was given, it was just that the winning bid would have a year to get their bid area completed. If others are interested in bidding on these areas, they need to contact the National Forest Service at 729-6656. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended an Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Executive Committee meeting Tuesday and the household hazardous waste collection at the Rolla Recycling Center has been temporarily suspended for the next 60 to 90 days as the firm that removed the waste from the Rolla Recycling Center out of Arkansas has filed for bankruptcy. He will let us know when a new vendor has been selected. He also said that a new EPA rule says that any appliances that contain refrigerant in the future that are brought in to be recycled would have to be drained of all refrigerants or there would be an additional charge to the person dropping off the item. He also attended a Top of the Ozarks RC & D meeting Wednesday in Houston where they discussed Title 3 funds and how they can be used. He said that some rules have changed as to what those funds can be used for. He also said that MoDOT cancelled all their February bids for projects because of the lack of available funds in the state. Joe Weber and Larry Goldberg from GS & M Architects and Planners Were in attendance to discuss some options for a new jail and governmental center. They presented two plans: one that was a two-level facility and another that was two distinct buildings. Their recommendation was that the new facility would need to be a 77-bed facility to accommodate the growth and needs in the next ten years. Goldberg said that there are three ways to look at paying for the project: Revenue bonds, structured lease and USDA Stimulus Money. The most affordable way would be to use the stimulus money through the USDA who he said is looking for projects. Goldberg said that right now building costs are the lowest in many years where savings can be realized as much as 8 to 12 percent, and numerous companies are bidding competitively on projects which also lowers the cost. He said that this would be the best route to go where the county would not have to try to pass any sales tax increase, or increase other taxes to pay for the complex. The total cost of the project presented was about 7.6 million dollars. The figures presented did not include the cost to purchase the land for the project. The commissioners will look over all the numbers and get back with them if they would like to take the second step which would include public hearings. Jerry Craig from the Sesquicentennial Committee asked the commissioners if vendors and crafters could set up on the courthouse lawn on July 3rd for a downtown street event and they agreed to the request. At the last meeting, Circuit Clerk Ruth Ann Williams presented bids for a new phone system for the first floor of the Judicial Building. One was from Embarq for $11,496.51 and the other was from Fidelity for $14,670.21. The commission made no decision on the system and Williams will review the bids and get back with the commission. Steve Morton from Morton Construction came in and discussed putting in seven more lights in the Annex for an additional cost of $750 and the commissioners agreed. The commissioners also awarded the bid on culverts to Metal Culverts, and the grader blade bid went to Fabick and Company. 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.

Sports [TOP]

Paul Kariya continued his climb toward the 400- goal plateau with a pair of scores as St. Louis blew out Dallas, 6-1, for its season-high fifth consecutive victory. Kariya, who also had an assist, has 398 career goals. Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund, Brad Boyes and T.J. Oshie also lit the lamp for the Blues. Chris Mason stopped 29 shots for his fifth straight victory. The Blues will play the Colorado Avalanche Saturday and you can hear the game on KSMO at 8:00.

Ike Davis hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, when the Mets scored six times on the way to a 17-11 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Grapefruit League play. Charlie Zink took the loss after allowing seven runs (five earned) over 1 2/3 frames in the middle innings, while Francisco Samuel gave up all six runs in the eighth. Ryan Ludwick went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI for St. Louis, which was playing in its Grapefruit League opener. These two teams play against each other again today. You can hear Cards baseball Saturday and Sunday at noon on KSMO although Saturday’s game will be interrupted at 1:00 for Missouri Basketball.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Matthew Brown each clubbed a three-run homer to help Texas rout Kansas City, 13-3, in Cactus League play. Kyle Davies started for the Royals and yielded four runs on five hits in two innings. These two teams play against each other again today.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers wrap up their regular season Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks at the Mizzou Arena. Game time is set for 1:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO.

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed linebacker Mike Vrabel to a contract extension. Vrabel recorded 65 tackles and two sacks in 14 games for Kansas City last year, his first with the Chiefs after coming over in a trade along with quarterback Matt Cassel from New England.

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with first baseman Billy Butler and infielder Alberto Callaspo.

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed pitchers Mitchell Boggs, Jaime Garcia, Blake Hawksworth, Ben Jukich, Josh Kinney, Kyle McClellan, Jason Motte, Tyler Norrick, Adam Ottavino, Francisco Samuel and P.J. Walters, catchers Bryan Anderson and Matt Pagnozzi, infielders David Freese, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Brendan Ryan and outfielders Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Daryl Jones, Joe Mather, Colby Rasmus, Shane Robinson and Nick Stavinoha to one-year contracts.

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 Zander Charles Head of Salem, age 5 months, will be held today 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 today at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. 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 today 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.

Funeral services for Pauline L. Morris of Salem, formerly of St. Louis, age 97, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salem Christian Church.

Funeral services for Clyde Ellas Wilkinson of Cherryville, age 76, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Steelville. 

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 54.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 31.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 55.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 36.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high near 60.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low near 40.
Monday.. Cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, high of 58.

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