The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said the crews were installing a crossover on Dent County Road 4080. Materials were being hauled to and grading done on Dent County Roads 6090 and 4080. He also mentioned that grading was being done on Dent County Road 5380, and brush was being cut on Dent County Road 5600. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 3220, 2313 and 3240, patch grading was being done in the Boss area, and brush was being cut on Dent County Roads 5240 and 2150. He also said that materials were being added to Dent County Roads 3220 and 2313. Commissioner Larson went on to say that brush cutting on the roads in District 2 was in better shape than in the last several years and Commissioner Purcell echoed that for District 1. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on Monday’s meeting at the Dent County Fire Station concerning the SEMA Regional Emergency Exercise that Dent County would be hosting October 16th. The exercise scenario will be to simulate a severe winter storm that has hit multiple counties. The exercise tentative plans are to simulate fatalities, building collapse, etc. The commissioners’ responsibility will probably deal with clearing county roads for emergency services. Commissioner Skiles also reported on testifying Monday in Jefferson City in support of SB 265. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she conducted a voter registration at Salem High School on Wednesday, which was the last day to register for the April election, and that 17 students registered. She went on to say that absentee voting continues for the April 2nd election and that voter registration continues for the June 4 election. MoDOT Engineers Preston Kramer and Dave Silvester stopped by to discuss some projects. Kramer invited the commissioners to attend the “On The Move” meeting in Lebanon on March 19th. The sixteen “On The Move” meetings are being held throughout Missouri and are designed to get public input into developing a 20-year plan for MoDOT. He went on to say that the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee had made their priorities clear throughout the region, but that is not the case throughout the state. Silvester said that the Senate and House Bills proposing the constitutional amendment to enact a one-cent sales tax for transportation would have a ten year sunset and that 10% would go to counties and cities to assist with their transportation needs. Kramer updated the commissioners on project plans for 2013 and 2014. This year, Highway 19 from Cherryville to Salem, and Highway 32 East from Salem to the Highway 32-72 Junction will be widened from 20’ to 24’, have rumble strips installed and will receive a 1” overlay. Next year, Highway 19 from Salem to Route KK in Shannon County will have the same work done. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams came in with sales tax update. February receipts were $70,798.66, up from the $66,089.51 for February of 2012, but still $4,164.56 below the 2012 year-to-date figures. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be held Monday at 9:00 AM at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Dent County Cattlemen will hold their annual meeting on Saturday at the Indian Trail Archery on Highway 19 North in Salem. Registration will begin at 6:00 pm and the Ladies of the Sligo United Methodist Church will serve our meal at 6:30 pm. There will be a cost of $5.00 per plate. Children under the age of five may eat free. They will have David Moore, Range and Pasture Specialist for MFA, Inc. as a speaker. For reservations, call 729-3196.
The 62nd Annual Variety Show and Miss Salem Pageant will be held Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem City Hall. David Massengale will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Lindsey Purcell, the current Miss Salem will be in attendance. Various acts will include Tonya Treat, the Sixth Grade Drama Club, the First Baptist Quartet, four dance groups from Linda Maledy's Academy of Dance, Ecumenical Eight, Stanley McElfresh, and Jesse Frausto. Girls competing for the title of Miss Salem 2013 include Carly Green, Anndy Hill, Ashlee LaRue, Paige Arnett, Joy Malott, Kendra Ragsdale, Katelyn Connell, Kirsten Land, Cortney Putman. In addition to Miss Salem, a first and second runner up will be announced and the girls will choose a Miss Personality.
The City of Salem Spring Youth Soccer program will be starting soon for all children ages 4-12 years and Spring Youth Soccer sign-ups will be held today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the front lobby of the Salem Community Center @ the Armory located at 1200 West Rolla Road; and on Saturday, March 9th from 9:00 am to 12:00 (noon) at the Salem High School Gym. The cost is $20 per child. For more information contact the City of Salem Parks & Recreation Director, Greg Nash at 729-6290.
Patrik Berglund scored a pair of goals and the St. Louis Blues took down the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-3, on Thursday. Chris Stewart added a goal and two assists for the Blues, who play the Sharks on Saturday at 3:00. KSMO will have the 3rd period following the Mizzou game.
The Missouri Tiger basketball team will finish up their regular season on Saturday when they play at Tennessee, starting with the pre-game show at 2:30 on KSMO. Missouri is 22-8 on the year.
The St. Louis Cardinals will continue their Spring Training schedule this weekend, as they’ll play the Marlins on Saturday and the Mets on Sunday. Game time is set for 12:05 and you’ll be able to hear those games on KSMO.
The 2013 Cardinal pocket schedules have arrived! Those schedules can be picked up at businesses around town that sponsor Cardinal baseball games heard on KSMO Radio as well as in the front office of the KSMO studio.
Funeral arrangements for Betty June Jones of Rolla, age 57, will be held Sunday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday from 10:00 until the service time. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery near Edgar Springs.
Funeral services for Gay Rope of Licking, age 99, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Kingdom Hall in Licking. Visitation will be held from 1:00 until the service time. Interment will be in the Licking City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Three Rivers Hospice in Licking. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.
Memorial services for Terry L. Birdsong of Salem, age 53, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.