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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Red Cummings asked Dent County Clerk Angie Curley about the state statute on incapacitation and brought in a court order that showed that the person was deemed incapacitated by the court that allows that person to still vote. Curley said that court order had a flag showing an additional paragraph added by the court. She said that the judge can add that paragraph to the order for that exception to be made that still allows a person deemed incapacitated to vote. If that paragraph is not included, the person is not allowed to vote. Commissioner Dennis Purcell also told Cummings that the roads used in the Road Rally needed only about three hours of work by the road crews. He said that the roads were not graded prior to the race and they needed to be graded, so there really was no additional cost to the county allowing the roads to be used for the race. In the road report, First District Commissioner Purcell said that grading would be done and rock would be added to Dent County Roads 4080 and 4215. He also said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5690, 6020 and 6590. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was going to be done and rock would be added to Dent County Roads 2150, 2370, 3160, 4040, 4060 and 4430. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he would be attending a public housing authority meeting and the MRPC meeting Thursday night in St. James. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind everyone that the last day to register to vote for the Municipal Election in April is Wednesday, and that absentee balloting is going on now. She said that the courthouse would be open on Saturday, April 3rd from 8:00 until noon for absentee voting. At the last meeting, bids were taken from local banks on a lease purchase of a front-end loader and the two lowest bids were for 3.95% from Town and Country Bank and the Bank of Salem. Since the last lease/purchase of equipment was made through Town and Country Bank, the commissioners voted 3-0 to go with the bank of Salem this time. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Area Community Betterment Association will be hosting a “Trivia Night” fundraiser on Saturday, March 27th at 6:00 PM.  The event will be held at the Salem City Hall Auditorium on Washington Street. There will be ten categories with ten questions in each category. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams, with $200 and a trophy going to the first place team. A prize will be given for the most creative team name as well as other games and raffles during the evening. The emcee for the evening will be SACBA Board member, David Massengale. Come and compete against the reigning champions “The Forrest Stumped”. Compete as a team; bring your family, friends & neighbors. Teams of up to 8 people may participate for an entry fee of $100. Snacks and drinks will be provided during the evening. Each team in encouraged to bring their own food for their table. Spectators are welcome to watch from the balcony. So gather your team and call 729-8163 to reserve your table.

State emergency management and the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a STATEWIDE SEVERE WEATHER TORNADO DRILL on Thursday, March 11th at 1:30 pm. The test was originally scheduled for today but was moved due to the possibility of bad weather. Every school, citizen and business is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing, seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has granted a waiver to the state of Missouri as the National Weather Service will be allowed to use the actual Emergency Alert System (EAS) code (TOR) for the tornado drill message. This means that NOAA Weather Radios that are set to receive the TOR code will activate for the test tornado warning. Local officials may sound warning sirens to initiate the drill. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado emergency. The Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeast Kansas experience a variety of sever weather including tornadoes, sever thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail as well as flash flooding. Residents are encouraged as well to use this week and test day to practice what you would do in a real tornado emergency.

Sports [TOP]

The long awaited 2010 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules have arrives. They are available at local merchants around town or in the front lobby of the KSMO Radio Station.

The Salem Athletic Banquet for Winter Sports will be held tonight starting at 6:30. The banquet will spotlight the boys and girl’s basketball teams, the cheerleaders and the parents of the student who participated. The banquet will be held in the high school cafeteria.

Josh Reddick doubled in the tying run in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Che-Hsuan Lin's hit, as the Boston Red Sox took a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Grapefruit League play. Donovan Solano went 2-for-2 and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who didn't get a hit until the seventh inning but scored three times in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 lead. Chris Carpenter allowed one run on four hits in a two-inning start. St. Louis played without slugger Albert Pujols, who sat with discomfort in his lower back. Pujols is expected to be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Jonny Gomes clubbed a three-run homer as the Cincinnati Reds clobbered the Kansas City Royals, 14-5, in Cactus League play. Drew Stubbs and Daniel Dorn each hit a two-run home run for the Reds. Josh Fields hit a two-run home run and Kila Ka'aihue added a solo home run for the Royals, who had won their previous two games. Brian Bannister went two scoreless innings in the start while Kyle Farnsworth received the loss as he was clubbed for five runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Virginia Pyatt of Steelville, age 99, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Grubville.

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Duncan of Salem, age 72, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Salem Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Bessie Caroline McWhorter of Rolla, age 83, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time Wednesday. Interment will be in the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the family of Bessie McWhorter.

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Bracy of Lenox, age 76, will be held Thursday at Noon at the First Pentecostal Church of Vichy. Interment will be in the Wynn/Maxwell Cemetery. Memorials maybe made to the Alheizmers Association or Phelps County Regional Homecare Hospice. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy and breezy with a 60% chance for showers and scattered thunderstorms, high of 61.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 45.
Wednesday..Partly sunny early, cloudy late, high of 72.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance showers and thunderstorms, low of 45.

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