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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Ralph Williams from Investment Realty in Rolla was in attendance to discuss some properties available that he thought the county may have an interest in. They were the old US Bank location on Fourth Street as well as 2.6 acres of property on Highway 32-72 East across from the county maintenance shed. He left some information about the locations and told the commissioners if they are interested to let him know and he will present the offer. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that workers are servicing county truck #71. He went on to say that they are adding rock to Dent County Roads 4210, 5390 and 6460; and doing some patch grading on county road 4210. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that another worker had to go to Springfield to get more oil for chip and seal patching. He said that brush was going to be cut on Dent County Road 4280, and that patch grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 4055, 4060 and 4480. Larson wanted to let the public know that the commissioners are aware that there are a lot of potholes on numerous roads, but after the last rain, the roads are simply too soft to do any constructive grading. These roads will be addressed once the roads dry out. Larson also said that two men would be working at the gravel plant. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation meeting on Tuesday. The board reviewed the audit for the MCEC and it was fine. He also said that he testified at a Senate Ag Committee hearing on Senate Bill 299 that would make the Missouri Department of Conservation responsible for damages created by the elk that are to be released in Missouri, including personal damages. He said that former commissioner and Dent County Farmer Bobby Simpson also testified in favor of the bill at the hearing. At the last meeting, the commissioners agreed to sign the annual agreement for the MAC legal services for $1,200. The figure is based on the county’s assessed valuation. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at the courthouse at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The 60th Annual Variety Show and Miss Salem Pageant will be held Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 pm at the Salem City Hall auditorium.  The Variety Show this year carries the theme of "Memories" and recognition will be given to all Past Miss Salem winners in attendance.  Variety acts include; comedy acts by the Cosmopolitan Club and Seidal Club, three dance groups from the Salem Academy of Dance directed by Linda Maledy, Emily Hanning vocals, comedy sketch by Curt Murr, and music by Michael Connors.  Vying for the title of Miss Salem are: Brittany Lowrance, Chandra Sullins, Jodie Happel, Ashley Greenshields, Samantha Riley, Kayce Webber, Chandler Parks, Joy Malott, Ashlee LaRue, Kayla Gott, Natasha Rice, Kala Trolinger, and Bailey Barnes. Escorts will be Blake Beeson, Jonathan Hambacker, Lane Howard and Kevin Presley. The Flower Girl will be Cayleigh Moody and the  Crown Bearer will be Bryce Stewart. MC for the evening will be David Massengale with Miss Salem narration by Cosmopolitan Club President, Catherine Dent. The present Miss Salem is Rachel Arts.

Sports [TOP]

The 2011 St. Louis Cardinal pocket schedules have arrived. They are available around town at sponsors of Cardinal baseball heard on KSMO and at the KSMO station in the front room during regular business hours.

Jaroslav Halak was nearly flawless in his first game against his former team, making 27 saves as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1. Andy McDonald, Matt D'Agostini and David Backes and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who have won three straight. McDonald also had two assists. The Blues will host Detroit Saturday night at 7:00 on KSMO Radio.

B.J. Holmes and David Loubeau each had 20 points as Texas A&M took an 86-71 win over Missouri in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Marcus Denmon had 22 points, Laurence Bowers added 13 points and six rebounds and Kim English added 12 points for the Tigers (23-10), whose only title in this tournament came in 2009.

J.C. Boscan drove in the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Atlanta slipped past St. Louis, 2-1, in Grapefruit League action. Nick Stavinoha knocked in the lone run, in the sixth inning, for the Cardinals. Brian Tallet suffered the loss, but starter Kyle McClellan turned in four innings of three-hit, one-run ball.

Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run home run for Oakland as the Athletics and a split squad for the Kansas City Royals played to a 4-4 tie in Cactus League play. Kurt Mertins, Billy Butler and Wil Myers each drove in a run for the Royals. Will Smith was touched for four runs on four hits in two innings of work. In the other Kansas City game, Mike Moustakas hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the Royals to a 4-3 win over the Angels in spring training. Royals’ starter Vin Mazzaro was touched for three runs on six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 shaky innings. Christopher Dwyer earned the win with a flawless seventh inning.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Mary Skaggs Shrout of House Springs, formerly of Steelville, age 56, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Shoal Creek Cemetery in Steelville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Autumn Richardson of Bunker, age 29, will be held today at 2:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Judes.

Funeral services for Wanda Brown of Salem, age 81,will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Wofford Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Wofford Cemetery.

Graveside services for Virginia Franke of Bowling Green, Kentucky, age 82, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Mary Imajean McBenge of Steelville, age 68, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Velma M. Brandt of St. James, age 83, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

Funeral services for Earnest Schroeder of St. James, age 51, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00. Memorials may be made to the Schroeder Family. 

Funeral services for Goldia Barnes of Rolla, age 103, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service. Memorials may be made to the New Home Baptist Building Fund.

Funeral services for Hazel P. Edmondson of Anutt, age 91, will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Anutt United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service. Internment will be in the Anutt Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 62.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 40.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high near 60.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 36.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 52.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, low of 34.
Monday..Partly cloudy, high of 52.
Monday night..Mostly clear, low of 35.

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