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The Dent County Commission met Monday morning for their regular meeting at the courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated road crews would be out checking and treating slick spots on county roads, plus also identifying and replacing downed road signs as well as replacing missing street name signs. Purcell indicated that a fuel line was being serviced on truck #115 and maintenance work was being done on county truck #73. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson also stated that workers would be checking out and treating slick spots on county roads. He said workers would be changing out some grader blades getting the graders ready for use, and John Deere would be sending service personnel to check out an error code on a grader. Larson reported personnel from Great Rivers Associates Engineering would be at the commissioner meeting on Thursday at 10:00 to go over the new bridge project on Dent County Road 3210 before meeting with some landowners about the work to be done. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he presided over a Public Housing Authority hearing in St. James last week. His advice to anyone who is on HUD is to please read and pay attention to the conditions of the contract you sign, and contact the PHA should any changes in your housing situation occur. He said he attended the MRPC External Relations committee meeting and they reviewed their federal priorities that will be presented to legislators in Washington, DC. He also welcomed Senator Roy Blunt Thursday night at the MRPC meeting and asked about the delay in getting Forest Service money for Dent County. Skiles said he received a call from Blunt’s Jefferson City office Monday morning and they said they are checking into it. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said absent voting will continue until April 7th at 5:00 at the courthouse, and mail-out ballots must be sent by April 2nd. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and itis open to the public.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will host a public town hall meeting in Rolla today to hear directly from Missourians on how to continue expanding job and business opportunities. The “McCaskill on Main Street” tour is bringing the Senator to communities across the state this week, where she is hearing ideas and concerns from constituents, answering questions, and giving a firsthand update about her ongoing work in the Senate to boost jobs. Tuesday’s town hall will take place at The Havener Center at the Missouri S&T Campus. The get together will be held in the St. Pat’s Ballroom at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will hold their regular meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Offices Board Room. After approval of the agendas and communications, the superintendent will report give his report on summer school and then give a building update. The principals from William Lynch, Upper Elementary, Junior High, and Senior High will give their respective reports. In new business, the board will set the organizational meeting date, approve the MSBA policy service agreement, consider the reading recovery purchased services agreement, consider an after school program coordinator, consider the health insurance proposal, and review resignations. The board will then adjourn and move into executive session.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors will conduct their monthly meeting tonight in the hospital library beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and the minutes from the February 18th meeting will be the summary of operations and statistics report for February followed by the nursing and ancillary service reports. Administrator Dennis Pryor will then update the Board with an auxiliary report, hospital activity calendar and legislative updates followed by the Chief of Staff report. In old business the Board will address a 2011 strategic planning goals update, the Community Health Needs Assessment and a 2015 budget committee meeting. In new business the Board will address purchases made for the hospital. The Board may vote to go into closed session. The monthly meeting of the SMDH Board of Directors is open to the public.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released several arrest reports. On Monday, March 10th at 2:40 in the afternoon, 20-year old Daniel Rictor of Salem was arrested in Crawford County on a felony warrant for unlawful use of a weapon. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on no bond. On Thursday, March 13th at 5:30 in the evening, 21-year old Alexander Cargal of Salem was arrested in Dent County and charged with driving while revoked. He also had three misdemeanor Gasconade County warrants for no insurance, driving while revoked, and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. On Saturday, March 15th at 10:50 in the evening, 28-year old Joshua Sapaugh of St. James was arrested in Dent County and charged with a first offense of driving while intoxicated. He was released to a sober driver. At 11:42 that night, 32-year old Jason Archer of Salem was arrested in dent County and charged with a felony driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, and failure to wear a seat belt. He was then released to a sober driver. On Sunday, March 16th at 12:45 in the early morning, 42-year old Thomas Maize of Lesterville was arrested in Dent County and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to signal.  He was later released.

Sports [TOP]

David Backes scored twice, including the game-winner with 6:51 left in the third period, as the St. Louis Blues secured a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday at Scottrade Center. The Blues will be in Chicago on Wednesday to face the Blackhawks.

The second seeded Missouri Tigers will host the seventh seeded Davidson Wildcats tonight at the Mizzou Arena in the 1st round of the National Invitation Tournament. Missouri is 22-11 on the year and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 7:30.

Mike Napoli hit a three-run homerun for Boston in a 10-5 Grapefruit League victory over St. Louis. Daniel Descalso drove in two runs, while Kolten Wong added three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have the day off today.

Yordano Ventura tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and no walks with six strikeouts as the Kansas City Royals downed the Texas Rangers, 6-0, in Cactus League play. The Royals have the day off today.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Lee F. Becherer of Salem, age 87, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.

Funeral services for Nicholas S. Asbridge of Rolla, age 84, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Rolla. A prayer service will be held at 4:30 today with visitation tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial services for Ed Pope of Steelville, age 80, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time.

Graveside services for John “Jack” Lally of St. Louis, formerly of Steelville, age 96, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Steelville Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Orin Biggs of Steelville, age 84, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Homes in Steelville. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made given to the Victory Baptist Church in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Dale T. Howard of Salem, age 87, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Carty Cemetery or Hobson Community Church.

A “Celebration of Life” memorial service for Glendon Lee Gant of Bunker, age 82, will be held at First Baptist Church of Bunker on Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greeley Cemetery, the Bunker Volunteer Fire Department, or the Bunker Alumni Scholarship Fund, all at Bunker; to Southwest Baptist University in Salem, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 66.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 35.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 56.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 33.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 63.
Thursday night..Clear, low of 43.
Friday..Sunny, high of 67.
Friday night..Cloudy, low of 39.

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