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The Dent County Commissioners held their quarterly nightly meeting Monday night at the Judicial Building with just a hand full of people in attendance. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that the year-to-date sales tax revenue is up $2,798; the year-to-date General Revenue expenses are down $91,589 and that the total year-to-date General Revenue is down $734 from 2009. Skiles said that the law enforcement sales tax was up $49,905 and law enforcement expenses were down $27,900. Skiles also reported that the state reimbursement was down about half at $21,606 compared to $40,760 for 2009. He then reported that the county had signed a lease/purchase agreement with the Bank of Salem for a used 2007 Tahoe 4X4 for $21,500 that was equipped for law enforcement. Skiles also reported that revenue in the Assessor's Office was down $4,800, but expenses were also down $8,270. For the Road and Bridge Department, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that the budget is within the parameters and the work continued on the expansion of the building for the Road and Bridge Department, on the additions and office space. The Road and Bridge Department maintains all the SEMA and FEMA records and they are kept for quite some time thus needing the additional storage space. The new building would also have a work area, lunchroom, restroom and a space for storage of equipment such as tires, oil, and other items used by the department. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that all the FEMA related jobs were finished this month including the original work and those areas that were redone due to weather related issues. Larson then reported that the Road and Bridge Department did spend between $65 to $70 thousand dollars more this year on white rock due to the heavy spring rains as Dent County maintains over 600 miles of graveled roads. Larson also said that creek gravel is being stock piled if needed. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors will conduct their regular monthly meeting tonight in the hospital library beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda from the public tax meeting held August 19th and the regular meeting held September 23rd, Eddie Marmouget from BK&D Accounting Firm will present the annual hospital audit. Administrator Dennis Pryor will update the Board on the auxiliary report, the hospital activity calendar, legislative issues and the inpatient and ER patient satisfaction survey results. After the summary of operations and statistics report for September, Director of Nursing Carol Lacy will update the Board on the nursing services and ancillary services reports. During Old Business there will be a strategic planning update, an update on the hospital lagoon, the hospital foundation committee, an annual bylaw review and a strategic planning meeting.  In new business the Board will address hospital purchases. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors is open to the public.

Drivers are reminded to watch for deer, which are more active this time of year, especially during evening and nighttime hours. Deer behavioral changes are occurring due to mating season, which may cause an increase in roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being places they aren’t usually seen. When deer are seen, slow down and proceed with caution! Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see one deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. In 2009, 28 percent of the traffic crashes involving deer happened in urban areas. Last year, Missouri had 3,676 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.4 hours in the state. In these crashes, five people were killed and 333 injured. The majority of deer strike crashes occur from October through December each year, with the largest number taking place in November. The majority of deer strikes occur from 5:00 p.m. through 6:59 a.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes. Please stay alert, and make sure you and the occupants of your vehicle buckle up!

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Football Tigers will be in St. James tomorrow night to face the Tigers starting at 7:00. Salem and St. James enter the game with an 0-1 district record. Salem is 5-3 overall for the year. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting with Tiger Talk and Coach Bill Schuchardt at 6:30.

St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long has been named the NFL's defensive player of the week. Long tied a career-high with two sacks to take defensive honors. The Rams recorded a total of seven sacks in a 20-17 win over San Diego. This is the first time Long has won this award.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison on Wednesday. Ellison played in 15 games with Jacksonville last season. He but did not see any action in the pros prior to last season.

University of Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe was named the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches. The Hampton, Va. native enjoyed a historic two-year career at the junior college level, earning back-to-back first team all-NJCAA All-America honors while setting school records for scoring (1,653 points) and rebounding (580) at Central Florida Community College.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ola Irene Grogan of Salem, age 85, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the New Hope Cemetery.

Funeral services for James Ottis Devall of Salem, age 84 will be today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery with full military honors. 

Memorial services for Anne Rutledge of Salem, age 71, will be held today at 2:00 at the Salem Christian Church. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel. 

Funeral services for Rita L. Quick of Salem, age 65, will be held Friday at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Round Pond Cemetery.

Funeral services for Leroy Wallis of Rolla, age 85, will be held Friday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the VFW Post 2025 of Rolla.

Funeral services for Floyd Millard Gibbs of Salem, age 98, will be held Friday at 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Bernice Duckworth of Salem, age 95, will be Saturday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 12:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sons of the American Legion.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 72.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 46.
Friday..Partly cloudy in the morning, the becoming mostly cloudy, high of 75.
Friday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance for showers late, low of 54.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 72.

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