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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 6520 and 6650, and that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5680. Purcell said that two trucks would be hauling creek rock and two workers would be screening gravel. Purcell said that he attended the Missouri Forest Resource Advisory Council meeting Friday concerning Bio-Mass and said about 100 people were in attendance. He said that the meeting was very informative as members from the Forest and Missouri Department of Conservation gave their view as did Mike Mills from Pro Energy. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson had a previous commitment and was not in attendance at the meeting, so Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that workers in District Two were repairing the chip and seal on Dent County Road 3210 and other workers were helping with the Road and Bridge shed addition. Skiles wanted to let the public know of the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting Thursday in St. James at the Nelson Hart Community Park where a number of the pieces of equipment purchased with HSOC dollars will be on display from 10:00 to 11:30. He also said that a public hearing would need to be held on the budget adjustment requested by the Tourism Tax Committee to go from $50,000 to $65,000 in expenditures. This would leave a projected ending balance on December 31st in the fund of $81,279. The commission voted to hold the public hearing at 9:45 on November 8th. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that she attended the health insurance consortium meeting and reported that premiums are expected to only increase about 5% this year and that would mean the insurance for the county employees under the current plan with the same coverage should be about $366.00 per employee per month. She said that Wednesday is the last day that an absentee ballot can be mailed out, that Saturday the clerk’s office will be open from 8:00 AM until noon for absentee voting, and that Monday will be the last day to vote absentee. At the last meeting, Donna Holden and Stacey Stockstill with the Public Defenders Office came in to discuss the increases in the expenses of their office. Holden said that their current lease will expire December 31st and that the Public Defenders Office space is currently too small and they are running out of room. She said that Dent County’s share of the new proposed lease would be an additional $1,600 per year. The commission will get back with her at a later date. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Nominations are in and winners be announced at the 2010 Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Silent Auction and regular Auction to be held on Thursday, November 4th at the Salem City Hall Auditorium beginning at 6:00 pm. Nominations for Business of the Year include Doe Run Recycling Division, Montauk Lodge and Salem Publishing Company. The Non-Profit Organization of the Year nominations include the Dent County Health Center, Enrichment Services of Dent County and the Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center. Nominations for Small Business of the Year include C&E Auto Sales, Roberts-Judson Lumber Company and Pratt, Mitchell and Company. Karen Happel from the City of Salem, Sherry Lea from the Salem TCRC and Charles Whitmire from the Whitmire Inn were nominated for the Customer Service Award. Nominated for the Citizen of the Decade Award was Geriann Ball, Jerry Craig and Stan Podorski. Tickets are available for $20 per person at the Chamber office located at 200 South Main or from any Board member. 

An accident occurred at 7:40 Sunday night in Iron County on Highway 32 about half a mile west of Route A. According to the highway patrol report, the trailer from a 2004 Freightliner driven by 45-year old Mehmooda Malik of Shoreline, Washington, crossed the center line and struck the front of a 1996 Dodge driven by 21-year old Elizabeth Fishburn of Bixby. The Freightliner then traveled off the side of the roadway into the ditch. Fishburn and an occupant in the Dodge, 22-year old Paul Heath of Viburnum, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Iron County Hospital in Pilot Knob. Malik was the only one wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by Anderson’s Towing of Belleview. The Freightliner sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers defeated St. Clair Monday night in two straight games to move into the District semi-final in Owensville. The scores were 27-25 and 25-23. Tonight, the Lady Tigers will face the #1 seed St. Francois Borgia starting at 5:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. If Salem wins over the Lady Knights, they would play in the championship game at 8:00 tonight.

Mizzou junior Blaine Gabbert and sophomore Gahn McGaffie have earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Week awards after their performances last Saturday in Mizzou's 36-27 win over Oklahoma. Gabbert was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week finishing 30-of-42 for 308 yards and a score. Gabbert completed 8-of-9 passes for 95 yards and one TD in the fourth quarter. McGaffie set the tone for Missouri's win over Oklahoma, as he returned the opening kickoff 86-yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Tiger lead just 14 seconds into the game. His kickoff return for touchdown was the first of his career and the first for Missouri since 2008, when Jeremy Maclin took a kickoff 99 yards for score against Illinois. McGaffie's kick return is the longest return by the Tigers in 2010.

Every coach that the Cardinals wanted back for 2011 will be coming back. Pitching coach Dave Duncan agreed to a two-year contract with a 2013 option on Monday, while four other members of the club's 2010 staff agreed to one-year pacts. That includes hitting coach Mark McGwire, first-base/outfield coach Dave McKay, third-base/infield coach Jose Oquendo and bench coach Joe Pettini.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jacob "Jake" Samuel Ray of Salem, age 18, will be held today at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Sally A. Price of Salem, age 96, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time Tuesday. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Kenneth Edward Norris of Salem, age 77, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time.  Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Alta Land of Salem, age 86, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 Wednesday. Interment will be in the Midlawn Memorial Garden in St. Clair. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Graveside Committal services for Oneta T. Blake of Hillsboro, Illinois, age 86, will be held Friday at the Delmar Cemetery in Bunker, after visitation from 10:00 to 12:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield, Illinois.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy and breezy this morning, becoming mostly sunny this afternoon, high of 65.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 44.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny and breezy, high around 70.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low near 40.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and cooler, high of 61.

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