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At the state grassland competition in Ashland on Thursday, October 28th, the Salem FFA team took fifth place. Team members include Cody Lough, Lane Howard, Ashley Greenshields and Nick Wesslak. The fifth place finish qualifies the team to compete in the National Land & Range Judging Contest that will be held in Oklahoma City from May 3rd
through the 5th, 2011 and also at the Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest in Springfield, MO on June 7th
and 8th, 2011. The Dent County 4-H team of Alyvia Toman, Ryan Blaylock, Eddie Fleetwood & Wes Tatom placed 7th in the 4-H division and missed qualifying for the National and Mid-America Competition by 50 points out of a possible 900 points. Congratulations to both teams on a great job at the competitions.
The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5690, 6610 and 6620; and brush was going to be cut on Dent County Roads 4210 and 5600. He said that one truck would be hauling brown gravel while another would be going to get oil for chip and seal patching. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that brush cutting was going to be done on Dent County Road 3020 and that a crew would be working on the approach on Dent County Road 2540. He said that the signs at the junction of Dent County Roads 4330 and 4370 has to be replaced, and that District Two truck would also be hauling brown gravel. Larson also wanted to report that training will be held by the Red Cross at the Oak Grove Baptist Church on November 13th from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM for anyone interested in helping at the shelter in the event of an emergency. Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting Thursday and that the 2010 grant applications for emergency response and preparedness will be accepted until December 1st. He also said that since 2006, the committee has dispersed 1.6 million dollars to various entities. Skiles reported that Dennis Purcell would now be the representative for the Dent County Commission on the HSOC Committee and he would be the alternate. Skiles went on to say that Paul Fennewald of the Missouri Office of Homeland Security reported that the state is now moving forward with a statewide interoperable communications system. A representative will be in Dent County to explain what is going on at a later date. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reminds everyone that voting hours will be from 6:00 in the morning until 7:00 in the evening at your polling location. 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.
The City of Salem Board of Aldermen met Monday night for their regular meeting. After the consent agenda, Mayor Gary Brown said that last Thursday he attended the Troop I HSOC meeting in St. James with officers Kimrey and Steelman from the Salem Police Department. Brown said that he was named as an alternate representing the city mayors for the committee. He did say that the Salem Police Department was going to be requesting a grant from the committee for a new base radio that meets the new radio requirements that go into effect in 2012. Mayor Brown also said that the city would begin advertising for a new lineman for the electric department. He stated that the city surplus sale brought in about $3,400 with the sale of old wire, old poles, scrap equipment, a generator and more. Alderman Jerry Randell asked if the street sweeper needed to be used as much as it is because of the expense associated with it. Mayor Brown said that the street sweeper was used more often at the request of previous aldermen and that usage can be cut back to where the city would be totally swept two or three times a year. Brown did say that he received a bid of $4,580 for a sound system in the council chambers, but he needed to confer with Jack Emory about it before presenting it to the board. Mayor Brown said that he received a term sheet from Pro Energy and recommended reviewing it in closed session to receive legal council. Resolution #4-2010 that would authorize the mayor to execute an agreement between the city and Accubak Data Systems for the use of the water tower to provide a wireless broadband access points was tabled until after the closed session. After the bills were approved, the board did go into closed session.
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. Tickets are available at the Salem Chamber of Commerce office at 200 South Main Street for $20 per person. At the banquet, the winners of the Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year, the Customer Service Award and Citizen of the Decade will be announced. For more information, call the chamber office at 729-6900.
The Dent County Health Center has flu shots, available daily Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shots will cost $25. They will accept cash or check, or they will bill Medicaid and Medicare Part B, but you will need to bring your cards with you. The Dent County Health Center is located 601 South MacArthur and for more information you can call 729-3106.
Dish Network LLC, a subsidiary of Dish Network Corporation and Fox Networks, an operating unit of the News Corporation announced that they reached a wide ranging distribution agreement on Friday to provide the third largest video distributor in the US with continued access to Fox Broadcasting and Fox local stations in major cities. The agreement included the 17 regional Fox Sports Networks, FX, and the National Geographic Channel. Effective this year, Fox Sports Midwest is the exclusive station to broadcast St. Louis Blues Hockey, and in 2011, Fox Sports Midwest will be the exclusive home for St. Louis Cardinal Baseball.
The St. Louis Blues will face the San Jose Sharks Thursday night at 7:00 at the Scottrade Center. The Blues are 5-0 at home this year and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.
The Missouri Tigers will face Texas Tech this Saturday night starting at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.
Funeral services for Bonnie Schafer of Salem, age 77, will be held today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary of Salem. Internment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Green Forest Cemetery.
Funeral services for Lester Vernon Williams, Jr. of St. James, age 82, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time Wednesday morning. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James.
Funeral services for Marie Huffman of Rolla, age 95, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Null and Son Funeral Home. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery in Dent County. Memorials may be made to the Carty Cemetery.
A Memorial service for Stephen L. Bates of Salem, age 59, will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Today..Mostly cloudy early, then becoming partly sunny, high around 60.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 36.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 66.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 38.
Thursday..Mostly sunny and breezy, high of 55.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 32.