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The people of Dent County passed in 2006 a sales tax to promote tourism in the Dent County area and in 2013 calendar year; the Tourism Tax Commission has approved 14 proposals and budgeted $75,000 to fund those proposals. To date, the commission has already paid out over $60,000 of the budgeted funds. Some proposals are funded entirely and others are funded partially as determined by the commission. Some of the requests received in 2013 that were funded were the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce ads for the AAA Magazine, Missouri Life Magazine and July 4th
fireworks event in the Farm magazine as well as the ad in the 2014 Missouri Guide and county tear off maps. The tax also helped pay for the billboards on Highway 44 and 63, the placards for the Salem Walking Tour and the quilt exhibit banner at the firehouse as requested by the Salem Area Community Betterment Association. Also being funded were advertisements for the Dent County Fall Festival, Current River Cruise-In, Rose Holland Trout Derby, the Timber Industry Expo at the Commons, the 100-Acre Wood Rally and more. The tourism tax is a 2% sales tax that is to be collected by motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins and campgrounds and then paid over to the Dent County Collector for the sole purpose of promoting tourism in Dent County. Most of the tax dollars collected are provided by out of town guests and put to good use to continue to promote special events as well as the beauty of our county.
The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct a building project informational meeting tongiht at the boardroom beginning at 8:00. After approval of the agenda, the Board will discuss the building project with McKinstry. The informational meeting is open to the public.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Friday, November 1st at 3:42 in the afternoon, 53-year old Jeffrey Goddard of Bunker was arrested and held for civil intoxication. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 12-hour hold. On Saturday, November 2nd at 12:15 in the early morning, 33-year old Joshua Janson of Boss was arrested on a felony Dent County warrant for failure to appear on multiple charges. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on no bond. Later that afternoon at 1:15, 23-year old Matthew Anderson of Salem was arrested on a Salem warrant for illegal parking. He was taken to the Salem Police Department. Later on that night at 10:47, 32-year old Robert Stephens of Rolla was arrested for driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in a motor vehicle crash, and no seatbelt. He was then released. On Tuesday, November 5th at 3:02 in the afternoon, 67-year old Gary Hibdon of Jadwin was arrested for felony possession of an incendiary device in the jail and also for a misdemeanor Salem PD warrant for open container. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Wednesday, November 6th at 10:40 in the evening, 36-year old James Hobson of Salem was arrested for felony 2nd degree assault on a law enforcement officer and felony resisting arrest. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Thursday, October 7th at 2:34 in the afternoon, 32-year old Justin Dixon of Salem was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Friday, November 8th at 1:50 in the afternoon, 23-year old Randall Yates of Bunker was arrested on a Dent County warrant for first degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond.
An accident occurred at 9:05 Monday night in Dent County on Highway 32 about twelve miles west of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 47-year old Randy McNew of Farmington was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty west when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to cross the centerline, travel off the left side of the roadway, strike a dirt embankment, and overturn. McNew suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Jeep was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.