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Heavy rains and checking for washed out roads led the road reports at the Dent County Commissioner meeting held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Commissioner Dennis Purcell from the First District reported that the crews would be checking for washouts throughout the district. He said that brush was going to be cut on Dent County Road 2400 and that two men would be going to Jefferson City to pick up a single axle truck that had a snow plow mounted on it. Purcell said that a grader also needed some repair and would be worked on this week. Commissioner Gary Larson from the Second District also said that the workers in his district would be addressing the washouts already called in and would be checking other roads that have had problems in the past. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the digital mapping company NAVTEC was requesting updated road information from the county for GPS navigational systems. According to Skiles, they wanted Dent County road center-line information from the Spatial Data Resources data base at the Salem TCRC. Skiles said that coordinator Ray Walden said that getting that information would not be a problem. The commissioners agreed to charge NAVTEC $500 for the information. Mike Friend from Dent County Road 2100 asked Commissioner Larson if some ditches could be dug to keep water from going over the road, and also to add some gravel to the road. He had photographs that showed water collecting and running across the road. Larson will have road supervisor Charlie Malone check out the road in the areas from the photographs. There will be no commissioner meetings next week as the commissioners will be at a meeting Monday and then be off for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the City Hall Council Chambers. The board heard from Buddy and Betty McKinney about their water bill from when the Red Hen café was attached to the Walnut Motel as they felt that the water readings taken were not for the restaurant, but for the laundry and north side of the motel. This proved to be accurate and the city will take the average of the bills they paid against the average of the bills they should have paid, determine an amount, then deduct the difference from their current water bills. The board approved the bid from Ed Roehr Safety Products out of St. Louis for the purchase of 14 bulletproof vests for $6,266. The consent agenda showed that the sales tax revenues for the calendar year are up $8,919, but are down about 2.5% for the fiscal year that started in July. Alderman Jim McDaniels stated that there is a cat problem in Salem around the city park, Highway 19 Park and the schools. Mayor Gary Brown said that the city has traps out and may need to get more traps. Alderman Kenneth Nash asked about the bidding of getting a collection agency for the old outstanding utility bills and he was told that should be on the next agenda. The board then approved a Grade 3 level pay for Gary Cook who was appointed the Electric Department Superintendent last week. Cook, who was making $18.06 per hour, will now be making 18.97 per hour. Mayor Brown said that the Sesquicentennial Ball would be held January 16th and those attending are being asked to dress up in 1860-1910 period clothes. He said that Show-Me Power has indicated to the city that they will receive a 4% electric rate increase effective January 1st. The city employee banquet will be held December 4th followed by the Christmas Parade on December 5th. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

The National Weather Service (NWS) along with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Department of Health and Senior Services has designated Wednesday, November 18th as Missouri Winter Weather Awareness Day. Our warm November will undoubtedly soon give way to colder weather. Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming winter season. During the historic ice storm of January 12 through 14, 2009, several indirect fatalities due to the extreme elements were documented. A total of 26 Missourians died during the 2006/2007 winter due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning occurred within a few homes as gas generators were being used in garages, which allowed dangerous levels to seep into houses. Some winter safety and preparation tools include maintaining at least a half tank of gas during winter months and have a winter emergency kit in each vehicle containing; a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom, a flashlight, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, any necessary medications, blanket(s), a tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, and emergency flares. Drive only if absolutely necessary

An accident occurred at 8:35 Sunday evening in Dent County on Highway 68 about three miles west of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1996 GMC SUV driven by 19-year old Travis Taylor of Salem was traveling eastbound on highway 68. Taylor lost control of the GMC on wet pavement and slid into the westbound lane and struck a 2009 Toyota Rav 4 driven by 51-year old Junior Light of Salem. Taylor suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Light and a passenger, 48-year old Diana Light also suffered minor injuries and were transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. Everyone involved was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The GMC SUV was totaled while the Toyota sustained extensive damage. Whitaker’s Towing of Salem towed both from the scene.

The Dent County Health Center has received a large shipment of H1N1 vaccine and can now offer it to the public. Both the H1N1 shot and the H1N1 FluMist are available at clinic to be held Thursday, November 19th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Pregnant women MUST have a doctor’s order to receive the vaccine. For more information call the Dent County Health Center at 729-3106. The vaccine will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem 7th and 8th Grade Basketball Tigers played Licking last night in Salem. The Salem 7th graders defeated Licking, 40-29; while the Salem 8th Grade Tigers lost 40-26. The Salem 7th grade is 1-0 on the year while the 8th graders fall to 0-3. The Salem 8th graders will be participating in the Northwood R-4 Tournament starting tonight.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers start their regular season tonight at home against Tennessee-Martin. Game time is set for 7:00 and you can hear the pre-game show on KSMO starting at 6:30. 

The American League Cy Young Award winner will be announced today and Kansas City’s Zack Grienke is one of the leading candidates for the award.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jean E. Sutton of Salem formerly of Bunker, age 76, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the United Baptist Tabernacle in Bunker. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in Wickham Cemetery in Centerville, with Full Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Memorial service for Angel Domonic Liam Ritchhart will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with an 80% chance for rain and drizzle, high of 45.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 70% chance for rain, low of 36.
Wednesday..Cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 46.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 39.
Thursday..Partly sunny, high of 56.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low around 40.

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