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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. First District Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that rock was going to be hauled and grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 5110. He said that repairs were going to be made to county truck #111 and that equipment is being readied for the county surplus equipment sale. Commissioner Gary Larson from District 2 said that rock was going to be hauled to Dent County Roads 2100 and 2200. He also said that speed limit signs were going to be installed on Dent County Road 3270. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the Dent County Courthouse would be closed next Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Shirley Dean came in and said that there are ruts in Dent County Road 5400 off of Route N and it is very muddy. She said that some culverts are needed and some areas of the road have washed out and ruined her pond. She said that they had received about 3 ½ inches of rain in that area. A call also came in that Dent County 5390 was almost impassible. Purcell called road supervisor Rusty Chamberlain to check those roads out. Sheriff Rick Stallings brought in a bill from Imagination Plus for a payment for the construction of the radio tower, but the commission could not find where a payment had been agreed upon on the bid and there is no contract for the work. At the last meeting, Sheriff Stallings brought in a meth and oxycodine disk for the commission to review. It was also reported that the brush cutter in District #1 was totaled due to a fire. The county will buy it back for $1,500 and pursue getting it repaired. The commissioners also awarded the bids on gas and diesel. The gas bid went to MFA Oil for $2.205 per gallon, and the diesel bid went to Hocker Oil for $2.195 per gallon. The commissioners received two insurance checks for the May 8th storms from Savers Property and Insurance for $9,914.03 and $10,059.77. There will be no commissioners meeting on November 23rd as they will be attending a MAC Conference. The next commissioner meeting will be held Monday, November 30th.

Former Salem Junior High Social Studies instructor, Junior High Football and Basketball coach, Dusty Artz was arrested Thursday morning after resigning from the Salem School District last Friday. Dustin R. Artz, 36-years old, has been charged with two felony counts of statutory rape in the 2nd degree and one felony count of enticement of a child. Bond has been set at $50,000. Arraignment for Artz is scheduled for December 3rd at 9:00 in the Associate Circuit Court in Salem.           

The Salem Memorial District Hospital regular board meeting was held Thursday evening at the hospital library. For the month of October, the summary of operations showed revenues over expenses of  $23,425 after unrestricted tax revenues. Year-to-date the hospital is showing revenues over expenses of $576,252 and their cash balance is over a million dollars more than this time last year. Days in accounts receivable continues to be impressive as the hospital in October average was 42 days compared to 43 last month. In the nurse’s report for October, there were 944 emergency room visits, which has set a new hospital record with a turnaround time of 115 minutes. There were 197 ambulance runs with 188 patients being assessed, 24 surgery cases, 306 home health visits, 8,712 lab tests, 1,180 radiological procedures, 256 CT scans, 30 MRI cans, 16 nuclear med scans, 336 rehab treatments, 219 dialysis treatments and 441 clinical visits. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor reported that there was 142 participants during the General Health Screening held in November to bring the total number of people attending the health screenings to 610 for the year. Pryor said that the hospital auxiliary made a $1,050 profit on the book sales and will be holding their holiday home tour on December 6th. Pryor said that the SMDH video was finished on November 13th and now it will be edited and brought back to the board around the first of the year. Director of Nurses Carol Lacy reported that the flu reached its peak about November 1st in the Dent County area, but she said that the flu normally hits the Dent County area in late January and people should be ready for that strain when it arrives. Administrator Pryor stated that the Seville Nursing Center has agreed to partner with the hospital for the lagoon study through Krehbiel Engineering. He said that the hospital would hold their joint Board of Directors and Medical Staff dinner on December 10th with the board meeting starting at 5:30. The next night will be the Employee Holiday and Awards Dinner starting at 5:30. Election filing for two board seats will be held from December 15th through January 19th. The District #3 board position currently occupied by Dennis Fiebelman will be up for election for the full six-year term, and the District #2 seat currently occupied by A.J. Seay will be up for election to fulfill the five-year term. There were two non-budgeted purchases approved by the board: a Laparascopic Grasper for surgery from Surgical Advantage for $810, and two uninterruptible power supplies from PC Connection for the Information Systems for $1,1778.  Hospital Administrator Pryor informed the board the hospital was awarded the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, and were also awarded an Outstanding Service Award by the Dent County Ministerial Fellowship. The board then voted to go into executive session.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem 8th grade basketball team got their first win of the year as they defeated Oak Hill R-1 Thursday night, 37-34 in the Northwood R-4 Tournament. They are 1-4 on the year.

Erik Johnson scored the game-winning goal only 17 seconds into overtime on a spectacular end-to-end rush as the St. Louis Blues earned a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Scottrade Center. Keith Tkachuk and T.J. Oshie each notched a goal and an assist for the Blues, who snapped a brief two-game slide. Chris Mason was stellar between the pipes, turning aside 34-of-36 shots. The Blues will play the New York Islanders Saturday at 7:00 on KSMO Radio.

The Missouri Tiger football and basketball teams will be in action this weekend. The football team will play the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday with the pre-game show starting at 1:30. The basketball team will host Texas-Pan American with the pre-game show at 12:30. You can hear both of those games on KSMO Radio.

For the second straight year, San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum has been named National League's Cy Young Award winner by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Lincecum placed first on 11 of the 32 ballots cast by two writers from each NL city to finish just six points ahead of St. Louis' Chris Carpenter, making him the first repeat winner since Arizona's Randy Johnson won four straight from 1999-2002. The six-point margin was tied for the third closest election in the NL since the ballot expanded from one to three candidates in 1970. Lincecum, who is the first starter to capture the award with less than 16 wins in a full season, finished second on 12 ballots and third on nine others, as he received 100 points based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. St. Louis' Adam Wainwright actually received the most first-place votes, nabbing 12, but finished third with 90 points. The 10-point differential among the top-three finishers was the second closest in NL voting.

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Cardinal right-hander Brad Thompson.

The entire St. Louis Cardinals organization was saddened by the passing of Nick Kladis earlier this week at his home in Chicago. Kladis, 81, was part of the original ownership group that purchased the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch in 1996.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Brenda Harrison of St. James, age 62, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.

Funeral services for Edwin Wayne Coffman of Salem, age 64, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Coffman Family.

Funeral services for Gladys B. Burns of Salem, formerly of Bunker, age 89, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Dent County Animal Welfare Society.

Funeral services for Betty Louise Derrick of Salem, age 80, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Veterans Plot of Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny this morning and mostly cloudy this afternoon, high near 60.
Tonight.. Mostly cloudy, low of 45.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high around 60.
Saturday night..Partly  cloudy, low of 42.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 62.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 41.

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