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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Andrea Cowan, of Rommel’s Lock and Alarm, was in to gather input about the work to date on the security system and to see if there were individual office requests and concerns. Dent County Assessor Tina Whitaker requested an additional monitor for her office and the Commissioners approved the request. Whitaker indicated she has scheduled a meeting with IntrisiCorp, the provider of the GIS mapping software, for December 16 at 1:00 at SBU and has invited all taxing entities. Ruth Anne Parker was by to thank the Commissioners for the 8 hours of MRPC grant writing services done by Kelly Sinclair that the Commissioners had provided for the $422,000 tax credit grant. Parker said that she presented the grant to the Missouri Development Finance Board, which grants the tax credits, and they were very complimentary of the application and the proposed project. The 50% tax credit grant applications will be announced December 17. In the road report District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that he had one crew replacing roadway signs and picking up trash. Purcell went on to say that he had a second crew cleaning up around the Road and Bridge Department, as well as doing some organizing, landscaping and miscellaneous. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that materials were being hauled to Dent County Roads 5225 and 5240. Larson shared comments Bill Sentman had made he appreciated the compliments and positive remarks Commissioners had made about the Salem MoDOT crew. All Commissioners agreed that they have a great working relationship with the Salem crew. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he had attended the Central Region Workforce Investment Board meeting and wanted to let everyone know that the Career Center in Rolla is moving from Forum Drive to 706 South Bishop. Skiles said that the move would result in an estimated annual savings of around $80,000. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that her office is continuing to work on 2014 budgets and that office holders are turning in their budgets. Curley updated the Commissioners on the fact that three Initiative Petitions have been filed relative to early voting and the legislative committee has looked at them. Curley said that if passed the IP’s would result in incredible costs since the state would incur none of the costs and that she would be preparing a fiscal note to send to the state. Commissioner Purcell noted that he had attended a Tourism Committee meeting on Monday and that the TCRC Mass Mailing request for $21,000 had been approved. The Commissioners contacted MoDOT and tentatively set December 9th as the date for grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Highway 32 East improvements. The location is to be determined. Curt Faigle, Chairman of the 100-Acre Wood Rally, was in to discuss the event. Tentatively the majority of the event will be held similar to last year. Faigle proposed a new stage, but after discussion the Commissioners felt it wasn’t a good choice. Faigle will be back in December as plans become finalized. Dent County Collector Denita Williams was in to update the Commissioners on CART receipts. She reported that year to date receipts are up $1,567.54 when compared to 2012 and that November 2013 was up $1086.57 when compared to November 2012. The Commissioners approved closing the Courthouse November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving Holiday and December 24 and 25 for Christmas Holiday. The Commissioners voted to pay the bills.  The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and that meeting is open to the public.

The Salem High School National Honor Society will be hosting the 2013 Dent County Toy Drive. The mission for this project is to provide gifts for needy children in Dent County. They will be collecting toys now through December 18th. Please make sure all toys are either new or just slightly used. If donating used toys, please make sure the items are clean and in good working order. Toys may be dropped off at the Salem High School, Dent County Fire Station, Salem Police Department, KSMO lobby and Dollar General. The Salem High School will be closed November 26th through 29th. Those wishing to signup for the Toy Drive will need at be at the Dent County Fire Department on either Wednesday, December 4th or December 11th from 3:30 to 6:30 pm for registration. Eligible parents can then pick up the toys for their children on Friday, December 20th from 9:00 am to 6:00. Those participating will be asked to schedule a time for toy pick up at registration. Eligibility requirements include: proof of residency (electric bill, postmarked mail, etc); proof of children in the home (tax return, DFS printout, letter from school, etc); and proof of children’s date of birth (birth certificate, DFS printout). For more information call Susan Jadwin or Robyn Taylor at the Salem High School at 729-5990.

Sports [TOP]

Derek Roy scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Thursday. Roy also scored in regulation for the Blues, who improved to 15-3-3 on the season. David Backes also lit the lamp. Jaroslav Halak stopped 29-of-31 shots for St. Louis. The Blues will host the Dallas Stars Saturday night at 7:00.

The Missouri Tiger basketball team will host Garner-Webb Saturday afternoon. Missouri is 3-0 on the year and you’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 2:00.

The eighth ranked Missouri Tiger football team will play at 24th ranked Ole Miss on Saturday night. Missouri is 9-1 on the year and 5-1 in the SEC. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 4:45.

The St. Louis Rams will host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, while the Kansas City Chiefs will host the San Diego Chargers. The Rams are 4-6 on the year and the Chiefs are 9-1. Both games are set for a noon kickoff.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Harley Orin Turner of Vienna, formerly of Salem, age 71, will be held today at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 in the morning until service time. Interment will be in the Rector Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Jo Ann Hillis of Salem, age 69, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery.

Funeral services for Toby James Forster of Salem, age 39, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family.

Funeral services for Donald Ray Wells of Salem, age 69, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 12:30 until service time Sunday. There will be no interment. Memorials may be made to the Grace Community Church.

Funeral services for Leon Seneker of Salem, age 86, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for Clarence Purcell of Salem, age 66, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Akers Cemetery.

Funeral services for Donna Hedley are incomplete and under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers, high of 44.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 26.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 39.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 16.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 32.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of snow, low of 25.
Monday..Mostly cloudy, high of 39.
Monday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 29.

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