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The Dent County Commissioners held their meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Deloris Gray Wood came in and wanted to thank everyone that participated in the Dent County Historical Society Sesquicentennial Battle of Salem Ceremony on Saturday. Wood reported that there were over 100 people in attendance. She also wanted to thank Stan Podorski of KSMO Radio for supplying the sound equipment for the ceremony. In the road reports for this week, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that material would be hauled to Dent County Roads 4150 & 5150, and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6660. He went on to say that a couple of men would be screening gravel and that equipment repairs were taking place such as tire chains and blades on the plows readying them for winter weather. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2590, 3220, 3240, 5283, 5285, 5287 and 6160. He went on to report that rock would be hauled to Dent County Road 2590 and brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 3260 and 5280. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wanted to thank the City of Salem and Electric Department for the great job that they did on the lights on the Dent County Courthouse. Skiles also wanted to remind the citizens of Dent County of the open house public briefing by MoDOT that will be held today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Salem High School cafeteria regarding the three bridges that are to be replaced in Dent County in 2012. Citizens are advised to be at the meeting to find out when the replacements will begin, how long they will take and what detours or proposed alternate routes will be made available during those closings. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that January 11, 2012 is the last day to register to vote for the Presidential Primary that will be held February 12, 2012 where voters will need to declare a party at that time. Curley also noted, that if anyone has had an address change they need to contact her office by calling 729-4144. She also said that work continues on the budgets for 2012. 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 Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights made it through some light rain to again be a huge success to parade followers and participants. The theme this year was “An Animated Christmas” and James Coffman was the Grand Marshall this year. The winner of the commercial float this year US Foods and the non-commercial winner was the Salem Lutheran Church. They will each receive a prize of $100. The chamber wants to thank all those who participated as well as those who came to watch in making the parade a success.

Hunters checked 14,439 deer during Missouri’s antlerless deer season November 23rd through December 4th. This year’s antlerless harvest is 789 fewer than last year. Top harvest counties for the 12-day antlerless season were Benton with 394 deer checked, Pike with 390, and Macon with 378. So far this year, firearms deer hunters have killed 221,490 deer. That is up 4,209 from the same time last year. Two portions of Missouri’s firearms deer season remain. The muzzleloader portion runs from December 17th through 27th, and the late youth portion is January 7th and 8th. Besides increasing hunting opportunities, the antlerless season gives landowners a way of regulating local deer numbers by allowing hunters to remove female deer from the population. Missouri’s estimated population of 1.4 million whitetails enables hunters to shoot more than 250,000 deer each year. That yields approximately 10 million pounds of venison. Hunters consume most of this meat. However, hunters donate more than 250,000 pounds of venison annually to local food banks and other charities through the Share the Harvest program. Wild venison has less fat than organic, free-range beef, which sells for anywhere from $7 a pound for ground meat, to $30 for steaks. That puts the food value of Missouri’s white-tailed deer resource in the neighborhood of $200 million per year. Missouri’s deer resource also supports 11,000-plus jobs and generates more than $1 billion in business activity annually. Economic value aside, deer hunting is a cherished tradition that draws thousands of Missouri natives back home to share healthful outdoor recreation with family and friends.

Sports [TOP]

Marcus Denmon scored a game-high 28 points, as No. 10 Missouri downed Villanova, 81-71, in Tuesday's Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Ricardo Ratliffe added 17 points and 11 rebounds and Kim English chipped in 15 points for the Tigers, who improved to 8-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. Phil Pressey had a career-high 12 assists in the win and has handed out 29 assists over his last three contests. Missouri will host Navy on Saturday at 3:30.

Patrik Berglund's goal early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2. Alexander Steen and David Backes also netted goals for the Blues, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Brian Elliott stopped 27-of-29 shots in the win. The Blues will host the Anaheim Ducks Thursday at 7:00.

Former Cardinal John Mabry has joined the St. Louis staff as assistant hitting coach. He fills the vacancy created two weeks ago, when Mike Aldrete was named the team's bench coach. Mabry played 14 seasons in the majors, including eight with St. Louis. The infielder and outfielder was a career .263 hitter with 96 homers in 1,322 games. He had been working as a Cardinal analyst on Fox Sports Midwest.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Memorial services for Robert Lee Riddle of League City, Texas, formerly of Salem, age 42, was held Sunday at the Crowder Funeral Home Chapel in Dickinson, Texas.

Funeral services for Olyn Wilson of Rolla, age 85, will be held today at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Brookshire Cemetery in Edgar Springs. Memorials may be made to the Brookshire Cemetery.

A Visitation for Jesse Wilburn “Buster” Clements of Salem, age 70, will be held Thursday from 11:00 until 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Military Honors will be held at 1:00 at the mortuary.

Funeral services for Jacqueline James of Rolla, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until 1:00 on Saturday. Interment will be in the Macedonia Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Adopt a Christmas Family.

Memorial services for Imogene F. Gremmer of St. James, age 83, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the First Church of God in St. James. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Graveside services for Gary Melvin Gibbs of Springfield formerly of Salem, age 50, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Memorials are suggested to the Free Holiness Church of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy then gradually clearing, high of 38.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 22.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 42.
Thursday night..Mostly sunny, high of 36.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 36.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 20.
Saturday..Sunny, high of 38.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 24.

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