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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Sarah Hultine-Massengale from the Dent County Extension asked the commissioners if they would be interested in participating in the Youth Leadership Program again this year. She said that she had scheduled the 20 or so kids in the program to tour the courthouse with County Clerk Angie Curley on Wednesday, January 12th at 3:30, and she wanted to have the children meet with the commissioners after the tour in their office at about 4:15. The commissioners said they would participate and thought the Youth Leadership Program was an excellent program for the children. Hultine-Massengale also told the commissioners that the professor involved with the Project Management Teams from Missouri S&T would like to come back to Dent County and have his students work on new ideas for the area. She invited the commissioners to the meeting at the Salem TCRC on December 16th at 1:00 to meet with the city leaders, professor from Missouri S&T and Richard Cavender from the MRPC to discuss and determine projects of interest that the students could work on. The commissioners said they planned on attending. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that the ground is frozen so no grading will be done. Workers will be repairing road signs, cutting brush on Dent County Road 5600 and working on the building addition at the Road and Bridge building. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that if the ground thaws, grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2090 and 4060. Larson stated that workers will be cutting limbs on Dent County Road 2200, putting up and checking for downed signs, and getting phone bids for fuel. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he had been elected to serve on the County Commissioners Legislative Committee at the CCAM meeting, and that he will be attending the MRPC meeting Thursday in St. James. The commissioners then approved changing their insurance election options for employees. The County will still pay for the health insurance with a deductible of $3,500 for all employees, but the employees can pay an additional premium to reduce the deductible to $1,500 or $500. Originally, these other policy elections had $2,500 and $1,500 deductibles, but a number of Senate Bill 40 employees already had the $500 deductible and wanted to continue with that amount. 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.

Hunters checked 15,226 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season November 24th through December 5th, bringing the tally for the year to 217,281. Top harvest counties for the 12-day antlerless hunt were Macon with 453 deer checked, Benton with 430 and Callaway with 401. This year’s antlerless-deer harvest fell 31 percent short of last year’s figure. The decrease continues the trend set during the previous three portions of this year’s firearms deer season. In all, firearms deer hunters have checked 12,595 fewer deer this year than they had by this time last year, a decrease of 5.5 percent.  Two of the firearms deer season’s six portions remain. Hunters typically shoot 10,000 to 15,000 deer during the 11-day muzzleloader hunt and fewer than 2,000 during the two-day late portion of the youth hunt. The decrease in firearms deer harvest so far this year partly is due to the abundance of acorns in some parts of Missouri. When acorns are abundant, deer do not have to move around as much to find food, and they are less likely to be concentrated around food sources. This makes them less vulnerable to hunters. The muzzleloader portion of firearms deer season runs from December 18th through 28th. The late youth portion is January 1st and 2nd. Archery deer and turkey season runs through January 15th.

The Salvation Army Service Unit of Dent County would like to announce that this year’s Christmas kettle campaign is going on now through Friday, December 24th. The kettles will be located at Wal-Mart, Country Mart, and Dollar General. Counter Kettles will be placed at various locations around Dent County. This year’s goal is $21,000 and with the continuation of a local mail appeal and the hundreds of volunteer hours donated by individuals, businesses, and clubs to ring the bell at the Christmas kettle, the Salvation Army is hopeful that local citizens will support this campaign generously as they have in the past. This year, David Dittman, a Vice-President at the Bank of Salem, will serve as the Honorary Christmas Campaign Chairman and he thanks everyone for their donation on money, time or both during this Christmas season to make it a brighter 2011 for hose less fortunate. The funds raised during this campaign will be used to assist the citizens of Dent County with utility assistance, and prescriptions. The Salvation Army also supplies local school children with backpacks, and provides assistance to families who have lost everything due to a fire. The generosity of the citizens of Dent County will enable the local Salvation Army to continue to meet the needs of those who need assistance in 2011. If you would like to help by ringing the bell as the Christmas kettle or need additional information about the local Salvation Army, please call Jim and Diane Boulware at 729-6685 or Sherry Lea at 729-8163.

Sports [TOP]

The Missouri Tigers will host Vanderbilt tonight starting at 7:30. Missouri is 6-1 going into the contest. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald will be out for an indefinite period of time with a concussion, head coach Davis Payne said on Tuesday. The 33-year-old was injured late in Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Edmonton when he fell prior to entering the offensive zone, then took a knee to the head from Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff. The Blues will face the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night at 7:00.

The St. Louis Cardinals avoided salary arbitration with Ryan Theriot, signing the recently-acquired infielder to a one-year deal. Fanhouse.com reported the deal is worth $3.3 million. St. Louis picked up Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers for reliever Blake Hawksworth on November 30.

St. Louis Rams veteran linebacker Na'il Diggs suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Sunday's 19-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the rest of the season, Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo said on Monday. The 32-year-old will probably undergo a surgical procedure this week Spagnuolo said and recovery time is expected to be about five months.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Paul Coleman of Beaufort, Missouri, formerly of Davisville, age 88, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 3:00 to 7:00 Wednesday. Interment will be in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery.

Funeral services for Josephine E. Nowak of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of St. James, age 85, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be tonight starting with a prayer service 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rolla.

Funeral service for Viviann Baker of Cherryville, age 92, will be held Friday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00 until 8:00. Internment will be held at the Fieldon Cemetery in Illinois.

Memorial services for Leola Carmelita Costner of Park Hills, age 67, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Desloge. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem at a later date. All local arrangements under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Memorial services for Jason Lewis Henson of Viburnum, age 34, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorial services for Susan Grace Callis of Edgar Springs, age 55, will be held Monday at 3:00 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness. Memorials may be made to the family. All local arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Private services for James T. “Tommy” Winslow of Salem, age 86, will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association or to St. Jude’s Hospital. All local arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

A celebration of life for Dr. Jay Gordon Crump, of Rolla, age 60, will be held on Sunday, December 19th at the Oak Meadow Country Club in Rolla from 10:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon with a tribute service at noon. Memorials may be made to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center’s Foundation: the Jay Crump, DO Medical Scholarship Fund. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Funeral services for Dudley Johns of Columbia, formerly of Salem, are incomplete at this time and are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 36.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 22.
Thursday..Partly sunny and breezy, high of 46.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low around 30.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high around 50.
Friday night..Partly cloudy early, then mostly cloudy late with a 30% chance for showers, low of 38.

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