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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the courthouse Monday morning. Commissioner-elect Dennis Purcell was in attendance and asked about the annex and where it stood being ADA compliant, and if further work needed to be done. He also asked if the commissioners had heard anything from the other counties about the costs associated with the move of the Juvenile officer to the annex. Commissioner Skiles stated that some interior work still needed to be done to office doors to make them compliant and hoped that could be done this fiscal year. Commissioner Tune said that the 42nd Judicial Court would add the amount of the move to the budgets of the other communities on a pro-rated basis consistent with the population of each county. In the road report, Commissioner Simpson reported that they met with FEMA last week and are still uncertain as to what FEMA will pay for the flooding damages until later this week. He said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 4180, 5015, 6380 and 6510. Simpson stated that materials would be added to Dent County Road 5015 and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5700. Commissioner Tune said that in District 2, grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2103 and 3310, with materials also being added to road 2103. He said that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 4280, that workers were working on a grader, and that paperwork was being finished up for FEMA. Presiding Commissioner Skiles said that he attended a meeting last Thursday for emergency responders using the new rural addressing and about 30 people attended. He said that he would be attending the meeting of the Meramec Regional Enhancement Corporation today. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the books for the clerk’s office and treasurer balanced for November. She said that she would be gone Thursday to a County Clerk Training. Bernie English came in and wanted to know what was going to be done with material that was cleaned out from under the bridge on Dent County Road 6080 on his property. Commissioner Simpson said that the county cleaned it up and was going to burn it, but English said not to do that. English also asked about a culvert and areas of the road that wash out, and Simpson said he addressed it with the road crews without contacting English although he did ask to be called. Dent County Collector Dennis Medlock wanted to remind everyone that the collector’s office would be open this Saturday and next Saturday for people to make their tax payments. At the last meeting, the Commissioners signed a letter allowing the city to deed the county two indigent burial spaces at no charge for space or grave opening. Susan Cunningham came in to discuss rural addressing, and the commissioners received and agreed to sign an extended lease agreement on the Fabick wheeloader for one year. Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks and Assistant P.A. Susan Bell came in and requested a closed session to discuss litigation. After ten minutes, the commissioners returned to open session and agreed after talking with the prosecutor that they felt they have no legal standing on abating the 2005 real estate back tax issue. The meeting was then adjourned. On Monday, Commissioner Simpson wanted the prosecutor to sign a statement that it was her opinion that the county had no legal standing. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held on Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The 2008 Christmas Parade “Home for the Holidays” was enjoyed by many Saturday evening. With 44 entries this year’s first place winner in the commercial category was a tie between the City of Salem bucket truck with Santa and the US Foodservice. Due to the tie for first place, no second place winner was announced in that category. First place winner for the non-commercial category was the Girl Scouts and second place went to the Round Pond Baptist Church. The Salem High School Band played Christmas songs on the Courthouse Square while the Dent County Courthouse was lit. Immediately after that the Salem R-80 Upper Elementary Honors Choir, led by Julie Cartwright, sang Christmas Carols. Coffee and hot chocolate were made available by Common Grounds.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving thefts and the stealing of city utilities. On December 5th at 12:30 pm, an officer was detailed to the 100 block of North Warfel in reference to a theft. The report revealed person(s) unknown had taken 4 heat lamps valued at $36.00 between December 2nd and December 5th.  At 1:45 pm, that afternoon, an officer was detailed to the 300 block of East Truman in reference to the theft of a payroll check.  Then at 2:00 pm, that same afternoon, an officer was detailed to the 400 block of Boyce Lane in reference to the stealing of city utilities. The report revealed person(s) unknown had illegally obtained electric. Anyone with any information regarding the thefts or the stealing of city utilities, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady basketball Tigers dropped a 39-30 decision to Willow Springs last night in the Cabool Lady Basketball Tournament. Salem is now 0-2 on the year and they will face the Cabool Lady Bulldogs Friday night in the losers bracket starting at 6:00.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will be in Waynesville tonight to face the Tigers. The JV will start things out at 6:00 with the varsity game to follow. You can hear that game on KSMO and online at starting at about 7:15 with Tiger Talk and Coach Phillip Karr.

B.J. Crombeen recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist, as the St. Louis Blues scored three unanswered goals late in the third period to come away with a 6-3 victory over Nashville. Alex Steen, Patrik Berglund and Brad Boyes each notched a goal and a helper for the Blues, who won their second straight behind Manny Legace's 18 saves. The Blues hit the road and head for the west coast where they will face the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night at 9:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

NHL Scores:

Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 4, NY Islanders 2
Florida 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Buffalo 4, Pittsburgh 3

Greg Maddux officially closed out his illustrious 23-year career by announcing his retirement at a news conference in his hometown of Las Vegas, the site of baseball's winter meetings. The 42-year-old right-hander spent 23 years pitching for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. He compiled a record of 355-227 with a 3.16 earned run average in 744 games. His victory total ranks eighth in big league history.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Gusta Decker of St. Charles, age 87, will be held todayat 1:00 at the Wuilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mildred Daphene Lough of Rolla, formerly of Salem, age 92, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.

Funeral services for Linda Gott of Salem, age 58, will be held Saturday at the Dent County Memorial Chapel at 2:00. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Spoken Word Tabernacle.  

Graveside services for Billy G. Light of Rolla, age 76, will be held Sunday, December 14th at 2:00 at the Rhea Cemetery in rural Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Rhea Cemetery.      

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy and windy with periods of showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, high of 57.
Tonight..Cloudy and windy with a 50% chance for light rain changing to light snow late, low of 22.
Wednesday..Partly sunny and breezy, high of 35.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear and cold, low of 17.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 42



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