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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that a tree was being cut off of Dent County Road 4220, that brush was being cut on Dent County Road 5600 and that workers were cleaning out a low water crossing on Dent County Road 5610. Purcell stated that a worker and a community service worker continue to work on the addition at the Road and Bridge Department building. He also said that the snow removal equipment would all be installed by today. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that one of the brush cutters had the starter go out and it is being repaired. If they can get it working, brush will be cut on Dent County Roads 2070, 2240, 2270 and 2300. He also said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2090, 4060, 4405 and 5323 if the ground thaws enough. Larson also said that he has a worker helping at the new addition. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the sales tax revenue received in December was $14,621.60. For the year, he reported that the county ended up with $8,158.01 more sales tax revenue than in 2009. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she and Treasurer Denita Williams balanced on all accounts for the month of November. She also asked the commission to review the tax abatements and add-ons. Skiles then presented a copy of the new lease from the Missouri Public Defender’s office in Rolla. The total cost per year to the county was to be about $4,459.00 with utilities that is virtually identical to what they paid last year. The lease was for seven years. The commissioners agreed to the lease and signed the signature page. The commission also set the price for the plat books once they are ready at $30 each. At the last meeting, the commission agreed to the bid from MFA Oil for the price of unleaded gas at $2.537 per gallon for 1,000 gallons; and their bid at $2.596 per gallon for 1,000 gallons of diesel. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the “Christmas Home Decorating Contest”. Area residents are invited to decorate their homes for Christmas and enter the contest. You may submit your name for consideration or nominate a home that you think should be considered for the contest. Entries must be received by TODAY to be considered for the 2010 Christmas Home Decorating Contest. Either stop by the Chamber office at 200 South Main or call the Chamber at 729-6900. Winners will be announced on the radio and in the newspaper. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winner and three homes will be selected for honorable mention. Make our Salem community light up for Christmas by decorating your home.
Santa Claus will be at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center tomorrow from 1:00 to 5:00 and again next Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 at the Tress and Trains Exhibit.
This Saturday morning beginning at 10:00, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is hosting an old fashioned Christmas celebration for the public at the Alley Mill General Store. Bring the whole family and your friends to view Alley Mill and the store all dressed up in holiday decorations. Feast on cookies, cider and hot chocolate. Try out your creativity by making old-time ornaments that you can take home and hang on your Christmas tree to enjoy. The FREE old-time festivities end at 12:00 noon, so come early to allow plenty of time for cookie munching and ornament crafting. The Alley Mill General Store is located at Alley Spring six miles west of Eminence, Missouri on State Route 106. For more information, phone (573) 858-3207, extension 23 during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will travel to St. James to face the Tigers in non-conference play tonight starting at 6:00 with the JV game with the varsity game to follow. The Boys enter the contest with an 0-3 record. You can hear the varsity contest on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.
The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will be in Cabool tonight to face the Mountain Grove Lady Panthers in the Cabool Tournament. The Salem Lady Tigers are 0-3 looking for their first win of the year.
David Backes finished with a goal and two assists while Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves, as the St. Louis Blues earned a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Vladimir Sobotka, Jay McClement and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, who have won two in a row following a five-game losing streak. St. Louis was 3-for-3 on the man advantage and are 9-2-1 at home. They will host the Carolina Hurricane Saturday night at 7:00.
The Missouri Tigers will host Presbyterian tomorrow starting at 3:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio. Missouri is 8-1 on the year.
The St. Louis Rams will take their two-game road winning streak to New Orleans Saturday afternoon at 3:15 to face the Saints. The Rams are 6-6 this year.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be at San Diego to face the Chargers starting at 3:15. The Chiefs may be without their quarterback as Matt Cassell had an appendectomy this week and will probably not be ready by game time. The Chiefs are 8-4 on the year.
Funeral services for Viviann Baker of Cherryville, age 92, will be held today at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Internment will be held at the Fieldon Cemetery in Illinois.
Funeral services for Juanita Pennock of Steelville, age 80, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Keysville Cemetery in Keysville.
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.
Funeral services for Mary Lee Weber of Licking, age 83, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking. Visitation will be from 12:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Williams Cemetery.
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.
Today..Partly cloudy, high around 50.
Tonight..Partly cloudy this evening, mostly cloudy after midnight with a 30% chance for showers, low of 38.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for rain early, changing to snow late, high of 48 by early afternoon.
Saturday night..Cloudy and blustery with a 30% chance for snow, low of 15.