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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning.  District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune was not in attendance.  At the meeting, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that there is still patchy ice on various roads throughout District 1, so drivers still need to be cautious when driving on county roads.  Simpson also said that crews are still removing trees from roadways in the Turtle, Gladden and Bunker areas, but should be finishing up in the next few days. Dent County Clerk Janet Inman reported that a recount of votes for the Recorder of Deeds position would be held Wednesday morning in the Commissioners office with two non-partisan teams presiding over the recount.  At the previous meeting, Chairman of the 100 Wood Acre Rally, Tom Van Hatten and Doug Thomas attended to report that the rally would be held on the last Saturday of February in Dent County with the same routes as before.  Also at the meeting, the MRPC notified Presiding Commissioner Jim Biggs by mail stating that they were closing out the Lead Abatement Project. Court orders were brought in on personal abatements for the Commission and County Clerk to review and sign. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public. 

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors held their regular meeting at the Holiday Inn Express Monday evening. At the meeting, Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor reported that the hospital lost $1,496 for the month of November with an income of over $1.84 million dollars during the month. In the Director of Nurses report, there were 717 emergency room visits with 56 transfers, 156 ambulance runs, 20 surgeries, 234 home health visits, 7,031 lab tests performed, 1,137 radiological procedures performed, 34 MRI’s, 350 CT Scans, 226 rehab procedures, 119 dialysis treatments, 307 clinical visits and 21 mammograms were given during the month. The board made no decision on the new Physician’s Office Building as to bid out the work or hire their own crew. They feel they need to know if they will be receiving the loan money from Intercounty Electric before any decision is made. The hospital is currently recruiting two family physicians: one from Mid-Missouri and the other is an Oklahoma State Resident. Pryor says it looks very promising for the first physician and the other will be in town on Friday. Pryor says the hospital workforce is short four in the nursing department including an EMT and a paramedic. He reported that discussion on the reopening of the birthing center would continue after the hospital recruits two family physicians and an internist. Administrator Pryor reported that sign ups for  the board seat for District 6 up for election in April begins today and will last through January 16th. Signups are taken in the hospital office from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM weekdays excluding holidays. This board seat is currently held by Joe Brand. The board approved the purchase of the Medical Practice Management Software for $57,500 and the Enterprise Wide Scheduling for $27,500 which is to be made at the discretion of Administrator Pryor when needed. The Chemistry Analyzer Olympus AU400 that the hospital is replacing with a new machine will be purchased by Myco Instruments for $18,000 after the board approved their bid to buy the equipment. The board approved the purchase of a commercial insurance policy through Progressive Financial and the CHUBB program for $21,138 which is lower than last year. They approved the purchase of Workman’s Compensation Insurance through Wausau for $180,000, and they approved the purchase of automotive insurance from Town and Country Insurance and the MOPERM program for $8,614 which is also less than last year. Each of these policies goes into effect on January 1st. The board then went into closed session.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct their December Membership Meeting tomorrow beginning at noon at the Salem TCRC. Jo Ann Wells will be presenting a program on the new tourism tax commission. Lunch will be catered by the Daily Bread Bakery and the cost is $7.00 per person. If you plan to attend, be sure and get your reservation in for lunch.  Please RSVP the Chamber by calling 729-6900.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers rebounded from their loss Saturday night to Seymore to defeat the West Plains Lady Zizzers, 51-37, last night at West Plains. Natalie Howard scored 17 points to lead the way for Salem followed by Kirsten Stephens with 13 and Allison Jones with 10. Salem is now 5-1 and they will be home their next two games facing St. Clair and Newburg. Both games can be heard on KSMO.

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will face the Rolla Bulldogs tonight at the Salem High School Gym. Salem is attempting to end a three game losing streak. The JV action will start at 6;00 with the varsity game to follow. We will bring you the varsity contest on KSMO starting at about 7:20.

The St. Louis Blues have relieved head coach Mike Kitchen of his duties as of last evening and hired Andy Murray as their new head coach. Murray, who previously guided Los Angeles from 1999-2006, ranks first in Kings history in both wins (215) and games coached (480). He was also the second- fastest to reach the 100-win plateau as Kings head coach. Kitchen, who was named head coach in February, 2004, was only able to lead the Blues to a 7-17-4 record this season, worst in the Western Conference.

The Blues will face their archrivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, tonight at the Scottrade Center starting at 7:00. KSMO will break away from the game for Salem Tiger Basketball, then bring you the third period after basketball.

NHL Scores: 

Colorado 5, Carolina 2
San Jose 4, Phoenix 0
Pittsburgh 5, Washington 4 (SO)

Rookie Devin Hester returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as Chicago throttled St. Louis, 42-27, at the Edward Jones Dome. The two scores gave the dynamic Hester six return touchdowns on the season, a new NFL record. Rex Grossman completed 13-of-23 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Bears (11-2), who won their fifth straight game and clinched a first-round playoff bye. Marc Bulger connected on 34-of-55 passes for 356 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for the Rams (5-8), who lost for the seventh time in eight games and virtually fell out of the playoff race.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Thelma Vance of Rolla will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 at the Second Baptist Church in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Second Baptist Church in Rolla.

Funeral services for John “Bud” Lea of Steelville, age 84, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Some patchy fog this morning, then cloudy with a high of 55 before temps fall during the afternoon into the upper 40’s.
Tonight.. Cloudy early and clearing late, low of 36.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 58.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 39.
Thursday..Sunny, high near 60.

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