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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, Commissioners Dennis Purcell and Gary Larson said that the work crews are spreading salt and sand on chip and seal roads as well as in subdivisions. Both districts have workers repairing brush cutters and both commissioners said they have workers helping at the Road and Bridge Department addition. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he attended the Meramec Community Enhancement Corporation meeting where they received an update on a number of programs. He also said that a new program has been introduced and that Luci Flaim is the administrator of the Energize Missouri Home program. This program is to help people make their home more energy efficient by providing rebates when they replace old windows and furnaces with new energy efficient products. An energy audit must be done first to find the problem areas that will qualify for the program. According to Skiles, a person can get a rebate of up to $10,000 toward the use of geo-thermal energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Other rebates are also available and Skiles said that there are no income restrictions. To find out more, Skiles said to speak with Luci Flaim at (573) 265-2993. At the last meeting, Allison Skare with Senator Claire McCaskill’s office came in to hear from the commissioners. They discussed the problems with the US Forest Service attempts to deny private landowners access to their properties, problems with the proposed closing of various trails and traces along the Current River in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways by the National Park Service, and concerns about the restrictions on the use of the Title III funds to maintain county roads in the Mark Twain National Forest. The commission also discussed their concern with the loss of jobs in the area. Also at the last meeting, Tom Van Hatten with the 100 Wood Acre Rally came by to update the commission on the race in February. Then Charlie Thomas from Viebrock Sales came in to update the price of culverts for 2011 and it appears there will be very little increase. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

CANCELLATION: The Salem Boys JV and Varsity Basketball Game with Potosi tonight has been postponed. The Salem Girls JV and Varsity Basketball games with Newburg have been moved to the Salem High School gym and will start at 6:00. KSMO will air the varsity girls game tonight at 7:15 You can also listen online at

Laurence Bowers scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots and Marcus Denmon added 16 points as 13th- ranked Missouri downed Oral Roberts, 81-62, at Mizzou Arena. Kim English and Ricardo Ratliffe each supplied 10 points while Phil Pressey chipped in with eight points and seven assists for the Tigers (9-1). Mizzou will host Central Arkansas Saturday night at 6:30 on KSMO.

Missouri men's basketball player Michael Dixon has been suspended indefinitely for violation of an unspecified team rule. Dixon, a sophomore point guard, had started every game for the Tigers so far this season and is the team's current leader in assists.

Alexander Steen scored the game-winner with 2:53 left to play to help lift St. Louis over Los Angeles, 6-4, at the Scottrade Center. Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes each tallied a goal and two assists for the Blues. Brad Winchester and Jay McClement both posted a goal and an assist in the win, while Eric Brewer added a goal. Ty Conklin turned aside 25-of-29 shots for the victors. The Blues will host the San Jose Sharks Saturday night on KSMO.

The St. Louis Blues placed center Andy McDonald on injured reserve Thursday after he suffered a concussion on December 4. The move created a spot for defenseman Nikita Nikitin, who was recalled from Peoria.

The St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will face each other Sunday for the first time since 2006. The game will get underway at noon at the Edward Jones Dome.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Anna Sumpter of Bunker, age 72, will be held today at noon at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Bunker. 

Funeral services for Shirley E. Goldner of Lenox, Iowa, formerly of Salem, age 55, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Hanson-Eaton Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials are suggested to the Hanson-Eaton Cemetery.

Funeral services for George E. Leonard of Salem, age 90, will be held Saturday at 12:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the Corinth Baptist Church.

Memorial services for Art Abney of St. Charles, age 70, will be held Saturday at 12:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Hazel Krul of Salem, age 82, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Free Will Baptist Church.

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

Funeral services for Kenneth Bishop of Steelville, age 89, will be held Sunday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Steelville.

Funeral services for Dudley Johns of Columbia formerly of Salem, age 83, will be held Monday at 10:30 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the SBU Salem Campus.

Funeral services for Harold E Harston, Jr. of Salem, age 84, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Ozark Highland Christian Church in Rolla. Visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Salem Chapel of James and Gahr. A Masonic Service will be held at 5:00 at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Rolla Cemetery in Rolla.

Memorial services for DeWayne Carl Arthur of Salem, age 71, will be held Wednesday at 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the Salem Pentacostal Church.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny early this afternoon, then clouding up again, high of 33.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low around 20.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 35.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low near 20.
Sunday..Mostly cloudy, high of 42.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 25.
Monday..Partly sunny, high of 44.



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