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According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, after an investigation by the Missouri Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, the Shannon County Prosecuting Attorney has filed felony tax evasion charges against the owner of a company that owns farmland informally known as Camp Zoe. James T. Tebeau, of rural Salem, is charged with six felony counts of failure to file sales tax returns and pay sales tax owed to the state of Missouri.  The failure to file returns and pay sales tax is related to business conducted at a 350-acre farm near Eminence in Shannon County.  Tebeau runs Zoe Campitheater, which has been the host of several festivals, campers, and float trips. The alleged tax evasions involve the failure to pay sales tax for July, September and October of 2010.

An accident occurred at 9:58 Saturday morning in Dent County on Highway 72 about five miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1997 GMC driven by 17-year old Tyler Maggard of Salem lost control on the ice covered bridge, traveled off the road, struck an embankment, and overturned. Maggard and an occupant in the GMC, 23-year old Kristen Catlett of Salem, suffered moderate injuries and were taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by Salem ambulance. They were both wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. The GMC was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Commissioners Gray Larson and Dennis Purcell said that the road crews had prepared the trucks and equipment for the snow on Christmas Eve. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wanted to remind everyone that the courthouse is closed Friday for Christmas. He also said that the new plat books are now available at $30 each. He wanted to let people know that the plat books are not a legal instrument and is to be used as a reference only. Ray Walden from the Salem TCRC was in to drop off a new agreement for the TCRC to continued to do Rural Addressing for the county for $12,000 a year which is the same as it was last year. The contract includes language that says the TCRC will continue working with phone companies as needed as the county considers transition to Enhanced 911 services. There is also a clause that would pro rate the contract in the event that the TCRC would no longer exist. The commission discussed the contract and approved renewing it for another year. Skiles explained that the county did not put this out for bid after conferring with the state auditors office, as the TCRC was the only bidder in 2008 and 2009. The auditors said that since the Salem TCRC is the sole supplier of these services that it did not need to be bid out. Ted Cunningham from the Dent County Extension came in to present his budget requests to the commission. At the last meeting, Deputy Wayne Becker and Sheriff Rick Stallings discussed their budget requests with the commission; and Chairman of the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee George LaJoie, presented Darrell Skiles with a plaque of appreciation of service on the board. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Sesquicentennial Committee is sponsoring a semi-formal “Snow Ball” dance to be held January 22nd at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. There will be a DJ with dancing, a video with 2010 events and photo props will be available to commemorate the event. The ONCRC will be decorated with a snow and ice theme. Dress for men should be suits and ladies should wear a cocktail dress. Tickets will be available starting January 3rd for $15.00 if bought before January 18thn and $20 at the door. Only 150 tickets will be sold to the event. For more information, call 729-0029.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will face Warrensburg in the first round of the US Bank Holiday Invitational Tournament in Rolla starting at 4:00. Salem enters the game with a 1-4 record. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at

The Missouri Tigers will face Northern Illinois tonight starting at 6:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO. Missouri is 11-1 going into the game.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the St. Louis Blues took a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators in a Central Division matchup. David Backes scored both goals while Vladimir Sobotka and Alex Steen each had an assist for the Blues, who have won three straight. The Blues will face the Blackhawks tomorrow night at 7:00 at Scottrade Center.

Matt Cassel threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-34 efficiency to lead Kansas City to a 34-14 triumph over Tennessee at Arrowhead Stadium on a day the Chiefs clinched the AFC West title. Jamaal Charles carried 13 times for 77 yards and had the first two-touchdown receiving game of his career while Dwayne Bowe added six grabs for 153 yards and a score as the Chiefs (10-5) clinched their first division crown since 2003 and first playoff berth since 2006.

Sam Bradford has the Rams on the cusp of the playoffs in his rookie season after throwing for 292 yards and a touchdown as St. Louis defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 25-17, in a pivotal NFC West clash. The Rams (7-8) simply need to win in Seattle next week to capture the division title and make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Josh Brown made all three of his field goal attempts, and Steven Jackson rushed for a touchdown in the key victory.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Larry A. Wilson of Rolla, age 44, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Rhea Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Rhea Cemetery.

Funeral services Carl Joseph Norris of Salem, age 75, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Norris Family.

Funeral services for Melvin William Flint of Salem, age 82, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Clarence Raymond Sites of Cuba, age 83 will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Cuba. Visitation will be today from 5:00 until 8:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Rick Harper of Bunker, age 52, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 at the United Baptist Tabernacle in Bunker. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time on Tuesday. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harper family for funeral expenses. All arrangements are under the direction of the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker.

Funeral services for Lester Moore of Rolla, age 66, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Garden in rural Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Rolla Optimist Childhood Cancer Fund or Tri County Humane Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 36.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 22.
Tuesday..Partly sunny, high of 39.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 28.
Wednesday and Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for rain, high near 40, low of 38.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 54.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for rain, low of 48.



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