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NEWS: Friday, April 28, 2017



The Dent County Commission held their meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road reports, both District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell and District Two Commissioner Gary Larson wanted to remind residents that with the amount of rain which has already fallen and with the anticipated amounts expected over the weekend, please do not drive through rising water at low water crossings, water flowing over the road, or areas that are ponding. The ground is already saturated and with any amount of rain received over the weekend, there could be several temporary road closures. If a sign has been posted, turn around: it is not worth risking your life or the life of anyone in your vehicle. They went on to say that as soon as the weather breaks, those roads that have had washouts problems will be addressed as soon as possible. Purcell then reported that his district had received several calls on removing downed trees. He reported a crew would be working on some electrical issue with the pup trailer as well as working on dump trucks #117 and #123. He also said that the order of polypropylene culverts that were ordered came in and would be separated for use. Larson reported crews were out checking roads for downed trees and washouts. He went on to say work was being done on the hydraulics on a brush cutter. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles wanted to remind folks about the Veterans Affairs Day today from 10:00 am until 2:00 at the American Legion/VFW Post in Salem. 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.

In closed session on April 18th at the SMDH Board of Directors meeting, they approved a contract with Rural Sleep Solutions to provide sleep studies at the SMDH Hospital. The hospital will have to be certified first, and they hope to be able to start offering these services in the outpatient area around July 1st. The board also approved a Nursing Scholarship for Samantha Smith from the LPN to RN Bridge Program. They also approved providing a Pharmacy Internship through the St. Louis College of Pharmacy from May of 2017 to February of 2018. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Police Department released reports involving a shoplifter, a fight, a domestic disturbance, a burglary and property damage. On Sunday, April 16th at 2:16 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 30-year old male of Salem for stealing merchandise valued at $38.71. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. That night at 7:04, an officer was detailed to the parking lot at Missouri Highway 32 and 19 in reference to a fight that had taken place. The report revealed a 16-year-old male juvenile of Salem had been assaulted by a 16-year old male juvenile of Rolla. The report is under investigation. On Monday evening, April 17th at 5:30, an officer was sent to a residence in the 100 block of North Carty in reference to a domestic disturbance. The report revealed a 30-year old Salem male had assaulted a 26-year old Salem male. Further investigation led to the arrest of the suspect who was incarcerated pending the application for warrants. On Wednesday, April 19th at 8:34 in the morning, an officer was detailed to a building in the 700 block of South Grand in reference to a burglary. The report revealed someone unknown took a 2015 Honda Grom motorcycle valued at $4,500.00 and a 2004 Kawasaki ZX6R motorcycle valued at $3,500.00 from a building. The report is under investigation. There is a reward offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for stealing the motorcycles. Later that night at 8:53, an officer was detailed to the Scenic River Center West building located in the 800 block of Highway 32 in reference to property damage. The report revealed someone unknown broke a window valued $465.00 with a rock. The report is under investigation. You are asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242 if you have any information regarding any ongoing investigation.

The National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 4th during the noon hour at the Grace Community Church on Water Street. Those who will be participating can envoy a light lunch at 11:45 and prayer time at 12:15 along with the National Anthem and the Pledge of Alliance. For more information, call 729-4573.


According to Coach Phillip Karr, the Russellville Baseball Tournament that Salem was to participate in this weekend has been cancelled due to the wet grounds. Salem’s next game will now be the makeup game in Thayer on Tuesday afternoon.

You can help support the Salem High School Baseball Program by shopping Monday, May 1st at Country Mart in Salem. On that day from 6:00 in the morning to 10:00 at night, Country Mart in Salem will donate 10% of your purchase to the Salem High School Baseball Program. This offer is ONLY good at the Salem store. If you have not already received a flyer in your e-mail or printed it from Facebook, pick up a flyer at the store and present it with each purchase at Country Mart on Monday ONLY. Country Mart is located on Highway 32 East. Salem Baseball Tiger players will be at Country Mart from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday to help with bagging and provide assistance to customers. Come out and make your purchases matter while helping the Salem High School Baseball Program.

The Salem Tiger Tennis Team VS Houston today at 4:00 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Also the Osage Tournament HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Makeup dates have not been decided.

The St. Louis Blues will host the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series tonight at 7:00. Nashville leads the series, 1 game to 0. Game 3 will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 from Nashville. The game Sunday can be heard online at

Randal Grichuk tied the game for the Cards with 2 out in the 9th inning with a two-run homer, and Matt Carpenter won the game in the 11th inning with a walk-off grand slam as the Cardinals beat Toronto in the 1st game of a day-night doubleheader, 8-4. In the second game, the St. Louis Cardinals finished off a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays after scoring in each of the first four innings on Thursday in Busch Stadium. Dexter Fowler homered, and Adam Wainwright picked up his second consecutive win in a 6-4 decision. The Cardinals start a three game series with the Cincinnati Reds tonight at 6:20 on KSMO Radio.

The Royals had the day off Thursday and will try to end their seven game losing streak when they host the Minnesota Twins this weekend.


Funeral services for Anna Marie Gray of Rolla, age 68, will be held today at 1:00 at the Rolla Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time.

Graveside services for Robin Turnbough of Steelville, age 50, will be held Saturday at noon at the Steelville Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Hallie Gregory of Steelville, age 89, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 Monday. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Shirley Oneta Burrus of Salem, age 79, will be held Tuesday May 2 at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.


Today..Cloudy with a 50% chance for showers, high of 70.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 59.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 72.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 63.
Sunday..Cloudy early with a 60% chance for showers, high of 68.

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