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From the United States Census Bureau:

Dent County, Missouri

Population, 2014 estimate 15,655 [Dent County]


Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2013 19.8% [Dent County] 15.0% [MO]


Per capita money income in past 12 months (2013 dollars), 2009-2013 $18,544 [Dent County] $25,649 [MO]

Median household income, 2009-2013 $36,311 [Dent County] $47,380 [MO]

Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009-2013 20.9% [Dent County] 15.5% [MO]

Private nonfarm employment, percent change, 2012-2013 -2.6% [Dent County]

Building permits, 2013 21 [Dent County]

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From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

MO DENT [Medicare – 2013]

Beneficiaries with Part A and Part B [Medicare] 3,598


Percent Eligible for Medicaid 22.08


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With all the challenges they face the County Commission in Dent County, Missouri apparently had bigger fish to fry:

COUNTY COMMISSION: Presiding commissioner says flag decision to be rescinded

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 2:25 pm | Updated: 7:01 am, Tue Jul 14, 2015.

Andrew Sheeley

The Dent County Commission voted unanimously Monday to observe one year of “mourning” over the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision that gay couples have the constitutional right to marriage.

Tuesday morning, Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said the commission will meet in special session Tuesday or Wednesday to rescind that order “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.”

He said all three commissioners are expected to vote to rescind the decision.

The observance of mourning was to come in the form of lowering the flags at the Dent County Courthouse and Judicial Building to below half-staff on the 26th day of the month from July 2015 to June 2016.

The vote Monday came after Skiles filed a letter into the public record protesting, “the U.S. high court’s stamp of approval of what God speaks of as an abomination.”

The letter details Skiles’ opposition to gay marriage and proposes lowering of the flags so “all who see these flags at this lowered position be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty,” he wrote….


The original vote did cause quite a stir and generate a lot of attention.

“…all three commissioners are expected to vote to rescind the decision…”

Will people ever learn the futility of trying to unring the bell?


Marriage Equality in America (June 26, 2015)

Conversations like this are taking place today in courthouses across Missouri and America (June 26, 2015)

Recorders Association of Missouri: issuing marriage licenses for same sex couples in Missouri (June 26, 2015)

Rep Vicky Hartzler (r): has another U.S. Supreme Court sad – today it’s marriage equality (June 26, 2015)

Missouri marriage license tracker – from PROMO (June 27, 2015)

Not ready to retire it just yet (June 30, 2015)

As near as we can tell the smiting hasn’t begun (July 13, 2015)