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The Dent County Commissioners met Thursday morning for their regular meeting. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams brought in the report on the CART fund receipts for October. She said the county received $54,443.66 this month and so far this year, the county has received $534,321.89 which is up $20,468.87 over the same time period as last year. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4122, 4124, 4126, 41250, 4153, 4157 and 5380 while materials would be added to and ditch work done on county road 6635. Purcell stated brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5610 and said that illegal dumping continues to be a problem on many county roads. If the public sees anyone illegally dumping trash or other articles along county roads, please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Office at 729-3241. If caught, those persons would be prosecuted. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported grading would be done on Dent County Road 2210 while materials would be added to and grading done on county road 3330. Larson went on to say that a crossover pipe is being installed on Dent County Road 4290 and materials would be added to that road. He indicated that brush would be cut on county road 2540, crews will be working on truck #116 and road materials would be added to three bus turnarounds. Larson reported work on the new bridge on Dent County Road 3210 is curing and the contractors would be asphalting the bridge approaches today. The commission hopes to have the bridge open next week. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles attended a Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee meeting in St. James Thursday. He also said Joe Martin and Darrell Decker with the county’s insurance consortium would be at the meeting on October 30th
at 11:00. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said absentee voting continues until November 3rd
at 5:00, the last day to mail out a ballot would be Wednesday, October 29th
, and that her office would be open on Saturday, November 1st
from 8:00 in the morning until noon. She said she would be testing the voting equipment on Tuesday, October 28th
at 11:00 at her office. At the last meeting, the commission took phone bids for fuel for the road and bridge department. The lowest bid for diesel came in at $2.95 a gallon from MFA, and the lowest bid for unleaded gas came from Phil-Mart at $2.60 a gallon and the commission approved those bids. The next meeting of the Dent County Commission will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and that meeting is open to the public.
Congressman Jason Smith is seeking applications for nomination to the U.S. service academies. Individuals interested in a nomination to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy should submit applications no later than October 31. Individuals interested in a nomination from Congressman Smith for admission to a service academy must be least 17-years old, must be a U.S. citizen, must be a resident of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, must be unmarried, not pregnant and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents; and must meet the medical, physical and academic requirements of the academy. Students interested in a nomination should contact Congressman Smith’s Academy Coordinator Heather Peugh at 417-255-1515.
The public is invited to enjoy a “Haunting in the Mill” on Saturday, Oct. 25. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event includes three family-friendly tours at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Visitors will get to experience a unique night-time tour of the historic Montauk Mill, located across the road from the picnic shelter. Volunteers and park staff, dressed in historical costumes, will help history come to life. The first 80 guests will be allowed in for each tour, which is offered free of charge. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm clothes while they wait outside for the tour. Hot chocolate and an old-fashioned treats will be provided to children. Montauk State Park is located 22 miles southwest of Salem on Highway 119 in Dent County. For more information about the event, call the park directly at 573-548-2201. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. For more information on state parks and historic sites, you can visit mostateparks.com.
The 2014 Trees and Trains Exhibit will again be at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center at 202 South Main Street in Salem and will run from November 24th through December 24th this year. If you or your group, club or business would like to exhibit a Christmas tree or have a Christmas display at the exhibit this year, please contact Laura at 729-9697 to reserve your space. You can also e-mail her at ljw firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservation forms are available at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center that include all the guidelines for your tree or display. The reservation forms MUST be submitted by October 28th. You can also volunteer to be a host or greeter at the Trees and Trains Exhibit this year by contacting Marsha Odom. Call her at 729-1952 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
The Salem Football Tigers will be at St. James for the first round of District play tonight starting at 7:00. St. James edged out Salem by .36 points in the MSHSAA system to host this game. Both teams enter the game with identical 3-6 records. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com starting at 6:30 with Tiger Talk and Coach Brian McNamee.
Ryan Miller had 31 saves against his former club as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Thursday. Kevin Shattenkirk scored the lone goal for the St. Louis, which got 19 saves from Jake Allen in defeat. The Blues will play the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night at 7:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.
The Missouri Football Tigers host Vanderbilt tomorrow starting at 3:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 1:00. Missouri is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.
The St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will square off Sunday in KC starting at noon. St. Louis is 2-4 on the year while the Chiefs have a record of 3-3.
The World Series will continue tonight in San Francisco at AT&T Park. Veteran Tim Hudson will start Game 3 for San Francisco in his first-ever World Series appearance. Fellow right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to pitch for the Royals who evened the series with their win on Thursday night, 7-2. The series is tied at 1-1.
Funeral services for Virginia Leora Hewkin, age 80, will be held at 11:00 this morning at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Martin-Trask Cemetery.
Funeral services for Wilton Earnie “Wil” Edgar of Salem, age 85, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Roseberry Cemetery.