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The Dent County Commissioners held their meeting Thursday morning at the courthouse. In the road report, both Commissioners reported that roads are really soft to do much this week. District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5080, 5610 and 6090; and rock would be hauled in to Dent County Road 6090. Purcell also said that brush cutting would be done on Dent County Road 5580. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that rock would be hauled to Dent County Road 6160, and the crews would be edge rutting and cutting grass along the chip and seal roads so that standing water would be able to run off the roadways. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he and Commissioner Purcell attended a meeting in Willow Springs on Wednesday with MoDOT where they talked about projects. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that the last day to register to vote for the April 7th election would be Wednesday, March 11th. The last day to request a mail out ballot will be April 1st and the last day to absentee vote is April 6th. The courthouse will be open on Saturday, April 4th for absentee voting from 8:00 am to 12:00 (NOON). The Commission then expressed their concerns with a House Bill #664, introduced by Representative Jason Smith, which states that qualifying motor vehicles, which would include those commonly driven by Missourians as well as recreational vehicles and automobiles registered as historic motor vehicles be eliminated from property tax by the year 2013. The bill would place the assessed value at 26% of the vehicle’s true value for 2009 and then decrease each year until the elimination of all property tax on motor vehicles by the year 2013. Presiding Commissioner Skiles expressed his concern with the fact that the elimination of that much tax money would greatly affect the schools, the fire department, the road and bridge department and more. The Commission contacted Representative Smith and he assured them that the bill would not move forward without a revenue stream in place to replace the loss of that money. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.  

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a stolen cell phone. On Monday, March 2nd, a follow up was conducted on a report from February 14th in reference to a stolen cell phone. Further investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year old Salem man for the theft. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released.

An accident occurred on Highway 63 in Phelps County about seven miles south of Edgar Springs Thursday afternoon at 2:00. According to the highway patrol report, a 2006 Dodge Pickup driven northbound by 63-year old Edward L. Davis of Edgar Springs, traveled off the left side of the roadway and across a county road before coming to rest on the east side of Highway 63. Davis suffered injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by the EMS, but was pronounced dead by the acting coroner K.V. Lucas as a result of a medical condition. Davis was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge sustained minor damage and was removed from the scene by Lucas Garage of Edgar Springs.

Sports [TOP]

Todd Wellemeyer allowed one run in four innings pitched, and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Dominican Republic, 4-1, in an exhibition matchup. Skip Schumaker went 2-for-2 with a walk for the Cardinals, while Ryan Ludwick, Joe Mather and Khalil Greene each had an RBI in the win. Ryan Franklin earned the win with two perfect innings pitched. KSMO will air the Cards game Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:55.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed veteran left- handed reliever Dennys Reyes to a two-year contract on Thursday. Reyes, 31, had spent the previous three seasons with Minnesota, and in 2008 he went 3-0 with a 2.33 earned-run average in 75 appearances.

The Kansas City Royals had the day off yesterday from Spring Training action.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Florida tonight and tomorrow night. They will face the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at 6:30 and the Florida Panthers tomorrow night at 6:00. The Blues are four points out of the final playoff spot. You can hear both games on KSMO Radio.

The Missouri Basketball Tigers will go for a piece of the Big 12 title Saturday afternoon as they will face Texas A&M at 1:00. A win by Missouri and a Kansas loss to Texas allows Missouri to share the title. You can hear that game on KSMO Radio.

The Basketball Sports Banquet will be held Tuesday at 6:30 at the high school cafeteria. Players, cheerleaders and parents are welcome to attend.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Irene Elizabeth Eaton of Steelville, age 90, was held Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Taylor C. Hunt of Rolla, age 49, was held Saturday at 11:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Rolla. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Barbara Hunt for the Keaton & Kelsey Hunt College Fund.

Funeral services for Kenneth Asher of Salem, age 69, was held at Saturday at 11:00 at the Teague and Sons Funeral Home in Newburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Teague and Sons Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Thelma Lucille Halbrook of Salem, age 103, was held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Miner Cemetery.

Funeral services for Clarence Turnbough of Cuba, formerly of Steelville, age 90, was held Saturday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials are suggested to the Freeman Cemetery or Gibbs Care in Steelville.

Funeral services for Dorothy (Price) Lile of Granite City, Illinois, formerly of St. James, age 75, was held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Funeral Chapel in St. James. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Anchor Bay Lighthouse Family Church.

Graveside services for Jerry L. Wyatt of Jefferson City, age 62, will be held Sunday at 5:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Ruby Jewel Hejkal of Salem, age 91, will be held Monay morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Red Bud Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Funeral service for Edith E. Duckworth of Edwardsville, Illinois, formerly of Salem, age 89, will be held Monday at noon at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until noon on Monday. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery.

Funeral services for Donald Arthur Harper of Steelville, age 92, will be held Tuesday at 2:00 at the Bitton-Bennett Funeral Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 Monday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mayonne Gregory of Salem are incomplete at this time but are uner the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Parly sunny, high of 78.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 58.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy and breezy, high of 76.
Saturday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 56.
Sunday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 68.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 42.

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