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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4210, 5390, 5400, 6070 and 6080 and the rest of the District 1 crew would be doing maintenance on the durapatcher. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2070, 2075, 3020, 3050, 3060, 3070 and 3150. Tune also said that Susan Cunningham with Spacial Data Research met with both district crews on Wednesday to discuss the discrepancies in the county map for rural addressing. Cunningham said she would have the problems fixed and new maps will be printed. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles will be on KSMO Radio this morning for his first program on keeping the public informed. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Local Emergency Planning Committee for Shannon County will be conducting a practice drill on Saturday, March 15th at 11:00 am on Highway 19 North at the Round Springs Bridge. Highway 19 will at no time be impassable but local residents are asked to avoid the area if possible to relieve congestion caused by the emergency vehicles on the scene. The drill will include a simulation of a bus overturning with about 20 soles on board resulting in a diesel spill into the waterway below. This drill is a joint effort between the National Park Service, the St. John’s ambulance service, Shannon County Sheriff’s Department, Eminence Fire Department, Timber Fire Department, Jadwin Fire Department, Winona Fire Department, MO State Highway Department, Air-Evac Lifeteam, MoDOT and the Missouri Department of Conservation. A local youth group will be playing the part of the injured complete with theatrical blood and bruises. The students have the opportunity to evaluate the care they receive from emergency workers based on the injuries and symptoms they present. This evaluation will help emergency workers better prepare and treat victims in a real emergency situation. These drills are planned to simulate as closely as possible accidents that could happen in Shannon County. Local citizens donate their time to receive training and conduct drills to prepare for emergency situations that may threaten the health and well being of their fellow Shannon County residents. This drill is sponsored by the State Emergency Management Agency.

There will be a “Stream Team” stream clean up at the Bonebrake Center of Nature and History in Salem tomorrow at 1:00 PM.  The Westside 4-H Club has adopted this activity as a community service project, but we invite all of you to come out and participate. It's a fun way to get outside and enjoy a local creek, clean up some unsightly trash to help beautify the Bonebrake property, get some service time for your project report, and, yes, you'll get wet (dress appropriately!) Also, note that any kids grade levels K-5 who participate in this will receive credit for Bonebrake's Ozark Kids' Connection youth program (credit toward the program award/patch!), so there's even more incentive to come. For any questions call Jamin Bray at 729-7856.

Sports [TOP]

The City of Salem Summer Youth Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Season is fast approaching. Sign-ups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center (formerly the National Guard armory) on today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. This league is for all boys and girls that are between 4 and 13-years of age. The last sign-ups will be held on Thursday, March 20th and Friday, March 21st from 4:00 to 6:00 and then on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 am to 12:00 (NOON). The cost is $15.00 per child. For additional information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department by calling 729-6290.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers placed three girls on the All-SCA Teams this year. Named to the All-SCA First Team were Natalie Howard and Allison Jones, while Jessica Brand was named to the All-SCA Honorable Mention Team.

The 2008 SCA baseball tournament starts Monday at four locations. Games scheduled are Salem hosting Cabool, Ava takes on Willow Springs, Mountain Grove hosts Liberty and Houston plays Thayer. All games start at 4:00.

Aleks Maric racked up 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the seventh-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers to a 61-56 victory over the 10th-seeded Missouri Tigers in the opening round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Keon Lawrence netted 15 points in the loss for Missouri (16-16). Matt Lawrence contributed 12 points for the Tigers, and DeMarre Carroll added 10 points.

The St. Louis Blues play San Jose tonight at 9:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO.

Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 with a run batted in as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the New York Mets, 6-5, in a 10 inning Grapefruit League contest. Skip Schumaker went 2-for-5 with a walk and a pair of runs scored for the Cardinals, who pounded out 15 hits off Mets pitching. Braden Looper had a rocky four inning start, allowing four runs on seven hits, but the St. Louis bullpen bailed him out by allowing just one run over the final six innings. The cards play the NY Mets tomorrow at noon on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms on with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse on Thursday, pending the results of a physical. The deal is for one year, according to a report in the St. Louis Post- Dispatch, and Lohse will undergo his physical with the club on Friday. The right-handed Lohse split the 2007 season between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, compiling a 9-12 record and a 4.62 earned run average in 192 2/3 innings over 34 games (32 starts). In seven major league seasons, Lohse sports a 63-74 record and a 4.82 ERA in 218 games (195 starts) with Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Minnesota.

Damon Hollins smacked a two-run home run to help the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win over the LA Angels in Cactus League play. Hollins finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored while John Buck added a pair of hits and scored a run for the Royals, who have won their last three games. Jorge De La Rosa got the start and gave up two runs on four hits in four innings of work.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Fay Mauzy of Hillsboro, age 83, will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Robert D. Brown Funeral Home in Hillsboro Mo. Visitation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Mt. Herman Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to Gideon Bible.

A Memorial Service for David Joe Cook of Boss, age 48, will be held on Monday, March 17th at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Janice Naomi Hood of Rolla, age 67, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00. Interment will be in the Zion Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Phelps Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Laverne “Cotner” Gregory of Sligo will be held today at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Sligo Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ernest Floyd Chitwood of Salem, age 81 will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Huda-Chitwood Cemetery in Reynolds.

Funeral services for Rena Mae Parker of Salem, age 80, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Samuel Milton Varner of Belleview, age 64, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Donna S. Larson of Rolla, age 60, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with virtually a 100% chance for showers, high of 62.
Tonight..Cloudy with a100% chance for showers and thunder-storms, low of 38.
Saturday..Cloudy with an 80% chance for light showers, high of 48.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 32.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 56.
Sunday night.Mostly cloudy, low around 40.

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