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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, county surveyor Craig Ruble was in attendance to help clarify some specs in his bid for the county plat books. The Commissioners wanted to know the size of the wall maps that he could provide and the cost of those maps, and Ruble said that they would be 36” by 48” and they would be on 50-pound bond paper at a cost of $40 each. He also said that he could have the plat books and maps delivered to the county no later that July 15th. After a lengthy discussion, the commissioners agreed to go with Ruble Surveying for 300 plat books for $27 each for Dent County. Ruble also discussed with Commissioners Larson and Purcell about setting time aside to learn the software on the computer at his office that deals with county road data. He said that they could get together in about two or three weeks and the training should take about 20 hours. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that the work crews were servicing Dent County Truck #117, cleaning out culverts, repairing the chip and seal patcher and checking numerous roads for soft spots. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson also reported that workers are checking roads for soft spots and adding gravel where needed, checking bridges and looking for downed signs, and are cleaning out crossover pipes. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended the Small Business Entrepreneurial Workshop in Rolla Friday night hosted by Senator Frank Barnitz that he felt was very informative. He said that he would be attending a meeting with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the MRPC Thursday in St. James.  At the last meeting, Circuit Clerk Ruth Ann Williams came in to discuss the previous bids on a new telephone system for the Judicial Building First  Floor. She recommended the bid from Embarq (CenturyLink) for $11,496.51 that included a three-year maintenance contract, and the commission approved her recommendation. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting will be open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Sunday morning, March 14 at 9:14, an officer while investigating a theft found that a 20-year old female of Salem, was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Further investigation led to the arrest of the suspect who was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Monday, March 15 at 12:37 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to AT&T Mobil Gateway in reference to a theft. The investigation of the theft revealed that a person of persons unknown took a Samsung phone valued at $210.00. The report is under investigation. On Tuesday, March 16 at 8:30 in the morning, an officer was sent to the 200 block of East Rolla in reference to a theft of a vehicle. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took stereo equipment from a 1997 Toyota Camry that was parked at a residence. The report is still under investigation. That same day at 6:57 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Dent in reference to a fight in progress. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 41-year-old male of Salem, for disorderly conduct and damage to private property. The suspect was issued summons to appear in court and then released. On Thursday March 18 at 1:15 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 17-year-old male of Salem, for stealing merchandise valued at $101.28. The suspect was issued a summons to appear in court and released. If you have any information regarding any ongoing investigation, please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers SCA Tournament game with Cabool yesterday was postponed due to wet grounds. It was rescheduled for today in Salem at 4:00.

David Freese hit a three-run homer and Joe Mather added a solo shot as the St. Louis Cardinals split squad earned a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros in Grapefruit League action. Ryan Ludwick had a pair of doubles, knocked in two and scored a run for the Cardinals. Kyle Lohse picked up the win after allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out two and walking one in a five-inning start. In the other game, Jason LaRue homered and drove in three runs as the Red Birds downed Boston, 13-8, in Grapefruit League play. Skip Schumaker had four hits, scored two runs and drove in another for St. Louis. Brad Penny was knocked around in his five-inning start for the Cardinals, allowing seven runs on 10 hits.

Wilson Betemit went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the Kansas City Royals downed the Chicago White Sox, 9-5, in Cactus League play. David DeJesus hit a solo home run while Mike Aviles and Mitch Maier each scored twice in the win. Gil Meche went three innings in the start, giving up three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.

St. Louis Cardinals have optioned catcher Matt Pagnozzi to Memphis (PCL). They also re-assigned pitchers Eduardo Sanchez, Oneli Perez, Fernando Salas and Pete Parise and infielder Ruben Gotay to minor league camp.

The St. Louis Rams have re-signed veteran defensive end James Hall. Hall has spent the last three seasons with the Rams and played in 45 games (31 starts) over that span. In 2009, he started 14 games for St. Louis and recorded 43 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks.

The 2010 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules are available at local sponsors around town and in the front lobby of the KSMO Radio Station.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for J.R. Manning of Bixby, age 63, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Alma James of Rolla, age 88, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Rolla. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the James Community Cemetery in Vienna. Memorials may be made to the James Community Cemetery.

Military Honors will be held for James “Jamie” Marcus Hagler of Linn, age 41, Wednesday at 5:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 3:00 until service time. Memorials may be made to the Thomas Christopher Freeman and Hope Hagler Scholarship Fund.

Funeral services for Mary Jean Peterson of Salem, age 71, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Dry Fork Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Margaret Louise Ellis of Salem, age 63, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Rosehill Cemetery in Thayer. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Ruth Ellen Bisbee of Cuba, age 85, are incomplete at this time, and are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny with patchy fog this morning, high near 70.
Tonight..Partly cloudy this evening, mostly cloudy after midnight, low of 45.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy, high of 72.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 50% chance for showers, low around 50.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for showers, high near 60.

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