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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning.  At the meeting District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 539, 540, and 622. Simpson also said that grading would be done and material would be hauled to Dent County Road 244 and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 651.  District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that a new road pipe would be installed on Dent County Road 443 and grading would be done in the Boss area on Dent County Roads 406, 440B and 441. Tune also said that a crew would be patching chip and seal on Dent County Road 615.  Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that an Emergency Management Committee Meeting would be held this morning at 10:00 in the City Council Chambers. Skiles also received a letter from residents of Dent County Road 244 who wanted to know what procedure they would need to take in order for the county to set a speed limit on that road.  Commissioner Simpson explained that residents of that road would need to sign a petition stating what they would like the speed limit to be set at and bring it before the Commission; after this process a speed limit sign would be posted. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind everyone that Wednesday is the last day to request a mail out ballot for the April, 3rd Election. Bernie English attended the meeting to ask what it would take for the county to maintain the road he lives down that lies between Dent County Roads 608 and 609.  Commissioners Simpson and Tune explained that since it is not a county road, they cannot maintain it. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports for March 25th. At 4:07 in the morning on March 25th, the Department received a call from a residence located on Highway 19 north that a male had entered the house after being told not to. The male sat on the couch after entering the home. He was told again to leave and when he exited at the door, he pulled a glass pipe with brown residue and left. The deputy attempted to locate the suspect but was unsuccessful. At 9:05 the same morning, the Department received a call concerning a male who had entered a residence located on Highway 19 north. The resident awoke, discovering a male standing at their kitchen sink. He was asked to leave twice and when a call was made to the sheriff’s department, he started pushing and hitting a male resident. Upon arrival, the deputy took 20-year old Daniel R. Gover of Salem into custody. Gover has been charged with one felony count of burglary in the 1st degree. At noon on March 25th, the Department received a report from a residence located on U Highway in regards to a 750-pound heifer being shot in the head, back in February.  Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.       

School will be dismissed early Wednesday, March 28th due to a teacher in-service. Dismissal times are William Lynch at 11:15, Upper Elementary at 11:20, Jr. and Sr. High Schools at 11:30 and the rural schools Oak Hill R-I, Green Forest R-II, Dent Phelps R-III and Northwood R-IV at 11:45.

Missouri high school seniors and current college students have just a few days left to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Missouri FAFSA deadline is April 1. The FAFSA is the application that will determine how much financial aid students receive for college. Receiving financial aid is extremely important to many families these days because as the College Board reported last year, the average cost of a 4-year, public university increased 6.3 percent to $5,836 per year. The average cost of a 4-year, private university increased 5.9 percent to $22,218 per year. Because the Missouri deadline is just days away, students and parents need to act now if they haven't already. Last year more than $152 billion in financial aid was awarded, and all that you have to do to be eligible for this money is fill out the FAFSA.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be holding a blood drive today in Salem and they are asking blood donors to give life to your community. The blood drive will be from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM at the Salem High School located at 1400 Tiger Pride Drive. Eligibility requirements include weighing at least 110 pounds and being in general good health.

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will open their regular season today at home as they face the Licking Wildcats starting at 4:30. You can hear the game live on KSMO Radio or online at www.ksmoradio.com. The Tigers went 2-1 in the Pre-Season Tournament.

The Salem Tiger Tennis Team will open their 2007 season today as they will travel to Houston to face the Houston Tigers starting at 4:00.

The Salem Golf Team will host the Salem Open today starting at 4:00 at the Spring Creek Golf Club.

The Salem Tigers track teams will be at Viburnum today for a meet starting at 4:00.

The St. Louis Blues will be back in action tonight as they will host the Columbus Blue Jackets starting at 7:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Adam Wainwright pitched six shutout innings, striking out six, as St. Louis topped Florida, 3-1, in Grapefruit League action. Adam Kennedy went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Scott Rolen singled, scored a run and drove in one for the Cardinals. The Cards are 14-10 and 2 this spring training.

Mark Teahen belted a two-run homer and drove in three runs to lead Kansas City to a 5-2 spring training win over San Diego. Jason LaRue also had an RBI for the Royals, who banged out 11 hits. The Royals are 9-14 this spring training in Arizona.

Marshall Faulk, who is ninth all-time in the NFL in rushing yards, announced his retirement on Monday. Faulk's career was derailed by knee problems and he was out the entire 2006 season due to surgery. Faulk ended with 12,279 yards on the ground after starting his career in 1994 with Indianapolis. He retires with the standing NFL record of 2,429 yards from scrimmage in 1999, an average of 151.8 yards a game. His 19,154 combined yards from scrimmage are the fourth-most in league history. Faulk, the 2000 NFL MVP, was a first-round pick of the Colts. He spent his first five seasons there before being traded the St. Louis prior to the start of the 1999 season. In his first season in St. Louis, he helped the team to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Shilynne Johnson of Vichy, age 18, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 today. Interment will be in the High Gate Cemetery in High Gate, Missouri.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 74.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 58.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers in the morning, high of 77.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 59.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy, high of 78.
Thursday night..50% chance for showers, low of 55.

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