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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that Dent County Roads 5510 and 6630 would have rocked added and will be graded, and Dent County Roads 4180 and 9160 will also be graded. Purcell said that a pipe is going to be replaced on Dent County Road 6633, and that the trees and limbs downed from the winds have been removed from the roads. In District Two, Commissioner Gary Larson said that Dent County Roads 3120, 3122 and 3180 would have rock added and be graded, and that Dent County Roads 2130 and 4330 would be graded. He said that the brakes have been repaired on truck #114 and it is now back in service. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that all three commissioners attended the South Central Commissioners meeting in Texas County on Wednesday, and heard reports on the National Forest Service and from Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee. Skiles said that in the Judicial Building Annex the juvenile offices will be on the right as you go in, and the Public Administrator’s office will be in the northeast corner of the building, while the Coroner’s office will stay where it is it. He said he spoke with Fire Chief Brad Nash about another exit for fire purposes and he will check into that. Skiles said that he talked with Anderson and Associates Engineering about putting in a bid for the engineering work to be done for the offices and a possible exit door. They should be able to get to that next week. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley attended the insurance consortium in Springfield and said that they were updated on the COBRA rules that will affect the county. District 1 Commissioner Purcell said that the county put in a bid for a two-wheel drive brush cutter from Phelps County. Bids were to be opened today. Presiding Commissioner Skiles added that the county contacted the state auditor’s office to get the requirements on acquiring used equipment. Commissioner Larson also presented a letter from the Dent County Memorial Chapel that they now have a cooler and also a four-wheel drive vehicle if necessary for the Coroner to use. Salem Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs brought in a copy of an article that was in the New York Times about the Road Rally in Salem. She also told the commissioners that she, Nick Gilliam and Sara Hultine would have data next week to the commission on the economic impact of the Road Rally in Dent County. Joe Case and Gene Martin from MFA Oil came in to explain their product to the Commissioners before they bid on the fuel contract for the county. Ralph Carter from Freightliner came in and brought pictures and specs of two used dump trucks he is trying to help a client sell. The commission did ask him about new trucks as well, and he will keep his eye out on any available dump trucks. Scott Hilton from Cleverstone came in and discussed chip and sealing roads this year. He brought with him a bid even though the county has not advertised for them yet. He also discussed a new type of sealant that can be used on an existing chip and seal road instead of putting down another single layer and the price is a little cheaper than re-chip and sealing. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Cardinal pocket schedules have arrived and are available around town and at the KSMO Radio Station lobby.

Grant Gordon had three hits and drove in two runs to help lead Salem to a 13-1 win over Mountain Grove in the SCA Tournament semi-final.  Brandon Plan, Louis Carroll and Ryan Smith also drove in two runs for Salem who are scheduled to play in the Championship game on Saturday. Louis Carroll went four innings for Salem giving up an unearned run on only two hits.

The Salem Golf Team dropped a dual meet with Ava yesterday, 202-163. Individual scores were Connor Stroburg with 46, Robbie Brooks with 49, Branden Piatt with 53 and Ben Adams with 54. Salem will be at Mountain View on Thursday.

J.T. Tiller scored a career-high 23 points, and third-seeded Missouri built a huge second-half lead before fending off Memphis, 102-91, in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament to snap the Memphis school-record of 27 straight wins, but in the battle of the Tigers, it was the Big 12 Tournament champions gaining a 24- point lead in the second half and then holding on to advance to play top- seeded Connecticut Saturday for the right to play in the Final Four.  DeMarre Carroll added 17 points for Missouri (31-6), which advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2002, when it fell to Oklahoma in the regional final.

Omir Santos hit a two-run home run as part of a seven-run seventh inning to help the New York Mets down the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-5, in Grapefruit League play. Khalil Greene and Joe Thurston each drove in a run for the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright gave up two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Trever Miller was saddled with the loss as he gave up all seven runs in the seventh inning.

T.J. Oshie and David Perron each registered a goal and an assist, as the St. Louis Blues held off the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2, at Scottrade Center. David Backes and Andy McDonald also tallied for the Blues, who were able to build off a 2-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. St. Louis, which has won three straight games, now has 79 points and is one point behind Nashville for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Chris Mason turned aside 21-of-23 shots for St. Louis. He is now 10-4-1 in his last 15 games. The Blues will play a home and home series with Columbus starting at 7:30 Saturday and then play at 4:00 Sunday. You can hear the games on KSMO Radio.

Mike Sweeney had three hits, including a run- scoring single to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Seattle a 10-9 spring training win over the Kansas City Royals. Mike Aviles had a double and a three-run homer for the Royals, while David DeJesus contributed three hits. Sidney Ponson was charged with eight hits and six runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 frames.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of unrestricted free agent guard Mike Goff on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not released. Goff has started all 16 regular season games in each of the past six seasons, the last five of which were with San Diego. Originally a third-round selection of Cincinnati in the 1998 NFL Draft, the 11-year vet has started 106 straight games dating back to the 2002 season. The 33-year-old University of Iowa product has started in each game in which he has appeared dating back to the 2000 campaign, including seven postseason starts.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Dick Callie A. Russell of Salem, age 81, will be held today at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Home.

Visitation for Grace Lorene Hilderbrand of Salem, age 92 will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. There will not be a funeral service. Memorials are suggested to the Salem Senior Center or the Greeley Cemetery.

Funeral services for Wava N. Haas of Salem, age 81, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Carty Cemetery in Salem. 

Memorial services for Kay Reitz of St. James, age 85, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be at a later date. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Memorial services for Delphia “Reita” Price of St. James, age 78, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Fort Leonard Wood Military Cemetery, at a later date.

Funeral services for James Raymond Fleming of Rolla, age 93, will be held Wednesday at 12:00 noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. memorials may be made to the Fisrt Christian Church in Rolla or the Rolla Presbyterian Manor.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy with a 20% chance for rain, high of 46.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 90% chance for rain, low of 39.
Saturday..Periods of rain early with periods of snow in the afternoon, high of 46.
Saturday night..Cloudy with periods of rain and snow in the evening, low around 30.
Sunday..Partly cloudy, high of 52.

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