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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. At the meeting, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 6240 and 6190, and that rock was going to be added and then grading would be done to Dent County Road 6670. He said that the workers are also rewiring a pup trailer. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 3090 and 3120, while white rock was going to be added and then grading would be done on Dent County Road 2320. He went on to say that the work crews would be putting up some signs that been knocked down, and that workers may be patching some chip and seal roads if the weather allows. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that Wednesday will be the last day to get an absentee ballot mailed out, and Monday will be the last day to vote absentee. The Dent County Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday from 8:00 AM until noon for absentee voting. Curley wanted to remind voters that Dent-Phelps R-3 and Northwood R-4 would not be

holding any elections for their school boards. Scott Schultz came by and discussed Dent County Road 6380 and he would prefer it NOT be chip and sealed for the safety of the children in the area and for the farmer’s who use the road for their implements and four wheelers. He said that speeds now are too high and the chip and seal will just make it worse. Commissioner Purcell said that speed limit signs need to be put on the road regardless if it is chip and sealed or not, and then the speed limit needs to be enforced. At the last meeting, the commission was notified that they were awarded the bid on the two-wheel drive used mower from Phelps County for $7,811. Dent County Collector Dennis Medlock came in to discuss requests for surplus money from the previous 2007 tax sale. The next meeting of the Dent County 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 involving a burglary, an assault, DWI and a towed vehicle. On Saturday, March 28th at 4:10 in the afternoon, a report was taken regarding burglary and property damage on Highway 19 North. The report revealed that a person or persons had broken into a structure and did approximately $10,000 in damage. On Sunday, March 29th at 1:10 in the afternoon, a report was taken regarding an assault in the Dent County Jail. The subjects were placed in separate rooms until the issue could be addressed. At 9:43 that evening, a vehicle was stopped for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. After investigation during the traffic stop, the driver was issued citations for DWI-prior offender, driving while revoked, no proof of insurance, and failure to maintain on the right half of the roadway. On Monday, March 30th at 1:11 in the early morning, a Dent County Deputy was dispatched to an abandoned vehicle located about 10 to 11 miles east of Salem on Highway 32.72. A red, 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck, with no license plates or registration paperwork, had been abandoned and was partially on the roadway. The vehicle was removed from the scene and impounded until the owner could be identified and located. Anyone with any with information regarding the burglary, which is still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.

Approximately 100 students representing the Salem High School vocal and instrumental departments participated this past weekend at District Music Festival at East Central College in Union, Missouri. Receiving excellent ratings at the state level and medaling were the Chamber Choir under the direction of Catherine Dent; and the Concert Band under the direction of Andy Weldon. Receiving superior ratings at the district level and advancing to state were the girls' double quartet consisting of Alexa Bragg, Amy Huitt, Houlie Ibrahim, Mariah Krueger, Natasha Krueger, Chastity Lo, Sarah Medley and Amy Padgett. Also receiving superior ratings and advancing to state were Alex Bay and Colton Malott with vocal solos; and Amber Blaylock and Sarah Medley with clarinet solos. These students will represent Salem High School at State Music Festival at the University of Missouri-Columbia on May 1.

Sports [TOP]

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

C.J. Smith was named to the South Central All-Region Basketball Team last week. Smith was the Salem team leader in points and scored his 1,000 career point this past season as well. Congratulations C.J.!!

Joel Pineiro threw six-plus shutout innings as the St. Louis Cardinals slid by the Florida Marlins, 2-1, in spring training action. The Cardinals won after Colby Rasmus scored on a throwing error by outfielder Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. Offseason acquisition Khalil Greene went 2-for-4, while Pineiro allowed only three hits and a walk while striking out five.

Milton Bradley doubled as part of a 4-for-4 performance at the plate as the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City played to an 8-8 tie after 10 innings in spring training. Royals starter Kyle Davies was charged with eight hits and four runs over 5 2/3 frames. Alex Gordon belted a pair of homers off Rich Harden for a total of three RBI for the Royals. Mark Teahen added a solo shot off Harden in the fourth inning.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason was selected as the NHL's top star for the period ending March 29. Mason won each of his four games last week and posted a goals-against average of 1.72 with a .930 save percentage. His play has helped the Blues to a five- game winning streak that has the club in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Included in Mason's week was a shutout of Los Angeles, a victory over playoff-bound Vancouver and back-to-back wins over Columbus during the weekend. He has started St. Louis' last 27 games.

St. Louis Cardinals have optioned pitcher Chris Perez to Memphis (PCL) and reassigned catcher Matt Pagnozzi to minor league camp.

The City of Salem Summer Youth Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Programs are just around the corner. Signups for children ages 4-14 years old will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 2nd and 3rd and then again on Thursday and Friday, April 9th, 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The final sign-up will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 9:00 am to noon. All sign-ups will be held in the front lobby of the Salem Freedom Activity Center. The leagues are for all boys and girls age 4-14. The cost is $15 per child. For additional information contact the Parks and Recreation Department by calling 729-6290.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Lorna M. Hedrick, age 81, of Olathe, Kansas will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Pastor David Kettner officiating. All local arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Derrick Wayne May of Black, age 25, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Crossville Baptist Church in Bunker. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Stluka Family Cemetery.

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.

Funeral services for Charles Eugene “Gene” Crider of St. James, age 77, will be held Friday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Matlock Cemetery in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the American Legion.

Funeral services for Lou McFarlan of Rolla, age 80, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy this morning and clearing by the afternoon, breezy, high of 60.
Tonight..Clear, low of 33.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 62.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, low of 41.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms, high of 56.

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