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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2460 and 5550, and a crossover pipe would be installed on Dent County Road 5130. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2330, 2380, 4050, 4055, 4400 and 4403; with materials being added to roads 2330, 2380, 4050 and 4055. Larson also said that a crew would be patching chip and seal on Dent County Road 6150. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended a storm spotter’s class last Thursday evening at the Dent County Fire Station and will be attending a South Central County Commissioners Association meeting along with Commissioners Purcell and Larson on Wednesday in Licking. At the meeting, Joel Yelverton will be the guest speaker and will discuss the nationwide effort to restore the federal funding for the Secure Rural Schools Act. If this act would be cut from the federal budget it would affect Salem R-80 and Oak Hill R-1, because these districts have a great deal of National Forest land in their districts. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind everyone that polls will open this morning at 6:00 am and will close at 7:00 pm for the Municipal Election. The Commission will meet again on Thursday morning at 9:00 and that meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening in the city hall council chambers. The board heard from June Jordan Wisdom regarding a storm water problem she has at her residence at 1403 S. Henderson Street. Mayor Brown suggested the work on Henderson be the next project started, since it would take about a week to complete, then the workers will start on the Hunt Street project that is estimated to take 4 to 5 weeks to complete. The board approved the bid from Sportsfields4U to purchase 24 tons of infield dirt to dress the infields at the City Parks for $4,400. This is a budgeted expense. Mayor Brown reported that the city is responsible for trimming the trees on the right-of-way on Highway 19 inside the city limits and this work has been completed. Mike Fiaoni from the Department of Conservation inspected the Cedar trees that were damaged at the Cedar Grove Cemetery during the May 8th storm last year. Several of the trees had root ball damage and must be removed. Alderman Jim McDaniels suggested that the cedar from these trees be made into something of historic value to be preserved. David Massengale from the Forestry Department will replace the Cedar trees with donated trees as part of the 150 trees being planted for the Sesquicentennial Celebration. Brown reported that MoDOT has been working on replacing the handicapped elevation to the sidewalks on Highway 32.  Eighteen notices for sheds and houses that need to be demolished have been sent to residents within the City limits. Brown reported that over 500 children have signed up for the baseball program with an additional 100 children playing on traveling baseball teams. In March, the Salem Fitness Center served 1,987 people and the Salem TCRC served 1,268 people at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. Brown said that the Business Expo would be held on Saturday, April 10th at the High School Gymnasium from 9:00 to 1:00. He reminded the board that Spring Clean-Up weeks are scheduled for the weeks of April 19 and 26, and the City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 1.  Alderman Kenneth Nash asked that all departments give reports for the aldermen to review. He also asked about the progress on the employee handbook and City Attorney Nanci Wisdom is still reviewing it. Alderman Brad Nash asked about the policy for city workers when traffic control is needed and when safety vests should be worn. Nash also informed the board that the county has been looking into obtaining an interoperable communications system that would be county-wide and help with Emergency Management Services. The Board approved Bill No. 3194, an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute and agreement between the City of Salem and Mid-Missouri Municipal Power Energy Pool for Professional Services not to exceed $15,000 in a 12-month period. This agreement is to hire a consulting group to do studies and evaluations for Salem and the 17 other cities future electric power service. The board approved sending a petition for annexation of three lots in the Brandon Heights addition to the Planning and Zoning Committee for review. After the bills were approved, the meeting was adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

Kyle Poynter scattered six hits and struck out 10 Salem hitters as the Houston Tigers beat the Salem Tigers in SCA play Monday, 7-1. Ryan Smith and Aaron Shaw each had two hits for Salem. Salem is now 2-4 on the year and 0-1 in the SCA and they will be at West Plains today at 4:30 to face the Zizzers. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

The Salem Track Teams will be competing today at Mountain View starting at 4:00. The Salem Golf Team will be at Willow Springs today starting at 4:00.

Albert Pujols hit a pair of home runs, knocked in three and scored four, and Yadier Molina belted a grand slam, as the reigning National League Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds, 11-6, in the regular-season opener for both teams at Great American Ball Park. Pujols, the two-time defending NL MVP turned in a 4-for-5 day, while Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Cardinals. Chris Carpenter (1-0) picked up the win after allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts over six frames. The right-hander went 17-4 with a 2.24 earned run average in 28 starts last season. The Cards are off today and will face Cincinnati Wednesday night.

Johnny Damon and Miguel Cabrera each recorded two hits and two RBI, as the Tigers used a six-run seventh inning to come away with an 8-4 victory against Kansas City on Opening Day at Kauffman Stadium. Zach Greinke gave up just two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked one in outdueling Verlander. Then came the Royals bullpen, which coughed up the lead immediately as Roman Colon, Robinson Tejeda (0-1) and Juan Cruz combined to pitch a disastrous seventh.Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Billy Butler had a bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth for the Royals. The Royals also have the day off today.

Erik Johnson scored the game-winner 3:59 into overtime to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1, Scottrade Center. The Blues have won two straight games and five of six to improve to four points behind idle Colorado for the lone remaining playoff spot in the West with three games left. Chris Mason stopped 27 shots as the Blues won their fifth straight at home.

Kansas City Royals  have selected the contract of pitcher John Parrish from Omaha (PCL); and designated pitcher Anthony Lerew for assignment.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Chet Max Gilbert of Salem, age 81, will be held Friday morning at 10:30 at the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis, with Military Honors at the Cemetery. A Memorial service will be held in Salem at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Katheryn Ann “Kay” Page of Salem, age 75, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Salem Full Gospel Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Georgia Lee Warner of Rolla, age 82, will be at a later date at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Rolla. Interment will be private. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy and windy, high around 80.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms after midnight, low around 60.
Wednesday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 68.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low near 40.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high around 60.

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