The Dent County Commissioners met Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse for their regular meeting. At the meeting, Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams brought in the sales tax information for the month of April. She stated that the county received $59,619.95 this April and that is down $10,412.76 from the $70,032.71 received in April of 2012. For the year-to-date sales tax receipts from the state in 2013, Dent County is down $14,577.32 over the same time period in 2012. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell indicated that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 5610, 6400, 6410, 6610 and 6665; and materials were going to be added to county road 6580. He reported that materials were going to be stockpiled at the shop and that brush was going to be cut on Dent County Road 6240. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that materials were going to be added and grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2330, 5260 and 5320. He reported that two men were going to check the north and northwestern parts of the county for any damages from the storm Sunday night. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles was included in a conference call Monday dealing with the South Central Community Action Agency Leadership Board regarding how Sequestration will affect the Head Start program. Today, Skiles will be attending the South Central Community Action Agency board meeting at 5:00 in Winona, and he will be attending the Meramec Regional Emergency Committee Meeting on Wednesday at 12:00 noon. Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings came in and discussed with the commission a problem with the transfer switch from the 9-1-1 generator for backup power in case of a power outage. He said he was given a cost estimate of $450 to replace the switch from A Plus Electric Service in Salem and there would be no labor charge to change it out. Stallings was going to check with A Plus Electric Service and find out more about the problem before submitting a request to the commission. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and it is open to the public.
The Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) has closed its housing waiting list, announced housing manager Linda Hollandsworth. Until further notice, no new applications will be accepted at the St. James office or Potosi satellite office. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has decreased the allocation of housing assistance payments (HAP) funds, which are used to subsidize rent and utility costs for very-low income families in the six-county PHA area. According to Hollandsworth, the PHA can spend no more than they are receiving, therefore, they can only serve 662 families per month and right now they are serving 730 families per month. The Sequestration of federal funds began March 1, and the Phelps County PHA is receiving only 94 percent of its 2012 allocation. Hollandsworth indicated that due to budget cuts and increased housing costs, the Phelps County PHA has been using reserve funds to cover part of its monthly housing obligations, further limiting the number of families the PHA can serve. She said that the PHA would now have to work with the annual allocation, which means no new families can be added to the program. The Phelps County PHA currently has over 300 families on the waiting list and needs to reduce the number of units subsidized because of sequestration. Closing the waiting list will give the PHA the opportunity to serve its current participants with the limited funds available. PHA staffing has also been reduced as the PHA is only receiving 69 percent of the allowable administration contract. The Phelps County PHA, located inside the office of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James, offers rental assistance to very low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Washington counties, and Phelps County, outside the city of Rolla. For anyone seeking more information about the Phelps County Public Housing Agency, you may call (573) 265-4200.
State Auditor Tom Schweich announced that his office has started an audit of The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Hazardous Waste Program and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. State law gives the auditor the authority to audit state agencies and programs. Persons who would like to provide information during the audit process of DNR's Hazardous Waste Program or the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program are encouraged to contact the State Auditor's office at 800-347-8597 or by email at email@example.com.
Adam Ziske's two-run single in the bottom of the 7th inning drove in the winning runs in Salem's come from behind win over the Houston Tigers, 3-2. Skyler Johnson got the win in relief of David Gray going 3 2/3rds innings allowing two runs on three hits to get his first win of the year. Salem moves to 4-3 on the year and 2-1 in the SCA with the win. The Tigers will host the Cabool Bulldogs Thursday afternoon at 4:30.
The Salem Tiger Tennis team lost to Rolla on Monday, 2-7. Salem falls to 3-1 on the season and they will travel to Willow Springs today.
Two other Salem Tiger teams will be in action today. Salem Golf will travel to Seymore today for a meet. The Salem Track team will be hosting a track meet in Salem at 3:00.
Brandon Phillips' RBI double broke a tie game and sparked a nine-run ninth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds ran away with a 13-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in their home-opener. Yadier Molina had the only RBI for the Cardinals, as the other runs were a result of errors. Jamie Garcia struck out 10 while giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. The Cardinals and Reds play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was activated off the 15-day disabled list Monday. Freese had been sidelined with a lower back strain and was placed on the DL in late March. The Cardinals optioned infielder Ryan Jackson to Memphis to open a roster spot.
The Kansas City Royals rallied to score three runs in the eighth inning and defeated the Minnesota Twins, 3-1, in their home opener Monday. Alcides Escobar, Billy Butler and Alex Gordon had an RBI apiece for the Royals, who saw starter Ervin Santana (1-1) pitch eight innings of one-run ball. Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save. The Royals and Twins play again tonight at 7:10.
The St. Louis Blues will be in Nashville tonight to face the Predators at 7:00. The Blues are 21-14-2 on the year and currently sit in the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed linebacker Frank Zombo. Zombo has 53 career tackles, including 39 solo, with five sacks and two forced fumbles in his three seasons with Green Bay.
Funeral services for Loretta Reed of Willow Springs, age 96, will be held today at noon at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held this morning from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery.
Funeral services for Avery Oliver “Bob” Ormsbee of Salem, age 83, will be held Friday at 12:00 noon at the New Harmony Church in Salem. Visitation will be held from 10:00 in the morning until service time at the church on Friday. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.
Funeral services for Earlene M. Kenney of St. James, age 86, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Grove Dale Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for Mildred Dalton are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.