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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. Deloris Gray Wood was in attendance and wanted to let the commissioners know that a ceremony is going to be held on July 7th at the Upper Parker Community Church for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Skirmish at Inman Hollow that took the life of 11 confederate soldiers. Another ceremony for the Skirmish at Ashley Creek will also be held later this summer at a time and date to be announced. Ron Michno came in and asked about the bridge on the Hospital Road and Commissioner Gary Larson stated that the county is waiting on the permits from the Department of Natural Resources and Corp of Engineers. Once the permits are received, the county will immediately begin work on the bridge, weather permitting. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4150, 5450, 5630, 6190, 6630, 6633, and 6640. He stated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6410 and that crews were hauling brown rock. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that materials would be added and grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 4283, 4285 and 4287. He also reported that work crews were working on washouts in the Lake Spring area. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles stated that there would be no commissioner meeting on Monday as all the commissioner will be at a meeting. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that MoDOT’s Dennis Brady informed the commission that work will begin on the Route NN bridge on Monday, April 16th and that they will also start preparing for the Highway 32-72 East bypass over Spring Creek. At the last meeting, the commissioners approved the low bid for unleaded fuel from MFA Oil for $3.382 per gallon for 1,000 gallons, and the bid from Hocker Oil at $3.368 per gallon for 7,000 gallons of diesel. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

On Friday, April 6th at 4:58 in the afternoon, radio communications were given out by the Missouri State Highway Patrol about a vehicle traveling south on Highway 72 driving at an excessive speed and passing vehicles while driving on the shoulder of the highway. While traveling north on Highway 72, Highway Patrol Trooper Stewart turned around and began to follow the vehicle and requested assistance as Deputy Stewart was attempting to make a stop on the truck and the driver was failing to yield. Dent County Sheriff Rick Stallings then activated his emergency lights and siren and caught up with Trooper Stewart just north of county road 2090 on Highway 72. The vehicle continued traveling south on Highway 72 at speeds of 100 miles per hour. As the driver of the truck approached county road 3180, the driver swerved over into oncoming traffic and nearly struck an oncoming vehicle. The driver continued driving in the left lane while the view was obstructed by a curve. As the vehicles approached county road 3200, the truck stayed on the left side of the roadway and again nearly striking two vehicles, both of which had to pull over onto the shoulder of the road to avoid being struck. The truck continued traveling at a high rate of speed and swerving into the path of oncoming vehicles nearly striking several vehicles. The Salem Police Department officers took over the pursuit near the Salem Memorial District Hospital as the vehicle continued south of Highway 32. As the truck approached the MFA Fuel Depot on Highway 32 East, the driver of the truck swerved abruptly across the highway to the far left shoulder and drove along the shoulder at speeds around 75 miles per hour. The truck struck a 1996 Ford F250 pickup driven by 69-year old Carl Nelson of Salem head-on in front of the Wells Package store. The driver was later identified as 60-year old Larry V. Lough of Salem. Both Nelson and Lough were wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. Lough was charged with a felony driving while intoxicated, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, felony vehicular assault, and felony resisting arrest by attempting to strike an officer. He was incarcerated in the Dent County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold. A Cash or Security Bond has been set at $50,000.

The Community Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5th. If you would like to reserve a space on the City Lot located at 4th and Iron Street in Salem, the fee is $8.00 and the deadline to reserve your spot is Friday, May 4th. Call 729-2428 for more information. If you would like your yard sale to be included on the map and in the newspaper advertisements the fee is $10.00 and the deadline for the map and newspaper is Friday, April 27th. For more information call 729-4126.

Sports [TOP]

Kyle Lea went 4-4 with two RBI and scored twice to lead the Salem Tigers to a 6-1 win over Cabool. Andrew Conaway threw six no-hit innings before giving up three hits and a run in the 7th. Jake Arzt had two hits and an RBI for Salem who is 7-3 on the year and 2-1 in the SCA. They will host Willow Springs Thursday.

The Salem Track team will host the Salem Invitational this afternoon at 3:00 and the Salem Tennis team will host Willow Springs at 4:00.

Three first-inning home runs propelled the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series Monday. Cardinal’s starter Jake Westbrook tossed seven frames while allowing just one unearned run on three hits. The Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO starting at 5:35

Tom Milone worked eight innings to help the Oakland Athletics take a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game set. Luis Mendoza (0-1) was the hard-luck loser as he gave up one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings. The Royals and A’s play again tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Edgar Marion Reeves Sr. of Edgar Springs, age 58, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Rocky Ford Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Rocky Ford Cemetery.

Funeral services for Barbara Nelson of Salem, age 75, will be held today at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery in Dent County.

Funeral services for Bonnie Elizabeth Riley of Springfield and formerly of St. James, age 24, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Highway E Church of Christ in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Little Prairie Cemetery in St. James. Memorials may be made to the Little Prairie Bible Camp, Wishon Cemetery, or the Riley family.

Funeral services for Frank Gittemeier of Salem, age 80, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Archie Myrl Asbridge of Salem, age 80, will be held Thursday at 2:00 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with full military honors. Visitation will be held Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral service for Larry L. Cape of Salem, Illinois, age 71, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time.  Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shiner’s Children’s Hospital.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 64.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 36.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 60.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 37.
Thursday..Sunny, high of 61.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, low of 47.

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