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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that rock was going to be added and grading was going to be done to Dent County Roads 6210 and 6500, and grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 5220. Purcell also said that brush would be cut on county road 4210. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that rock is going to be added and grading was going to be done to Dent County Roads 2530, 2540, 2550 and 3370. Grading is going to be done on Dent County Road 4010 and a pipe will be installed on Dent County Road 3370. One worker is also going to go to Springfield to get oil for the Durapatcher. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported from the TAC meeting last Thursday and said that MoDOT has informed the counties that they are having a hiring freeze and there will be less mowing and trash pickup this year on the highways. At the MRPC meeting, the board approved the formation of the Board of Directors of the Regional Foundation through the MRPC. The board will comprise of one representative from each county, two MRPC board members and the Director of the MRPC. He will be attending a solid waste management meeting today and he will be meeting with the National Park Service Wednesday morning at Montauk with the other commissioners to check out the traces and trails that they want to close off to vehicular traffic. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley is in Jefferson City at the MAC meeting. 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.   

A special meeting of the Salem Board of Aldermen was held to discuss a memorandum of understanding with Pro Energy to look further into using Bio-Mass to create electricity in Salem. There were some changes made in the original memorandum from City Attorney Nanci Wisdom that included an escalating and de-escalating price, the possibility of outside consulting costs that would be bore by Pro Energy, the confidentiality agreement would need to conform to the sunshine law and that the contact person would be Mayor Gary Brown. The memorandum of understanding is non-binding and says that the city is willing to work with Pro Energy to explore generating electricity through Bio-Mass. The board approved the memorandum of understanding and discussed Bill #3195 that would allow the city to adopt the memorandum. This allows the city and company to see if it is feasible to put a plant within the city limits of Salem as Pro Energy would have to do an in-depth study that could cost as much as $250,000 to $300,000 to see if Salem is the right location. They already feel that the area has enough timber to support the project long-term, and that leftover products from the current timber industry could also be used in the process. The city has already looked into the water needs of the plant and would not drill into the water table used by people and the city for their drinking water. They would drill into the next water table that according to geologists is about 900 to 1,000 feet deep. If the plant is built and produces more than enough electricity for the Salem area, some of the electric could be sold to the electric grid that could offset the costs of having to purchase electricity when maintenance to the Bio-Mass would need to be done. The board approved Bill #3195 by a 4-0 vote. ProEnergy Services is an integrated service provider that delivers cost-effective, safe and reliable service to the global energy industry. The company has U.S. offices in Sedalia, MO; Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Tulsa, OK; and overseas locations in Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Pakistan, Panama and Ghana.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct a re-organizational meeting at the district administrative offices boardroom tonight beginning at 6:00 pm. After the call to order, the election results will be certified. Newly elected Board members will be sworn in and then Assistant Superintendent Cindy Rumpf will then act as temporary chairman during the selection of a new Board president. The newly elected Board president will then preside over the election of a Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board will then address resignations and then vote to go into Executive Session. In Executive Session the Board will address personnel. The re-organizational meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

Jake Schafer pitched four strong innings and drove in two runs as the Salem Tigers shutout the Willow Springs Bears, 13-0 in five innings. Andy Kissir and Andrew Conaway each had two hits and an RBI for Salem who stopped their five game losing streak and are 3-6 on the year. They will host Thayer Thursday at 4:30.

The Salem Invitational Track Meet will be held today at 3:00 for boys and girls track teams.

Albert Pujols hammered a three-run homer and knocked in four runs total, and Adam Wainwright tossed eight shutout innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals opened their 2010 home schedule with a 5-0 win over the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium. Pujols finished 2-for-3 with a walk, and Ryan Ludwick added four hits, including a triple, an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals improved to 5-2 this season. Wainwright (2-0) followed up an impressive start last Wednesday by scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The Cards are off today.

Scott Podsednik finished 4-for-5 with three RBI and scored twice, as Kansas City downed Detroit, 10-5, in the opener of a three-game set from Comerica Park. David DeJesus collected three hits, scored two runs and drove one in for the Royals, who snapped a two-game losing skid and set a season-high for runs in one game. Jose Guillen added a two-run homer, and Billy Butler had two hits and knocked in two for Kansas City. Luke Hochevar (1-0) yielded six hits and five runs -- four earned -- with five strikeouts and three walks over five-plus innings for the win. The Royals and Tigers play again this afternoon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Elaine Taylor of Steelville, age 76, will be held this morning at 11:00, April 13 at the First Baptist Church in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Steelville Youth and Children’s Ministries or the American Cancer Society. 

Funeral services for Heather Hadovanic of Licking, age 30, will be held tonight at 8:00 at the Licking Christian Church. Visitation will be held from 7:00 until service time. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

A Memorial Service for Harold Bradford of Salem, age 84, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. The Salem American Legion Post #99 will hold full Military honors. Memorials are suggested to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Alpha Jean Hutcherson of Salem, age 69, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Lux Chapel in Rantoul, Illinois. All local arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Tracy Calvin Pettit of Salem, age 43, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service.

Funeral services for Russell Isaiah Oller Jr. of Salem, age 80, will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Monday, April 19th from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Gladden Empire Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Gladden Empire Cemetery.

A Memorial Service for John Wesley Taylor of Rolla, age 86, will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital or the Phelps Regional Hospice.

A Memorial Service for Louise A. Venn of Salem, age 76, will be held Saturday, May 1 at the James and Gahr Mortuary of Salem. Internment will be private. Memorials are suggested to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

Weather [TOP]

Today.. Mostly sunny, high of 82.
Tonight.Mostly clear, low of 52.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 51.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.

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