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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning.  At the meeting Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that all District 1 crew members were hauling material and replacing culverts on the Cedar Grove Road to prepare it for chip and seal.  Simpson said the National Park Service is also hauling material and replacing culverts on the road.  Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that grading would be done on Dent County Road 250 and in the Hidden Valley Subdivision on Dent County Roads 428 and 429B.  Tune said grading would also be done on the Golf Course Road to prepare it for chip and seal.  Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he would be attending a Meramec Emergency Planning Committee meeting Wednesday in St. James. Mary Jane Mason stopped by the meeting to express her concerns about a tail-ditch that was dug on her property.  Mason said the ditch was dug 60 feet onto her property without permission.  Commissioner Tune said he would look at the ditch and would have it filled in if it is unnecessarily long, but also explained that tail-ditches are necessary to prevent water from overflowing roads and washing them out.  The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

An accident happened in Dent County on Highway 68 about ½ mile north of Salem at 8:15 Monday night. According to the highway patrol report, a 1999 Oldsmobile driven by 53-year old Rita Miller of Salem, was turning left onto Highway 68 and pulled into the path of a westbound 1995 Plymouth Voyager driven by 63-year old Ruby Byfield of Salem. The Voyager struck the drivers side of the Oldsmobile. Both Byfield and Miller suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital for treatment. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene and everyone involved in the accident was wearing seat restraints. The highway patrol was assisted by the Dent County Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.

An accident happened on Route TT about a mile north of Steelville Monday afternoon at 3:14 that left a Steelville woman with serious injuries. According to the highway patrol report, a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 28-year old Heather Shelton of Steelville, traveled off the right side of the road. Shelton overcorrected and the Cobalt went across the centerline where Shelton overcorrected a second time forcing the Cobalt off the east side of the road where the car struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest on its top. Shelton suffered serious injuries and was Air Evac’d to St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis. Shelton was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident, and the Cobalt was totaled. The car was removed from the scene by Miles Towing.

The Salem High School held their 2007 Prom on Saturday at the City Hall Auditorium. Serving on the Senior Prom Court were Jessica Braman, Anna Barnes, Amanda Wood, Michael Watson, Jordan Davis, and Solomon McNeal. Crowned the 2007 Prom King and Queen were Amanda Wood and Michael Watson. Congratulations!

Sports   [TOP]

The Salem Tigers improved to 8-4 on the year with a 7-3 win over the Houston Tigers with some key two out RBI hits by Brad Lewis, Andrew Karr and Solomon McNeal. Grant Gordon gave up three runs in six innings of work as he struck out nine and walked three in getting the win. Salem finished with 12 hits on the game with Brad Lewis getting three hits while Brandon Plank, Gordon and C. J. Smith each had two hits. Salem finished their SCA season with a 5-2 record. They will be in the Stoutland Tournament against Stoutland and the School of the Osage on Thursday.

The Salem Tigers Golf Team will be in action today at St. James starting at 9:00 this morning.

The Salem Jr. High Track Teams will host the Salem Open today starting at 4:00 at the high school football field.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off before beginning a three game set with Cincinnati starting tonight at 7:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

Paul Konerko hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in five runs as the White Sox downed the Kansas City Royals, 7-4, at Kauffman Stadium. Mark Buehrle (2-0) yielded three runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in seven innings. Kansas City starter Gil Meche allowed three runs on eight hits, while walking none and striking out three. Meche's three earned runs were the first he's allowed in 22 innings. Jimmy Gobble (0-1), who allowed Thome's double leading off the eighth, took the loss. John Buck belted a two-run homer for the Royals, who have dropped two of their last three. Kansas City's bullpen is now 0-6 with six blown saves in 10 tries. The Royals and White Sox play again tonight.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Oakland 6, Baltimore 5
Toronto 7, Boston 3
Seattle 5, Texas 4
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3 (12 inngs)
Detroit 9, LA Angels 5
Tampa Bay 10, NY Yankees 8
Florida 8, Atlanta 7
NY Mets 6, Colorado 1
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 4 (12 inngs)
Philadelphia 11, Houston 4

 Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Mabel S. Lanning of Rolla, age 92, will be held this morning at 9:00 at the Rolla City Cemetery in Rolla.

Funeral services for Wanda McKay of St. James will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Hickory Grove Cemetery in Maries County.

Funeral services for Freida May Fierce of Steelville, age 58, will be held today at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Chapel in Steelville. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Emery E. Hawkins of Rolla, age 81, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or Calvary Assembly of God.

Funeral services for Lionel Madore of Salem, age 88, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Larry Jethel McMillen of Salem, age 57, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 78.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 70% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 61.
Wednesday..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunder-storms, high around 70.
Wednesday night.. Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 52.

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