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The Dent County Commissioners met Monday morning for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5610, 5620, and 5670, while materials would be added and grading would be done on Dent County Roads 6020 and 6040. He said that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6280, that county road 4180 is being prepared for chip and seal this week, and that a worker would be screening brown rock. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2360, 2370 and 5330; while brush would be cut on Dent County Road 2405. Larson reported that workers are preparing Dent County Road 2250 for chip and seal, and that a worker would be going to Springfield for a load of oil for chip and seal repair. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles stated that at the MAC Conference last week, a hot topic was the 31st Supreme Court decision that ruled that local entities that do not have a local use tax in place cannot collect local sales tax on the personal sale of a vehicle to another person or on those purchases made out of state. For example, in 2011, there was $204,030 in local sales tax revenues from car sales and with the latest ruling, Dent County would lose about $40,000 in sales taxes since they do not have a local use tax in place. As a matter of fact, only 39 counties in Missouri have passed a local use tax, which covers these types of transactions. The legislature is looking to correct this issue. Commissioner Purcell also reported that he participated in a Region I Homeland Security Oversight phone conference call on Friday and the Jadwin Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a grant of $7,500 for a radio repeater. The money came from cost savings from state bids back in 2009. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and that meeting is open to the public.

Attorney General Chris Koster announced that he has filed a consent decree to resolve environmental violations at Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill in Reynolds County.  The decree outlines environmental actions to clean up and contain lead contamination that Doe Run must take, and requires the company to pay $80,000. The agreement sets out a series of steps to help assure Doe Run protects the environment from lead contamination at the Sweetwater mine. Preventing lead contamination is critical not only to the environment, but to the health of rural Missouri residents who live near mines, mills, and smelters. The consent decree addresses a 450-acre waste pile at Sweetwater that contains sandy material that can be picked up by the wind and blown off-site.  Doe Run agreed to immediately implement a wind erosion plan to keep material from blowing off-site and to cover the mine waste with dirt and native plants when mining ends in order to prevent future erosion. The settlement also requires Doe Run to: upgrade a sewage lagoon; implement a cleanup of soil contamination; assess pollution in Sweetwater Creek; develop a program to improve compliance and staff training; pay the state about $45,000 for litigation costs and oversight of work at the Sweetwater mine; and fund $35,000 in environmental education projects for K through 12 students. Koster appreciated the work of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in reviewing and commenting on the many technical environmental aspects of the decree. The consent decree expands the work at Sweetwater beyond what is required in the state’s December 2011 settlement with Doe Run.  In the earlier settlement, filed jointly with the federal government, Doe Run agreed to pay a $7 million civil penalty for violations at several Doe Run sites, including Sweetwater.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released their arrest reports for Dent County. On Tuesday, April 17th at 1:05 in the early morning, 28-year old Ricky Reeves of Salem was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway resulting in an accident, and failure to display valid plates. He was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital and later released. On Wednesday, April 18th at 12:05 in the early morning, 29-year old Clarence Artip of Salem was arrested and charged with a violation of adult protection order. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. Later that night at 10:48, 23-year old Michael Burgdorf of Salem was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and second degree endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and later released.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen and the Planning & Zoning Board of Commissioners will be conducting a Workshop, called by City Administrator Clayton Lucas and Chairman Jerry Craig, on Monday, April 30th in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington, beginning at 6:00 pm. The Workshop will be discussing the occupancy inspections for rental properties and resolving map issues. The Workshop is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Baseball team couldn’t hold a 5-0 lead and lost to Mountain Grove on Monday in their final SCA game, 8-7. Jake Artz hit a three run home run and Kyle Lea finished with two RBI. Salem is now 10-6 on the year and finish SCA play with a record of 5-2. The Tigers will play in the Potosi Tournament on Friday.

Joe Mather delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Jason Motte to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran recorded an RBI each for the Cardinals. Jaime Garcia pitched 7 2/3 innings while striking out four and only walking one for a no decision. The Cards and Cubs play again tonight at 6:30 and you can hear it on KSMO.

Brandon Morrow allowed just one run as the Blue Jays took a 4-1 decision over the Royals to complete a four-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium. Bruce Chen (0-2) was charged with three runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings in the start. Eric Hosmer finished with two hits, including a solo homer, but the Royals fell for the 11th straight time. The Royals start a series with the Indians tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Kevin Scott Atkinson of Salem, age 48, will be today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.

Funeral services for Junior Gene Jones of St. James, age 82, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rosati. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James with a Rosary Service at 6:00.

Memorial services for Violet Marie (Ard) Holland formerly of Salem, age 66, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Gladden Empire Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Gladden Community Center. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army the American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

Funeral services for Leonard Richard Cozad Jr. of Rolla, Missouri, age 71, will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick Church of Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 76.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 57.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 84.
Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 63.
Thursday..Partly sunny, high of 75.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 54.

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