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The Dent County Commissioners held their meeting Thursday morning at the courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that conditions were too wet for grading. Purcell did say that rock would be hauled to Dent County Road 5450. Crews would be out cleaning out culverts and checking roads for water damage. Purcell also reported that work would be done on the dash of a dump truck, and they would be catching up on routine maintenance. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that maintenance would be done on truck #58. Crews would be checking road pipes, adding rock to the muddy spots and checking for water damage. All three Commissioners voted and agreed to go with Cleverstone for the chip and seal based on their quality of work and satisfaction results. All three Commissioners also signed the lease-purchase agreement for the single axle truck. The truck will be delivered to Dent County for a cost of $1,186.25.  Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that on Tuesday he attended an Ozark Scenic Riverways Waste Management meeting with recycling being the main topic. There will be a recycling for large appliances, TV’s and monitors held at the Brewer Science parking lot in Rolla on Saturday, May 9th. Skiles also reported that on Wednesday he attended a Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting where the swine flu was discussed. Skiles reported that the anti-viral treatment supply for the flu would be picked up for Dent County, although no cases have been reported. Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs stopped by to let the Commission know that she, along with Community Development Specialist with the University of Missouri Extention Service Sarah Hultine, and Business Development Specialist with the extension Mick Gilliam developed a survey to determine the economic impact of the Rally in the 100-Acre Wood. The survey was done online and was e-mailed to all 76 members of the 38 teams that participated in the event. Of those 76, a total of 53 (or 70%) responded to the survey. Almost 55% of those participating in the survey answered in the highest range of the survey. The survey showed that 39% were first timers, most stayed an average of two nights, 100% would recommend the Rally to others and 94% would return to the Rally next year. The survey also showed that 75% of the respondents were male, and 60% were under the age of 35. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and that meeting is open to the public.   

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Humane Society of Missouri, assisted in the rescue of more than 50 dogs living in unsanitary conditions from an unlicensed breeding facility near Rolla. The Department of Agriculture was notified of the unlicensed facility by the Humane Society as part of Operation Bark Alert – a new crackdown on unlicensed breeders in Missouri spearheaded by the Department. The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department issued a warrant to remove the dogs. More than 1400 dogs have been rescued since January 2009 by the Department of Agriculture. The rescued dogs will be transferred to the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.  The dogs are believed to be Miniature Schnauzers, Beagles, Yorkshire Terriers, Pekinese and Cocker Spaniels. For more information on the Department of Agriculture’s crackdown on unlicensed breeders, visit www.mda.mo.gov.

According to the Dent County Sheriff’s Department, the rural Dent County home of Larry Black was damaged by a person or persons unknown over the weekend. The incident was reported to the sheriff's department Sunday morning at 9:23. According to the report, the trailer was secure the night before and there was no damage to the singlewide mobile home. Black returned home at approximately 3:30 Sunday morning and found that every window on the front side had been broken and the metal had been ripped away. The incident is under investigation.

The Kid’s Free Fishing Day will be held tomorrow at Montauk State Park where young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing. The event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. and is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with Missouri Department of Natural Resources. At Kids' Fishing Day, children age 15 and under can pick up their free trout tag at the hatchery office from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. today, or during the event tomorrow.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers will participate in the Stoutland Tournament this weekend if weather allows. KSMO does not broadcast the games from this tournament.

The Salem Tiger Tennis Team is scheduled to host the Houston Tigers today at 4:00 at the Salem City Park.

Rick Ankiel went 2-for-3 and knocked in the eventual game-winning run during a five-run top of the ninth to lead the St. Louis Cardinals past the Washington Nationals, 9-4, in the opener of a four- game series at Nationals Park. Ankiel had two RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals, who have won two in a row and their previous three series. Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Pinch-hitter Brian Barden had an RBI, while Tyler Greene went 1-for-5 with an RBI and run scored in his major league debut. Mitchell Boggs tossed six innings, allowing four runs on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks to pick up a no-decision for St. Louis. Chris Perez (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the eighth to collect the win. The two teams play tonight starting at 5:45 on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan was placed on the 15-day disabled on Thursday with a left hamstring injury. The Cardinals also recalled infielder Tyler Greene from Memphis.

John Buck finished 3-for-3 with two triples and five RBI as Kansas City topped Toronto, 8-6, in the finale of a four-game set from Kauffman Stadium. Billy Butler added two hits, a run driven in and two scored for the Royals, who won three of four in the series and scored 27 total runs. Kyle Davies (2-1) yielded seven hits and three runs over 5 2/3 innings, walking three without a strikeout for the win. Davies was backed by his infielders, who tied a team record by turning six double plays. The Royals hit the road and will be at Minnesota this weekend.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Alvin Duane Rogers of Rolla, age 71, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Ridgeview Christian Church.

Funeral services for Uldene Cassidy of Steelville will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Turnbough Cemetery in Davisville.

Funeral services for David Thomas Gibson of Salem, age 70, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. 

Memorial services for William A. Andrews of Rolla, age 86, will be held Saturday, May 16th at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the William Andrews Civil Engineering Scholarship at MST, First Presbyterian Church of Rolla, Rolla Kiwanis club or charity of you choice. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Leslie Daniel Lane of Rolla, age 81, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the First Assembly of God in Rolla. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Hudgens Cemetery in rural Rolla with full military honors. Memorials are suggested to the First Assembly of God in Rolla.

Funeral services for Adam Land of Salem, age 23, will be held Monday at 1:00 at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 till service time. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Melissa L. McMurry of Salem, age 34, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will be also be Wednesday from 9:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the McMurry family for funeral expenses.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Cloudy with an 80% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 70, low of 51.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 55.
Saturday night..Cloudy with an 80% chance for thunderstorms, low of 45.
Sunday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high around 60.

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