The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2450, 2470, 5150 and 5680. He went to report that materials would be added to Dent County Road 5620 and that a worker would be screening brown rock. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grader #28 was being serviced and that a worker would be hauling brown rock in to be screened. He stated that grading would be done on Dent County Road 4030, while materials would be added and grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5320 and 5340. Larson reported that he had been in contact with Matt Crosby from the Corp of Engineers concerning the bridge on Dent County Road 3210 and Crosby was waiting to hear from the Department of Conservation. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that Interop-Solutions, LLC would be in town on Monday, May 7th to install their communications box at the Dent County Sheriff’s office. He said that the sheriff would be getting in touch with emergency responders to see if they can be there. Skiles went on to say that the State Legislature has introduced bills to “fix” the use tax issue that would penalize counties on the personal sales of vehicles and also from some purchases across state lines. He said that House Bills 2100 and 1640, and Senate Bill 561 are on the fast track in an attempt to correct this issue. He also said that Senate Bill 652 for county budgets to be amended for receiving less sales tax has been approved and will be sent to the house. Skiles also wanted to remind the commission that the Farmer’s Market would be opening this Saturday. The commission also received a request from the Council for a Healthy Dent County for a $5,000 “in kind” donation of white rock for the proposed hiking and biking trails around the Upper Elementary School. The commission needed to clarify the request before it could be voted on. The commissioners then approved the transfer of $1,250 to the Salem Senior Center Holding Fund that was needed after the budget was amended last week. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports. On Tuesday, April 17th a call came in at 12:30 in the early morning. A total of seven firefighters were dispatched to Highway 32 near the Salem Airport for cleanup of a vehicle accident. Units were back in service at 1:53 that morning. Later that day at 5:24 pm, a total of six firefighters were responding to Dent County Road 3260 to a family dwelling and the call was cancelled in route. On Wednesday, April 18th an alarm sounded at 5:29 pm for Highway 72. Ten firefighters responded to a two-acre fire. A fire line was made to contain the fire that was then allowed to burn out. All units were back in service at 6:29 that same evening. On Friday, April 20th at 6:32 in the morning, four firefighters provided manpower on Highway 68 for an extrication of a victim from a vehicle. All units returned to the station at 8:03 that morning. That night at 11:40 a call came in for the creation of landing zone at the station. A total of four firefighters responded and the scene was under control at 1:45 the next morning. On Tuesday, April 24th at 12:35 in the afternoon a total of four firefighters created a landing zone at the fire station and returned to service at 1:15 that afternoon. That same afternoon at 3:15 a call was received and units responded to Highway HH about three to four miles south of Salem for a brush and grass mixture fire. A total of six firefighters responded and were unable to locate any fire. Then at 3:38 that afternoon a total of seven firefighters were dispatched to Ray Lane in Salem for a medical assist for an EMS crew. All the units were back in service at 3:56 that same afternoon.
For the second consecutive year, employees of The Doe Run Company’s Buick Resource Recycling Division (BRRD) are assisting children by donating more than $4,000 to various programs in five Southeast Missouri communities. Commonly called “backpack programs,” these programs provide much needed school supplies, clothing or food, sent home in students’ backpacks, to help provide assistance to families in need. BRRD will present five schools with individual checks for $817.20 to support their efforts. School recipients include the Salem Upper Elementary. BRRD employees donated similar amounts to each school’s backpack program in 2011. BRRD employees raised money for the program by creating themed gift baskets, which they auctioned off during a staff celebration. Basket themed ranged from children’s apparel and move night-themed baskets to sports and recreation-themed baskets. Proceeds raised from the auction were donated directly to local schools.
Ben Adams was 1st Team All Conference while Dylan Sisco and C.J. Davison were 2nd Team All Conference as the Salem Tiger Golf team finished third overall in the SCA Conference Tournament held Monday at Mountain View. Adams shot an 81, Sisco recorded an 84, Davison got an 85, Alan Benowitz scored a 96, and Adam Wood shot a 124, which did not count toward the total. Ben Adams and Alan Benowitz will play Friday for the Sectionals at Washington.
The Salem Tiger Track team will be in Steelville this afternoon for a track meet at 3:30.
The L.A. Kings used a four-goal first period to top the St. Louis Blues, 5-2, in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. L.A. now holds a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series after taking both games in St. Louis. Andy McDonald and Matt D'Agostini each scored a goal for the Blues and Brian Elliott allowed all 5 goals on 21 shots. Game 3 will be Thursday night in L.A. at 9:00.
The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will host the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at 6:40 and you can hear it on KSMO.
The Kansas City Royals game scheduled yesterday against the Detroit Tiger was postponed due to rain and will be made up on September 24th. The Royals and Tigers will play tonight in Detroit.