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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning in the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that materials would be added to and grading done on Dent County Roads 4210 and 5490. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2510, 3330, 4380, and 5260, while materials would be added to county road 2550. Larson went on to say that he had a man screening brown rock at the shed. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that City Manager Ray Walden had arranged a meeting for Thursday afternoon at 3:00 with US Foods officials. Skiles said that some of the goals of the meeting would be to share what the City of Salem provides, plus express the city’s and the county’s appreciation for and support of US Foods in Salem. Skiles wanted to make sure that teachers and citizens with ideas for recycling grants are aware that they should contact the MRPC at 573-265-2993 and talk to Tammy or Lucky. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley asked residents who have had address changes to notify her office, as well as the Assessor’s and Collector’s offices. This would help reduce postage costs and would improve efficiency of operation in the county offices. Curley went on to say that she had been talking to Centurylink, Fidelity, and Dave Wells at ABS about needed expansion of Internet services at the Courthouse. Financing bids were then opened for the Road and Bridge Department tractor and brush cutter. The Commissioners voted 3 0 to accept the bid from Town and Country Bank to finance the $90,397.71 purchase for four years at 2.37 percent. The Commissioners voted to pay the bills. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday at 9:00 at the Courthouse and it is open to the public.
Highway 19 in Shannon County will be closed for the Ozark Mountain Festival on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm, weather permitting. This section of roadway is located between Missouri Ave. and Pine Street in Eminence. The area will be marked with signs and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area. For additional information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-275-6636.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released their arrest reports. On Sunday, April 20th at 9:02 in the evening, 24-year old Zachery McMurry of Salem was arrested in Dent County and charged with 3rd degree assault. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and put on a 24-hour hold. On Wednesday, April 30th at 6:03 in the evening, 32-year old Justin Calbreath of Salem was arrested in Dekalb County on Dent County warrants for failure to register a motor vehicle, no driver’s license, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and first degree trespassing. He was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond.
An accident occurred on Wednesday at 7:45 in the evening in Phelps County on Highway 63 about six miles south of Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Oldsmobile Bravada driven southbound by 37-year old Tommy Forester of Rolla traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, slid across the centerline, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Forester suffered serious injuries and was flown by Lifeline to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident.
Troop I, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recorded one traffic fatality investigated by Troop I officers, during the month of March 2014. This is two less than March. There were a total of 141 accidents with 39 injuries and one fatality for March 2014 compared to 173 accidents with 47 injuries and three fatalities for March 2013. Reporting for March were Crawford County with 19 accidents with two injuries and one fatality, Dent County reported 12 accidents with three injuries and Laclede County reported 28 accidents with 13 injuries. Also reporting for March were Maries County with seven accidents and three injuries, Phelps County reported 40 accidents with nine injuries and Pulaski County reported 35 accidents with nine injuries.
The final sign-up for the City of Salem Summer Youth Baseball/Softball/T-Ball Program will be held TODAY from 4:00 to 6:00 in the front lobby of the Salem Community Center @ the Armory. The cost is $20 per child and it is for ages 4-13. For more information contact Parks & Rec Director Greg Nash at 729-6290. Coaches are also needed.
The Salem Tigers improved to 6-10 on the year with a 6-1 win over Plato Thursday in a game added to the baseball schedule. Jon Arzt slugged a two-run homer in the game, his first of the year, and Cory Ramsey went 2-4 for Salem. Adam Ziske got the win in relief of Kyle Lea for the Tigers who will play four games in four days starting Monday against Northwest. That game will start at 4:00 and will be at the Salem High School Baseball Field Complex.
The Salem Tennis Tigers defeated Licking on Thursday, 9-0, to move their record to 5-3. Salem will be in Houston this afternoon at 4:00.
The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will be in Chicago today to face the Cubs. The Cards are 15-14 on the year and trail Milwaukee for the lead in the NL Central by 5½ games. You can hear today’s game on KSMO starting with the pre-game show at 12:45.
Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer and Colby Rasmus added a solo shot as the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep with a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals. Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Royals. Jeremy Guthrie (2-2) was touched for four runs on eight hits over six innings to absorb his second loss in as many decisions. The Royals will start a series with the Detroit Tigers tonight.
Funeral services for Concetta Pardee of St. James, age 99, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rosati. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Rosati. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James.
Funeral services for Virgil L. Pruett of Salem, age 99, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Bonne Creek Cemetery in Licking.
Funeral services for Beatrice Marie Amptmann of Cuba, 86, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.
Funeral services for Steven Ernest Broyles of Salem, age 67, will be held Saturday, May 10th at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday, May 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Wilson Mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Project Win.
Funeral services for Dormalee Morrison of Union, age 73, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery in Dillard.