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The Dent County Commissioners met Thursday at the Dent County Courthouse for their regular meeting. Don Parker was in attendance to talk about Dent County Road 2400. He indicated that the road was in pretty bad shape and even though materials have been added and spot grading has been done, it is not enough and the road needs some extensive work. This county road does go through both Districts 1 and 2. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams came in with the sales tax receipts in May. She said that the monies received for General Revenue in May of 2013 were $3,058.56 more then in May of 2012, but year to date, the sales tax dollars are down $11,518.76 from the same time period last year. That amount comes to a 3.75% decrease in sales tax receipts from the state for the first five months of the year. Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that is actually a total loss of income to the county of almost $23,000 since the Law Enforcement Sales Tax is also a ½ cent tax and when sales tax figures are down, it affects both funds. In the road reports District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell and District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that the road crews worked Wednesday to take advantage of the good weather to grade as much as they could. Since Wednesday was Truman’s Day and was supposed to be a day off for the road crews, they took Thursday off to make up for the missed day off. Larson did state that extensive work has been done in the last few days on Dent County Road 4283 including the installation of culverts. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
A total of 45 citations and 18 warnings issued as a result of a sobriety checkpoint held on U.S. Highway 63, approximately one-half mile north of the Rolla city limits on Monday, May 6th. During the course of the four-hour checkpoint, which began at 10:00 pm, troopers stopped a total of 208 vehicles. The enforcement totals for the project were: one citation for a DWI, three citations for misdemeanor drug violations, 23 citations for seat belt violations, one citation for a child restraint violation, four citations for driver’s license violations, eight uninsured motorists citations were handed out, three citations for non-moving traffic violations were issued, plus there was one citation for a misdemeanor and one felony arrest was made.
Hunters shot 42,220 turkeys during Missouri’s regular spring turkey season. That is an increase of 1,773, or 4 percent, from 2012. Top harvest counties during the regular spring turkey season April 15th through May 5th were Franklin with 996 birds checked, Texas with 879, and Callaway with 710. This year’s spring turkey season was the safest on record, with only one firearms-related hunting incident reported. That incident was nonfatal and occurred during the regular season. Hunting conditions were far from ideal, with frequent rain and below-average temperatures during much of the three-week season. In central Missouri, nighttime low temperatures averaged about 10 degrees colder than in 2012. The same weather station in Boone County reported approximately 1.5 inches more rainfall during this year’s spring turkey season than in 2012. Jason Isabelle, a resource scientist who oversees turkey management for the Missouri Department of Conservation, stated that this year’s increased harvest is the result of both improved turkey production and hunters’ dedication. Adding the harvest of 3,915 turkeys during this year’s spring youth season April 6th and 7th brings the 2013 spring turkey harvest to 46,135. This is 1,335 more than in 2012, a 3-percent increase.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol released a couple of arrest reports for Dent County. On Sunday, May 5th at 1:45 in the afternoon, 29-year old Cody Morton of Salem was arrested and charged with a Salem Police Department warrant for a DWI, driving while suspended on a first offense, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to register a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Dent County Jail on bond. On Wednesday, May 8th at 4:00 in the afternoon, 32-year old Jason Coble of Salem was arrested and charged with felony driving while suspended, speeding, and failure to wear a seat belt. He was taken to the Dent County Jail.
Jake Stephens went the distance giving up four hits and two runs as the Rolla Bulldogs beat the Salem Tigers Thursday by the score of 3-2. Andy Satulla led the Bulldogs with two hits and an RBI. Salem's regular season record falls to 11-7 and they finish with a 6-1 SCA record in winning the SCA Championship. Salem is seeded second in District 9 of Class 4 and the Tigers are scheduled to play Monday at Sullivan at 1:30 against the winner of the Eldon/Owensville game. The price of admission is $4.00 a person for anyone who is six years of age and older.
The Salem Tiger Tennis team defeated Richland on Thursday, 5-1, to win the schools first ever Tennis Team District Championship. Salem now advances to sectionals (round of 16) to face Logan-Rogersville on Saturday, May 18th.
At the Salem Athletic Banquet Wednesday evening, Athletic Director Phillip Karr awarded the 2012-2013 Tiger Awards. The Tiger Award is presented to the best male and female athletes for the school year at the Salem High School as voted on by the coaches. The winner of the Tiger Award for the boys went to Brady Floyd who played football, basketball and baseball this year. The winner for the Tiger Award for the girls was presented to Cortney Putman. She participates in softball, basketball and track. Congratulations to these two athletes on their outstanding efforts this year.
The St. Louis Cardinals were off yesterday but will start a series with the Colorado Rockies tonight. St. Louis is 21-12 on the year and sit in 1st place in the NL Central. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 6:40.
Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer belted two-run homers in the fourth inning, while Jeremy Guthrie remained perfect on the season, leading Kansas City to a 6-2 win over Baltimore in the finale of a three-game set from Camden Yards. Mike Moustakas added a solo shot for the Royals, who avoided a sweep and ended a three-game losing streak. Guthrie (5-0) gave up seven hits and two runs, one earned, over his six-inning outing. The Royals will start a three-game series with the New York Yankees tonight.
The St. Louis Blues will be in L.A. tonight to face the Kings in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at 9:00. L.A. leads the series 3-2. KSMO Radio will join the game in progress following the Cardinal game.
Funeral services for Lloyd Edmond Boyd, formerly of Jefferson City and Salem, age 94, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Mt Hermon Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Mt Hermon Cemetery Board or the Thompson Center for Autism and Neuro-developmental Disorders in Columbia.
Funeral services for Joy King of Salem, age 50, will be held today at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Funeral services for Arabelle Wallis of Chesterfield, formally of Steelville, age 95, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Funeral services for Marvin E. Wycoff of Columbia and formerly of St. James, age 89, will be held at 11:00 Monday morning at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in St. James with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.