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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse. Bernie English was in attendance and made a public apology about his language at a commissioner meeting. He also submitted a letter to the commissioners that addressed the lack of accessibility to the second floor courtroom and third floor at the Dent County Courthouse and how this has been an ongoing problem. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that is one of the reasons why the county commissioners agreed to do the current study on the development of a new legal center versus just trying to find a short term band-aid to the accessibility problem that the people of the county may regret later as it could do permanent damage to the courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that workers would be checking and cleaning out culverts throughout the district. They will also be servicing grader #24 and repairing the dura-patcher for use on the chip and seal roads. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that workers would also be checking pipes as well as putting up signs. They will also be servicing a number of pieces of equipment as long as the rain continues. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles was to attend a Community Betterment Board meeting Monday night. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley stated that she and the Dent County Treasurer balanced on all accounts for the month of April. The Commissioners then voted on allowing the gazebo requested by the Salem Area Community Betterment Association to be placed on the courthouse lawn May 17th through August 16th. The commissioners agreed that the company should coordinate the location with the clerk’s office before it is securely placed on the lawn. Commissioner Purcell reported that Linda Ruhler from the Top of the Ozarks RC&D has put together a draft County Wildfire Protection Plan for Douglas County and she is going to forward that to Purcell as a basis for a plan for Dent County so that Dent County can use their Title III monies. At the last meting, Matt Lloyd with Fabick and Company came in to discuss the buyback on the two graders the county uses. The buyback will end in November 2011 with a $73,585 guarantee for each. The trade value now would be $90,000 each. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The City of Salem Park Board held their meeting Wednesday, May 5th at the Salem Freedom Activity Center. Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash reported that almost 600 kids have signed up for the city’s summer youth t-ball/softball/baseball leagues. The numbers are comparable to years past with 49 different teams participating. Nash reported that there were 18 T-ball teams alone with over 200 kids involved. Practices have begun and games will start the week of May 24th and run through the first week of July. At the Aldermen’s request, the Park Board reviewed the pool rates and voted to make recommendations. The Park Board voted to set admission rates to $2 per person regardless of age for the daily general admission as well as water aerobics and adult swim. The Park Board recommended to eliminate the use of pool passes all together, both family and individual. The Park Board then voted to provide private pool parties on a nightly basis for a flat rat of $150 for two hours regardless of the number of people attending. Also because of poor attendance on Sundays, the Park Board recommended to close the pool on Sundays and to use it as a day for maintenance and cleaning, however, the pool would be available on Sunday evenings for pool parties. Lastly the Park Board is recommending the purchase of a new diving board as last summer, the old one was broke the last four weeks the pool was open and was not able to be repaired, finishing the summer without one. It is the Park Board’s belief that these changes, if approved and implemented, will increase revenues of the pool and lower expenses. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers game with Rolla yesterday was postponed due to rain and will not be made up. The Tigers final regular season game is scheduled for Thursday at Iberia with a 5:00 start.

The Salem High School Spring Sports banquet for the athletes and their parents will be held Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Salem High School Cafeteria. The banquet is for the athletes participating in varsity and JV baseball, boys and girls track, tennis and golf.

The St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series with Brad Penney on the mound against the Houston Astros tonight starting at 6:55. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Kansas Coty Royals will host the Cleveland Indians tonight with Brian Bannister on the hill.

The Salem Tiger Boys Summer Basketball Camp will he held June 1st thru 4th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for boys entering 9th through 12 grades and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for boys entering 5th through 8th grades. The Salem Tiger Boys Summer Basketball Camp will be held at the Salem High School gym, the cost is $30 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested can pickup a form at the Salem JH or call Coach Zenker. The deadline to register is Friday, May 14th.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Geneva Green of Cherryville, age 90, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Davisville Cemetery in Davisville.

Funeral services for Marilyn Marie Frey of Salem, age 78, will be held Wednesday at the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, Missouri. Visitation will be today from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka. Interment will be in the Neeper Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Neeper Cemetery.

Funeral services for Wendell D. Craft of Salem, age 83, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Bonnie J. Benson of Licking, age 72, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 am the Church of Christ in Licking. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Fox Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Licking Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sonshine and Rainbow Day School.

Timothy Sand of Licking, formerly of Oklahoma, age 58, passed away and there will be NO SERVICES. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

A PRIVATE Memorial Service for Carroll Chester Paulsmeyer of Rolla, age 72, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 79.
Tonight.. Cloudy with an 80% chance for thunderstorms, low of 62.
Wednesday..Cloudy early with a slight chance for showers, then partly sunny, high of 82.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 64.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, high of 76.

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