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The Dent County Fall Festival Association invites everyone to come out and enjoy the 2011 Dent County “SPRINGFEST” at the Dent County Commons in Salem. Tomorrow, you can enjoy arts and crafts in the youth building and barn area from noon to 7:00, the carnival starts at 4:00 and the talent show will be on stage at 6:00 pm. Then on Friday, there will be arts and crafts in the youth building and barn area from noon to 8:00, the carnival starts at 4:00, the model “T” exhibits will be in the youth building parking area at 6:00, Shirley Robertson and The Wild Rose Bluegrass Band will be performing in the livestock barn also at 6:00 and then at 8:00 it’s the Mini Sprint Car Races in the Midway. On Friday, children 12 and under are free and ages 13 and up the cost is $3. Saturday will be a day packed full of fun things to do from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm at the 2011 SPRINGFEST starting with arts and crafts in the youth building and barn area from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. There will be a turkey/meat shoot at 10:00, the Current River Cruisers will be on display at the youth building parking area from 10:00 to 3:00, the carnival begins at noon in the midway, and MUD RUN will start at 2:00. The Ozark Spirit Cloggers will be on stage at 4:00, the MMSHA Horse Show will be in the arena at 5:00, and the day will finish out as Gwen Martin opens for Michael Connors and The Country Rocker Band in the livestock barn beginning at 7:00 pm. On Saturday children 12 and under are free, ages 13 and up the cost is $3 from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. After 4:00 the cost for those age 13 and up is $5.  For more information about the Dent County Fall Festival Association 2011 SPRINGFEST call 247-2606 or 247-5711.

The Dent County Commissioners regular Monday meeting was held at the Dent County Courthouse where Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles discussed the proposed Bolder Five-Year Direction of MoDOT that reduces the number of District offices to seven, where 111 maintenance facilities will be closed reducing the number of maintenance supervisors by 104, and where 17 engineers will no longer be needed. Skiles stated that MoDOT will also be selling off equipment as well as the property where the district offices are. The total amount of personnel to be reduced is 1,200 employees. The district that Dent County would belong to would have 24 counties comprised of 576,000 people and 15,000 miles of road with the headquarters in Sikeston. Skiles said that MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said that people would see less mowing, less new striping, and slower snow removal with the reorganization. Missouri has the 7th largest road system in the United States, but ranks 42nd in funding. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that workers would be checking for washouts, pot holes, and downed trees due to the 1-2 inches of rain received. He went on to say that brush cutting would be done on Dent County Roads 5460 and 5465. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson stated that his crews would be patching roads and repairing washouts. He said that a man would be going to Springfield to get oil for chip and seal repair. Presiding Commissioner Skiles also reported on the 2012-2016 State Transportation Improvement Plan and scheduled is the resurfacing of Highway 119 from Highway 32 to Montauk in the winter of 2012, and the resurfacing of Highway 72 from Dent County Road 2090 to the Salem city limits in 2014. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that the actual cost to the county for the April election came to $15,918.60. She also said that the county received a refund of $2,381.91 from Rolla Municipal Utilities for overpayments made for Dent County’s portion of utilities for the public defenders office. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Cuba Wildcats scored in the top the 8th inning and then held on to beat Salem Tuesday in a see-saw battle at the SHS Field, 11-10. Cody Spurgeon had a homer and three RBI to lead the Wildcats while Chad Elliott had two hits and two RBI for Salem. The Tigers finish the year with an 11-7 record and the SCA Championship. In other game, Ben Loge for Ava struck out 13 batters and threw a five-inning no-hitter to lead the Bears over St. James, 10-0.

Lance Berkman's bases-loaded hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 victory and two-game sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies. The hit made a winner of Fernando Salas (2-0), who threw a perfect top of the ninth in relief of Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals starter tossed eight dominant innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits and a walk. Garcia also struck out five. Albert Pujols finished 3-for-5 on the night and Yadier Molina also had three hits. The Cards will host the Houston Astros tonight starting at 6:30 on KSMO Radio.

Travis Hafner hit a three-run double to lead Cleveland past Kansas City, 7-3, for a two-game sweep. Sean O'Sullivan (2-3) went five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in the Royals' fourth consecutive loss. Matt Treanor, Eric Hosmer and Melky Cabrera had RBI for the Royals. Kansas City will host the Texas Rangers tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Thomas “Doc” Martin of St. Louis, and formerly of Cook Station, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Taff Cemetery in Cook Station.

Funeral services for Iva Lucille Helvey of Bunker, age 87, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Mann Cemetery in Annapolis, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Little Vine United Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Lura Ellen Wright of Salem, age 93, will be held today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.  Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Lelah Laverne Santhuff of Steelville, age 78, will be held today at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Victory Baptist Church.

Graveside service for Sheldon Hogan of Salem, age 50, will be held Thursday at 10:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Military Honors. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Graveside service for Richard “Rich” Quinton of Nixa age 40, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Martin Trask Cemetery at Cherryville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Otto R. Karr of Rolla, age 90, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service. Internment will be at the Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy early and becoming mostly cloudy by late afternoon, high of 71.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, low of 52.
Thursday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for rain, high of 72.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 62.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 78.



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