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An accident happened at 3:10 Tuesday in Dent County on highway 32 about three miles west of Highway 119. According to the highway patrol report, a 1998 Ford ranger driven westbound by 52-year old Ann Durham of Salem, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Durham suffered moderate injuries and was flown to the St. Johns Medical center in Springfield by Air Evac. The 98 Ford ranger sustained moderate damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing. Durham was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident.

An accident happened at 1:15 Tuesday afternoon in Texas County on Highway 63 about five miles north of Licking. According to the highway patrol report, a McCormick-Farmall farm tractor driven by 66-year old Jerry Ray of Licking was traveling northbound on highway 63. Ray was knocked off of the tractor and was struck by a bush hog being towed by the tractor. Ray suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Hospital in Rolla. The farm tractor sustained minor damage. The owner will remove the tractor.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Monday morning at the courthouse. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2460, 2470, 5103, 5110, 5450, 5460 and 5465. He said that rock would be added to Dent County Roads 2470, 5103 and 5110. Purcell stated workers will use asphalt to patch chip and sealed Dent County Road 6180 that has potholes in it. He also stated that some brush would be picked up on Dent County Road 5080 and removed from the site. Purcell then added that he is going to meet with the people at Capital Quarry this morning to look at widening the road for the trucks. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading and flood repair work would be done on Dent County Roads 2630, 3130, 3180 and 3200, and rock will be added to 4290 before it is graded. He also said that with Memorial Day coming up on Monday that roads leading into the cemeteries would also be graded. Larson also reported that the commissioner agreed to lease a backhoe from Erb Equipment for $2,250 to help with the storm damage. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the commission held a special meeting on Friday to discuss the roof on the judicial building. Due to the emergency conditions surrounding the roof, the commission elected not to put the job out for bid and approved the proposal from Dale Williams with Williams American Construction for $26,677, plus repair any damage under the roof at the cost of the materials and labor at the prevailing wage. Skiles said that Harris Glass Company has ordered two window units for the courthouse and will install them on Saturday. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Phelps County PHA, the local HUD housing agency located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James, will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 20th, 21st and 22nd for staff training. The offices will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 25th.

Sports [TOP]

Salem scored 10 runs in the second inning and cruised to a 13-3 win over Owensville in the district semi-final at Sullivan Tuesday. Salem got two RBI from Brandon Plank, Louis Carroll, Ashton Karr, and Andrew Kissir while Grant Gordon went 3-4 with an RBI. Salem will face Sullivan in the District Championship game Thursday afternoon at 4:30 and you can hear the game on KSMO and ksmoradio.com.

The Karr Lady Tiger Basketball Camp will be held at the Salem High School Gymnasium June 1st through June 5th for all girls entering grades 9-12 for the 2009-2010 school year. The camp will run from 10:00 in the morning until noon. The Karr Lady Tiger Basketball Camp for girls entering grades 5 through 8 will be held at the high school gym June 29th through July 3rd. Both Camps are open to girls from Oak Hill R-1, Green Forest R-2, Dent-Phelps R-3, Northwood R-4 and the Salem R-80 districts. The cost of the camp is $30 and a registration form must be completed along with your payment by Friday. For more information or to get a form, call Coach Karr at 729-5624.

Joel Pineiro threw his first shutout since the 2003 season, tossing a three-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series. Pineiro (5-3) snapped a personal three-game skid in impressive fashion, striking out five without allowing a walk and retired the final 13 batters he faced. It was the fourth career shutout and 10th lifetime complete game for the 30-year-old right-hander. Colby Rasmus belted a two-run homer for a second straight game for the Cardinals, who were coming off being swept in a three-game series by Milwaukee. Yadier Molina knocked in the other run. The Cards and Cubs play tonight at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen's back-to-back homers highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals stormed back to take an improbable 6-5 win over the Indians, continuing Cleveland's woes in the 2009 season. The last time the Royals overcame at least a three-run deficit in the ninth inning, one would have to go back more than five years, to 2004. Jose Guillen added a pair of hits and an RBI for the Royals, who have won three of four. Brian Bannister allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings in the start, while Kyle Farnsworth (1-3) was the beneficiary of the ninth inning surge after throwing a scoreless top half of the frame.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Arlene Powell of Salem, age 87, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair. Interment will be in the Lake Charles Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research Foundation.

Funeral services for Edward L. Rose Sr. of St. James, age 59, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Old Alexandria Cemetery in Troy at 2:00 Wednesday.

Funeral services for Walter Holt of Bunker, age 76, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Westfork–Sutterfield Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners.

Graveside services for Elvin “Wayne” Baird of Salem of will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Carty Cemetery in Salem. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Regional Hospice. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Daniel R. “Butch” Holman of St. James, age 70, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Hughes Cemetery in rural Phelps County.

Funeral services for Virginia Louise Conway of Reston, Virginia, formerly of Rolla, age 74, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to your local hospice program.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 83.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low near 60.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 61.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high near 80.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.

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