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Your World Today - May 23, 2012

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The Dent County Commissioners met Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse for their regular meeting. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done and materials were going to be added to Dent County Road 6090, and that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 4220. He stated that brush was going to be cut on Dent County Road 6520 and that a work crew was going to repair chip and seal road 2400 with a cold mix. Purcell went on to report that stop signs were also going to be replaced on Dent County Road 6370 and that he attended the tourism tax meeting Monday night. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson indicated that crews would be checking cemetery roads to see if they can be graded after receiving some much needed moisture in many areas of the county in time for Decoration Day. He said that Dent County truck #118 would be serviced and that they are hauling in brown rock. Larson reported that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6160. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles will be attending a Central Region Workforce Investment Board Caucus meeting today. Sandy Hogan from the Dent County Developmental Disabilities Board (also known as the Senate Bill 40 Board) came in to present the commission with a letter recommending Cathy Diehl for a board position with a term expiring on December 31, 2014, and adding A. J Seay to the board with a term expiring on December 31, 2013. The commissioners agreed to the appointment. The commission actually appointed Seay to the Senate Bill 40 Board last Thursday, but it was written as the Salem Senior Citizens Board. The error was corrected in the minutes to the Senate Bill 40 Board. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a traffic stop, illegal dumping, a traffic crash, theft of fuel, and theft. On Thursday, May 3rd at 1:35 in the early morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 38-year old Salem male for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. He was released pending lab results. At noon that same day, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to illegal dumping at the City of Salem yard waste dumpsite. The investigation revealed that two 51-year old Salem males dumped construction waste at the yard waste site. They were arrested, issued summons to appear in court, and released. Later that night at 8:23 pm, and officer was dispatched to a traffic crash located at the intersection of Grand and Butler. The investigation of the crash led to the arrest of a 25-year old Salem male for driving while intoxicated. He was incarcerated and will be issued summons to appear in court upon his release. On Friday, May 4th at 8:53 in the morning, an officer was dispatched to the Breaktime Convenience Store in reference to theft of fuel. The investigation revealed that an unidentified female took $18.72 in fuel without paying for it. On Saturday, May 5th at 6:15 in the evening, an officer responded to a residence in the 200 block of South Main in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took a Nintendo DS valued at $200 from a residence. Anyone with any information regarding the theft of fuel report or the theft of the Nintendo DS report, which are still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

If you have been wondering lately what to do with old tires, there’s finally an answer. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Gasconade County Commission, in partnership with the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission  (MRPC), will offer a free waste tire collection from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm today at the Gasconade County Road Department shed, 2685 Highway 19, in Owensville. Waste tires of all kinds will be accepted at this collection, and no fees will be charged. MDNR’s scrap tire fee funds the collection, which is supported through the 50-cent fee collected on the sale of new tires. These funds are used to fund scrap tire playground grants, tire dump cleanup projects, amnesty tire collections, education activities, enforcement, permitting and inspections. Participants must unload all tires. Tires will not be accepted from businesses. The collection is open to all households in the Ozark Rivers District, including Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties. MDNR is working with Missouri Vocational Enterprises of the Missouri Department of Corrections to recycle the tires. Ozark Rivers, MRPC and MDNR are also working with other local governments in the region to host additional collections throughout 2012. The next tire amnesty day is scheduled from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Crawford County Road Department shed, 107 Euclid Road, Steelville. Contact the Crawford County Commission at (573) 775-2376 for more information. Area residents that have questions about the collection can contact the Gasconade County Road Department at (573) 437-3911.

Sports [TOP]

Adam Wainwright allowed just four hits and fired his first shutout in over a year as the Cardinals blanked the Padres, 4-0, in the second installment of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The 30-year-old righty fanned a season-high nine batters and issued just one walk to give the Cardinals their first shutout of the year. Carlos Beltran knocked in two runs and Matt Holliday added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for St. Louis. The Cardinals and Padres play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.

Robinson Cano belted a home run as the New York Yankees posted a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the middle installment of a three-game series. Jeff Francoeur homered and Humberto Quintero added a run-scoring double for the Royals. Luke Hochevar (3-5) allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to absorb the loss. The Royals and Yankees play again tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Cecil L. Short of O’Fallon and formerly of Boss, age 86, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Boss Cemetery in Boss. Visitation will be today at the Baue Funeral Home in St. Charles from 4:00 to 8:00. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Graveside services for June Fisher of Salem, age 88, will be held Thursday at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Salem Lutheran Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Memorial services for Virginia L. Shelton of Salem, age 93, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Salem United Methodist Church with a gathering for family and friends from 10:00 to 11:00 and an Eastern Star Service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be to the Salem United Methodist Church. All arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Caroll Dean Elmer of Salem, age 79, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from noon until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem.

Graveside services for Connie Nivens of Salem, age 69, will be held Saturday, June 2nd, at 2:00 at the Empire Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 82.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 59.
Thursday..Sunny and breezy, high of 87.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 65.
Friday..Sunny and hot, high of 93.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 70.

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