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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. At the meeting, Commissioners Bobby Simpson and J.J. Tune both reported that preparation for chip and seal is complete in Districts 1 and 2, but before the chip and seal can be added the roads need to settle. Commissioner Simpson also reported that grading would be done in District 1 on Dent County Roads 545, 546, 604, 631A and B and Dent County Road 648A; and a crew would be patching various chip and seal roads throughout the district. Commissioner Tune also reported that grading would be done on various roads in the Anutt area and on Dent County Road 326, and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 439.  Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended a Pandemic Flu Exercise in St. James that was sponsored by MRPC and the Phelps and Maries County Health Departments. The exercise was held to inform county officials of what procedures to take in case of a Bird Flu epidemic. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Bluegrass Group, Midnight Flight, has captured their second major award this year. In January, Midnight Flight was named Traditional Bluegrass Band of the year during the 33rd annual Convention for the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America held in Jefferson City. On May 19th and 20th, the band participated in Silver Dollar City’s 1st Annual National Single Mic Championship. Bluegrass bands from all over the country competed for top honors in the competition held in Silver Dollar City’s Opera House for the Grand Prize which included a professional photo shoot and national publicity, as well as a guaranteed musical performance at Silver Dollar City in 2008. Each group performed two songs each day of the event for a total of four songs, and Midnight Flight scored 871 out of a possible 1,000 points to capture the championship. Midnight Flight is made up of Kevin Shults from Columbia, Roger Matthews from Marshfield, Andy, Dye from Sullivan, Jimmie Allison from Rolla and Gerald Jones from Salem.

The Salem Police report an accident occurred May 17th at 2:49 in the morning at the intersection of Doss Road and County Road 501 A. A 1997 Chevy Malibu, driven by 28-year old Burtis Cover III of Salem, was northbound on Doss Road, from the county road, and started skidding. The vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway overturning before finally coming to rest. Burtis reported minor injuries but had left the scene. The vehicle had extensive damage.

With the Memorial Day holiday behind us, the official summer travel season is well underway. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is committed to making trips for Missouri motorists as smooth and unrestricted as possible. This has prompted the launch of a special web page focused on work planned for Route 63 in 2007 and 2008. The site is located at www.modot.org/southcentral/Route63. As a major highway, Route 63 falls under the MoDOT direction to improve major routes to good condition by the end of 2011. MoDOT is now performing “Better Roads, Brighter Future” improvements that include roadway surface treatments and safety improvements such as wider striping, brighter signing, additional rumble strips and improved shoulders. Some of the projects planned for Route 63 are slated under the Better Roads, Brighter Future program. Others are commitments outlined in the 2007-2010 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). This five-year, ongoing plan outlines projects identified as priorities by MoDOT and its regional planning partners. Once the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approve the STIP, its contents become commitments of the department. Plans under the Better Roads, Brighter Future Program and the STIP include several projects along Route 63 through the South Central District (Howell, Texas and Phelps Counties) in 2007 and 2008.  For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center, toll-free, at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

Sports   [TOP]

Juan Encarnacion laced a two-out, three-run double in a four-run sixth inning for the St. Louis Cardinals, who strung back-to- back wins together on the road for the first time in nearly two months after a 7-3 victory, wrapping up a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Gary Bennett finished 3-for-4 with two RBI for St. Louis, which on Wednesday became the last NL team to reach double digits in road victories. Scott Rolen ended 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice for the Cardinals, who improved to just 11-16 away from home this season and have not won back-to- back away games since they won four in a row from April 8-11. Brad Thompson (4-1), who has won three of his last four starts, allowed two runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts over a career-high 7 1/3 innings for the Cards. The Red Birds will be in Houston this weekend to face the Astros with tonight's game at 7:00. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Kansas City Royals had the day off before beginning a series tonight in Tampa Bay. The Royals have lost 11 of their last 12 games and have lost their last seven in a row.

A 2007 NCAA Regional Tournament will be held this weekend at Taylor Stadium on the University of Missouri Campus. Today, Miami, Florida will face Louisville at 1:00 and the Missouri Tigers will face Kent State at 6:30. Each series is a best two out of three. Games will also be held Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and $7.00 for students and senior citizens. For ticket info, call 1-800 CAT PAWS.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Milwaukee 4, Florida 3
Houston 10, Cincinnati 2
San Diego 4, Pittsburgh 2 (11 inngs)
NY Mets 4, San Francisco 2
Washington 11, LA Dodgers 4
Toronto 2, Chicago 0
Cleveland 11, Detroit 5
Baltimore 6, LA Angels 2
Seattle 9, Texas 5

NBA Playoff Score:

Cleveland 109, Detroit 107 (2-OT)
(Cleveland leads series, 3-2)

 Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Shirley Sutphen of St. James, age 67, will be today at 11:00 a.m. at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James.  Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Luchricha Flegel of Rolla, age 68, will be today at 2:00 p.m. at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Funeral services for Rose M. Thorpe of Rolla, age 80, will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the James & Gahr Chapel in Rolla. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Garden Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Charity of your choice.

Weather [TOP]

Today and tonight..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 82, low of 66.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers, high of 83.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high around 80.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 58.
Monday and Monday night..Partly cloudy, high of 78, low of 59.

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