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The Dent County Commissioners met Monday for their regular meeting at the courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported grading was being done on Dent County Road 4080, plus he has three trucks hauling white rock to county road 5600 as part of the work project using Title 2 funds and it is about 60% complete. Purcell said work crews would be replacing circle upper shims on graders #24 and #26, and once completed, grader #24 would be grading county road 5550 and grader #26 would be grading county road 6020. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson stated grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4040 and 4330, while brush would be cut on county road 3180 and materials would be added to county road 3250. Larson also said that service work was being done on grader #32 and a crew would be patching potholes on chip and seal roads. Larson continued by saying a man would be cutting grass around the shop and that he would be sending receipts to the Missouri Department of Conservation for reimbursement on roads leading to Conservation Areas and those dollars are CART funds. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said he would be participating in a conference call with the CCAM board to discuss bills passed on the last day by the legislature that could affect county revenues. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind establishments that liquor license applications for the county must be in by June 30th
. At the drug court budget hearing, the commissioners approved amending the budget for the drug court that showed no additional revenues, a $10,000 increase in appropriations and a decrease in the ending balance to $27,064.64. The commission approved the amended budget by a 3-0 vote. Prosecutor Andrew Curley came in and presented a request for payment of $120.00 to publish a petition of divorce in the Salem News by a federally incarcerated prisoner in Colorado. After a long discussion, Curley recommended the county pay the request and the commissioners agreed to take the money out of the Indigent and Guardian Ad Litem fund in the General Revenue. Curley also needed more information about the John Stagner Cemetery and creating an easement to access the property. After talking with Assessor Tina Whitaker, Curley said he would get a title history on the property before doing the easement and then bring this information to the commissioners to officially be put in the minutes. At the last meeting, Sheriff Rick Stallings told the commissioners meal bids for prisoners need to be submitted by 4:00 on June 6th
. The commission will review the bids on June 9th
at 10:00 in the morning. The next meeting of the Dent County Commission will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
On Tuesday, May 27th, deputies with the Dent County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Brown Heating and Cooling on Highway 68 in reference to a theft of a skid steer, trailer, trencher and air-condition unit. The items reported stolen were valued at $34,000. Video surveillance was made available through the owner of the business. During review of the video surveillance, a white Dodge flatbed truck was seen arriving at the business at about 3:00 in the early morning. An unidentified male subject was then seen hooking up the trailer to the truck while another suspect drove the truck. Information gained from many sources led investigators to the St. James area and during that investigation the items reported missing were located. As a result, 36-year old Jesse L Gann of St. James was taken into custody. Gann is currently being held in the Dent County Jail on a $30,000 cash only bond.
The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors will conduct their June meeting tonight at the fire station at 6:00. After approval of the agenda and the minutes from the previous meeting, the Board will review financial reports, approve bills, review the calendar as well as the monthly reimbursement report. In old business the Board will address the building use policy and reimbursement policy. Following any new business, Fire Chief Brad Nash will give updates to the Board and then the Board will set their next meeting for July 1st at the fire station beginning at 6:00 pm. The monthly meeting of the Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors is open to the public.
Danny Duffy and three Kansas City relievers combined on a three-hit shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals as the Royals got their I-70 series started with a 6-0 victory. Duffy (3-5) allowed just one hit and one walk over six innings for the Royals, who were coming off a four-game split in Toronto over the weekend. Alex Gordon broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh, Mike Moustakas added a two-run double and Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the victors. Kansas City's Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Aaron Crow each tossed an inning of relief behind Duffy to finish off the shutout, the first ever for the Royals in St. Louis. Shelby Miller (6-5) came undone in the latter innings and was charged with four runs on seven hits over seven-plus frames for the Cardinals, who were shut out for the second straight day and fell to 2-6 on a nine-game homestand. These close interleague rivals will play again at Busch Stadium tonight, then round out a four-game home-and-home set with two meetings in Kansas City. You can hear tonight’s game on KSMO starting with the pre-game show at 5:40.
Funeral services for Lawrence “Bill” William Neumann of Steelville, age 98, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 7:00. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Funeral services for Dewaine Nash of Salem, age 83, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Church.
Funeral services for Sarah I. Potter of O’Fallon, Illinois, formerly of Vichy, age 93, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.
Funeral services for Jessie Ernestine Hendricks of St. Louis, age 97, will be held Friday morning at 9:30 at the Lupton Chapel in University City. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Lupton Chapel. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the Union Avenue Christian Church of the PEO Chapter 0.
Funeral services for Mike Reed of Rolla, and formerly of Salem, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Education Fund for Wesley Reed.
Funeral services for Dirk Farrin Smith of Black, age 59, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church at Oates. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel with Masonic Services at 7:00. Interment will be in the Myers Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Locust Grove United Baptist Church.
A celebration of life for Dr. Kevin Brewer of Rolla, age 62, will be held Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
There will no services for John Marzette of Licking, age 63. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.