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The Dent County Commissioners met Thursday at the Dent County Courthouse for their regular meeting. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell stated a work crew would be repairing the stop sign and road sign at the junction of Dent County Roads 5013 and 5015. He also said that chip and seal repairs would be made to county road 5013 and three trucks would be hauling brown rock. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported materials would be added and grading would be done on Dent County Road 2370 while materials would also be added to county road 2380. Larson said grader #31 would be serviced and another crew would be working on the brakes of county truck #110. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on the Meramec Community Enhancement Committee Board meeting he attended on Tuesday where they elected new officers, and the board approved and granted permission to sign the grant agreement from the Missouri Housing Trust Fund for home repairs to 19 properties in six of the eight counties served by the MCEC. Dent and Crawford County are not served by this fund. Skiles also reported that Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a number of bills that would affect local government collection of sales or property taxes. The Commission approved the appointment of Ray Walden to serve as a full time committee member of the Transportation Advisory Committee. He replaced former City Administrator Clayton Lucas on the committee. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said her office and the Treasurer’s office balanced on all accounts. Sherry Lea and Liz Gruendel met with the commission about becoming a sustaining partner of the Salem Community Center@the Armory. The founding partners of the original Salem Telecommunication Community Resource Center contribute from $5,000 to $10,000 per year to continue and expand programming offered at the facility and they have picked up four additional local businesses as sustaining partners. Funding for the Salem Community Center operations comes from a combination of participant fees and community donations. Healthy Dent County has been able to secure nearly 1.3 million dollars in grants to renovate the Armory and improve the health of the community in the last two years, and just submitted another $500,000 NAP application for the continued expansion of the center. Lea did say that since Healthy Dent County took over the TCRC from the University of Missouri and absorbed the Salem Fitness Center from the Dent County Health Center, they have employed nine additional people. Commissioner Skiles says he supports the efforts of Healthy Dent County, but the Missouri Constitution does not allow governments to simply make donations to organizations. There would need to be a legal contract that shows how the Salem Community Center is providing a direct and legitimate service to the county and that would have to be approved by the county legal counsel before the commission could even consider the request. Later, the commissioners heard two bids for new election equipment. The first bid was from Elkins-Swyers, Company, Inc. from Springfield for ten voting machines that includes the hardware and software for $68,800. The second bid came from Henry M. Adkins & Sons, Inc. out of Clinton, Missouri and their bid for 10 voting machines including the hardware and software was $57,620. There is an annual maintenance charge by both companies, and both could also offer long-term lease agreements if desired. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley told the commissioners she would like to review the bids and make a recommendation on Monday. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
There will be FREE ultrasounds on Monday, June 16th through Thursday, June 19th for pregnant women at least 6 weeks and in their first trimester at Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center. They will be training two nurses to provide ultrasound in their center on those dates. To schedule an appointment, call Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center (573) 739-4673 or text (573) 612-1511.
The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will host artist, musician and historian Dan Woodward in a presentation of his visual art depicting life in Missouri during the Civil War on Monday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Woodward’s art is currently on display at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center (ONCRC) in Salem, and he will present a slide show and historical commentary of the pieces at the Bonebrake Center. His commentaries are both artistic and historical, helping the viewers of his works understand the context of the pieces, and should appeal to both artists and amateur historians. This program is appropriate for adults and older children, and light refreshments will be available. Registration is requested to plan for space but not required, and a donation of $2 per person is suggested, but no one will be turned away. Please call the Bonebrake Center at 573-729-3400, Libby Sanders at 247-0279, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message for more information or to register. The Bonebrake Center is located at 601 North Hickory Street in Salem, at the corner of North Hickory Street and East Rolla Road.
The Houston Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program offers free classes in Salem to help adults improve their math or reading skills or prepare for the High Equivalency Test, the HiSET. AEL/HSE classes are free, but students are required to maintain at least 50% attendance and work diligently toward educational gain. The AEL/HSE classes are available Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon and Monday - Wednesday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Adult Learning Center at 202 North Washington in Salem. Classes were formerly known as GED classes. To register or for more information, visit the AEL/HSE class during class hours or call the Salem AEL/HSE instructor during class hours at 573-729-2756.
The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will host the Washington Nationals tonight at Busch Stadium. The Cards are 34-32 on the year and 5½ games back of the Brewers for the lead in the NL Central. You can hear tonight’s game on KSMO Radio starting with the pre-game show at 6:40. Lance Lynn will be on the mound for St. Louis while Jordan Zimmermann will be pitching for Washington.
The Kansas City Royals also had the day off yesterday and will be in Chicago to play the White Sox to start a three-game series. The Royals are 33-32 on the year and sit 2½ games behind Detroit for the lead in the AL Central.
A Summer Volleyball Camp will be held from June 23rd through June 27th this year at the SHS Gym. Camp times will be from 8:30 in the morning until 10:00 for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade, and from 12:30 to 2:00 for girls in the 6th through 8th grade. This camp is open to any girl entering these grades from Salem R-80, Oak Hill R-1, Green Forest R-2, Dent Phelps R-3, or Northwood R-4. The cost of the camp is $30 per girl. For more information or to sign up, call new Salem Head Volleyball Coach Ellie Howard at 247-3011.
Funeral services for Jessie Marie Tripp of Salem will be held today at noon at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Memorial and Military services for John Donald Boor of Salem, age 80, will be held at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Firefighter Foundation.
Funeral services for Virginia Albetta Payne of Steelville, age 89, will be held at 11:00 Monday morning at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Steelville First Baptist Church Building Fund.
A celebration of life for Geraldine McConnell Terry of Newburg will be held Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 with a prayer service at 7:30 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Graveside services for Betty A. Dudley of Columbia, Illinois, formerly of Salem, age 80, will be held Sunday, June 29th at 1:00 at the North Lawn Mausoleum in Salem. Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the American Legion Auxiliary #99 in Salem.