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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4080, 6210, 6280, 6283, 6287 and 6320.  Purcell also said that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 4090, and a crew would be repairing chip and seal on Dent County Road 6180. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2100, 2200, 3080, 3165, 4350, 4353, 5240, 5245 and 5250. Larson also said that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 3220, 3233 and 3250. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting that he attended last week. He said that he was updated on the three bridges in Dent County that are to be replaced under the 800 Safe and Sound Bridges Program. The first to be replaced is the bridge across Spring Creek on Highway 32-72 East, which will begin on July 2nd, 2011 and will last approximately 56 days. Then the bridge on State Route NN will be replaced and that will begin on August 30th, 2011 and will last approximately 36 days. The last bridge to be replaced will be the one lane bridge on State Route H and that project will begin in March of 2012 and will last approximately 43 days. Before any work begins a briefing will be held in March of 2011 for the public to gain information and ask questions.  Dent County Collector Dennis Medlock came by the meeting to ask the Commission for a letter stating that it is okay for the collector’s office to continue giving a 2% discount to those who pay their Tourism Tax by the 20th of each month. This has been in place since the collector’s office started collecting the Tourism Tax in 2006 and the state auditor’s office said that it does not need to be an ordinance, just have a letter signed by the Commission on file and they all three agreed to sign the letter. The next meeting of the Commission will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and is open to the public.

An accident occurred June 7th around 1:00 in the afternoon at the intersection of Highway 32 and Pershing Street.  According to the Salem Police report, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado K3500 driven by Kenneth Prater of St. Maries, was pulling a 16-foot trailer and was traveling westbound on Highway 32 approaching the Pershing Street intersection. Also traveling westbound at that time was a 1999 Dodge Ram driven by Tanya Tucker of Salem. The accident happened when the Dodge Ram was struck from behind by the Chevy Silverado K3500. Prater said he attempted to apply the brakes, but they were unresponsive. Witnesses stated that Prater was traveling too fast and too close before the accident occurred. An injury was reported and that person was transported by private vehicle to the hospital.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club monthly membership meetings will be held together on Monday, June 21st from noon until 1:00 pm at My Place Restaurant. Jo Ann Emerson will be in attendance and will be speaking. The cost for lunch is $8.00 per person and you are asked to RSVP no later than Thursday, June 17th to be included in the lunch count. Call the Chamber at 729-6900 or stop by at 200 South Main Street.  

Sports [TOP]

The Sellers-Sexton Ford basketball team defended their Senior Olympic state title Friday, June 11, in Columbia, MO.  They went 3-0 for the day and will represent Missouri in the next National Senior Olympic Games. The national tournament will be held August 2011 in Houston, Texas. Members of the team are Larry Sexton, Charles Pace, John Brown, Steve Hauch and Rich Neiman.

Ryan Ludwick hit a three-run homer and knocked in four, and Colby Rasmus added a two-run shot, as the St. Louis Cardinals earned a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three- game interleague series at Busch Stadium. Albert Pujols had a big game with three hits, two walks, an RBI and two runs scored for the Cardinals. Adam Wainwright (9-4) tossed seven-plus innings and improved to 6-0 at home this season. The right-hander yielded six hits, three runs, walked a batter and fanned six in his first career game against the Mariners. The Cards and Mariners play tonight at 6:55.

The Kansas City Royals had the day off yesterday but will start a three game series with the Houston Astros tonight.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed pitcher Jeff Suppan on Monday. Suppan, who was released by Milwaukee last Monday, comes back to the team where he enjoyed his greatest professional success. He has been tabbed the starter for tonight’s game against Seattle.

The Kansas City Chiefs have waived six players, among them veteran running back Kolby Smith and quarterback Matt Gutierrez. Also waived were tight end Leroy Banks, cornerback Andre Jones and offensive linemen Nick Landry and Jermail Porter.

Texas has reportedly turned down an invitation to join the Pac-10, apparently allowing the Big 12 to stay a 10-team league. Texas president Bill Powers has informed Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott Texas' decision to stay with the Big 12. The news will apparently prevent the Big 12's demise, as several days ago it was reported the conference would lose Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to the Pac-10, while Texas A&M was considering a move to the Southeastern Conference. However Big 12 schools and TV partners met Monday and worked on an arrangement that would persuade the schools to stay in the conference.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will he held July 12th thru 15th and July 19th thru 22nd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for girl's entering 9th through 12 grades and from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for girl's entering 6th through 8th grades. The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will be held at the blue field next to the old armory, the cost is $20 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested needs to call Coach Davison at 729-4208.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Katherine L. Thompson of Salem, age 73, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center, or St. Vincent DePaul, or the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen.

Funeral services for Mae “Cleone” Nivens of Salem, age 88, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Wilson mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salem Care Center Resident Fund.

Funeral services for Amerson Pratt of St. James, age 74, will be held today at 12:30 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Rolla. Visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Garden in Rolla. 

Funeral services for Mabel Anna Hebberger of St. James, age 97, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. 

A memorial gathering will be held for Chet Max Gilbert of Salem, age 81, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Funeral services for Orville E. Scheer of Rolla, age 75, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rolla. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Funeral services will also be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in New Haven. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home in New Haven. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in New Haven. Memorials are suggested to the redeemer Lutheran Church of Rolla, Bethlehem Lutheran Church of New Haven or the American Cancer Society for Lymphoma research.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high of 86.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for thunder-storms this evening, low of 66.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, high of 88.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 67.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high near 90.

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