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Your World Today - June 15, 2012

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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6250 and District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that brush would be cut in the Water Fork Area. Both commissioners also reported that crews from each district would be hauling brown rock into the road and bridge department for screening. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on the meeting that the commissioners attended Thursday morning in Van Buren. The commission, along with other county commissioners from the Ozark National Scenic Riverways area were invited by Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson to meet with the new ONSCR Superintendent Bill Black and with the National Park Service Regional Director Mike Reynolds, from Omaha Nebraska to discuss river way issues, including the possible closing of some access points along Current River. Skiles said this was an excellent meeting and the important on-going issues involving the ONSCR were discussed. Skiles attended a Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, where an Agriculture Hoof and Mouth Disease Exercise has been scheduled for October 25th with a definite location to be announced later. Skiles also attended a MRPC and a Transportation Advisory Committee meeting Thursday evening St. James. The next meeting of the Commission will be Monday morning at 9:00 and that meeting is open to the public.

An accident happened on Saturday, June 9th at 10:38 in the morning in Salem at the intersection of Craig Industrial Drive and Highway 32. According to the Salem Police report, Kenneth Smith was driving a 2006 Ford Escape and owned by Robin Koss, both of Salem and was traveling west on Highway 32, when he sustained a seizure, lost control of the vehicle and struck a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by Dave Shelby of Salem. Shelby was also traveling west on Highway 32 and was pulling a 2004 flat bed utility trailer and hauling three canoes.  Due to the impact, Shelby lost control of the vehicle, causing the trailer to jackknife and travel off the left side of the roadway and down an embankment before coming to a stop. Smith’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and returned to the westbound lane before coming to a stop in Country Mart’s parking lot.  The Ford Escape and trailer sustained moderate damage, the Ford Explorer sustained extensive damage, and the canoes sustained minor damage. Smith and a passenger in his vehicle both received minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital for treatment. 

An accident occurred at 10:10 Thursday morning on Highway 19 about a half mile north of Route N. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 52-year old Kathy M. Bec Dela Motte of North Fort Meyers, Florida was traveling northbound on Highway 19, attempted to avoid a vehicle in her lane, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned ejecting the driver. Bec Dela Motte suffered serious injury and was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. The Harley sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing. 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Missouri’s No Call Law has been expanded to cover personal cell phones in addition to residential landlines.  Missourians may now register their cell phone numbers on his website at or by phone at 1-866-buzzoff (1-866-289-9633). Koster stated that the expanded law covers only cell phones primarily used for personal and family calls. Cell phones that are used primarily for business are not covered. The no call registry is updated quarterly. Those who add their mobile numbers to the list by July 31st will be covered starting October 1st.  Anyone signing up after July 31st but before November 1st will be covered January 1, 2013. More than 1.8 million Missouri households are currently on the no call registry for residential phones.

The number of roadway fatalities in the Meramec Region have been on the rise in 2012, and the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee has been actively trying to reduce this number by promoting roadway safety. Law enforcement, fire departments, EMS personnel, educators, healthcare professionals and the general public are invited to participate in the coalition’s next meeting which will be at 2:00 on June 19th at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. MRPC is located at 4 Industrial Drive in St. James. While the number of roadway fatalities in the state decreased for 2011 in comparison to 2010, that number increased within the Meramec Region. The year-to-date fatality totals as of June 9th include 23 fatalities in the Meramec Region. This number is a 44 percent increase from 16 fatalities in the region within the same time span in 2011. The coalition plans to be actively involved in promoting the Arrive Alive message throughout the year by encouraging roadway safety during community events and school presentations by encouraging the use of seat belts, booster seats and child safety seats; while discouraging drinking and driving, the use of cell phones while driving and any other types of distracted driving. The subcommittee formed in January 2012 to represent the Meramec Region counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington in order to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District, which includes 18 counties. For more information on the meeting, contact Bonnie Prigge at MRPC at 573-265-2993.

The South Central Missouri 2012 Cattlemen’s Tour brought to you by Maries and Dent County and the MU Extension and will run from July 16th to July 19th. The tour departs on the 16th at 7:00 am from the SC Regional Stockyards in Vienna. The first stop will be to the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. Throughout their tour they will also make other stops to the Pasture Based Dairy Farm Tour in Monett, the Ratcliff Ranches in Vinita, Oklahoma, the Gray G Bar Ranch in Grainola, Oklahoma, the Stockyard City and National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City National Memorial/Bricktown and the last and final stop on July 19th will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri. Registration forms can be obtained at the MU Extension. For more information contact Ted Cunningham at 729-3196 or the MU Extension in Maries County at 573-422-3359.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Salem invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in the community’s 2012 4th of July parade on Wednesday, July 4th.  This year’s theme is “America’s Past, Present and Future” and it will start at 6:00 PM. The Grand Marshall this year is Ed Gill, a lifelong Salem resident and businessman, who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade in the United States Navy. Gill served aboard a minesweeper during the Invasion of Normandy in WWII. A one hundred dollar prize will be awarded to the best “Commercial” and “Non-Commercial” float. Get your entry form at; request a form from or stop by 200 South Main. Parade entry forms are due by June 26th.  The parade route runs from the old fairgrounds to the Dent County Courthouse. No ATV’s will be allowed. Your line up position will be ready on June 29th. For more information call 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

David Freese hit a two-run homer and an RBI double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, in the finale of a three-game interleague series at Busch Stadium. Matt Adams added a two-run single for the Cardinals, who took two of three in this series. Daniel Descalso chipped in with two hits and a run scored in the victory. Jake Westbrook (5-6) retired the first 12 batters he faced and allowed three runs on five hits without issuing a walk over six frames to earn the win. The Cardinals will start a three-game series with the Royals tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.

The Royals came from behind in the ninth inning for the second straight night, beating the Brewers 4-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Brayan Pena stroked a pinch-hit single in the ninth off of John Axford (1-3) to score two runs and win the game. Luke Hochevar kept the Brewers' bats quiet, allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings. Hochevar received a no-decision after allowing six hits and a walk while striking out five.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Thelma LaRue Staines of Rolla, age 83, will be held Monday June 18 at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held Monday from 11:00 until 1:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Jason Arnold Skeeters of Salem, age 70, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

Funeral services for Linda A. “Wendy” Jordan of Fulton, age 67, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Macedonia United Baptist Church at Boss. Visitation will be held Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 at Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Boss Cemetery.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 91.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 65.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 90.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Sunday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers, high of 88. Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 69.



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