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Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse, the Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting. Sharon English spoke first about the records that she and her husband had requested from the prosecutor’s office and that they have found some of them, but not all. The prosecutor’s office is still looking. English said that she is concerned that the record storage system for the county is not adequate and asked if the county could use the meeting room on the second floor of the judicial building for storage, but was informed by Commissioner Simpson that 4-H meetings, Extension Council meetings, and Road and Bridge trainings are held there. She said she spoke with John Korsick from State Archives and he said that a number of the case files in the prosecutor’s office will have to reviewed and marked if they are a felony or misdemeanor by an attorney or para-legal before they can be filed, plus some of those files will need to be kept longer than other county office files. Commissioner Simpson said that Prosecutor Jessica Sparks has not approached the commission with a plan for the storage of the old records, nor has she asked for assistance yet in going through these files. He said that is the prosecutor’s responsibility even if the problem existed from a past administration. Betty Wisdom from Bunker attended the meeting to thank the commission for the work on the roads in the Bunker area. Red Cummings asked Commissioner Skiles about an evening meeting of the commissioners and Skiles said that he was going to bring that up after the middle part of the year, and he would like to include all the county offices. In the road report, Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 561, 611, 641 and 647, weather permitting. He said that brush was being cut on Dent County Road 650, and he said that the two district supervisors are working up a list on needed culvert pipes in the county so that they can be given to the vendors that the county uses. Simpson also reported that the citizens on Dent County Road 508 have signed a petition to establish a speed limit on that road and the commission approved a speed of 30 MPH. Commissioner J.J Tune reported that road crews were posting speed limits signs on Dent County Road 428 A&B, but the county was out of “Children at Play” signs and will have to order more in. He said workers were going to patch the chip and seal on the Hospital Road, pull ditches and work back slopes as part of the rebuilding of Dent County Road 221, and brush was being cut on Dent County Road 530. Presiding Commissioner Skiles reported on the MRPC TAC committee meeting and how they would like to have rumble strips and wider shoulders on all numbered highways in the Meramec region. He said he would be attending an Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Managament meeting on Wednesday. Skiles also said that Jim Paisley from SEMA would be in town on Friday to meet with the emergency management committee and look over the local plan. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that a representative from EZ-911 Solutions would be stopping by today. Last Thursday, the county treasurer brought in a transfer for the assessment operating fund for the commission to sign along with a warrant to sign to pay for the recorder’s office expenditure. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.The 13th Annual Dent County All-School Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 14th at the Salem High School Cafeteria. Registration and visiting will begin at 10:00 AM. The SHSAA Board will serve lunch at noon and the event is free and open to the public. A $5 donation is asked for lunch and to make the reunion a success. Proceeds from the Reunion fund scholarships for Salem High School graduates. For more information on the Reunion, call the President of the Salem High School Alumni Association Angie Curley at 729-2280

Sports   [TOP]

Chris Duncan homered and Brad Thompson pitched seven solid innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, in the second of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Thompson (5-2) started in place of Kip Wells, who was originally scheduled to start, but was moved from his spot in the rotation. Thompson allowed just one run on seven hits, while walking none and striking out three. Randy Flores and Ryan Franklin each threw one scoreless inning in relief. Thompson started three days after pitching two innings of relief in a 15-6 win at Oakland. Duncan drove in three runs and Scott Rolen had two hits for the Cardinals, who have won three of four. Kansas City starter Scott Elarton (2-3) went just 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out none. Emil Brown and Alex Gordon had two hits apiece for the Royals, who had won four of their previous five games. The Cards and Royals will wrap up their series tonight at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals signed right-handed pitcher Tomo Ohka to a minor league contract for their team in Memphis on Tuesday. Ohka began the 2007 season with the Blue Jays and made 10 starts, compiling a 2-5 record and 5.79 ERA before being designated for assignment.

The Kansas City Royals placed designated hitter Mike Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a knee injury on Tuesday. The move is retroactive to June 18. The 33-year-old Sweeney is going on the DL for the first time this season and sixth time in his career. He is hitting .245 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. The Royals then recalled first baseman/designated hitter Billy Butler from Triple-A Omaha.

Major League Baseball Scores:

LA Dodgers 10, Toronto 1
Florida 7, Chicago White Sox 5
Chicago Cubs 5, Texas 4
Detroit 15, Washington 1
Minnesota 9, NY Mets 0
Boston 4, Atlanta 0
Philadelphia 9, Cleveland 6
Colorado 3, NY Yankees 1
Cincinnati 5, Oakland 2
Houston 9, LA Angels 5
Pittsburgh 5, Seattle 3
San Diego 12, Baltimore 6
Arizona 10, Tampa Bay 8 (10 inngs)
Milwaukee 6, San Francisco 2

Obituaries   [TOP]

A Memorial Service for Charles E. Wood of Steelville, age 65, will be held Friday at 7:00 at the Brittion-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00.

Funeral services for Joyce A. Wofford of Salem, age 73, will be held Saturday at 10:00 am at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Sonshine & Rainbow Day School, Licking Church of Christ or American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Shane Edward Asbery of Portland, Oregon formerly of Rolla are incomplete at this time but under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 88.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 67.
Thursday..Mostly sunny with a 20% chance for afternoon showers, high of 89.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high of 92.
Friday night..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for rain, low of 69.

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