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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 Bobby Simpson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5100, 5103 and 5105, and also in the Sinkin Township on Dent County Roads 5610, 6303, 6305, 6540 and 6550. Simpson also said that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 5615, and a crew would be patching chip and seal in the Shawnee Mac Lake area. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that the entire District 2 crew would be spreading asphalt and patching the chip and seal on Dent County Road 3210. Tune said that he met with a FEMA representative and he has three more project worksheets to turn into FEMA for reimbursement. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he would be attending a Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting today in St. James starting at noon. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she attended a County Clerks Training Session last week in Kansas City where it was predicted that there will be an 80% voter turn out for the November Presidential Election. Curley also wanted to remind voters that if they have had an address change since the last election to please contact the clerk’s office with your new address. Trish Rogers with the Central Ozarks Private Industry Council came by the meeting to let the Commission know that COPIC received a grant that will become effective July 1st to operate a “Storm Clean-up and Repair Crew.” The crews will be assigned to a county to help road crews clean up or fix any damage that was done because of the spring floods with no cost to the county. The Commission said they do have minor jobs, such as cleaning out culverts, cutting trees and limbs out of the roadway, and other odd jobs but would talk with each district road crew supervisor before getting back with Rogers. Dent County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks stopped by the meeting to continue the discussion she had started with the Commission at last Thursdays meeting about the concerns she had with her office moving to the new building that the county purchased from Mark Weaver and Kelly Parker. Sparks said she is not in favor of moving because of the cost and also because of the computer system her office uses, which is a secure system that is connected to other offices in the Judicial Building. Sparks suggested that the Extension office move to the new location. Commissioner Simpson said that Judges Kelly Parker and William Camm Seay will be at Thursdays meeting to discuss the new building and have requested that Sparks be in attendance. The next meeting of the Commission will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports involving a DWI and stealing. On Friday, June 20th at 11:50 in the evening, while on routine patrol a Dent County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit on Dent County Road 6180. A vehicle stop was made and upon further investigation the driver, a 25-year old male, was cited for exceeding posted speed limit and operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.

A new concession contract has been awarded for the management of the store and lodging and dining facilities at Montauk State Park near Salem according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The new concessionaire will be Forever Resorts, LLC, based out of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the new contract will begin Oct. 1, 2009. Doug Eiken, director of the department's Division of State Parks, would like to express his gratitude and thanks to James and Mary Coffman for the 18 years of service to Montauk State Park and its visitors. The

Coffmans were the first concessionaires in the state park system to develop leasehold improvements when they constructed a four-plex lodging unit at the park. The new concessionaire was chosen following a competitive bidding process in accordance with state statutes and this occurs every time a concessionaire's contract is scheduled to expire. Forever Resorts was selected by a five-member evaluation team from a field of three bidders, including the incumbent concessionaire. The evaluation of bids, based on written plans and a personal interview, is in two parts. The first part is an independent, subjective evaluation on three main components: business plan; financial plan; and experience, expertise and reliability. The second objective part is the financial return to the state. The contract is for a 10-year term with renewal based on capital improvements.

Today is the last day to sign up a home for the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce “Yard of the Month” Contest for the month of June. For more information or to include a home in this month’s contest, call the chamber office at 729-6900 or go by 200 South Main Street.

Sports [TOP]

The Cardinals had the day off yesterday and will be in Detroit tonight to begin a three game series starting at 5:45 tonight on KSMO Radio. St. Louis is 4 ½ games behind Chicago in the National League Central Division.

The Cardinal placed shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right hamstring. Izturis is the 11th Cardinal to be on the DL this year.

Mark Teahen hit a three-run homer in the first inning to help the Kansas City Royals pound the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, in the opener of a three-game interleague set at Kauffman Stadium. Jose Guillen went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two runs scored and two driven in while Alex Gordon scored twice for the Royals, who have won three straight and eight of nine. Ross Gload also homered for the Royals in the game. Brian Bannister (7-6) won his third straight decision as he gave up three runs -- none earned -- on three hits with six walks and five strikeouts in seven innings. Kansas City has won eight of its last nine games against the National League and is 10-3 in interleague play this year. The Royals and the Rockies will play tonight in Kansas City.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Arizona 2, Boston 1
LA Angels 3, Washington 2
Seattle 5, NY Mets 2
Milwaukee 4, Atlanta 1

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Melvin Laney of St. James, age 84, will be held today at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James.

Funeral services for Effie M. Smith of Salem, age 93, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be Thursday at 1:00 in the Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Charles.

Graveside services for Jeffrey Brooks of Empire, Alabama, formerly of Steelville, age 45, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the New Home Cemetery in Cherryville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Graveside services for Hannah Grace Sullins, of Salem, age 19 months, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Boone Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny with a 20% chance for afternoon showers, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, low of 65.
Wednesday..Partly cloudy, high of 89.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 88.



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