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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting this morning at the courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 6210, while materials were going to be added and grading would be done on Dent County Road 6500. He also mentioned that materials were being added to Dent County Road 5150, that brush was being cut on Dent County Road 6490 and that a man was screening brown rock at the Road and Bridge Department. Commissioner Purcell reminded motorists traveling Route B that extra caution should be observed, especially at the junction with Dent County Road 5220, as there will be heavier than normal traffic from asphalt trucks. Purcell noted that the heavy traffic will continue for the next three to four months to supply the MoDOT projects on Highways 19 and 32-72. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that maintenance was being performed on graders and three men were hauling and stockpiling dirt at the Road and Bridge Department. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported on the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Council meeting he and Commissioner Larson attended on Tuesday. Skiles said the Council has approximately $160,000 from DNR available for Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants. The grant applications are available at the MRPC office and are due in to the office no later than noon August 30th
. Skiles went on to say that for those needing assistance with their grant application there would be a Grant Application Workshop August 6th
at MRPC. Skiles also reminded constituents that re-cycling bins are available free of charge at MRPC. Skiles also attended the Meramec Regional Emergency Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Committee oversees preparedness for and handling of hazardous materials accidents such as anhydrous ammonia leaks and other hazardous materials. Skiles also updated the Commission on the Department of the Interior White River Watershed Blueway designation and stated that many of the original sponsoring organizations are distancing themselves from the issue and some are abandoning their support. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley noted that she had received word from Secretary of State Jason Kandor that the Special Election on June 4th
was “one of the largest Special Elections in over a decade.” Curley also noted that the election cost Dent County $14,838.88 and that she will be applying to the state for full reimbursement which will go into general revenue. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and that meeting is open to the public.
The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct a Special Meeting, called by Mayor Gary Brown, tonight at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 202 North Washington beginning at 6:00 pm. The Board will address the 2013/2014 budget, and then approve Ordinance #3271 adopting the annual budget for the city beginning July 1st, approve a trailer court license, and then go into closed session for the purpose of addressing personnel. The Special Meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.
Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the Patrol's participation in Operation Dry Water. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign in which marine law enforcement officers from across the country coordinate special patrols during the last weekend in June to achieve a high visibility of boating under the influence enforcement. Troopers will focus their efforts this weekend to detect and apprehend intoxicated operators. Missouri boat operators found to have a blood alcohol content of .08% will be arrested for boating while intoxicated. A vessel operator with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit runs a significantly increased risk of being involved in a boating crash. Special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months. Boaters are reminded that designating a sober skipper is always the safest bet if alcohol is going to be included in their boating experience.
There will be a Basketball Shootout at the Salem High School gym today and Saturday. The JV and freshmen boys will be playing today and the varsity boys will be playing on Saturday.
The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will be in Oakland tonight to start a three-game interleague series against the Athletics. The Cardinals have a record of 48-30, tied with the Pirates for best record in the MLB. You can hear tonight’s game on KSMO Radio starting at 8:30.
Samuel Deduno tossed seven stellar innings as the Minnesota Twins downed the Kansas City Royals, 3-1, in the opener of a four-game set at Target Field. Jeremy Guthrie (7-6) dropped his third straight start by allowing three runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. Salvador Perez provided Kansas City's lone offense with a mammoth home run into the second deck in left field in the fifth inning. The Royals and Twins play again tonight at 7:10.
Memorial services for June Botkin of Licking, formerly of Salem, age 87, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Salem Chapel.
Funeral services for Donald Wayne Petty of Salem, age 53, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life Cancer Fund.
Funeral services for Ivy Watson of Salem, age 65, will be held today at 4:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 2:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery in Gladden. Memorials are suggested to the Empire Cemetery.
Military service for Thomas Paul Jones of Salem, age 65, will be held tonight at 7:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 until the service time. Memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Funeral services for Edith Rosella Hardin Dunn of Steelville, age 86, will be Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held tonight from 4:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Funeral services for Nora Miller of Salem, age 97, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 1:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter.
Memorial services for Lindell “Lin” Clonts of St. James, age 85, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 2:30 until service time. Inurnment will be in the Hibler Cemetery in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the St. Anthony Catholic Church of Rosati or Missouri Veterans Home of St. James.
Funeral services for Frank Barnes of St. James, age 87, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00. Memorials may be made to the Solid Rock Christian Church.