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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 said that crews would be busy preparing Dent County Roads 5610 and 6380 for chip and seal. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2160, 2163, 2170, 2240, 2350, 2403 and 3200.  Larson also reported that rock would be hauled to Dent County Road 2270, and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 2300. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley wanted to remind everyone that July 7th is the last day to register to vote for the August 3rd Election.  At the previous meeting the Commission opened bids for chip and seal:  Graniteville Quarry LLC bid $21.25 a ton and Iron Mountain Traprock bid $23.00 a ton. The Commission awarded the bid to Graniteville Quarry. It was also announced that the courthouse would be closed on Monday, July 5th for the Independence Day Holiday. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving thefts. On Sunday, June 20th at 9:33 p.m. an officer was detailed to the BP Convenience Store in reference to the stealing of fuel.  The investigation of the report revealed that the driver of a dark colored truck pulling a horse trailer pumped $68.72 in fuel and left without paying. On Monday, June 21st at 9:00 in the morning, an officer was dispatched to the Cedar Grove Cemetery in reference to a theft of a floral arrangement. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took a floral arrangement valued at $150.00 from a gravesite. At 8:44 that evening, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a stolen cell phone.  The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took a blue LG Xenon cell phone valued at $80.00 while the owner was at KFC restaurant on Highway 19 South. On Wednesday, June 23rd at 12:05 p.m. an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft from a residence. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took a roll of screen and trim valued at $500.00 from the porch of a residence in the 200 block of Cedar Lane. Please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242 if you have any information regarding an investigation ongoing or previously mentioned.

The Salem Heritage Festival will be promoted live on the KY3 TV Noon Show on Wednesday, June 30. Salem Sesquicentennial Committee member Sarah Massengale will discuss the Salem Heritage Festival events including the vintage car show, checkers tournament, Independence Day Parade, the fireworks display, ice cream Social and street festival with Steve Grant, KY3 news reporter. The Noon Show features area events and activities throughout the Ozarks. Tune in to channel 3 this Wednesday at noon to see the interview.

An accident happened at 10:15 Monday night in Dent County about seven miles north of Salem on Highway 68 that left seven people with injuries. According to the highway patrol report, 28-year old James D. Kennedy of Rolla was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon eastbound when he looked down to change a CD, crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 1999 Ford Taurus head-on. The Ford Taurus was driven by 36-year old Jerry L. Ray of St. James. Suffering serious injuries in the accident was the wife of the driver, 36-year old Claudette Ray of St. James, and she was flown by Air Evac to St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis. Jerry L. Ray suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and their two children: 14-year old Justin L. Ray and 12-year old Abigail J. Ray suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Also suffering moderate injuries were 23-year old Zachary West of Rolla, a passenger in the Dodge Neon, and the driver of the car, James Kennedy. They were both taken by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Another passenger in the Dodge Neon, 20-year Austin E. Peters of St. James, suffered minor injuries and was also taken by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing seat restraints and both vehicles sustained extensive damage. Whitaker’s Towing of Salem removed both vehicles from the scene.

The Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County will conduct a Special Meeting at the Shelter Insurance Agency located at 814 Highway 32 tonight beginning at 7:00 pm. After approval of the agenda, the minutes from the previous meeting, and disbursements, there will be several reports including the water testing report, the president’s report and a bookkeeping report. There will then be a general discussion and any other business that may come before the Board. The Special Meeting of the Public Water Supply District #1 of Dent County is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche committed costly errors in the ninth inning, the latter of which scored two runs to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win over Arizona, spoiling a sparkling night for Diamondbacks starting pitcher Dan Haren. Yadier Molina and Brendan Ryan singled to start the bottom of the ninth. Heilman (2-2) then entered from the bullpen to face pinch-hitter Adam Wainwright, who put down a sacrifice bunt to the left side of the infield. Heilman bare-handed the ball, but his throw to third base bounced and was wide of the base, allowing pinch-runner Jaime Garcia to score for a 5-4 margin. The Diamondbacks played their infield in and it initially paid off when Randy Winn grounded out to shortstop, keeping the runners at second and third. Skip Schumaker then grounded a ball sharply to first base. Instead of stepping on the base and giving up the tying run, LaRoche came home with the throw, but it bounced by catcher Miguel Montero, giving the Cardinals the win as Ryan and Wainwright scored easily. Cardinal’s starter Chris Carpenter was charged with six hits and three runs over seven innings. Jason Motte got the win for the Cardinals and is 3-2 on the year. The Cards and Diamondbacks play again tonight starting at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

Billy Butler drove in two runs to back Anthony Lerew's solid performance on the mound, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 3-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. Lerew (1-1) gave up one run on three hits in six innings to pick up his first win in the majors. Lerew, who was appearing in his 17th career game, fanned four batters and walked one. Joakim Soria recorded his 19th save of the year. Mike Aviles went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Royals, who have won two in a row and four of five overall. The Royals and White Sox play again tonight.

The St. Louis Rams on Monday signed eight of their 11 picks from the 2010 draft, including cornerback Jerome Murphy and wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Murphy recorded 202 tackles and eight interceptions in four seasons at South Florida, where he earned First-Team All-Big East honors in 2009. He was taken in the third round at No. 65. Gilyard, who was selected with the first pick in round four (99th), caught 204 passes for 3,003 yards and 25 touchdowns at Cincinnati. A weapon on special teams, Gilyard returned 93 punts for 2,664 yards and four touchdowns. The Rams also came to terms with tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (132nd), defensive ends Hall Davis (149th) and Eugene Sims (189th), cornerback Marquis Johnson (211th), defensive end George Selvie (226th) and linebacker Josh Hull (254th). The only draftees that remain unsigned are quarterback Sam Bradford, the top overall pick, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold (33rd) and tight end Fendi Onobun (170th).

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 can pickup a form at the Salem High School or call Coach Davison at 729-6641 or 729-4208.

The SMDH Family Medicine will be offering sports physicals for $20 to all school aged children participating in sports activities on July 1 from 1:00 to 7:00 in Physician’s Office Building 3 on the hospital campus. They will accept a check, cash or credit card for payment as no insurance will be filed. Parental consent is needed for any child under the age of 18 either by being there in person or having a signed permission form giving permission for the exam. A dietician and physical therapist will also be available to help with questions. Appointments are encouraged by calling 729-8000, but walk-ins will be accepted with a parent or guardian, or if the child has a signed consent form.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Visitation services for Curt Shiver of Boss, age 71, will be held Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel.

Graveside services for Carl L. Blair of Cuba, formerly of Steelville, age 79, will be held Thursday at 1:30 at the Shoal Creek Cemetery in Steelville. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 86.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 82.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 52.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 83.
Thursday night..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 86.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 64.
Saturday and Saturday night..Partly cloudy, high of 88, low of 69.

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