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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that the Sinkin Township received more rain, with up to five inches in certain areas causing more washouts. He said that a new road pipe was installed were some minor damage was reported and most of the roads are passable. Simpson also said that a crew would be on Dent County Road 4210 patching potholes. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that a crew would be grading and hauling material to various roads in the Boss area, where it was reported that up to four inches of rain fell over the last week. Tune also said that ditches were pulled on Dent County Road 5250. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management has $147,875 in grant money available for solid waste programs. He said that anyone who is interested in applying for a grant to contact MRPC at 573-265-2993 and the deadline for grant applications is August 29th at 5:00 pm.  Commissioner Skiles also brought the considerable expense that will be involved with moving the Juvenile Office to the new building that the county purchased. The cost of moving the Juvenile Office’s computer system is estimated to be around $15,000. That amount is to be split up among the five counties that comprise the Juvenile District and will be paid back to the county in the 2009 Fiscal Year.  Commissioner Skiles said he would like it in writing from the other counties in the district that they would reimburse the county for their part of the $15,000 before the Juvenile Office moves, because he does not want Dent County to be stuck with the bill if any or all of the counties refuse to pay. Commissioner Tune said that Dent County is the district office for the Juvenile Division, so it should not be a problem getting reimbursed. At 11:00 the Commission met with Paul Frisbee of Anderson and Associates to discuss what needs to be done to make the Parker/Weaver building ADA Accessible.  Anderson and Associates is a Civil Consultant Engineering firm from Rolla that does building assessments concerning environmental issues and they also assist in the process of making a building compliant with ADA standards.  Commissioner Tune said the building has two issues the county would like to see addressed and those are making the building ADA Compliant and also the possibility of a bat infestation or problem. The Commissioners and Frisbee then went over to the building to look around and from what he could see, Frisbee said there was no sign of a bat infestation or problem and he would write up a plan for the county to use for making the building ADA Compliant. Frisbee said since the building is getting new insulation, ceiling tiles, carpeting and paint, the improvements should eliminate all health concerns. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be this morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The City of Salem Board of Alderman will conduct their meeting tonight at the Salem TCRC located at 1200 West Rolla Road beginning at 7:00. In unfinished business, at the last Board meeting, Chief Jadwin presented an Internet Usage Police to the Board for approval. The Board postponed any decision until they could look at the police more closely. Alderman Bill Riley and Jim Jackson would like to discuss miscellaneous items along with Kenneth Nash, as he would like to also discuss the Brandon Heights paving and Jim McDaniels would like to also discuss the issue of skateboarders, the skateboarding ordinance and the possibility of a new gas procedure on city vehicles. Mayor Gary Brown will give his comments on various issues involving the City of Salem. In new and miscellaneous business, during discussion, Mayor Brown will make appointments to the Planning & Zoning Board, the Planning & Zoning Board of Adjustment, Park & Recreation Board, Utility Committee, Community Services Committee, Capital Improvement Committee and Tree Board. After approval of bills presented by City Clerk Mary Happel, the Board will then go into Closed Session for the purpose of discussing personnel, real estate and litigation. The regular meeting of the City of Salem Board of Alderman is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

Aramis Ramirez drove in three runs and Sean Marshall picked up his first win of the season with six stellar innings, as the Chicago Cubs took two of three from St. Louis with a 7-1 victory in the series finale at Busch Stadium. Marshall (1-2) kept the Cardinal bats off-balance, allowing only one run on six hits and a walk. The lefty fanned four in his third start of the season. Todd Wellemeyer (7-4) couldn't keep Chicago off the base paths, allowing three runs on nine hits in five innings. The right-hander had three strikeouts in extending his personal winless streak to four straight starts. Ryan Ludwick accounted for the Cardinals lone run with a solo homer while Adam Kennedy had two hits for St. Louis, which has dropped three of four. Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth- inning single. The Cards have the day off before taking on the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

Carlos Pena went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in, as the Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. James Shields (7-5) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings to pick up the win, and had eight strikeouts to one walk. The American League East-leading Rays have twice won six games in a row. Luke Hochevar (5-7) took the loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits in four frames of work, as the Royals lost their third in a row and fifth of their last six. Esteban German drove in both runs for Kansas City, while Ross Gload had two hits. Tampa Bay's Matt Garza (7-4, 3.47 ERA) and Kansas City's Gil Meche (6-9, 4.74 ERA) are scheduled to start todays series finale.

The Cardinals Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick were both named to the National League All-Star teams as reserves, and Joakim Soria was named to the Mid-Summer Classic for the Royals. The game will be held in New York on July 15th.

The Salem Football Team and the 12th Tiger Booster Club are sponsoring a Lift-a-Thon and Bar-B-Que on Friday, July 18th from 4:30 to 8:30 as a fundraiser to help raise money for the medical expenses and rehab expenses for Jake Brooks. Brooks suffered serious injuries in a four-wheeler accident earlier this summer. The event will take place at the high school practice field in conjunction with varsity football camp. For more information, call 729-6644.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Cincinnati 6, Washington 5
Milwaukee 11, Pittsburgh 6
Florida 10, Colorado 5
Atlanta 7, Houston 6 (17 inngs)
LA Dodgers 5, San Francisco 3
Arizona 3, San Diego 2
NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 2 (12 inngs)
NY Yankees 5, Boston 4 (10 inngs)
Chicago White Sox 4, Oakland 3
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3
Texas 11, Baltimore 10
LA Angels 7, Toronto 1
Detroit 2, Seattle 1 (15 inngs)

Obituaries   [TOP].

Funeral services for Wayne Robnett of St. James formerly of Viburnum, age 93, will be held today at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or Leukemia Association.

Funeral services for Leslie C. Quick of Salem, age 92, will be held Wednesday at 10:00 at Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Martha Quick Family.

Funeral services for Lennie Morrison of St. Clair, formerly of Cherryville, age 86, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Freeman Cemetery in Cherryville. Memorials may be given to the Cornerstone Baptist Academy.

Funeral services for Robin Cavender of Salem, age 48, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Eileen Gill of Salem, age 88, will be held on Monday, July 14th at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Regional Home Care or American Center Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 93.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 72.
Tuesday..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, muggy, high near 90.
Tuesday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, low of 68.
Wednesday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance for rain, high of 86.

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