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The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced their highway improvement plans for Dent County for the next year in the five-year STIP program. On Highway 19 South, pavement and shoulder improvements will be made from Salem to Route KK followed by a low type resurfacing for 18.36 miles. This work will expand the shoulders by about two feet. The cost of this project is expected to be $2,529,000 and will be awarded this fall. Another project that will be awarded this fall will be the application of a thin lift overlay to Highway 72 from Dent County Road 2090 to Highway 32 near Salem at a cost of $1,486,000. The total length of the project is nine miles. A third project to be awarded this fall will be the low type resurfacing of Route B from Highway 19 south of Salem to Highway 72 toward Bunker. The 11.86 miles of roadway will cost $428,000 to improve. The fourth project in Dent County to be awarded this fall will be the low type resurfacing of Route HH from Highway 32 to Dent County Road 6190. The 2.81 miles of roadway improvements will cost $154,000. The final project to be awarded will be done in the winter of 2014 and will be the reconstruction of Route J from Highway 32-72 north to Highway 72 north. The project will be a combined effort of the City of Salem, MoDOT, the Delta Regional Authority and STIP funds that the City of Salem has in their account. The total cost of that project is about $1,292,000.
The Kids Count in Missouri, 2012 Composite County Ranking, has Dent County ranked at 101 out of 115. In almost all areas, the numbers for Dent County are considerably worse than years past. In 2010, children in poverty are up 4.5% than in the year 2000. Child deaths for newborns to age 14 are up to 8 from 1 in 2007, annual high school dropouts are up to 18 from 11 in 2007, and births to teen’s ages 15-19 are up from 16 to 30 in 2011. Infant mortalities are up to 9 from 5 in 2011, while low birth weight infants are up to 75 from 66. Although, Dent County is ranking lower in areas, there have been substantial reduction in juvenile law violation referrals for ages 10 to 17, which is down 13% from 2007, while child abuse and neglect is down 12%. The number of accredited childcare facilities is now 1 compared to none in 2010, and the average annual wages are up almost $3,000. For more information on the 2012 Kids Count in Missouri visit oseda.missouri.edu/kidscount.
The Doe Run Mining Company recently received the prestigious first-place field trophy and the competition’s best overall award at the fifth annual Southeastern Regional Mine Rescue Contest June 1820 in Maysville, Ky. The competition included 11 of the top mine rescue teams in the nation. Teams were tested in three major categories: field, first aid and a team technician challenge. Doe Run’s Maroon Team won the best overall performance for the field competition, which includes both a written test and simulated field challenge. After completing the written test, all members of the rescue team worked together to solve a skill test involving the location and rescue of trapped miners from a staged emergency situation. Doe Run, which operates six mines in southeast Missouri, has two mine rescue teams, the Maroon Team and the Gray Team and both teams will compete in the national Mine Rescue Competition July 30 in Reno, Nevada. Doe Run’s Maroon Team is the reigning national mine rescue champion for the Metal/Nonmetal category. The team includes Captain Steve Setzer and members Shawn Pratt, Richie Brewer, Luke Davis, Denny Dickerson, Andrew Hampton, Isaiah Henseler and Jarrad Tackett. Doe Run’s commitment to safe mining practices extends beyond its mine rescue teams. The company’s six underground lead mines, located in Missouri’s Viburnum Trend, have earned the National Mining Association (NMA) prestigious Sentinels of Safety award 25 times since 1971, most recently earning this honor for the Sweetwater Mine and Mill in 2011.
Captain Lee Ann H. Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, announces that this month, troopers assigned to Troop I will be conducting a DWI saturation in Crawford County. Each year, many motorists are arrested for driving while intoxicated as a result of either a saturation patrol or a sobriety checkpoint. If just one life is saved or a needless traffic crash is prevented, then the time and effort our troopers put into these enforcement operations is well worth every minute. The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt.
Matt Carpenter went 3-for-4 with three RBI and Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of one-run ball as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros, 9-5, in the opener of a two-game set at Busch Stadium. Wainwright (12-5) gave up just five hits and a walk while fanning nine in his outing. He has allowed one earned run in three of his last four starts and has also pitched seven innings or more in nine of his last 10 appearances. Matt Holliday had a two-run home run while Allen Craig also had two RBI for the Cardinals, who are on a four-game winning streak. The Cardinals and Astros will play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:40.
The St. Louis Cardinals granted veteran infielder Ty Wigginton his unconditional release on Tuesday. Wigginton hit just .158 with three RBI in 47 games with the Cardinals this season. St. Louis had signed the former All-Star to a two-year, $5 million deal in December. St. Louis also purchased the contract of catcher Rob Johnson from Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals made another move by trading pitcher Mitchell Boggs to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for their international signing bonus slot No. 4. Boggs, who was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on May 31, was 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA and converted 2-of-5 save opportunities.
Billy Butler clubbed the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees for a second straight night, 3-1, to spoil CC Sabathia's complete-game effort. David Lough also homered and Eric Hosmer added an RBI ground-rule double for the Royals, who have won five of their last seven contests. James Shields (4-6) allowed five hits and a run over seven innings to remain unbeaten in his last eight starts, but the right-hander has just two victories in that span. The Royals and Yankees will play again tonight.
Funeral services for Clinton Virgil Todd of Salem, age 82, will be today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 12:00 until the service time. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Clinton Todd Family.
Funeral services for Virginia Maude Boudreau of Salem, age 85, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 Thursday evening. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.
There will be no funeral services for Donna Marie Whitehead of Salem, age 81. Interment will be at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.