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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that APAC got started with the chip and seal on the Cedar Grove Road Tuesday after they discovered a part had broken on the chip spreader on Monday. The Cedar Grove Road is now completed and the two cost share chip and seal roads will be completed this week barring something unforeseen happening. Simpson also reported that work continued on the Gladden West Road, also known as Dent County Road 624, as they are doing ditch work and gravel is being hauled to the road as well. In District 2, Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that Dent County Road 221 is still being rebuilt and gravel is continuing to be hauled there from the quarry. He said that a double chip and seal is being done on the Golf Course Road and APAC is also working on Dent County Road 615 and that road actually goes through both districts. Tune also said that brush cutting was going to be done on Dent County Roads 531, 533A and 573. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles attended the Spring Creek meeting Monday night and the group heard from a DNR hydrologist and geologist who discussed the water tables, tributaries and streams in the area. He also attended the local emergency planning committee meeting Tuesday. He said that Kim Ozokio and Jamie Jadwin from the health center completed Red Cross shelter training and feel much more prepared than before if an emergency should occur. He said that Jim Paisley showed a slide show on emergency response to the group and wanted to re-emphasize that everybody should have at least three days of food and water on hand and available in case of emergencies as it will take at least that long for SEMA to get assistance to the area. The board held the final Board of Equalization hearings Thursday morning. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

Captain Randy Becker, Commanding Officer of Troop I, Rolla, announces that during a sobriety spot-check, a total of 37 arrests were made and 60 warnings issued as a result of the checkpoint held in Crawford County on July 6th.  This spot-check was conducted from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Missouri Highway 8, near the entrance to the Steelville City Park. The arrest totals for the spot-check included three arrests for driving while intoxicated, five arrests for a minor possessing an alcoholic beverage and one arrest for an outstanding felony warrant. Traffic arrests during the operation included 10 citations for failure to wear a seat belt, one for a hazardous moving violation, seven for non-moving traffic offenses, seven for driver’s license violations, and three for not having proper vehicle insurance. Assisting the Highway Patrol at this spot-check were officers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and the Steelville Police Department.

The Dent County 4-H is taking your old cell phones. Old, broken or out of service cells are being recycled and the Dent County 4-H will be collecting them over the summer. There are more than 26 million idle cell phones and they can be broken down and their parts recycled. Repairable phones will be restored for elderly emergency phones. You can drop off your old cell phones at drop off boxes at the Salem Post Office, Pizza Inn, Country Mart, Bank of Salem, Phil-Mart and at the Dent County Extension Office.

Dent County Collector Dennis Medlock is reminding taxpayers that if they don’t want to see their property on the list to be sold on the courthouse steps in the Salem News, they need to get in immediately and pay their taxes. The list of property to be sold on the courthouse steps in August for unpaid taxes will be submitted to the Salem News on July 19th. For more information, call the Dent County Collector’s office at 729-3911.

The 13th Annual Dent County All-School Reunion will be held tomorrow at the Salem High School Cafeteria with registration at 10:00. A meal will be served at noon and a $5.00 donation is requested to help make the reunion a success. For more information, call the SHSAA President, Angie Curley, at 729-2280.

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Cardinals will start the second half of the season at Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. Game time tonight will be at 6:00, Saturday at 3:00 and Sunday at 5:00. You can hear all the games on KSMO Radio.

St. Louis shortstop David Eckstein was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and he could be in Friday's lineup when the Cardinals play at Philadelphia. Eckstein, who has been out with a lower back strain, is hitting .313 with two homers and 12 RBI this season. The Cardinals also put pitcher Todd Wellemeyer on the 15-day DL with a sprained elbow. He's 3-2 with a 5.83 ERA in 24 games this season, including 12 with the Cardinals. He pitched earlier this season for the Royals. The Cardinals also optioned infielder Brendan Ryan to Triple-A Memphis and recalled pitcher Andy Cavazos from Memphis.

The Kansas City Royals will be at Cleveland to face the Indians in a Central Division battle.

Major League Baseball Scores:

Chicago White Sox 9, Baltimore 7
NY Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 3
Minnesota 6, Oakland 2
Seattle 3, Detroit 2
Boston 7, Toronto 4
NY Mets 3, Cincinnati 2

The St. Louis Blues will open up this season on the road at Phoenix on October 4th and Los Angeles on October 6th. The Blues home opener will be October 10th against Nashville.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Betty Hutson Coppedge of Salem, age 77, will be held today at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salem Public Library, Phelps County Hospice or the Salem Christian Church.

Funeral services for Maurice Cape of Steelville, age 96, will be held today at 11:00 at the Presbyterian Church in Steelville. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Jessie Lowell Hinson of Rolla, formerly of Salem, age 81, will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be after 11:00 until time for the service. Interment will be in the Crossville Cemetery in Bunker.

Funeral services for Edwin Henry Williams of Steelville, age 88, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Saturday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for John Hopkins Byrd of St. James, age 64, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from noon until service time.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy this morning, then becoming partly sunny by this afternoon, high of 88.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 63.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 92.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 66.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 89.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 65.
Monday..Partly sunny, high around 90.

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