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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meting Thursday morning. Willis Stagner was in attendance to inquire about having the brush cleaned up around the old county cemetery in Salem and also wanting to know if a new chain link or wrought iron fence could be put up. Stagner said that his son might be interested in paying for the materials for the fence. The county will get with the city about the brush and also discuss a new fence. James Kennedy was there to get an update on the bridge on Dent County Road 3210. Commissioner Gary Larson spoke with Jenny Jones from MoDOT concerning the one letter of interest from Great Rivers Associates and she said that the county would have to rebid the process since only one letter was received. The bid deadline is August 7th at 4:30 at the Dent County Clerk’s Office. The bid packets will be opened at the Commissioner meeting on August 8th. In the road report, Rusty Chamberlain gave the District 1 report for Commissioner Purcell who was on vacation. He said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5380 and 6520, and that brush would be cut on county road 6630. He also indicated that gravel would be brought in from the creek and screened. District 2 Commissioner Larson said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 3170, 3173, 3175, 3330, 4280 and 4300. He also reported that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 2070, 3260, 3270, 3273 and 3275. He also stated that rock would be hauled from the creek, that truck #18 was being serviced and a pipe was being installed on Dent County Road 4130. The commissioners received a request from Independent Stave Mill to close Dent County Road 4130. There are currently no residents on the road. The county will confer with the prosecuting attorney before they start the proper procedures to close the road. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the Assessor’s office submitted the new totals for assessed valuation in Dent County for the 2013 year and it came in $154,176,259 which is down from the 2012 total of $154,600,642. The loss in value came from the decline in the value of personal property. Lisa Blackwell of the Dent County Women’s Crisis Center came in and asked about Missouri State Statute RSMO 488.607 that allows for a $2.00 court fee per case to be charged from criminal cases for domestic violence that is to be used for operating expenses for domestic shelters. The county will visit with the prosecuting attorney about the statute and may consider a policy change. Alicia Weaver from the Missouri Department of Conservation attended the meeting and visited with the commission about providing reimbursement funding up to $6,000 for road repairs made by the Road and Bridge Department on county roads that access Department of Conservation property. Commissioner Larson had a list of five roads that access Conservation Department property. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

An accident occurred at 10:38 Wednesday morning in Phelps County on private property off of County Road 3120 about three miles west of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 2004 Artic Cat 650 V-Twin driven by 64-year old Leonard Bullock of Rolla was traveling northbound and traveled off a dirt path and struck a tree. Bullock suffered serious injuries and was flown by Lifeline to the University Medical Center in Columbia.

An accident happened Wednesday afternoon at 12:20 in Texas County on Highway 63 about a half mile south of Houston. According to the highway patrol report, a 1994 White General Motors Dump Truck driven by 54-year old Ernest Sandefur of Houston was northbound on Highway 63, ran through a guardrail, and down a ravine after a tire was damaged. Sandefur suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dump Truck was totaled and removed from the scene by Adams Towing.

Captain Lee Ann Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, announces the results of a DWI saturation patrol conducted in Crawford County from 7:00 pm on Saturday, July 6th until 3:00 am, Sunday, July 7th. During the operation, troopers placed a special emphasis on patrolling those highways where in the past a higher number of impaired drivers were either involved in a traffic crash or arrested for DWI. During the enforcement operation, troopers stopped 28 vehicles, and issued 34 warnings. There were 21 citations issued that included: one DWI arrest, three speeding summons, six seat belt violations, one driver’s license violation, three uninsured motorists summons, two hazardous moving violations, one non-moving traffic violation, three misdemeanor possession of drug arrests and one felony warrant arrest. Captain Kenley stated, Thus far in 2013, eight fewer people have died on highways within the six county Troop I area when compared to this date last year.  Trends like this can only continue if all motorists take the job of driving seriously. The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Cardinals will start a three-game series with the San Diego Padres tonight at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 57-36 on the year and currently have a one game lead in the NL Central. You can hear the game tonight on KSMO Radio starting at 6:40.

The Kansas City Royals will start a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers tonight at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are 43-49 on the year and are eight games back in the AL Central. First pitch is set for 7:10 tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Ron Stone of Licking, age 65, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the St. John Catholic Church in Licking. Interment will be in the Williams Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Fox Funeral Home in Licking.

Graveside services for Allen Robnett, formerly of Salem, age 71, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Anutt Cemetery in Anutt. Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Carman Lee “Frog” Halbert of Steelville, age 70, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Joseph D. Hart of Vichy, age 68, will be Monday at 11:00 at the Macedonia Cemetery near Rolla.  Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 to 10::00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.  All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Ollie Mae Cunningham of Steelville and formerly of Bourbon, age 88, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Bourbon. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the church. Interment will be in the Bourbon Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Paul Anthony Mesey of Salem, age 44, will be held Monday at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00.

Memorial services for Barbara Loretta Arnett of Salem, age 73, will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 until time of the memorial service. Interment will be at North Lawn Cemetery at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny with a 20% chance of showers, high of 91.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 69.
Saturday..Mostly sunny with a 40% chance of showers, high of 91.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 69.
Sunday..Partly sunny with a 50% chance of showers, high of 87.
Sunday night..Cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 71.

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