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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Thursday morning in the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 5600 and 6400, plus due to Monday’s heavy rains in District 1 patch grading was being done on Dent County Roads 6010, 6040 and 6460. Purcell went on to say that brush was being cut on Dent County Road 6660 and that he had two men doing maintenance and repair on the brush cutter and two dump trucks. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 2010, 2380, 5280, and 3180. Larson went on to say that brush was being cut on county roads 2130, 2195, and 2190 and that materials were being hauled to county road 3180. Presiding Commissioner Darrel Skiles said that he had visited with Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Curley and Circuit Clerk Ruth Ann Williams about authorizing the collection of the Domestic Violence Fund Fee. Lisa Blackwell had recently brought it to the Commissioners attention that the collection of the $2.00 fee had not been authorized. Neither Curley nor Williams saw any problem in collecting the fee, which will be collected as part of the court costs. Skiles went on to say that Williams did point out that the fee would only apply to criminal cases and only to certain ones of those cases. The Commissioners signed the authorization. Deputy Dent County Clerk Crystal Pilkington had nothing to report. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams reported on the receipt of CART Funds. The year-to-date receipts are down by $2,523.95. Williams went on to say that the 2012 January to July receipts were $354,332.00 and the 2013 receipts for the same time period were $351,808.05. Ross Branson, Field Representative for Eighth District Congressman Jason Smith, stop by to gather feedback and share information with the Commissioners. Branson said that Representative Smith is continuing to address the Department of the Interior White River Blueways designation that was withdrawn by the Department. He also encouraged the Commissioners to attend the Field Hearing on the issue in West Plains next Monday. Representative Smith, Representative Billy Long and Arkansas lawmakers have a number of individuals lined up to address the issue, in particular how the Department of Interior made the designation without public input. City of Salem Planning and Zoning Chairman Jerry Craig, City of Salem Administrator Clayton Lucas, and Dent County Assessor Tina Whitaker came in to start a dialogue with the Commissioners about the possibilities of partnering with the County on the mapping service used by the Dent County Assessors office. A fact-finding meeting with Intrinsic Mapping Services of Hollister, Dent County’s service provider, is scheduled for Tuesday August 6th
. Before leaving Commissioner Skiles shared with the group that he and Clayton Lucas had discussed the Stagner Cemetery and removal of the fence. Lucas had said that it would be fine for the county to go in on city property to tear out the old fence. Darrell Decker of Springfield representing the insurance consortium the county is part of came by to discuss the affects of the Affordable Health Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. Decker stated that they were working with the insurance carrier to minimize the affects of the act. The Consortium is in the second of the three-year contract and bids for new coverage will be taken in 2014. Deputy Wayne Becker stopped by to update the Commission on replacement of the 911 computer and the ups, Un-interruptible Power Supply. The ups failed during this week’s power outage. The next meet of the Commissioners will be Monday at 9:00 at the Courthouse and it is open to the public.
An accident occurred at 4:45 Thursday afternoon in dent County on Highway 72 about five miles south of the Highway 32/72 junction. According to the highway patrol report, 49-year old Tamela Martin of Boss was driving a 2002 Jeep Cherokee northbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck two trees. Tamela Martin and an occupant, 49-year old Gregory Martin of Boss, suffered minor injuries but sought their own treatment. They were both wearing their seat restraints at the time of the accident. The Jeep sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.
The Salem Police Department released reports for Saturday, July 13th. At 1:04 in the early morning, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 20-year old male of Rolla for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that morning at 7:48, an officer was detailed to the 600 block of South Macarthur in reference to a stolen vehicle. That investigation revealed that someone took a blue 1995 Dodge Neon that was parked near the Spring Creek Café. Then that afternoon at 2:30, an officer transported an 18-year old Salem male to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. That night at 9:46, an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation led to the arrest of a 27-year old Salem male for stealing merchandise valued at $18.80. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. At 11:00 that same night, an officer was detailed to the 600 block of East Hunt in reference to a theft. That investigation revealed that someone took a pink 20-inch girls bicycle, valued $77, from the yard of a residence. Anyone with any info regarding the stolen vehicle or theft reports is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.
Lance Lynn pitched seven strong innings as the St. Louis Cardinals capped a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 win on Thursday. Lynn (12-5) gave up just one run on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts to snap a two-start losing streak for the Cardinals, who have won four straight and six of seven. Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay each drove in a run and scored once. The Cardinals will start a series with the Atlanta Braves tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting at 5:55.
The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski from Triple-A Memphis. Right-hander Carlos Martinez was optioned to Memphis to open a roster spot.
Jeremy Guthrie tossed six strong innings to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Baltimore Orioles, 7-1, at Kauffman Stadium. Guthrie (10-7) scattered six hits and yielded just one run, as the Royals took the final three games of this four-game set. Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored. The Royals will start a series with the White Sox tonight.
Funeral services for Elder Berlie Turnbough of Steelville, age 77, will be held today at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.
Funeral services for Shirley Ann Sheriff of Salem, age 71, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be at the church on Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 and also on Monday from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Bonnie Faye Coffman of Salem, age 70, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Grace Community Church. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family of Bonnie Coffman. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Elinor K. Brewer of Licking, formerly of Salem, age 90, will be Wednesday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family or by perennials.