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US Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond will visit Dent County today to talk to local officials about jump-starting a new clean energy industry that will provide a critical source of jobs and clean energy for rural Missouri. Bond will also tour local forestry areas that could be used in potential biomass production. US Senator Kit Bond, Salem Mayor Gary Brown, Dent County Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles, Forest Supervisor David Whittekiend and Executive Director of Missouri Forest Products Association Steve Jarvis will all meet this morning at the National Forest Service Office located at 1301 South Main Street in Salem beginning at 9:00.

At the Dent County Commissioners meeting held Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse, Al and Dennis Hayman were in attendance to discuss replacing the Trail of Tears Historical Marker sign on Highway 19 North on what appears to be county property between the old railroad right-of-way and Highway 19. Dennis Hayman has applied for a grant from the Tourism Tax Committee to replace the signs and if granted, wanted permission from the county to change the sign. The commissioners were not aware of that being county property and will look into it for their own knowledge, but had no objections to Hayman changing out the sign at the Historical Marker. District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell was not in attendance so road supervisor Rusty Chamberlain gave the report. He said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 5016, 5615, 6495 and 6550. He also said that gravel would be hauled from the creek bed. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 2090, 3120, 3180, and 4280. He said workers would continue to do ditch work, grading and rebuilding parts of Dent County Road 2250. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles attended the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting and MRPC meeting Thursday night. The Commissioners then discussed the gazebo in the front of the courthouse and decided to purchase the one that is currently there for $4,400 from Classic Buildings. At the last meeting, the commissioners agreed to accept the bid from Roberts-Judson Company for the metal for the road and bridge shed for $5,887.41. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Dent County Fall Festival continues through Saturday at the Dent County Commons on Highway 72. Today, the livestock judging will be held throughout the day. The Carnival rides in the midway will start at 4:00 and it is wristband night. Also starting at 4:00 on stage will be the microphone/karaoke. Then at 7:30 will be the Dual Demolition Derby with $2,900 in prize money in the Mud Pit and The Lost Outlaw Band will be performing in the Arena starting at 10:00 pm. On Saturday starting at 10:00 in the morning, the ATV Drag Races and Rodeo will be in the Mud PIT. The Carnival rides will start at 1:00 in the Midway, and the Livestock Auction will be in the Livestock Barn beginning at 2:00 that can be heard live on KSMO Radio. There will the open microphone/karaoke on the Youth Building Patio at 4:00. That evening at 6:00 on Stage will be Ken Roberts with a Conway Twitty Tribute followed by Rich Vickers and the TLC Show Band with an Elvis Extravaganza. The Mini Sprintcar Races presented by Devon Abney’s Longhorn Raceway will be in the Mud Pit at 7:30 and the Ranch Hand & Ranch Horse Rodeo, sanctioned by G.A.B.R.A., will be in the Arena beginning 8:00 pm. Gate fees will be charged both days all day. For more info, call 247-2606 or go online at www.dentcountyfallfestival.org.

Sports [TOP]

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his role in the August 10th benches-clearing melee with the St. Louis Cardinals. Managers Dusty Baker of Cincinnati and Tony La Russa of St. Louis were also suspended two games apiece. The suspensions, pending appeal, go into affect today. Four other players were fined but not suspended — Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter and catcher Yadier Molina, and Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and relief pitcher Russ Springer. The Cardinals had the day off yesterday, but head home to start a three game series against the Chicago Cubs starting tonight at 6:55 on KSMO.

CC Sabathia earned his AL-leading 15th win with 8 2/3 solid innings, as the New York Yankees held on to beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, in the first of four games at Kauffman Stadium. Willie Bloomquist drove in two runs, while Mike Aviles had two hits and an RBI for the Royals, losers in five straight. Bruce Chen (7-6) allowed three runs, eight hits and two walks in a five-plus inning start to receive the loss. The Royals and Yankees will play again tonight.

Royals’ outfielder Gregor Blanco left Thursday night's game after four innings because of heat exhaustion and dehydration. He is expected to be ready for tonight's game.

Missouri State guard/forward Keith Pickens is expected to miss the upcoming season following knee surgery. Pickens ruptured his left patellar tendon during off-season conditioning last week. Surgery to repair the damage was successful, but recovery time for this type of injury is roughly 12 months. As a true freshman, the St. Louis native averaged 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game over 33 contests.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Maudie L. McDowell of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Rolla & St. James, age 91, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.

Memorial services for Milton Frank Bradley of Salem, age 68, will be held today at 12:00 (noon) at the United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10:30 until time for the service. Memorials are suggested to the UMC Landscape Fund. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Noah Turnbough of Viburnum, age 92, will be held today at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 2:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery in Davisville. Memorials may be given to the Sellers Cemetery.

Funeral services for Cecil Cummins of Cranston, RI, formerly of Steelville, age 95, will be Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Louise Smith-Marlin of Salem, age 71, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Henry John Scott of Rolla, age 64, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter.

Weather [TOP]

***AN EXCESSIVE HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 SATURDAY NIGHT**

Today..Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance for thunderstorms, high of 98 with a heat index of 110.
Tonight..Patly cloudy with a 30% chance for thunderstorms after midnight, low of 75.
Saturday..Partly sunny, hit and humid with a 30% chance for thunderstorms, high of 97 with a heat index of 109.

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