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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams reported that after the sales tax revenue was received in August, the General Revenue and the Law Enforcement Sales Tax is down $20,969.88 year-to-date with $10,497.02 of that loss being from the collected General Revenue tax. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that work crews will be repairing and patch grading Dent County Roads 5390, 5460, 5490, 6230, 6240 and 6633. He also warns people to be careful when crossing low water crossings and the Cedar Grove Bridge. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that work crews are repairing numerous roads throughout the district. He did mention that Jenny Jones from MoDOT will be at the meeting next Monday at 10:30 to review the requests for qualifications received by the commission for the new bridge on Dent County Road 3210. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended a Public Housing Authority meeting last Thursday and this past year, the PHA went $158,479.44 in the hole due to sequestration and other cuts. Reserves will cover that amount this year but funds are becoming more limited. To extend the funds further, the board authorized Bonnie Prigge to issue housing termination letters this September to about 30 people on assistance. The letters will be issued to those on assistance on a first in the program, first out basis except for seniors, those disabled or veterans. Skiles said the annual MRPC Dinner will be held November 14th
in Potosi at the YMCA sponsored by Washington County and the City of Potosi. At the MRPC meeting last Thursday, Preston Kramer with MoDOT said the STIP program indicates that within two years, two-foot shoulders will be added to Highway 19 south to Route K from the Central District, and extended from Route K to Highway 60 from the Eastern District. Skiles mentioned that the Missouri Broadband Now Initiative was looking at working with Agritourism when Dent and Washington County representatives brought up that the goal was to provide broadband coverage to all areas and that simply is not the case in these two counties. That should be addressed before Missouri Broadband does anything else. Skiles said that he would be attending a Southern Ozark Alliance for Rural Development meeting today. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said the new yellow voter registration cards are being mailed by precinct and are not all being mailed at the same time, so people will receive their cards at different times. She will announce when all the cards have been sent to see if anyone has been missed or has a problem. Dent County Emergency Management Director Brad Nash brought in information about how the public can report their major damages from the recent storms and flooding. If you had major damages from the flooding to your primary dwelling and personal property or business, please contact Brad Nash at 729-3250 and give him your name and the address of the damaged property and the type of damage incurred: affected, minor, major or destroyed. The county needs to collect a list of all the damages to be submitted to FEMA to see if a grant will be issued to help pay for some of the damages. There is no guarantee that monies will be available from the government, but if you had damages, please report them to Nash. The next meeting of the Dent County Commission will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol released arrest reports for Dent and Phelps Counties. On Sunday, August 4th at 1:35 in the morning in Phelps County, 25-year old Kenneth Maes was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor warrant from Phelps County for a DWI. He is being held in the Phelps County Jail on bond. On Tuesday, August 6th at 1:55 in the afternoon in Dent County, 50-year old Robert Simmons of Salem was arrested and charged with a felony warrant out of the Crawford County Sheriffs Department for assault. He is being held in the Dent County Jail on no bond. At 3:00 that afternoon in Dent County, 20-year old Nikki Larusso of Salem was arrested and charged with a felony warrant out of Boone County for forgery, a felony warrant out of Cole County for forgery and two infraction warrants out of Miller County for traffic violations. He is being held in the Dent County Jail on bond.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will be hosting a day of hiking opportunities and demonstrations on Saturday August 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Weather permitting, staff and volunteers will be offering nature hikes and herb walks on the hour. The programs are free and registration is not required. In addition, volunteers will be utilizing nature's bounty demonstrating how lye soap is made and the youth program Nature Nuts will be offered from 10:00 thru 11:30. Twin Pines is located on Highway 60 in Winona, 1.3 miles east of the intersection with Highway 19 north. For more information or to register for upcoming programs call 573-325-1381.
The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will start a three-games series with the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are 67-50 on the year and trail the Pirates by three games in the NL Central. You’ll be able to hear tonight’s game on KSMO Radio starting at 6:40.
Wade Davis ended a long home skid and Alcides Escobar tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to boost the streaking Kansas City Royals to a 6-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. Davis (6-9) allowed six hits and a pair of runs. The righty won for just the second time at Kauffman Stadium this season. Chris Getz had three hits and scored on the Escobar hit to give the hosts a 3-2 edge. By winning for the 17th time in 20 games, the Royals climbed into second place in the AL Central for the first time since June 17. The Royals and Marlins play again tonight.
Memorial services for Jimmy D. Martin of Salem, age 54, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bridgeton. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Erin Johnson of Grand Junction, Colorado, formerly of Salem, age 30, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Jadwin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Johnson family for Kamerin Johnson.
Funeral services for Henry O. Roberts of Salem, age 87, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.
Funeral services for Wanda Charlene Thompson of Columbus, Georgia, formerly of Salem, age 83, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Columbus Hospice in Columbus, Georgia.
Funeral mass for Paula Dent formally of Salem, age 82, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday night from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Salem.