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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Dent County Surveyor Craig Ruble was in attendance to inform the commission that the plat books are not ready yet, but with final approval from the commissioners, the wall maps would be ready within a week. He said that the plat books should be ready in three to four weeks, but said absolutely no later than the end of September. Ruble said that he still had some of the old plat books available and would give them to the clerk so that they had a book if someone had to have a book immediately. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 4210, 5080, 5610, 6520, 6540, 6550; and brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 5100, 5103, 5105 and 6580. Purcell also said that workers would be hauling rock from the creek. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading was going to be done on a number of short roads. The roads to be graded included Dent County Roads 2590, 2595, 2600, 3180, 3185, 3350, 4350, 4353, 5245 and 5250. Larson stated that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 3330 and the workers were servicing Dent County Truck #118. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles gave the commissioners a form for a grant from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District to get a tire trailer in Dent County to collect county and city government vehicle tires. At the last meeting, the county opened bids for the new grader but no decision was made. The commissioners also talked with Jason Sivils with the engineering firm Grant Rivers Associates to discuss the bridge replacement for the bridge in District 1 in the Bunker area that was deemed unsafe by MoDOT. He left a contract, but the commission will wait to see what the status is on the funding before making any decision. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Monday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors held their tax rate meeting and regular monthly meeting Thursday evening in the hospital library. The current tax year valuation increased about 1.4 million dollars for estimated real estate and personal property in the four counties served by the hospital to $221,425,709. The hospital budgeted $425,000 tax revenues for the 2011 year. Last year, the board used a tax rate of 19.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation and that same rate would bring about $431,780 in tax revenues. The board approved keeping the rate at 19.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation. In the regular meeting, Stephanie Wofford presented the summary of operations for the month of July. There were 1,867 outpatients registered during the month with 996 people using the emergency room and that set a new monthly record at the hospital. The hospital showed an excess of revenues over expenses of $210,920. Carol Lacy gave the director of nursing report and there were 223 ambulance runs with 225 patients assessed, 17 surgery cases, 204 Home Health visits, 9,535 lab tests, 1,255 radiological procedures, 318 CT scans, 48 MRI scans,18 nuclear med scans, 234 rehab treatments, 230 dialysis treatments and 386 clinical visits. The board reviewed the new electronic medical record timeline.  Pryor then discussed the hospital lagoon situation and reported that the proper soil samples had been taken by Krehbiel Engineering. They are currently waiting on the results that should be in next week. Pryor reported that the hospital had contact with three internists during the month and one emergency room doctor and they will follow up on those leads. The board approved the budgeted purchase of a director’s chair for dialysis for $265 from Automated Business Systems, a geriatric recliner for Long Term Care for $535 from MMS, a Temperature Therapy Pump for Acute Care from MMS for $542, 13 mattresses for Acute Care from Medline for $2,827, a copier for the business office from Ikon for $5,601, and they replaced a Rigid Surgical Scope for surgery for $44,130 from Olympus America, Inc. Non-budgeted purchases approved by the board included a hand-held scanner for Acute Care for $331 from PC Connection, an Oxygen Concentrator for Dialysis from MMS for $497, two lateral file cabinets for SMDH Family Medicine from ABS for $981, two computer systems and monitors for the Pharmacy from ABS for $1,816, and notebook PC for SMDH Family Medicine from CompUSA for $1,585. The board then went into closed session. 

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired third baseman Pedro Feliz and cash considerations from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league pitcher David Carpenter. To make room on the roster, St. Louis placed catcher Jason LaRue on the 60-day disabled list. LaRue (concussion) was put on the 15-day DL on August 13th. The Cards will face San Francisco tonight starting at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

Travis Hafner's infield single drove home the final run in a five-run eighth inning, as the Cleveland Indians rallied past Kansas City, 7-3. Wilson Betemit had a two-run single for Kansas City and Alex Gordon had three hits. Royals starting pitcher Kyle Davies held the Indians to four hits through seven frames. However, Cleveland put up a five-spot in the eighth to erase a 3-0 deficit. The Royals will face the Chicago White Sox this weekend.

Roger Clemens has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements to Congress about using performance- enhancing drugs. Clemens has been charged with one count of Obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury. According to the New York Times, the U.S. Attorney's office said Clemens would likely face 15-21 months in prison with a conviction.

The 12th Tiger Club is sponsoring a Football Parade to be held on Friday, August 27th. That will be the Salem Tigers first home football game against Thayer. Businesses, clubs, organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade. Floats should line up around 5:30 between the Dent County Courthouse and East Salem Hill. The parade will take off around 6:00 pm and will arrive at the Salem Tiger Football Stadium before kick off. For more information contact Stephanie Floyd at 247-1441.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Elbie Hickman of Salem, age 70, will be held tonight at 6:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be held a later date.

Funeral services for Elsa Elvira Day of Bunker, age 97, will be held Saturday at noon at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Swiney Cemetery in Bunker.

Funeral services for Hubert A. Dunn of Boss, age 88, will be held Saturday at noon at the Locust Grove United Baptist Church in Oates. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time Saturday at the church. Interment will be in the Myers Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Memorial Mass for Rita Ann (Verkamp) Hertfelder of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of St. James, age 76, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. James. Visitation will be from 11:30 until 1;00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Graveside services for Freda A. McDonald of Salem, age 83, will be held at 1;00 Saturday at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for Theresa Medlock of Salem, age 53, are incomplete and are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Lawrence V. Wallis of Jerseyville, IL are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Mary Anna Dodson of St. James, age 70, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 Monday. Interment will be in the Flat Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Phelps Regional Hospice.

Weather [TOP]

Today....Partly cloudy, hot and humid, with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high of 92 with a heat index of 102.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, low of 70.
Saturday..Partly sunny, hot and humid with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high around 90.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.

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