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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that work would be finishing up in Bunker and the rest of the District 1 crew would be catching up on maintenance and putting up road signs. Simpson also said that as soon as it dries up routine grading would begin. District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that crews are in the Boss area and on the Round Pond Road cleaning trees from the roadway. The rest of District 2 is catching up on maintenance and putting up road signs. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he would be attending a Central Region Workforce Investment Board Meeting Wednesday in Columbia. At 9:00 the Commission voted to award the bid for Rural Addressing to S.D.R for $77,000; Commissioner Simpson said that this amount is for address conversion only; the additional costs for services would be negotiated when a contract is written up. At 10:00 the Commission held the annual Tax Rate Hearing. The assessed valuation of Dent County for the 2007 tax year is $148,281,298. The General Revenue tax rate stayed the same at 3.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation and that would generate approximately $70,000. The Road and Bridge rate also remained the same at 25.50 cents per $100 assessed valuation and that would generate about $370,000. The Senate Bill 40 Board tax rate dropped from 16 cents to 15 cents per $100 assessed valuation which would produce approximately $227,000 in revenue, and the Senior Citizens Service Board tax rate dropped from 4.6 cents to 4.56 cents per $100 assessed valuation that would generate about $63,775 in revenues. Also at the meeting Debbie Smith came by to discuss with the Commission the possibility of holding evening meetings so more people could attend. The Commission explained that meetings are held during regular office hours because they need to be able to contact other offices, county and statewide. The Commission said that an evening meeting would be held if there was an issue or a decision to be made that would have a major effect on Dent County; such as Rural Addressing, and an evening meeting was held for that. The next meeting of the Commission will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.
The Dent County Sheriff’s Department reports that a burglary reported back on July 12th at the New Harmony Church has been solved. After further investigation and information obtained, two 15-year old juveniles were taken into custody for burglary and stealing. Property recovered from the incident was an X-Box game console with cords. On August 18th at 1:00 in the morning, the department received a report of a stolen black 2006 Honda 450R 4-wheeler from a residence located off of Dent County Road 304. Later that evening at 8:00 the department received a report of a stolen head unit from a parked vehicle at a residence located off of Highway W. Reported taken was a Kenwood head unit model KDC-X589. On August 19th at 1:27 in the morning, while on routine patrol a deputy observed a vehicle turn off of Highway 72 without using a turn indicator. Upon stopping the vehicle, further investigation led to the arrest of a 38-year old male for driving while intoxicated. At 7:49 the same morning, the department received a report of a mailbox fire at a residence located off of Dent County Road 246. Pieces of fireworks were located on the ground and the mailbox had little damage. At 5:15 that same afternoon, the department received a report of a suspicious vehicle traveling on Route H. Upon stopping the vehicle, further investigation led to the arrest of a 21-year old male for driving while intoxicated. He was also arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Phelps County. Anyone with any information regarding any of these incidents is asked to please contact the Dent County Sheriff’s Department by calling 729-3241.
The Salem Lady Softball Tiger game with Newburg yesterday was rained out. Today, the Lady Tigers will open their season against the Waynesville Lady Tigers at the Salem Freedom Activity Center Fields starting at 4:30.
Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel both homered as St. Louis edged Chicago, 6-4, at Wrigley Field. Scott Rolen finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI for the Cardinals, who salvaged the finale of the series and drew within three games of Chicago and Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks, 9-0, on Monday to pull into a tie with the Cubs for the top spot in the division. Joel Pineiro (4-2) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings to pick up his third consecutive win. Jason Isringhausen hurled two scoreless innings of relief to earn his 23rd save on the season. Prior to the game, the Cardinals announced that they had signed free agent infielder Miguel Cairo and he will report September 1st to the club. The Cardinals will host the Florida Marlins tonight starting at 7:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO Radio.
Bobby Jenks fell short in his attempt to break the major league record for consecutive batters retired, but recorded three outs to help the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Emil Brown homered for the Royals, who have dropped two in a row since their three-game losing streak. Kansas City starter Gil Meche lasted 5 2/3 frames, surrendering two runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out six. Prior to the game, the Royals and Mark Grudzielanek agreed to pick up the option in his contract for the 2008 season. The Royals and White Sox will play again tonight.
Funeral services for Edward “Bud” Carty of Salem, age 86, will be today at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery.
Funeral services for Robert D. “Bob” Curtis of Salem, age 72, will be held today at 2:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 2:00 Tuesday. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery.
Memorial services for Patricia Ann Wolford of Rolla, age 66, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Christ Church Episcopal in Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Donald Cheney, age 51, will be held at 1:00 Wednesday at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Funeral services for Linore Massey of Springfield, formerly of Salem, age 94, will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 1:00 until time for the service on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Memorial services for Bryce Hindes of Rolla, age 67, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Eagles Lodge 2015 in Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.