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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6020, a culvert was going to be repaired on Dent County Road 5510, and a culvert was going to be cleaned out on Dent County Road 6240. He also said that workers would be screening rock. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that brush was going to be cut on Dent County Roads 3200, 3260, 3280 and 4060. He also said that workers were doing the ground preparation work over at the shed for the addition to the building, preparing it for the pouring of concrete. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that the applications for the recycling grants from the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District are due at noon today at the MRPC offices in St. James. Skiles stated that as of right now, the loss ratio for the insurance consortium that includes Dent County looks excellent and that should mean better renewal rates coming out in October. He also said that due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, the Dent County Courthouse would be closed. The commissioners then opened bids for the lease/purchase of two new John Deere Graders from Erb Equipment for $191,052 from the Bank of Salem, Progressive Ozark Bank and Town and Country Bank. The best financing rate was from the Bank of Salem at 3.40% for five years and the commissioners approved going with that bid. At the last meeting, the commissioners approved the low bid for diesel fuel from Hocker Oil for $2.265 per gallon, and approved the low bid for unleaded fuel from MFA Oil with a bid of $2.302. The Commissioners also approved staying with MAC for their Workman’s Comp Insurance for 2011 for a total cost of $37,858. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday, September 9th at the courthouse at 9:00 and that meeting will be open to the public.

With costs savings from previous grants, the Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee was able to award five more grants, totaling $64,200. The group reviewed applications that had not been funded previously to make the awards. The Region I HSOC recommended with Meramec Regional Planning Commission approving the following projects for funding: Montauk Rural Fire Department received $11,000 for communications equipment, and the Dent County Sheriff’s Department was awarded $28,000 for communications equipment. Any cost savings from these grants will be awarded to Lebanon Fire Department for CBRNE equipment. Under its contract with the state homeland security office, MRPC will handle the procurement of the items. Bids are currently being accepted on the generator to be located at the Vienna fire station. The Region I HSOC, established along the boundaries of the State Highway Patrol Troop I, includes Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Laclede counties.

An accident happened Wednesday night at 10:10 in Dent County on Highway 32 East about four miles from Salem. According to the highway patrol report, 30-year old Benjamin R. Wisdom of Salem was driving a 1993 Ford Escort eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The Ford struck a tree and partially overturned before coming to rest. Wisdom and a passenger in the ford, 17-year old Andres Segovia of Salem, both suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Both were wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford Escort was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

Labor Day weekend is among the top three busiest weekends of the year at the region's lakes and rivers, and officials of the Army Corps of Engineers say they expect this year will be no exception.  However, they warn visitors to practice good water safety habits to avoid accidents that could result in serious injury or death. Corps park rangers caution that parks, lakes and rivers will be congested, and they ask visitors to be courteous while waiting at boat ramps, sharing beaches or traveling waterways.The park rangers say they expect everyone to obey boating laws, and law enforcement officers will be on the lookout.  In addition, the park rangers urge people to go a step further during this busy weekend.  They also say wearing a life jacket at all times, though not required of adults by law, is the single most important step boaters can take to protect themselves. Whether boating or swimming, don't drink alcohol if you plan to be in or on the water. When swimming, never go alone, and never rely on toys such as inner tubes and water wings to stay afloat.  Never dive into lakes and rivers.  Don't forget that lakes and rivers are much bigger than swimming pools; don't overestimate your swimming skills.  Swim only in designated swimming areas. If you have children on your family outing, remember it only takes a few seconds for a child to wander away, so watch your children at all times. Remember safety comes first!

Sports [TOP]

The City of Salem Park and Recreation Department will be hold their FINAL soccer program signups at the Salem Freedom Activity Center from 4:00 to 6:00 today.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers swept past Pacific Thursday night as the Salem Varsity won in two straight matches: 25-16 and 26-24; while the JV won 25-13 and 25-18. The varsity is now 2-0 on the year and the JV is 1-1. The Lady Tiger will host Eminence Tuesday night.

The Salem Football Tigers will travel to Houston tonight to face the Tigers in and SCA battle. Both teams go into the game with a 0-1 record. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

The Salem High School Basketball Booster Club will hold a meeting on Tuesday, September 7th at 5:30 in the High School Cafeteria. For more information, please call 247-1734.

NIKE Salem Tiger T-Shirts and Long Sleeve T-Shirts will be on sale until Sept. 10th. These are authentic NIKE shirts. They have Salem Tiger Athletics on them, along with the Salem Tiger Head and a Nike Swoosh.  The cost of the shirts are $16 for a t-shirt and $20 for a long sleeve t-shirt.  If interested contact Coach Zenker or any 9-12 grade boys basketball player.

The Missouri Football Tigers will battle the Fighting Illini Saturday morning starting at 11:30 at the Edward Jones Dome. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds starting tonight to begin a three game series. KSMO will join the game in progress after Salem Tiger Football.

 St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols has been named the National League Player of the Month for August. Pujols batted .379 over 26 games in August and led the National League with 11 home runs. He posted a .777 slugging percentage, scored 29 times and drove in 23 runs. The three-time NL MVP hit the 400th home run of his career on August 26 in an 11-10 loss to Washington. Pujols is batting .313 on the year with 35 home runs and 95 RBI. He leads the NL in homers and total bases (292) and is second in RBI and runs scored (92).  In his 10th season in the majors, all with St. Louis, it is Pujols' fifth monthly award and first since June 2009.

The Kansas City Royals will host the Detroit Tigers this weekend in a three game series.

Rookie Thaddeus Lewis' 26-yard TD pass to Brandon McRae in the fourth quarter helped the St. Louis Rams beat the Baltimore Ravens, 27-21, in the preseason finale for both clubs. Lewis completed 6-of-8 passes for 89 yards for the Rams, who went 3-1 in the preseason and open the season against the Cardinals on September 12. Fellow rookie Sam Bradford connected on 6-of-6 passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Keith Null completed 7-of-10 passes for 90 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Brandon Gibson caught four passes for 40 yards and score. Billy Bajema also had a receiving TD.

Brodie Croyle completed 11-of-16 throws for 119 yards and Jackie Battle carried 10 times for 67 yards and a touchdown to lead Kansas City to a 17-13 win over Green Bay to conclude the preseason for both teams. Chiefs starting quarterback Matt Cassel went 4-for-9 for 58 yards and a TD for the Chiefs, who salvaged the last of their four exhibition games to avoid a second straight winless preseason. Kansas City will open the regular season at home Monday, September 13 against San Diego.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for William L. Berarby, Jr., age 94, of Salem will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Internment will be held at the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and cooler, high of 75.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 50.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 77.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 53.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 82.
Sunday night..Mostly clear, low near 60.
Labor Day..Mostly sunny, high of 88.
Monday night..Mostly clear, low of 64.

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