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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5070, 5110, 5400, 6090 and 6630, while brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 4210, 4215, 5075 and 5115. Purcell also stated that someone would be sent to Springfield to get a load of oil for the Durapatch machine. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2240, 2403, 2570 and 5280; and that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 4050 and 4055. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles stated that he attended the MRPC meetings last week in St. James and that in the External Relations Committee meeting, that committee selected Hermann to be this year’s host of the MRPC’s Annual Awards Banquet at the Hermann Hill Village. The reception will be held at 5:30 and the meal and program will begin at 6:30. He also said that the award winners for this year were approved. Skiles also reported that the MRPC is reviewing their priorities to present to the state legislators. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that the last day to register to vote in the November General Election would be on October 10th. She went on to say that her office has sent out over 500 voter registration cards due to address changes from the Primary Election and is asking the public that if you have moved since you last voted or are new to town, to please contact her office at 729-4144 or drop by the Dent County Courthouse so that they can provide you with the proper polling place. She also wants to remind everyone that to vote absentee in Missouri, you must have a legitimate reason to do so. Dent County Treasurer Denita Williams provided the sales tax information for the month of September and the receipts this month were $7,565.15 more than September of 2011. Year to date, the county is up $27,620.03 in sales tax collections for the first nine months. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the Dent County Courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ad Council, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 16th through the 22nd. The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts.  Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2011, 12 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,764 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,878 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2011. Troopers issued citations to an additional 832 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2011. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. Child safety seats protect children. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.

A new investment of resources aimed at Delta small business owners, entrepreneurs and communities is designed to grow the region’s economy and create jobs according to the Delta Regional Authority.  Five new investments coming directly to Southeastern Missouri, including upgrades to local infrastructure and expansion of warehouse facilities for greater work capacity, leverage $1 million in federal resources into nearly $3.8 million in total public investment for the Delta region, its people, and its future. One of the investments is the Salem Economic Development InfrastructureThis project will upgrade water and sewer lines and reconstruct the portion of Highway J (also known as MacArthur Avenue) that runs through the City of Salem’s commercial area. The Delta Regional Authority will provide $200,000 of the total project cost of $1,036,534.

An accident occurred on Thursday at 10:00 in the evening in Iron County on Highway 49 about 3 miles South of Viburnum. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by 51 year-old Jerry Myers of Viburnum failed to negotiate a curve when the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. Myers suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla. The Dakota was totaled and towed by Abney Wrecker out of Viburnum.

The University of Missouri Wurdack Farm at Cook Station will host a Management Intensive Grazing School on September 27th and 28th. The two-day program will include guest speakers covering the topics of grazing system layout and design, watering systems, fence systems, soil fertility, livestock nutrition, and forage quality and growth. Additionally, two farm tours will be included to allow participants to get hands on experience, and observe existing grazing systems. The cost of the two-day school is $85 per person or $120 per farm couple. This fee includes the cost of meals and the Resource books and other handout materials pertinent to the course. A $50 advance deposit will be required to reserve a space, and must be received by no later than September 21st. For more information, or to reserve a space, please contact Will McClain, Regional Agronomy Specialist at the Crawford County Extension office at 573-775-2135.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is requesting nominations to honor businesses and individuals at the 2012 Awards Dinner. The banquet will be held on Thursday, November 1st at The Gathering Place of the Grace Community Church located at 600 South Water Street beginning at 6:00 pm. This year the Chamber Board decided to only hold a dinner to recognize and honor award nominees and recipients. Awards will be given in 6 categories: Business of the Year with 0-10 employees, Business of the Year with 11-25 employees, Business of the Year with 26-50 employees, Business of the Year with over 50 employees, Non-Profit Organization of the Year and the Customer Service Award (employee of a Chamber of Commerce member). Businesses, organizations and/or individuals have to be a current chamber member and/or an employee of a chamber business. Criteria and eligibility and nomination forms for these awards can be picked up at the Chamber Office located at 200 South Main Street or requested from chamber@salemmo.com. Nominations will be accepted through October 1st. Banquet tickets can be purchased for the evening’s festivities at the Chamber office for $20. For more information you can call at 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Tiger softball game against Dixon that was scheduled for yesterday was cancelled. The Lady Tigers will be in Willow Springs today to face the Lady Bears at 4:30.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers will also be back in action tonight, as they will host Mountain Grove at 6:00. They are still looking for their first win of the year.

The St. Louis Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will start a three-games series with the Houston Astros tonight at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have a record of 77-70 and have a one game lead for the final Wild Card spot. You’ll be able to hear tonight’s game on KSMO Radio at 6:40.

The Kansas City Royals also had the day off yesterday and will be hosting the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series starting tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Jim Asher of East End, age 68, will be Wednesday at 1:00 at the Boss Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be held today from 4:00 to 8:00 with a Masonic Service at 6:30 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery.

Funeral services for Gilbert Ray Welch of West Monroe, Louisiana and formerly of Salem, age 93, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the Tower Grove Baptist Church in St. Louis. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 at the church. Interment will be Saturday morning at 10:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Tower Grove Baptist Church beautification fund. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 67.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 38.
Wednesday..Sunny, high of 73.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 51.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 77.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Friday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance of rain, high of 76.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 48.

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