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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning.  For the road report, Commissioners Bobby Simpson and J.J. Tune reported that crews from both districts have been busy repairing washouts and removing trees and limbs from roadways.  Commissioner Simpson said in District 1, crews would be grading and adding material where needed on Dent County Roads 5180, 5520, 5510 and 5630.  He also said that a crew would be on Dent County Road 6300 repairing a hole in the road that was caused by water and debris.  Commissioner Tune said District 2 crews would be grading and adding material where needed on Dent County Roads 2330, 2340, 3030, 3090, 3140 and 3160.  Also at the meeting, Tom Haines, District Ranger for the Forest Service stopped by to introduce Dave Whittekiend to the Commission; Whittekiend is the new Forest Supervisor for this area and is based out of Rolla.  The next meeting of the Commission will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital Board of Directors held their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening at the hospital library. For the month of August, the hospital had revenues over expenses of $65,708 before taxes and $68,221 after tax collections. Savings in administrative costs helped with the larger than expected revenues along higher than expected outpatient registrations and ER use. The days for funds in net accounts receivable dropped to just 53 days this past month with a large payment from Medicare on accounts over 90 days. Director of Nursing Carol Lacy reported that there were 830 emergency room visits with 86 transfers, 161 ambulance runs with 25 dry runs, 25 surgeries, 1,421 outpatient registrations, 270 Home Health visits, 7,166 lab tests, 1,080 radiological procedures, 285 CT scans, 25 MRI’s, 17 nuclear med scans, 278 rehabs, 142 dialysis treatments and 356 clinical visits. Hospital Administrator Dennis Pryor said that the hospital auxiliary would hold a breast cancer awareness dinner at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on October 20th at 6:30 with Dr. Mary Graham the featured speaker. Tickets are $10.00 each and are available from the auxiliary or call the hospital at 729-6626. Pryor said that there were 48 participants in the Employee Commitment to Health Challenge. He reported that $882,352 has already been spent on the Physician’s Office Building Three. Pryor said that the Medical Practice Management Software is working fairly well but, but the system would not be implemented further until Dr. Pharr moved in to his new office in Physician’s Office Building #3. Pryor did say the General Wellness Screening would be held November 11th, 12th and 13th at the hospital library from 6:00 to 9:00. This will also include a diabetes screening and many other services. Pryor reported on the Statewide Employee Health Insurance Consortium and he said he thought that 32 hospitals are participating, but he would know more on October 1st when they meet. Pryor said that he hasn’t heard anything on the grant offered to the hospital from Missouri Enterprises, and that further review of the hospital by-laws will be needed. There were two unbudgeted purchases in August: the first to CDWG in the amount of $189 for a multi-function fax machine, and the second to Bottorff Appliance Center for a Whirlpool Dryer for $319. The board then voted to go into closed session.

An accident happened at 1:00 Thursday afternoon in Phelps County on Phelps County Road 3060. According to the highway patrol report, a 1998 Chevrolet pickup driven by 34-year old Larry Moreland of Salem was traveling east on Phelps County Road 3060. Debris fell from the pickup and struck 39-year old Randy Vestal of Licking traveling westbound on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing Vestal to run off the right side of the roadway. Injury information for this accident is unavailable. Everyone involved was wearing a safety devise. The Harley sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by C&C Towing of Rolla. The Chevy pickup sustained no damage and was driven from the scene. Moreland was cited for failure to secure the load.

A Project Graduation kickoff meeting will be held tonight at 5:30 at the high school library.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Softball Tigers dropped a5-1 decision to Steelville yesterday. The Lady Tigers are 3-6 on the year. They will face Potosi today at the Salem City Park Field at 4:30 before participating in the St. James Tournament on Saturday.

The Salem Football Tigers will try to make it three straight as they will host Ava tonight at the Salem High School Football Field. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com starting at 6:25. Salem is 2-1 on the year, 1-1 in the SCA.

The Missouri Tigers will host Buffalo tomorrow starting at 1:00. You can hear the first half of game on KSMO starting at 12:00. KSMO will then carry the Cards and Cubs game at 2:30, then bring the second half of the game on a taped delayed basis starting at about 6:00. Missouri is 3-0 on the year.

Albert Pujols launched a three-run homer to help the Cardinals snap a debilitating seven-game skid, as St. Louis came away with a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a three-game set. Kyle Lohse (14-6), coming back from a five-game suspension following an incident against the Reds on August 17, beat his former team with a solid 6 2/3-inning start, yielding three runs -- two earned -- on six hits. Adam Kennedy and Felipe Lopez each contributed an RBI for the Cardinals, who are just 5-10 in September. St. Louis travels to Chicago for three games with the NL Central-leading Cubs starting this afternoon at 1:00. You can hear the game on KSMO.

Zack Greinke hurled eight shutout innings and Mike Aviles hit a three-run home run to help Kansas City throttle Seattle 12-0 to complete a four-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium. Greinke (12-10) gave up just two hits and walked one while fanning seven to take the win. Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier knocked in two runs each and Mark Teahen was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for the Royals, who won their seventh straight game for the first time since the club strung together a nine-game win streak to start the 2003 season. Kansas City captured the season series with wins in seven of its nine matchups with the Mariners this season, including six of the seven tests played at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals next welcome the White Sox to Kauffman Stadium for a three-game weekend set starting tonight.

Major League Baseball Scores:

LA Dodgers 4, Pittsburgh 3 (12 innings)
Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 6 (12 inngs)
NY Mets 7, Washington 2
Florida 8, Houston 1
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 3
Arizona 3, San Francisco 2
LA Angels 6, Oakland 4
NY Yankees 9, Chicago White Sox 2
Toronto 3, Baltimore 2
Minnesota 11, Tampa Bay 8

Obituaries   [TOP].

Funeral services for Ruth V. Manning of Salem, age 92, will be held today at 1:00 at Wilson Mortuary. Visitation will also be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Childrens Church.

Funeral services for Virginia Ruth (Edwards) Buckner of Rolla, age 61, will be Saturday at 2:00 at the Fox Chapel in Licking with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 (noon) until service time. Interment will be it the Concord Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Regional Home Care.

Funeral services for Earl Nichols of Newburg, age 87, will be held Monday at 11:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Roach Cemetery in Newburg. Memorials may be made to the Roach Cemetery.

Funeral services for Retha M. Ousley of Canton, Ohio, formerly of St. James, age 81, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Morturay in St. James. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for Janet Kay Barnes of Salem, age 68, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the New Home Baptist Church Building Fund.

Funeral services for Thomas Lee Fernandes Jr. of Salem, age 69, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Harmony Church.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high around 80.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with scattered sprinkles, low around 60.
Saturday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for showers or an isolated thunderstorm, high of 75.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high around 76.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Monday..Partly cloudy, high of 83.
Monday night..Mostly clear, low of 58.
Tuesday..Sunny, high of 81.

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