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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done and rock would be hauled to Dent County Roads 4180 and 6090.  Purcell also said that grading would be done on Dent County Road 5460 and brush would be cut on Dent County Road 6300. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that the northwest section of District 2 received up to three inches of rain in some places, so a crew would be out checking roads for washouts and clogged road pipes and another crew would be checking roads for downed signs. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles will be attending an Ozarks River Solid Waste Management Board meeting this morning in St. James where the main topics of discussion will focus on grant applications and the budget report. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she signed off on another FEMA Project Worksheet totaling $2,505, bringing the total cost of work done for clean up and road repairs due to the May 8th storm to $110,427. At the meeting, the Commission set the date for their quarterly night meeting for Monday, October 5th at 7:00 pm. At the previous meeting, Dent County Assessor Brenda Bell came in to present her 2010 Map Maintenance agreement with Landmark Surveying for $575.00 and the Commission agreed to accept that agreement.  Bell also said the Assessor’s office would start their field review this week. The Road and Bridge Department took phone bids for fuel and MFA Oil Co. bid $2.07 for unleaded and $1.96 for diesel and Hocker Oil Co. bid $2.08 for unleaded and $1.98 for diesel.  The Commission voted 3 to 0 to accept the bid from MFA Oil Co.  The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Board of Aldermen held their regular meeting Monday evening at the City Hall Council Chambers. Grant Hamlet from the Dent County Fire Protection District asked that since the fire district is non-profit, could the demand meter charge be removed from their bill. When it was discovered that the police department, city hall administration building, and sewer and water may also be on demand meters, Alderman McDaniels asked that this be postponed until more information is found out about all these entities. Mayor Gary Brown said that the city received no bids for salt for the winter this year and will be included on the state bid through MoDOT for 150 tons at $67.10 a ton coming to $10,065 from North American Salt. City of Salem Economic Development Director Sharon Tubbs handed out brochures on Financial Management for Small Business seminars coming up in October at the Salem TCRC. Brown said that paving still needed to be done on three streets and the board approved to extend a previous bid so the work could be done quickly. He also said that an electric and tire recycling collection would be held on October 17th at 3rd and Grand from 9:00 until 1:00. Computers, cell phones, old CD players and other electronics could be recycled for free while computer monitors would cost $5 and TV’s would be $10. Tires will be collected for $1.50 a passenger tire, $5.00 for truck tires and $10 for tractor tires. He also said that the City of Salem would be in charge of the first two months of the sesquicentennial celebration, as they will present the origin of the City of Salem in January featuring a costume ball, and the history of Salem in February. He further said that the 4-H planted some trees down at the city park near the skateboard park to act as a sound buffer as they grow for the neighbors. The board then approved to give the mayor the authority to sign the petition for the voluntary annexation of Highway 72 and the right of way from the Highway 32-72 west intersection to Dent County Road 321 from MoDOT. After the bills were approved, the board went into closed session to discuss real estate.

An accident occurred at 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon in Phelps County on Highway 68 about 12 miles south of St. James. According to the highway patrol report, a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by 30-year old Joey Reinbott of Salem was traveling westbound on Highway 68. Reinbott failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and a tree. Reinbott suffered moderate injury and was taken to the Phelps County Medical Center by St. James ambulance. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by Spurgeon’s Towing.

Sports [TOP]

Salem gave up thee touchdowns in the first quarter and one in the second to the St. James JV Tigers on a sloppy field on Monday night en route to a 25-0 loss. Salem will host the Houston JV next Monday at 5:00.

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers will be at Houston tonight for SCA play starting at 6:00 with the JV contest.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball game with Dixon yesterday was postponed due to wet grounds.

Mark DeRosa had three hits, including two homers, and drove in four as the St. Louis Cardinals topped Houston, 7-3. The Cardinals offense pounded out 15 hits as Albert Pujols doubled twice, Skip Schumaker had three hits and Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Kyle Lohse (6-8) took the win after allowing three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. He also struck out four for St. Louis who play Houston tonight at 6:45 on KSMO Radio.

Yuniesky Betancourt's go-ahead two-run single capped a six-run, two-out rally in the sixth inning as the Royals rallied to beat the Red Sox, 12-9. Mike Jacobs smacked a three-run homer for the Royals, who won for the 11th time in 14 contests. Billy Butler, Alberto Callaspo and Alex Gordon each had two RBI as the Royals came back from an 8-2 deficit to beat a potential playoff team at Kauffman Stadium. Starter Lenny DiNardo, who walked six, was lit up for 10 hits and eight runs over five frames for the Royals.

Obituaries   [TOP]

for Mrs. Myrtle Johnson of Willow Springs, age 85, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Willow Springs. Interment will be in the Willow Springs City Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs.

Memorial services for Janice Marie Berryman of Rolla, age 72, will be held Wednesday at 4:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 3:00 until service time Wednesday.

Funeral services for Claude Christopher Phelps Jr. of St. James, age 75, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be Friday at 1:00 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Willadean Walker of Rolla, formerly of St. James, age 62, will be held Thursday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Wishon Cemetery in rural St. James. Memorials may be made to the Wishon Cemetery.

Funeral services for Erma Jean Gibbs of Salem, age 79, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Edgar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services for George Henry Woodcock of Salem, age 61, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with drizzle this morning and a 60% chance for rain this afternoon, high of 71.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, low near 60.
Wednesday and Wednesday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 74, low near 60.
Thursday..30% chance for showers, high of 78.

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