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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning in the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 5180, 5615, 6370 and 2400. Purcell went on to say that brush was being cut on county road 2440 and that materials were being hauled to county roads 5180 and 2400. Commissioner Purcell also stated that he had a man screening brown rock at the Road and Bridge shed. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was being done on Dent County Roads 2340, 5240, 3140 and 3150, while brush was being cut on county roads 2500 and 4380. Larson went on to say that ditch repair was being done on county road 2070 and the materials were being hauled to county roads 5240, 3140 and 2070. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles said that he has a meeting in Rolla today with State Representative Robert Ross, of Texas County, for the purpose of discussing the efforts in Jefferson City by State Senator Kurt Schaefer to eliminate the Solid Waste Districts funding. Skiles went on to say that he, along with other county and city officials, would be in Columbia Wednesday morning for a meeting with Senator Schaefer. Schaefer is the architect of the effort to eliminate the Solid Waste Districts and his efforts are motivated by the variability of the quality and quantity of services provided by the Districts. Skiles said that in some Districts the funds provided for the program by the Missouri Legislature have not been wisely spent and in others too much of the funds have gone for administrative costs.  According to Skiles operation of some Solid Waste Districts is not administered as it is in the Meramec Region. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said Heather Haslay, Auditor with the Department of Public Safety, had been in to review the web-based grants. Curley went on to say that she had received a letter indicating that Dent County is in compliance with all financial and programmatic requirements of the Web-based Grant Program. Curley informed the Commissioners that they needed to set a date for the Salary Commission meeting. They set the date of October 31st at 1:00 pm in the Judicial Building Courtroom. Commissioner Larson commented that the Commissioners had selected Great Rivers Associates as the engineering firm for the low water bridge on Dent County Road 3210 and they will be in Thursday to start discussion. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning in the Dent County Courthouse at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

There will be a kick-off event to improve children's health through the Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Initiative at the Upper Elementary School this afternoon at 3:30 that will be followed by a one mile Color Run. Everyone is invited to the event. The R-80 School District is partnering with the Missouri Foundation for Health in this endeavor for children in grades K through 8.

An accident occurred at 2:10 Saturday afternoon in Dent County on Highway 32 thirteen miles west of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 90 year-old Mary J. Berardy of Salem, made a left turn into the path of a 2006 Dodge, driven by 42 year-old Virginia L. Miner of Salem, and the vehicles collided. Miner was not wearing a seat restraint and suffered minor injuries. She refused treatment at the scene but was transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by a private vehicle. The Chevrolet sustained moderate damage, while the Dodge was totaled.  Both vehicles were removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

An accident happened at 7:30 Saturday evening in Phelps County on Highway 72 at County Road 4020, about four miles south of Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, a 2006 Scion XA driven southbound by 20-year old Autumn Kosbar of Rolla, failed to stop in time while slowing down and struck the rear of a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven southbound by 74-year old Richard Martin of Salem. The Grand Caravan then struck a 2007 Nissan Altima driven by 66-year old Sharon McCrite of Rolla that was stopped waiting to turn left from the highway. Suffering minor injuries were Kosbar and two occupants from Salem in the Grand Caravan, 50-year old Melecia Kaffer and 70-year old Edith Martin. They were taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Everyone but Kosbar was wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. The Scion and Dodge Grand Caravan sustained extensive damage while the Altima had only minor damage and was driven from the scene. The Scion was removed from the scene by Dishman’s Towing while C&C Towing removed the Dodge Grand Caravan.

Sports [TOP]

Taylor Frizzel's RBI single in the 5th inning proved to be the difference as the Salem Tigers defeated Dixon by the score of 3-2 behind Cortney Putman's one-hitter. Salem finished with eight hits in the game and improved their overall record to 9-7. The Lady Tigers will be hosting Willow Springs today at 4:30 at the Salem City Park in SCA Conference play. Salem is 3-0 in the SCA. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 4:15 with Tiger Talk and Coach Jake Reardon.

Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4, and his two-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the St. Louis Cardinals earned a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Yadier Molina and Shane Robinson each knocked in a run in the win, and Adam Wainwright (18-9) scattered three runs on seven hits over seven-plus innings. The Cardinals and Nationals will play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO Radio starting at 6:40.

Salvador Perez stroked a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning, as the Kansas City Royals kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Perez finished with three hits and two RBI for the Royals, who moved within three games of the AL's second wild card spot. The Royals and Mariners will play again tonight.

The St. Louis Blues bolstered their depth at forward Monday, signing former Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract. Morrow has totaled 249 goals and 293 assists in 850 regular-season games in addition to 19 goals and 27 assists in 92 playoff contests.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Estelle Grotha of St. James, age 80, will be Wednesday at 11:00 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the St. James Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Funeral services for Robert L. Wade of St. James, age 79, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Wednesday night from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Memorial services for Kay Marie Swaffar of Salem, age 60, will be held Thursday at 4:00 at the Salem Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny with a slight chance for an isolated shower, high of 78.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower this evening, low of 58.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 79.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 59.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 81.
Thursday night..Clear, low of 60.
Friday..Sunny, high of 82.
Friday night..Cloudy, low of 63.

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