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The Dent County Commissioners regular meeting was held Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. Bernie English was in attendance and wanted to let the commissioners know that Mike Mills from Pro Energy was going to be at the Wurdack Farm Field Day to discuss the generation of electricity by Bio-Mass that the city of Salem is looking into as well and other areas of southeast Missouri. The Commissioners hope to be able to talk with Mr. Mills, but they plan on attending the funeral of Kegan Chamberlain at 11:00. Because of the funeral, the Dent County Courthouse will be closed from 10:30 until noon today to allow county employees to pay their respects. English also had some questions concerning the accuracy of the Plat Map about the location of a creek that should cross his property line, but the commissioners stated that the map is just a reference tool, not a legal document. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Road 5600 which is the Turtle Loop, plus roads 6280 and 6283. Purcell went on to say that materials are being added and a culvert is being installed on Dent County Road 4100, and that ditch work is being done to Dent County Road 6230. Purcell told the commission that brush was being cut in Dent County Roads 5015 and 5630. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2010, 4433, 5320 and 5323. Larson reported that the chip and seal on Dent County Road 3010 was being repaired and that a tree was being moved from Dent County Road 4437. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reminded the commission that the courthouse would be closed Monday for Columbus Day and there would not be a Commissioner’s meeting. He said that Commissioners Larson and Purcell would be attending the South Central Counties Commissioners meeting in Licking Wednesday, and he will be attending an MREPC meeting that same day in St. James. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley said that her office and the Dent County Treasurer balanced for the month of September. She also said that absentee voting is currently going on and the last day to vote absentee will be November 1st. She also said that the last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed out is October 27th, and that the Dent County Clerk’s Office would be open on Saturday, October 30th from 8:00 AM until noon for absentee voting. At the previous Thursday meeting, the Commissioners talked with Rebecca Friedrich with Davis, Lynn and Moots about the 2007 Federal Grant Award Audit. The firm is now finished with the audit. The Commissioners next meeting will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways will bring the Ozark past to life during the Haunting in the Hills event on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. The annual free event features two days of folkway demonstrations, reenactments, music, hands-on activities, food, and a Saturday evening filled with memorable tales and legends. Events go from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The talented local bluegrass band “Friends Pickin” will provide musical entertainment from 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Food, beverages, and snacks will be available by community vendors on the event grounds. When night falls on Saturday evening, a very different setting will emerge. Illuminated pathways will guide your way through six venues of Ozark legends, folktales, mysteries, superstitions, and natural wonders for spellbinding age-old storytelling. Storytelling runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring along flashlights. Alley Mill is located six miles west of Eminence on Highway 106. For more event information you can call (573) 226-3945.

Do you have old tires beside the garage? Wondering what to do with that old computer and that television that are piled in the basement? There’s finally an answer. Meramec Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, the City of Salem and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will offer a tire and electronics collection on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the utility/construction department’s parking lot at corner of Third and Grand Streets in Salem. The event is hosted by the City of Salem. Hard drives, printers, phones, VCRs, microwaves and most other electronics may be dropped off free of charge. Fees will be charged for televisions and monitors. Televisions will cost $5 for households and $10 for businesses. Each computer monitor will cost $5. Fees will also be charged for tires. Passenger tires will be $1.50 each; truck tires will be $5 each; and tractor tires will be $10 each. Tires from businesses are not accepted. You must unload the items yourself. The collection is open to any households in the Ozark Rivers District, including Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. The Ozark Rivers Solid Waste District is using its own grant program, funded through landfill user tipping fees, to sponsor these collections. MRPC is working with Midwest Recycling Center of Crystal City and Park Hills to recycle electronics, and tires will be recycled into tire-derived fuel. The solid waste management district will also have educational information available at the collection that will help residents deal with other types of waste, including household hazardous waste. For more information, call the MRPC at 265-2993.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce board is requesting nominations to honor businesses and individuals at this year’s awards banquet. The banquet and auction will be held on Thursday, November 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Salem City Hall Auditorium. Awards will be given in six categories: Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Customer Service Award, Citizen of the Decade and Youth Visionary Award. Criteria, eligibility and nomination forms for these awards can be picked up at the Chamber office located at 200 S. Main St. or requested by e-mail from chamber@salemmo.com. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, October 14th. Completed nominations can be mailed, faxed or brought to the Chamber office. Banquet tickets can be purchased for the evening’s festivities at the Chamber office for $20 each. For more information, please call Genie, the Salem Chamber Director, at 729-6900.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Football Tigers will host the Cabool Bulldogs in their last SCA game of the year. Salem is 4-2 on the year and in the SCA. Game time is set for 7:00. If you can’t make it to the game, you can hear the contest on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com starting at 6:30 with Tiger Talk and Coach Bill Schuchardt.

The Missouri Football Tigers open Big 12 play tomorrow when they host the Colorado Buffaloes at 6:00. Missouri enters the game with a 4-0 record. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio starting at 5:00 with the pre-game show.

The St. Louis Blues begin their regular season Saturday night when they host the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 7:00. KSMO will join the game in progress after Missouri Football.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Wednesday that the club has exercised the 2011 option on the contract of first baseman Albert Pujols. The 30-year-old Dominican slugger recently completed his 10th straight season of hitting at least 30 home runs and collecting at least 100 RBI. In 159 games this past season, he tied a team-high by hitting .312 with NL- bests of 42 homers and 118 runs batted in. Pujols also had 39 doubles and scored 115 runs -- the ninth time in his career he has crossed the plate at least 100 times. In addition, the Cardinals announced that the 2011 vesting option for pitcher Trever Miller has been met. The 37-year-old reliever was 0-1 with a 4.00 earned-run average in 57 appearances in his second year with the franchise.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Rosalie Fern Turner of Dent County, age 92, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Wallace Turner Cemetery in Bunker. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Salem Chapel of the Wilson Mortuary. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Funeral services for Lawrence A. Copeland of Salem, age 56, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services Bernadean M. Mooney of Salem, age 93, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Salem Chapel of the James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Internment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family.

Funeral services for James Milford Sharp of Doolittle, age 64, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla with full military honors. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00. Internment will be in the James Community Cemetery near Vienna.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 82.
Tonight..Clear, low of 56.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 84.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 85.
Sunday night..Mostly clear, low of 54.
Columbus Day..Mostly sunny, high of 82.

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