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The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5080, 6220 and 6470, and a crew would be patching various chip and seal roads throughout the district. Commissioner Simpson also reported for District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune who was not in attendance. He said that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 3060, 3070 and 3150 and material would be hauled to Dent County Road 2110. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles attended a Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting yesterday afternoon in St. James and Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that since October 1st, 230 people have registered to vote and the clerk’s office has received 385 requests for absentee ballots. Absentee voting will continued through November 3rd at the Dent County Clerk’s Office, including on Saturday, November 1st.  The next meeting of the Commission will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The City of Salem Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss sidewalk construction and repair, as well as the paving of streets. City Engineer Bill Huffman stated that the city workers could construct sidewalks at a cost of about $3.00 a square foot, and about $12 per lineal foot for curb and guttering. This includes the salaries, benefits, rental of equipment, etc. He said the city could bid the jobs out and that would cost about $9.00 a square foot from a contractor with not much difference in the curb and guttering cost. The board decided to hire two people for concrete work that will not only build new sidewalks such as the one for Askins Street, but repair the many sections of sidewalks throughout the town that need to be repaired. These two new workers are to have their hourly wage come out of the capital  improvement fund while any benefits would have to come from general revenue. An ad will be placed in the paper for the positions. The board agreed that Huffman should have input on who the new two workers will be. The mayor said that budget adjustments would have to be made to cover the additional expenses. The board also asked Huffman to put together a list of his top priority projects so that they can go over it at the next meeting. The board then discussed the paving of streets and everyone agreed that Forest Hills Drive and South Pershing is going to be done. They also budgeted paving on North and South Hickory, and after the first round of paving, there is only about $140,000 left in the budget. The board’s budgeted numbers came from estimates based on $56 per ton. Street Department Supervisor Benny Bryson reported that the cost per ton of asphalt as of Thursday was at $80 per ton. He said that the asphalt company expects that cost to decline in the next 60 days. City Engineer Bill Huffman also reported that work is going to have to be done next Spring on North Pershing so the board may want to hold some money back for that project. A petition had been submitted for the paving of Roberts Street, but since the road has not been annexed into the city, the board thought that paving should wait until the annexation can be completed. The board made no definitive decision except to get as much work as they can get done with the money budgeted. The meeting then adjourned.

The Annual 4-H Dent County Recognition Night will be held on Saturday, October 18th in the Youth Building at the Commons beginning at 5:30 pm. The evening will begin with dinner followed by the Awards Ceremony. All 4-H families are asked to bring two covered dishes and table service. Meat, bread and drinks will be provided.  

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Football Tigers travel to Houston tonight to face the Tigers in and SCA cat fight as Salem enters the game with a 5-1 record and Houston is 4-2. This will be Salem’s final SCA game of the year before district play next week. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com starting with Tiger Talk and Coach Bill Schuchardt at 6:15. Game time is set for 7:00.

The St. Louis Blues open the 2008-2009 season at home tonight against the Nashville Predators. You can hear the Blues’ third period tonight after Salem Tiger Football on KSMO Radio. The Blues will also play Saturday night in New York, but the game will not be heard on KSMO due to the Missouri Tiger football game.

The 4th ranked Missouri Tigers take on the 17th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys Saturday night at Faurot Field. Missouri comes into the contest with a 5-0 record and 1-0 in the Big 12. You can hear the game on KSMO starting with the pre-game show at 6:00 and the kickoff at 7:00.

Chase Utley and Pat Burrell each hit a homer in the sixth inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies came back to edge the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Cole Hamels (2-0) gave up a run in the first inning, but settled down to throw seven solid frames. The next game is tonight in Philadelphia and can be seen on Fox-TV.

The Boston Red Sox travel to Tampa Bay for the first game of the ALCS tonight and the game can be seen on TBS.

NHL Scores:

Boston 5, Colorado 4
Toronto 3, Detroit 2
Vancouver 6, Calgary 0
San Jose 4, Anaheim 1

St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Tyson Strachan, and have recalled forward Chris Porter from Peoria (AHL).

St. Louis Rams have placed tight end Randy McMichael on injured reserve; and signed tight end Daniel Fells off the Tampa Bay practice squad.

Obituaries   [TOP].

A memorial service for Rosabel Belt of Rolla, age 92, will be held today at 11:00 at the James a Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps County Hospice or Golden Age Center.

Funeral services for Eula Irene Shelton of Salem, age 77, will be held this morning at 11:00 at Grace Community Church. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

A memorial mass for Ksenia Kimberly Bryan of St. James, age 16, will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. James. Visitation will be held this evening from 3:30 to 8:00 in the Fellowship Hall of the Immaculate Conception Church with a Prayer Service Friday at 3:30. Memorials may be made to the Ksenia Bryan Scholarship Fund at the Phelps County Bank in St. James. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Norman Ray Nance of St. James, age 68, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the James and Gahr St. James Chapel. Visitation will also be Sunday from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in St. James with Full Military Honors.

Funeral services for Lynda Kay Jacobs of Rolla, age 61, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Rolla. Visitation will be held Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.  Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Susan Buxton of Ellington, age 45, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Ellington. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Massie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to cover the funeral expenses.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high around 80.
Saturday night..Mostly clear, low near 60.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high near 80.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.
Monday..Partly sunny, high of 78.
Monday night..Partly cloudy, low of 56.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 69.

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