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The Dent County Commissioners met for the regular meeting Monday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. At the meeting, Ellen Baum from the Scenic Rivers Industries Workshop said that they are still selling road signs for $20 for the sign and pole, and can now add PVT to a private lane for an additional $3.00. For more information, call 729-6264. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that work crews would be hauling rock from the creek, checking and cleaning out culverts, and putting up downed road signs. He said that workers would also be cutting brush on Dent County Road 6280 and repairing another brush cutter. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson reported that District Two workers would also be hauling gravel from the creek, as well as checking and cleaning out leaves from culverts, putting up downed road signs and taking care of some trash and trees on Dent County Road 4050. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that the bids for the emergency generator for the Red Cross Shelter at the Oak Grove Baptist Church were opened last week and the lowest bid came in at $60,544. That is over $15,000 more than the grant that was awarded for in the amount of $46,003. That figure came from the original load assessment from Intercounty Electric on what would be needed. Skiles said that Intercounty is going to check it again and see if a smaller generator can be used. If that doesn’t work, Skiles said that the county may withdraw this grant and apply for a larger grant on the next go around, or apply in the new round for the difference in the funding. He also said that he would be attending a meeting of the MREPC Wednesday in St. James. At the last meeting, The Senior Citizens Service Fund requested another $8,500 for the Salem Nutrition Site to update the kitchen, and decreased the expenses to $4,500 for the Enrichment Center. The budget adjustment request was approved by the commissioners. Curtis Carle also came in to request that gravel be placed on Dent County Road 4350 close to the highway. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to everyone.
The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft, assault, a DWI, a fugitive warrant and property damage. On Sunday, October 18th at 5:14 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 300 block of East Highway 32 in reference to a theft from a soda machine. The report revealed a soda machine had been drilled and the money was taken from inside. The value of the damage is unknown at this time. At 11:47 p.m. that evening, an officer was sent to the Salem Memorial District Hospital in reference to an assault. The report revealed a 20-year old and an 18-year old males of Salem, had assaulted a 19-year old Salem male. Further investigation led to the arrest of one of the suspects who was issued a summons to appear in court and released. The report is under further investigation. On Tuesday, October 20th at 8:57 p.m. a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation that led to the arrest of a 52-year old Nixa male for driving while intoxicated. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Wednesday, October 21st at 10:55 a.m. an officer observed a 48-year old Salem male, who had an active fugitive warrant from Wright County. He was taken into custody and incarcerated pending extradition. On Thursday, October 22nd at 2:58 p.m. an officer was contacted at the station in reference to property damage. The report revealed that a person or persons unknown damaged a 2009 Dodge Challenger RT. The value of the damage is unknown at this time. Anyone with any information regarding the theft, assault or property damage reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.
U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond announced that a Listening Post Forum would be held in our area. A representative of the Senator, Tom Schulte will be available to Missourians on Wednesday, October 28th at the Dent County Courthouse beginning at 2:00 pm. For those who cannot attend the Listening Post Forum, Bond’s office in Jefferson City extends one-on-one service to Missourians experiencing problems with the federal government just call (573) 634-2488.
An accident occurred at 6:25 Sunday evening in Texas County on Highway 17 about a half mile south of Success. According to the highway patrol report, a 1994 Chevrolet driven by 31-year old Daniel Campbell of Licking was traveling northbound on Highway 17. The Chevrolet ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch, overturned several times ejecting Campbell. Campbell suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Texas County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and removed from the scene by A-1 Towing.
The Salem Lady Volleyball Tiger moved to the semi-finals of District play with a three game win over Sullivan last night at Sullivan. Salem won the first game, 25-23, lost the second game, 24-26, and then took game three by the score of 25-20. The Lady Tigers will face the #1 seed St. Francis Borgia Lady Knights this afternoon at 5:30. The championship game will be held at 8:30 tonight. You can hear the semi-final game on KSMO Radio and online at www.ksmoradio.com.
Tony La Russa, the winningest manager in St. Louis Cardinals franchise history, agreed to a new one-year contract with the ballclub for the upcoming 2010 season on Monday. In addition, the Cardinals announced that Dave Duncan will be returning for his 15th season as the team’s pitching coach and that former Cardinals great Mark McGwire will be serving as the team’s hitting coach in 2010. La Russa, 65, has guided the Cardinals to a franchise record 1,232 wins since joining the team as its manager in 1996. He has led the Cardinals to eight division titles (1996, 2000-02, 2004-06 & 2009), two National League pennants (2004 & 2006) and a 10th World Championship title in 2006. La Russa ranks third on Major League Baseball’s all-time managerial wins list with 2,552, trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). La Russa ranks 1st on the Cardinals all-time games managed list with 2,267 and his 14 years of continuous service is also tops among Cardinals managers. La Russa’s Cardinals teams have finished above .500 in 11 of his 14 seasons. They recorded 105 wins in 2004 and 100 wins in 2005, making La Russa just the second Cardinals manager to oversee two 100-win seasons.
Funeral services for Chester Lewis of Rolla, age 80, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Flat Grove Cemetery in Rolla with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the family of Chester Lewis.
Funeral services for Ronald E. Skiles of Midland, Texas, formerly of Salem, age 70, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at the Mt. Hermon Methodist Church in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.
A Memorial service for Ellen Pearl Hobson of Salem, age 74, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Today..Cloudy with periods of rain throughout the day, high of 53.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for rain this evening, low around 40.
Wednesday..Patchy fog early, then partly sunny, high of 62.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 43.
Thursday..Cloudy and breezy with a 70% chance for showers, high of 65.