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The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning. At the meeting, Marcus Marlin was in attendance to ask if the County still maintained Dent County Road 344 which is also known as Roberts Street in the city limits. Marlin wanted to know if the county still retained rights to maintain the street and Commissioner J.J. Tune said that he didn’t believe so as they haven’t maintained the road for about six years. Tune stated that he remembered that a few people on Roberts Street did not want to be annexed into the city when a public hearing was held, but the city changed the name of the street after annexing in the other streets in the subdivision. Tune said he thinks that the city dropped the ball on the paper work when annexing those streets in the city limits as Roberts Street did not get in before the law changed requiring annexed properties to be contiguous before the entire street can now be annexed. He said he would be willing to sign any paper saying that the county relinquishes any claim to the street if the city wants to take it over to pave it or maintain it. In the road report, Commissioner Bobby Simpson stated that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2460, 2470, 5530 and 6160; and brush was going to be cut on Dent County Road 5650. In District 2, Commissioner Tune said that grading was going to be done on Dent County Roads 2330, 6160 and 4020 with materials being added to 2330. He also stated that a dangerous tree on Dent County Road 4380 was going to be removed. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended the MoDOT “Safe and Sound” bridge update last Wednesday and said that the three bridges in Dent County scheduled for replacement would have contracts bid out in 2009. He said that the Highway 32-72 bridge over Spring Creek would have a temporary detour during the replacement of that bridge, while the bridges on Route NN and H would be closed for 90 to 120 days while the work was being performed, so residents would have to find alternative routes to get around the closed bridges. He also asked about the Gladden Bridge on Highway 19 south and MoDOT reported to him that the bridge girders and condition was fair to good. He then reported on the Insurance Consortium meeting he attended last Thursday in Springfield. Skiles said that three companies bid on the insurance and the lowest bid was again Cox Health Services with an 11% increase as they had the coverage last year. The health insurance coverage per employee will rise this year to $356 a month with a deductible of $1,500. All three commissioners approved going with Cox Health Systems and the new rate. Skiles also said that he would be attending the MRPC regular meeting on Wednesday night and the Annual Awards Dinner Wednesday night in St. Robert. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that a representative of the Road Rally would be at the commissioners meeting on November 17th at 10:30. The Dent County Courthouse will be closed on Veteran’s Day. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recorded three traffic fatalities during the month of September 2008. This is six less than September 2007. The total fatalities for 2008 are 29 as compared to 48 for the same time period last year. There were a total of 212 accidents with 103 injuries and three fatalities reported for September of 2008 compared to 185 accidents with 105 injuries and nine fatalities reported for September of 2007. In Crawford County, there were 26 accidents reported with 13 injuries and one fatality, while in Dent County, there were 12 accidents reported with two injuries. In Laclede County, a total of 43 accidents were reported with 22 injuries for September of 2008, and nine accidents were reported in Maries County with four injuries. In Phelps County, there were 76 accidents reported with 39 injuries and two fatalities while in Pulaski County, there were 46 accidents reported with 23 injuries also for September 2008. Captain Lee Ann Kenley, the Commanding Officer of Troop I Headquarters of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, wants to remind everyone that cooler temperatures, shorter days, as well as occasional fog and frost are signs that winter isn’t far around the corner. Be ready for the sudden changes in the weather.

The Salem Memorial District Hospital will conduct their last health screening for 2008 on today through Thursday, November 11th through 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 am in the hospital library. The Radiology Department is again offering a Bone Density test for $25. Laboratory tests that will be available include a Health Fair Profile that consists of a complete blood count, comprehensive chemistry screen and a fasting lipid profile and iron test for $25, a TSH test (thyroid stimulating hormone) for $10, a PSA test (prostate specific antigen) for $10 and A1c test that is an average 3-month glucose level for $10. In addition to laboratory testing there will be several FREE screenings such as a blood pressure screen, a pulmonary function screen performed by the Cardio-Pulmonary Department and a BMI (body mass index) and body fat % performed by the Dietician. The tests that are performed at this Health Screening are on a CASH ONLY basis. No insurance will be billed. For more information contact the Salem Memorial District Hospital by calling 729-6626.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that the driver examination stations throughout the state would be closed on today in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operations will resume on Wednesday, November 12th.

Sports [TOP]

Kurt Warner threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, and Arizona's defense came up with a goal-line stand at the end in a 29-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Warner completed 32-of-42 passes and Steve Breaston had seven catches for 121 yards.

NBA Scores:

Indiana 107, Oklahoma City 99
Portland 106, Orlando 99
Miami 99, New Jersey 94
Phoenix 107, Memphis 102
Boston 94, Toronto 87

NHL Scores:

Edmonton 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
Washington 4, Tampa Bay 2

St. Louis Blues have assigned goaltender Ben Bishop to Peoria (AHL).

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Janet “Bink” Eileen Black of Edgar Springs, age 45,will be held at 1:00 today at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Roger Southard of St. James, age 66, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Southard Cemetery in Maries County. Memorials may be made to the Southard Cemetery.

Funeral services for Beulah Erma (Holland) Floyd of Licking, age 85, will be held Wednesday at 2:30 at the Fox Funeral Home in Licking with Mr. Mike Gorman and Pastor Harry Foley officiating. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cemetery.

Funeral services for Oma Thompson, age 74, are incomplete at this time. All the arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Cloudy and breezy with an 80% chance for light rain and drizzle, high of 48.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 30% chance for light rain and drizzle, low of 42.
Wednesday..Cloudy with a 20% chance for light rain, high of 56.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 41.
Thursday..Partly cloudy, high of 62.

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