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NEWS: Friday, July 17th, 2015
The Dent County Commission met for their regular meeting Thursday morning at the Dent County Courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Road 2480 and patch grading would be done on county road 2440. Purcell said brush would be cut on Dent County Road 4080 plus ditches and culverts would be cleaned out on county road 6150. He went on to say materials would be added to county roads 2490, 5015 and 5510. Purcell did say workers had to work on a low water slab on county road 6460. They were going to repair the damage with existing materials to fill back in around the slab and also remove the debris on and around the slab. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson said grading would be done on Dent County Roads 4290 and 4300, while work will be done on Dent County Truck #116 and brown rock will be screened. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles announced there would be no commission meeting on Thursday, July 23rd. He also said the Board of Equalization meeting would be held Monday starting at 1:00. Three people will be addressing the board. At the last regular meeting Monday, President of the Industrial Development Authority, Donald Dodd, asked the commission to approve the current list of IDA board members and appoint Steve Conway to the list. The board approved his request. Sheriff Stallings came in to discuss that some residents in the Smith Subdivision on Dent County Road 6090 are complaining about a lot of trash in the ditch next to their home. The commission has no planning and zoning, so the commission asked the sheriff to visit with the people responsible, or the Dent County Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Curley can write a letter to the owners. Also at the last meeting, the commission decided to take sealed bids on the old Treasurer’s safe located in the courthouse foyer. The bids will be due by July 30th at 10:00. If mailed, bids should be addressed to the Dent County Clerk, 300 North Main Street in Salem; or you can drop them off in her office during normal business hours before 10:00 in the morning on July 30th. The next meeting of the Dent County Commission will be Monday at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.
The 2015 4-H/FFA Expo livestock shows will be held today starting at 8:00 this morning at the Dent County Commons on Highway 72 North. This year’s livestock numbers include 95 head of hogs, 52 head of cattle, 21 sheep and/or goats, 17 chicken and or rabbits, six bucket calves and 30 cured hams and bacon. The Hog Show starts at 8:00 am. After a break for lunch, the Sheep and Goat Show will begin at 1:30 followed by the Small Animal Show at 3:00 with the Beef and Dairy Show beginning at 4:00. From 7:00 to 10:00 tonight, there will again be old-fashioned family games and entertainment. Tomorrow, the FFA Pedal Tractor Pull will begin at 9:00 and the Livestock Auction and awards presentation will be held beginning at 1:00. KSMO Radio will broadcast the auction live and also stream it live on www.ksmoradio.com. On Wednesday night at the Pie and Dessert Auction in the Youth Building, a total of $5,000.50 was raised. The money collected went to the junior livestock committee to cover the expenses of the putting on the 4-H and FFA Expo. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the Expo as local vendors will have food and beverages available. Admission is free to all events during the 2015 4-H/FFA Expo at the Dent County Commons on Highway 72.
An accident occurred at 2:59 Wednesday afternoon in Crawford County on Route AA about four miles south of Steelville. According to the highway patrol report, a 1995 Honda Accord driven by 43-year old Kevin McCrite of St. James was traveling southbound, failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the road. The Honda Accord then struck a fence, fence posts, a tree and a gate. McCrite suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Steelville ambulance to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Honda Accord was totaled and towed from the scene by Miles and Son.
The St. Louis Cardinals are returning from the All-Star break in first place in the National League Central Division. They will be home tonight to face the New York Mets starting at 6:20 on KSMO. Game time will begin at 7:15.
The Kansas City Royals lead the American League Central Division by 2 ½ games and will traveling to Chicago to face the White Sox. The series opener begins tonight at 7:10 on the south side.
Funeral services for Walter “Abner” Huitt, age 59, will be held this morning at 10:30 at the Salem Christian Church. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services for Barbara Kay Brinkley of Steelville, age 72, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Wesco Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wesco Cemetery Fence Fund.
Funeral services for Jesse Lee Bockover of Cuba, age 57, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the St. James Chapel of James and Gahr Chapel. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00 to 7:00. Memorials may be made to the Jesse Bockover Memorial Fund.
Funeral services for Opal C. Schafer of Salem, age 90, will be held Monday at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Green Forest Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for Bernard Martin of Salem, age 80, will be held Monday at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Greeley Cemetery in Bunker. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and Greeley Cemetery.
Funeral services for Vernon Fate Wofford of St. Ann, Missouri, age 86, will be held Monday at 7:00 PM at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 Monday night. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Miner Cemetery.
Funeral services Albert Verdell Leonard of Salem, age 90, will be Tuesday at noon at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Interment will be in the Berry Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday. Memorials may be made to the Berry Cemetery.
Funeral services for Blanche B. Burrus, nee Hutson of Salem, age 87, will be held Tuesday at 7:00 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 4:00 until service time. Interment will be Wednesday at 10:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Heart Foundation.
Today..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 92.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 73.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, hot and humid with a heat index of 101.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 73.
Sunday..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 93.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 73.
Monday..Slight chance of showers, high of 86.