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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 202

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The St. Ann’s Catholic Annual Fundraising Auction is coming April 5th at 6:00 PM in the school gymnasium (1156 Grand Ave.) This will be a Live and silent auction with a Luau theme. White Rode Winery will be giving away samples, there will also be hors d’ oeuvres. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple. Call Melynne Ryder at 388-4234 for tickets and info.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Small Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-6:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Call Amber to register, 358-2373.

today's laugh

Teacher - "Johnny, do you know who built the Ark?"
Johnny - "No."
Teacher - "Correct for once in your life."

A school teacher who had been telling a class of small pupils the story of the discovery of America by Columbus, ended with:
"And all this happened more than 400 years ago."
A little boy, his eyes wide open with wonder, said, after a moments thought:

"Gee! What a memory you’ve got."
A real belly laugh is a mirthquake.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Choir Boys Wanted.

A number of boys wanted to sing in Grace Episcopal Church Choir. Training free, Apply at the rectory from 3 until 4:45 p.m. Monday Dec. 17th. Boy must be accompanied by parents or have their written consent.

A man named Davis, living at the home of Sam Eldridge, was discovered this morning to have smallpox and was taken to the pest house.

WANTED - Two good canvassers at once. Good proposition for hustlers. Apply to James S. Talbott, 310 E. Fifth street.

Mrs Lovejoy is selling all trimmed hats at cost. Now is the time to buy a new hat for your wife, daughter or sweetheart.

Come and see our opera glasses and gold spectacles. Steadley Bros.


Today's Feature

Comprehensive Plan Workshop.

News release.

Carthage citizens can determine the future actions of the City on April 3. The City of Carthage will host an interactive community workshop on Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Citizens are invited to participate in this workshop to prioritize strategies to achieve the City’s goals through 2030. The meeting will include an overview of the Comprehensive Plan project and discussion and prioritization of the key community strategies.

Citizens attending the workshop will find that they are not there merely to listen. The workshop is intended to gather their input through small group discussions and the identification of the most important steps for the City to take in the next year, in the next five years, and in the next ten years. Participants will also the a chance to identify which strategies they feel will be most difficult to accomplish and add their own idea.

"The Comprehensive Plan is an important part of the city’s efforts to prepare for the future," said Tom Short, City Administrator. "We need input from the community to help set priorities for the City and this meeting is a fun, interactive way to gather that input."

Work already completed for the Comprehensive plan includes background data about the City, a community vision, and a future land use map. The community vision for the future identified through past community workshops is: "Carthage is a prosperous city of opportunity - a great place to raise a family and a vibrant destination that maintains its historical character while welcoming the future." The policies and strategies that emerge from Thursday night’s workshop will help the City achieve its vision.

The City is working with Planning Works, a Kansas City-based urban planning firm, to develop the updated Comprehensive Plan. Additional information about the plan update may be found on the project website,

Just Jake Talkin'


I used to play alot of Monopoly when I was a kid. Durin’ the summer months, we’d sometimes have a runnin’ game that would last a week or more. We played by the rules that were put forth in the instructions for the long game. Now borrowin’ money from other players was strictly forbidden, but what ever "deals" that could be agreed upon in the way of tradin’ property or "get out of jail" cards was all right.

I don’t know where the idea of puttin’ the money due the bank into the "Free Parking" space came from. Several I’ve played with have used that and assured me it was part of the rules.

The main thing ‘bout rules is not what they are, but that they are applied to ever’one consistently and no one gets an unfair advantage.

This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin’.

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

What is Homonymous Hemianopsia?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please explain the meaning of "homonymous hemianopsia." I am a senior and a diabetic. Does it have anything to do with either? -- J.B.

ANSWER: Hemianopsia is a loss of half the visual field. For example, a person can see from the center to the right but not from the center to the left. Homonymous (hoe-MON-uh-mus) indicates that both eyes have the same defect.

Head trauma, brain tumors, strokes and a few other conditions cause such a vision loss. Diabetes and aging are not common causes.

Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Nowadays there is such a to-do about gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Which comes first? -- F.G.

ANSWER: Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are different names for the same condition. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. People with a sensitivity to gluten develop an inability to absorb nutrients, causing diarrhea and weight loss. Gluten acts like a poison to their digestive tracts.

Treatment is avoidance of those grains and gluten.

You can call the illness celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten enteropathy or sprue -- whichever strikes your fancy.


By David Uffington

Banks Aren’t Always Upfront With Fees

The law says that banks and other financial institutions must provide consumers with information about account fees and terms before an account is opened. This doesn’t always happen.

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report on a study done to determine whether it was easy for consumers to get that information before opening an account at a banking institution. The results:

At 20 percent of the institutions, they weren’t able to get any information. The same situation applied at more than 30 percent of banking institution Web sites: The information wasn’t available.

This leaves a lot of consumers facing surprise fees -- and increases. The cost of items returned for insufficient funds and for overdrafts has gone up 11 percent since 2000. Stop payment order fees rose 17 percent. Fees on returned deposited items went up 29 percent. In 2006, we paid over $36 billion in bank fees.

Here are some ways to keep track of the fees your bank charges:

Open your statement every month and read any leaflets enclosed. Buried in other information might be your notice that there is to be an increase in your bank fees, including an increased minimum to keep a no-fee checking account or a newly instituted fee to speak to a teller on the phone.

Ask if you can combine checking and savings totals to qualify as your "minimum balance" to keep your free checking.

When you use the ATM at a bank that’s not your own, check the screen for the required disclosure of the fee.

Don’t sign up for overdraft protection unless you share an ATM card with someone and you’re not scrupulous about writing down every transaction. Have overdraft you if makes you feel safer, but don’t use it.

Use your individual needs to assess whether a bank is right for you. If you live on your ATM card, look for a bank that doesn’t charge a fee if you use its machine. If you write a lot of checks, look for a bank with free checking. lists 23 different types of fees charged by banking institutions. Check the site to become familiar with the variety of fees your bank can impose.


By Andrea Renee Wyatt, M.S.S., C.S.C.S.

When Friends Sabotage Your Workouts

Q: I have found that although I like to exercise, most of my really close friends do not. We do almost everything together, but when I mention that I’m going to the gym or walking around the block after work, they are totally uninterested. This leaves me alone to work out, and I find myself either shortening my workouts or not exercising at all. I know this only hurts me, but I wish they would join me so we could get in shape together. Do I need new friends, or is there a way to work through this?

A: Lack of support is one of the main reasons people have difficulty reaching their fitness and nutrition goals. Often overlooked, support from family and friends plays a huge part in how successful you’ll be in totally committing to and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Since developing a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal, you might need to get new friends. However, this does not mean you have to lose the old ones.

Without meaning to, family and friends can sabotage your fitness journey by not recognizing the importance you’ve placed on it. You might assume that they know or understand your goals, but it’s more likely they just never thought about the toll their involvement -- or lack of involvement -- has taken on your desire to exercise.

Telling your closest family and friends of your goals and what you have committed to in order to reach them can begin to help them acknowledge how you need their support. This may or may not encourage friends to join you at the gym, but it will let them know that exercise is important to you, and that you will continue to take time out of your schedule to work out.

After talking to your friends, you may find that although they support you 100 percent, they still have no desire to work out. This is perfectly all right, but now it’s time to find exercise partners who share your desire to help fill that void. There’s nothing wrong with having friends whom you identify with at the gym.

Introduce yourself to someone at your gym who uses the same type of cardio or strength equipment or who attends the same group exercise class as you and develop a gym buddy. This friendship does not have to extend outside of the gym, but while at the gym, you can make arrangements to meet up for a class, or save each other a treadmill, or even hire a personal trainer together. You also might find someone at work who likes to walk, and set up a time to walk at lunch or after work.

Accountability, motivation and encouragement are major ingredients for having success while trying to meet fitness and nutrition goals. Your new friend in the gym and your friends at home are all part of the support system you need to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Continue to be a positive example for your friends who don’t want to work out. You never know, one day they might finally ask to join you.Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

Moments In Time

The History Channel

On April 1, 1700, English pranksters begin popularizing the annual tradition of playing April Fool’s jokes. In keeping with the fun in 1957, the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees.

On April 4, 1812, President James Madison fires an economic salvo at the British government and enacts a 90-day embargo on trade with England. The embargo did little to forestall war: The British refused to cease harassing American ships, prompting Madison to lead America into the War of 1812.

On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris. At 984 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower remained the world’s tallest man-made structure until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930.

On April 5, 1931, Fox Film Corp. drops John Wayne from its roster of actors. Wayne had played bit parts, but failed to impress the studio. In 1939, Wayne finally had his breakthrough in "Stagecoach." Wayne went on to play in dozens of movies, including "True Grit," for which he won an Oscar in 1969.

On April 3, 1956, Elvis sings his first RCA recording, "Heartbreak Hotel," on NBC’s "Milton Berle Show." By April 21, the song had become Elvis’ first No. 1 single.

On April 6, 1970, Sam Sheppard, a doctor convicted of murdering his pregnant wife in a trial that caused a media frenzy in the 1950s, dies of liver failure. After a decade in prison, Sheppard was found "not guilty" in a second trial in 1966. The "Fugitive" television series and movie were rumored to have been loosely inspired by the story.


By Freddy Groves

Does Project 112 Ring a Bell?

Where were you from 1962 to 1974? Do "Project 112" or "SHAD" ring any bells? If so, the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration might be looking for you ... sort of.

Project 112/SHAD, begun in 1962, was to test the vulnerability of ships to attacks with chemicals and to assess the risk to service members. SHAD (an acronym for Shipboard Hazard and Defense) was conducted on ships, while Project 112 was conducted on land.

The Government Accountability Office has released a report detailing its observations of the efforts of the DOD and VA to hunt down military personnel who were involved and who might have health issues due to exposure to major chemicals. The report uncovered lots of snafus, specifically:

The DOD followed a narrow set of criteria in looking for the names of military personnel, didn’t adequately supervise the contractors doing the work and didn’t turn over every stone in their hunt.

The GAO report took the VA to task as well: It has sent notification letters to only 48 percent of the names it got from DOD, and hasn’t used all the resources available to it to hunt for addresses of the rest. (The VA used credit bureaus instead of Social Security or the IRS.)

If you want helping determining if you took part in the tests, there’s a special phone number at the DOD -- call 1-800-497-6261, or see If you want to talk to somebody at the VA, call the Special Issues Helpline 1-800-749-8387 or see Be sure to click on the links for the Clinic Pocket Guides, too, as they have a wealth of information about when, where and what chemicals were used, as well as the ships involved with the tests.

To real the full GAO report, go to



By Donna Erickson

Bring Spring Indoors with Blooming Branches

It’s time to start thinking spring. Feel the fresh energy of the new season by taking a nature walk with your family. Help the kids observe the changes taking place around them by pointing out the buds growing on bushes and trees. Then bring branches indoors to bloom and create a cheery centerpiece. Here’s how:

Step one: Clip branches

Forsythia, tamarack, weeping willow, silver-maple, apple and box-elder branches work well for this activity. Help your children clip off a few branches (they should be about 20 inches long) with garden shears.

Lay the branches on a hard, flat surface and let the kids pound the cut ends with a hammer. This will help the branches absorb water and will encourage the blooms. Set them in a sturdy vase or a pitcher filled with water. For extra fun, arrange them in a water-filled jar, and place the jar inside a clay pot you paint yourselves.

Step two: Paint a clay pot

Choose a clean clay flowerpot that is wider and slightly taller than your jar. Set it on newspaper and let your child paint the outside of the pot with tempera paint or acrylic paints. When the paint is dry, set the branch-filled jar in the clay pot. Fill the gap between the jar and the pot with moss. New leaves and blossoms should appear on the branches in a week or two.

If your child has a spring birthday, tie brightly wrapped candy or party favors to the branches to make special "blooms" for the party guests to take home.

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