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Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 222

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Did Ya Know?... The Citywide Garage Sale is on May 3rd and starts in some locations as early as 6:00am. If you are choosing to participate in the citywide garage sale you must get a permit from City Hall for $2.00 and then go by Carthage Press to register your address on the insert. Pick up a Friday edition of the Carthage Press for a full listing of sale locations.

Did Ya Know?... The Powers Museum’s Prelude to Chautauqua: Program #3 will be on Saturday, May 3 at the Webb City Public Library at 101 South Liberty, Webb City. The free program will be presented at 1:30. Call 417-673-4326 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... The 4th Annual May Cemetery Event is on Saturday, May 10th at 5:30 P.M. in Park Cemetery. Celebrate the Lives & History of Carthage. Bring Lawn Chairs - Invited to Wear Period Dress. Catering by McCune Brooks Regional Hospital.

today's laugh

"I’m suffering dreadfully from insomnia. I’ve tried all sorts of remedies, but I can find nothing that will send me to sleep."
"Why don’t you try talking to yourself?"

Teacher - "What is the surest way to keep milk from souring?"
Dorothy - "Leave it in the cow."

Tell your wife everything - especially before someone else does.

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

Turkey Broke the Record.

Dr. J. W. Stewart of the First Methodist church received two turkeys, one from Carthage friends and one from friends at Prosperity. They were both very large ones but the Carthage turkey broke the record and the doctor had to come up town and buy a new rooster as there was nothing at home large enough to be equal to the occasion.

Dr. Edmonston, the magnetic specialist is the place to get rid of your aches, pains and chronic troubles.

Weston & Tharp have opened a new grocery and meat market at 114 West Fourth street. Telephone No. 281.

Sqt. Granite tea kettles, no trash 42c, Brinkley’s.

Home grown strawberries and Gooseberries tomorrow at Carpenter & Osborn.


Today's Feature

Budget Hearings Part II.

The City Council Budget Ways and Means Committee will meet again this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall for the second session of the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Hearings. Items on tonight’s agenda include the discussion of the City Department budget requests. The schedule reads as follows; 6:30 pm. Fire, Emergency Management, 7:00 p.m. Police, Taxi, 7:30 p.m. Parks & Recreation, Golf, Pool, 8:00 p.m. Break, 8:15 Streets, Street/Engineering Projects, 8:45 p.m. Public Works, Landfill, Public Health, 9:15 p.m. City Attorney, Administration, Memorial Hall, Civil War Museum, Central Municipal Activities, 9:45 adjourn. Budget adjustments are scheduled to begin tomorrow evening.


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2008—Eighty-four of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities have earned Reliable Public Power ProviderTM (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Terry Huval, director of utilities for Lafayette, La., Utilities System, and chair of the APPA Board of Directors, presented the designees on April 21, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Indianapolis, Ind.

"RP3 designees exemplify the highest standards of utility operations," said Paul Allen, vice president, engineering at Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, "These utilities are leading the way in providing reliable and safe electric service to their communities."

The RP3 recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

This is the third year that the RP3 designation has been offered. More information and a full list of designees—recognized in three categories—is available at

Just Jake Talkin'


There is one thing that folks never seem to grow tired of, toys. I’ve heard endless stories of the electric train that the kid got but never got to play with ‘cause the dad was always in the way.

‘Course nowadays, the grown-ups have their own toys ta play with. I was in a restaurant the other day and ever’ now and then a car would honk on in the parkin’ lot. I figured it was someone’s alarm goin’ haywire. Come to find out, one of the older gentlemen sittin’ in the restaurant had a remote control that made the horn honk. Ever’time someone would walk by, he’d give ‘em a beep. As usual, the reaction of those walkin’ by was what kept his table in stitches.

One guy that happened ta pass by was still talkin’ to the blame thing as he came in the door. They were still laughing.

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

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Correcting the Laxative Habit

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: This question is one I cannot ask my family physician. I take about 15 laxatives a day -- all at once -- and have been doing so for about two years. I feel I am really doing myself harm, but I can’t seem to wean myself from them. Your thoughts are appreciated. -- A.B.

ANSWER: You’re going to need your family doctor’s input in getting you over the laxative habit. The doctor isn’t going to recoil in disgust or swoon on hearing this. He or she has heard the same story many times. The dangers of laxatives have been overstated in the past, but taking 15 a day is a bit much for anyone’s colon. There are four general classes of laxatives. I don’t know which you’re taking, so I’ll spend a moment on each.

Osmotic laxatives pull water into undigested food. MiraLax, Cephulac, Enulose and milk of magnesia belong in this class. They have few side effects.

Bulking laxatives attract water into the food residue too. Metamucil, Citrucel and psyllium are such laxatives. So is fiber. And fiber can safely replace the 15 laxative pills you take. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are fiber sources. We’re supposed to get around 25 grams a day.

Stool softeners act like soap to promote the mixing of food and fluids. They keep stools moist and soft. Colace is an example.

Stimulant laxatives irritate the colon wall and cause it to contract more forcefully.

Do tell your doctor, who can work with you to get you over your laxative habit.

By David Uffington

Real Estate: Yes, It’s Safe to Buy

Many renters have put aside their quest for home ownership, at least for now, because of the current state of the real estate market. Their fear is that prices aren’t finished dropping and that a year from now they could be upside down -- owing more on the home than it’s worth.

If you’re looking for an investment with the hope of making a large profit in two years, then yes, you have reason to be concerned.

However, if you’re looking for a home for your family, a place you can live in for many years, then the current market needn’t be a major concern if you’re careful.

Here are some considerations:

• Don’t fall into the same trap that caused much of the current mortgage crisis. Aim for a fixed-rate 30-year loan. That way you’ll know from year to year what your payments will be.

• Get your pre-approval and your mortgage letter first. With the letter in hand, you’ll be able to strike immediately when you find a house you like.

• Don’t let a lender entice you into taking the full amount of mortgage you qualify for. Add in your own monthly safety cushion. After all, you’re the one who has to make the payments. Give yourself breathing room.

• Beware of buying in a neighborhood with a lot of For Sale signs. Ask your realtor for a list of recent sales. Sales signs with no recent sales could mean the neighborhood hasn’t bottomed out yet. If the houses are abandoned, you could end up living in a ghost town.

• Check for comparable sales in your target area and look at for information and photos. You can weed out a lot of houses just by looking at the pictures.

• Don’t buy the first house in a new subdivision, especially one that isn’t finished. If the builder goes under, you could end up losing your down payment.

• Your best bet is to find a seller with a house that’s been on the market for six months or more. By now, the seller’s illusion of a quick sale has passed, and he or she will be more motivated to seriously consider all offers.

• Use a carefully chosen real-estate agent for protection. You’re less likely to be a victim of fraud.

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

Whatever Happened to Step Aerobics?

Q: For years I used to enjoy step aerobic classes, but my gym stopped offering them. I found that other gyms either don’t offer step aerobics at all or only have a few classes each week. Why has step aerobics seemed to disappear from group exercise schedules? I enjoyed these classes, and so did the other members. Where have they gone?

A: Step aerobics has been around for many years and has a strong following of faithful participants. However, in recent years other forms of group exercise classes have become more popular and caused many fitness facilities to limit the number of step aerobic classes offered on their group exercise schedules.

Step aerobics is an intense group workout program that incorporates movements on steps that can change in height by adding or removing risers. Class participants complete combinations of up and down movements both on and off the step, in addition to using the floor and step in combination to complete exercises such as lunges.

Classes such as boot camp, power pump (group resistance training), kickboxing and dance have gained popularity and have replaced many step aerobic classes. Boot camp and power pump classes actually incorporate certain movements used in step aerobics as part of their workouts, usually without the sometimes-complicated step combinations.

As we know, the fitness industry has seen many new trends that seem to saturate fitness facilities and then over a period of time fade away. Step aerobics is actually one of those classes that has come and gone and is back again. More and more step aerobic-type classes are finding their way back on group exercise schedules, although they might go by a different name.

Speak with the group exercise director at your fitness facility and tell him or her how much you enjoy step aerobics classes and how you would like to see more of them on the schedule. Encourage other members of your gym to do the same, as most schedules are put together by attendance and class demand.

Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

Moments In Time
The History Channel

On April 28, 1789, the HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the master’s mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small, open boat. Bligh and his men reached the East Indies in June after a voyage of some 3,600 miles.

On April 30, 1888, orange-sized hail devastates the farming town in India, killing 230 people. The area’s many farmers were out working their fields when the storm began, and most of the victims died instantly.

On May 1, 1923, Joseph Heller, author of the classic satirical novel "Catch-22," is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Catch-22" explores a paradox in Army regulations: A pilot could be grounded if found insane, but if the pilot requested to be grounded because of insanity, the Army considered him perfectly sane for wanting to avoid danger -- and wouldn’t ground him.

On May 4, 1948, Norman Mailer’s first novel, "The Naked and the Dead," is published. After leaving the Army in 1946, he wrote the best-seller while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, basing it on his own military experiences.

On May 2, 1957, Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisc., passes away at age 48. McCarthy had been a key figure in the anticommunist hysteria popularly known as the "Red Scare" that engulfed the United States in the years following World War II.

On May 3, 1960, the musical comedy "The Fantasticks" opens in an off-Broadway playhouse in New York’s Greenwich Village. It went on to become the world’s longest-running musical, with 17,162 performances over 42 years.

On April 29, 1974, President Richard Nixon announces that he will release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations in response to a Watergate trial subpoena. On Aug. 8, 1974, Nixon avoided a Senate impeachment trial by becoming the first U.S. president to resign from office.

By Freddy Groves

Operation Gratitude

A few months ago, Operation Gratitude delivered its 300,000th care package to a soldier. Not only that, but OpGrat’s founder, Carolyn Blashek, went 9,000 miles to personally deliver the package in Iraq. The box contained, among other things, the keys to a brand-new Jeep Liberty.

I hadn’t checked in on OpGrat for a while, but it’s grown. What started as one woman’s kitchen-table operation has exploded into a multi-layered non-profit organization that still only has one goal: To provide care packages for military personnel who are stationed in hostile or remote locations. It’s run by volunteers, and every dollar goes to the cause.

May is Military Appreciation Month, and OpGrat is going all out. As you read this, OpGrat is in full swing with its Patriotic Drive 2008, with the next round of packages being readied for shipment this month.

Here’s where you come in: The Web site ( is loaded with dozens of ways you can help. Here are a few examples:

1. Letters, letters, letters: These are the favorite items in the packages, especially letters from veterans and children.

2. Buy a new cell phone and recycle your old one. You can get donations for OpGrat both ways.

3. Use as your Internet search engine, and it will donate a penny for each search.

4. Make a cash donation. The shipping cost alone for each package is $10. Do the math: It is expecting to send 100,000 packages this year. While all the goods in the packages are donated, the shipping isn’t. Donations are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Operation Gratitude and send to:

Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436

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