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Friday, April 4, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 205

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Hugs Project will be hosting a bake sale THIS EVENING, from 4:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. at Wal-mart in Carthage. The money raised from the bake sale will go to help cover the cost of postage for care packages to be shipped to our military men and women.

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 Rose 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?... Relay For Life April 8th meeting will be held at the First Christian Church, 800 S. Main in the basement. The Committee meeting is at 5:30 and Team captain meeting is at 6:30.

today's laugh

People who live in glass houses should take hot baths so the windows will steam up.

A real short fish story: Fish, wish, bait, wait; bite, flight, roam, home; buy, lie.

I went into the library and said, "I want the Life of Julius Caesar." They said, "I’m sorry but Brutus beat you to it."

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

The Sales of Ore.

Highest Price Paid for Zinc Ore Was $32, and Lead Brought $54.50.

The large sales of both zinc and lead ore by Joplin producers is an established feature of the past week’s record.

Zinc ore to the amount of 1,061 tons and 220 tons of lead were sold, at a total value of $42,739. The zinc sales were not as large as the preceding week, but there were 44 tons more sold. Joplin values, however, suffered by the reduction of the price on zinc ore, with a general cut of fifty cents a ton, while some sells were made at one dollar less. At other camps there was very little change in price, it having previously been lopped off. Joplin’s turn came last week.

Coal and Wood.

Cheapest and best coal and wood at Pacific coal yards.


Today's Feature

Repeated Scam Call Warning.

(News release) JEFFERSON CITY –The Missouri Department of Revenue (Department) announced that it has received word that once again Missouri taxpayers are being targeted by scam artists. The callers are identifying themselves as representatives of the Department of Revenue to obtain sensitive information from taxpayers.

The calls have been both individuals and recorded messages, with the caller requesting routing numbers for bank accounts and social security information. These scammers are saying this information is needed to debit their account for payment due the Department of Revenue. The Department would never call individual taxpayers requesting personal bank account routing numbers or credit card numbers to process an income tax refund or an amount due the Department.

"Missourians need to continue to be cautious when asked to give out their personal information over the phone to someone claiming to be with the Department of Revenue," Gov. Blunt said. "I have urged the Department to continue to inform Missourians about these scams to protect taxpayers from fraud and identity theft."

"We are very concerned that these scam artists, purporting to be from the Department of Revenue, could threaten taxpayers’ sensitive information," said Omar Davis, Director of Revenue. "These scam calls have continued to surface throughout this tax season, and we want Missourians to be very cautious before giving out any financial information over the phone if they did not initiate the call."

If customers receive these types of calls, they should NOT divulge any personal information to the caller. Inquiries from consumers should be directed to or (800) 392-8222.

Just Jake Talkin'


Those little triangular puzzles they put in pizza joints with the golf tees in ‘em always drive me nuts.

They say the object is to jump over one tee at a time and pull out the one ya jump. Ya try to leave one tee in the board after it’s all over. Seen it, but never did it.

From what one guy showed me once, there is a pattern ya have ta follow to get the job done. He doesn’t work those puzzles anymore ‘cause he knows the secret. No challenge. Now he gets his kicks frustratin’ folks by showin’ ‘em how to do it real fast and walkin’ away.

‘Course I never could sit down and finish a jigsaw puzzle either. For a long time I just figured I wasn’t a puzzle person, then I realized my skill was workin’ out puzzles that happen in everyday life.

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

Oak Street Health & Herbs
By Sally Armstrong

I just read an article on winter driving, and I want to make sure I understand what is meant when they say, "Turn into the direction of the skid." If the front of our car is veering right, it means the rear is going left, so which direction are you skidding in - right or left? I want to make sure I understand where I’m supposed to turn my steering wheel. It seems that if my front is veering right, and I turn my steering wheel to the right, I’d just end up making a circle. Please clarify. - Sylvia.

TOM: If the car starts to slide, and the front of the car is pointing to the right of where it’s supposed to be pointing and the back end of the vehicle is moving to the left, that’s usually referred to as skidding to the left. In that case, Sylvia, you would turn the steering wheel to the left to try to straighten out.

RAY: Think about it this way. Let’s say you plopped your car down on the face of the clock. The front of the car is pointed at the 12, and the back of the car is pointed to the 6. You’re going straight down the road, and all is right with the world.

TOM: Now, suppose, all of a sudden, the front of your car is pointing to the 2. How would you get the car pointed straight again? You’d turn left, wouldn’t you? You’re pointing at the 2, and you want to point to the 12, so you turn left. That’s turning into the skid.

RAY: If the car was suddenly pointing to the 10, and you wanted to be pointing toward the 12, you’d turn the wheel to the right, right? Right.

TOM: But even if you understand the theory, it’s best to practice the technique before you have to use it. So if there’s a snowstorm and you can find a big, empty parking lot (note: light poles don’t count as empty), go out and, at a reasonably slow speed, cut the wheel sharply and put the car into a skid, then try to steer out of it. Or better yet, Sylvia, make sure your next car has electronic stability control.

Natural Nutrition

by Mari An Willis

I just love Spring with its offerings.

Dandelion: a bitter, but nutritious herb, may be used in many ways. The earliest leaves are a delicious addition to a salad. It has been traditionally used as a digestive tonic, blood cleanser, mild diuretic and an aid in weight loss. It has been suggested to relieve inflammation of the liver and gallbladder; as well as skin disorders. Some have suggested it may be useful as a preventative for high blood pressure.

Feverfew: a bushy perennial, has been used in Britain for many years as a deterrent to migraine attacks. The flowers and leaves are used in the preparations. The dosage used in Britain for prevention of the headaches has been 50 to 100 mg daily. It has been used by some as an anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic. Of course, as the name implies, it has been used to help bring down fevers.

Chickweed: growing so profusely at this time, has been used in many diet formulas as it is said to have the ability to stop cravings and aid in digestion. Many folk herbalists use it as a poultice to treat skin disorders.

Brudock root: has been used to cleanse the blood and "heal" the liver and kidneys. It is one of the best known blood purifiers. Some people report when it is used on a regular basis, it is useful for weight loss. To make a tea; bring water to boil, pour in about an ounce of root, simmer for approximately 20 minutes and allow to cool. Drink between meals to curb appetite. Nice mixed with some lemongrass.

* The Nature Doctor ... Dr. H. C. Vogel

*Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Dr. Murray and Dr. Pizzorno


Broiled Brown-Sugar Bananas

A sweet, satisfying dessert with just four basic ingredients.

COOK: 5 minutes TOTAL: 10 minutes

MAKES: 4 servings

4 ripe medium bananas, unpeeled

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon lower-fat margarine

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat broiler. Cut each unpeeled banana lengthwise almost in half, being careful not to cut all the way through and leaving 1 inch uncut at banana end.

2. In cup, with fork, blend together remaining ingredients. Place bananas, cut side up, on rack in broiling pan. Spoon brown-sugar mixture into split bananas.

3. Place pan in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil bananas 5 minutes or until browned. Serve bananas in skins, and use spoon to scoop out fruit.

Each serving: About 150 calories, 34g carb., 2g total fat (1g saturated), 20mg sodium.

By Larry Cox


Q: My dad remembers the old punchboards that were often found in neighborhood bars throughout the 1940s and ‘50s. For 25 cents, you punched out a paper cover of a small hole, and if it had a certain mark or color, you won $5. Other punchboards could be played for 5 cents per punch, and I’ve even heard some existed in larger cities that required a dollar to play. Dad has a birthday in August, and I would like nothing better than to give him a punchboard. Can you help me? -- Roger, Dayton, Ohio

A: Contact Punchboards, 7610 S. Main St., Midvale, UT 84047; and (801) 255-4731. If you strike out, I recently saw several dozen vintage punchboards at Old Pueblo Coin Exchange, 4420 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85712; and (520) 881-7200.


Q: I have four pieces of Steuben glass that I think are quite valuable. Can you suggest someone who can help me determine values? If my pieces are as valuable as I think they are, I would like to add them to my homeowner’s insurance policy. -- Louise, Davenport, Iowa

A: Jeffrey Purtell is an established dealer who specializes in both the purchase and sale of Steuben glass. He is an expert and has agreed to help you. His contact information is 31 Pleasant Point Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801;; and


Q: I have a Stratton convertible compact, complete with puff and pouch. It is probably from the 1950s and features images of cats on its case. Any information about this unusual item? -- Cathy, Hudson, N.H.

A: I recommend you contact Roselyn Gerson, president of the Compact Collectors Club, P.O. Box 40, Lynbrook, NY 11563;; and 516-593-8746.


Q: I have the first issue of Sports Illustrated, dated Aug. 16, 1954, and would like to know what it is worth. -- Charlotte, Midwest City, Okla.

A: You can buy the same edition for $250 at Headline Sports, (713) 672-2793. Check out other issues at

By Greg Zyla

1942 Mopars

Q: Greg, your recent column about the value of a 1942 Dodge was right on. Also, you are correct that there was no car production from 1943-45, but there was not much during 1942 either, which is why there aren’t many ‘42 models around today.

As you point out, Dodge production was only 68,000 for ‘42 models. That’s because the federal government ordered a stop to civilian production in February 1942. It wasn’t until late 1945 that the factories began shifting production back to civilian vehicles.

My favorite ‘42 Mopars are the DeSotos with the hidden headlights. Also unique are the small run of "blackout" models produced by many of the manufacturers just before production finally ceased. The blackouts are very rare and highly collectable today. -- Chris Barbieri, Montpelier, Vt.

A: Chris, thanks much for your letter. The blackout models you mention are indeed rare and interesting. They were instituted by direct order from Washington, D.C., so that no car manufacturer would have a sales advantage while the use of raw materials were regulated due to the war. Thus, no new cars could be delivered with exposed stainless steel or chrome trim with the exception of bumpers, bumper guards, and windshield wipers. The resulting cars were dubbed "blackout specials" or "blackout models."

As for that 1942 DeSoto, it was indeed a very nice car, and was officially dubbed the Series S-10C Custom Club Coupe. DeSoto production in 1942 totaled just 25,000 cars, with your favorite two-door Club Coupe model coming in at just 2,236 units. All ‘42 DeSotos were powered by inline 236-inch six-cylinder engines producing 115 horsepower.

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