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Tuesday, February 12, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 167

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Did Ya Know?... Juice Bar, We are ready to update folks on the latest developments with the I-44 Strip Club issue in Jasper County. Feb 12, 2008, 7:00 P.M., Joplin Stockyard Arena - North of I-44 at Exit 22. Please make plans to join us.

Did Ya Know?... Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, Carthage, Mo. will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day Event on Thursday, Feb. 14th at the Theatre. In addition to the play DIAL M FOR MURDER there will be a very special menu and Roses and Candy for the ladies. The price is $25.00 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations call the theatre at 417-358-9665 or 417-358-7268 or email

Did Ya Know?... Calling all Cancer Survivors: All area Cancer Survivors and their family are invited to a survivors social February 15th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Fairview Christian Church. There will be lots of fun and entertainment. For more information call Tracy Ackermanat 358-8131 X 3311.

today's laugh

"Has the laundry made a mistake?" a man asked his wife. "This shirt is to tight, I can’t breathe! It can’t be my shirt!"
"Oh, it’s your shirt," the wife says. "But you’ve got your head through a buttonhole."

Gambling is a great way of getting nothing for something.

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

An Aurora Girl the Victim
of a Heinous Crime

Aurora may be the scene of a lynching. A brute named Ed Bateman, employed as porter at a hotel there, entered the room of a young girl, choked her to insensibility and committed a criminal assault. He escaped but before the news of his awful deed was noised among the townsmen he was arrested and placed in the jail of a nearby town. Now that the news of the crime is public there is strong talk of lynching and should the man be taken back to Aurora the law may be cheated of its rights.

Sale of Eighty Acres.

A deed was filed yesterday by which W. C. Jacobs bought an eighty acre farm a mile east of Sarcoxie for $2,400 or $30 per acre. The parties selling were George, Charles, Oden, William, Richard and Mary Spencer; Mary A. Bell, Eliza, Elizabeth and R. and A. Yates.


Today's Feature

Council Meeting Tonight.

The Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include the second reading of the ordinance that would lift the age restrictions for Carthage Police Officers. Current Carthage code requires that officers not serve after they have reached the age of 65. Finance and Personnel Committee Chair Diane Sharits commented during the first reading of this ordinance that some employees of the Police Department are approaching 65 years of age and are still active and in good health.

The agenda also includes the second reading of a performance agreement between the City and Schreiber Foods, Inc. which would provide incentives in the form of tax abatement for new construction and expansion of existing facilities, and the second reading of an ordinance approving a settlement agreement with Sprint for back taxes owed to the City.

The first reading will be heard for an ordinance which would enter the City into contract with Jasper County Collector Stephen Holt for the service of collecting City property taxes. This item is recommended for approval by the Budget Committee.

Just Jake Talkin'


I can’t remember ‘xactly what the recipe was, but after a fairly deep snow, we used to go out and gather up a couple bowls of snow and bring it in ta make ‘snow ice cream’.

I suppose it was used by mothers to give kids somethin’ to do on a cold winter day. A tradition passed down through generations. At some point in my family’s history, I figure it was a real treat to have any form of ice cream. Back when there was real cream readily available, it prob’ly even tasted half way decent.

To my brother and sister and I, it was just a fun activity and an excuse to go out and scoop out a wind blown drift.

It was the classic scene of life durin’ those times. Kids wantin’ to help, mom in the kitchen, laughter.. Ever’one warm and cozy.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Salt Holds on to Fluid

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ve been told that if you ingest more salt than your body requires, the body can slough off the excess if you increase your water intake. Is that true? -- G.S.

ANSWER: That’s false. In fact, the extra salt holds onto fluid. The kidneys are excellent chemists, but they can do only so much. If a person overwhelms them with too much salt, they can’t get rid of it all. Much of it stays in the body and holds onto fluid.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What happens to artery buildup when one stops eating trans fats? -- M.C.

ANSWER: It takes a lot of work to reverse artery buildup, but it can be done if a person carefully watches the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol eaten. You have to do other things too. You have to keep blood pressure in the normal range. You have to exercise regularly. You can’t smoke.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it better to drink diet pop or regular pop? -- B.

ANSWER: It’s OK to drink either if you do so in moderation -- one or two cans a day.

Regular pop has a hefty supply of calories, around 150 for 12 ounces. You don’t get any other nutrients with those calories -- no minerals, no vitamins, no fiber. Sugar in regular pop promotes tooth decay.

Diet pop has no sugar, so that’s something in its favor.

Caffeine in either form of pop puts women at risk for coming down with high blood pressure if they drink four or more cans a day.

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

Don’t Sweat It

You have just finished a 55-minute spinning class that would give Lance Armstrong a run for his money. Your shirt, shorts and hair are dripping with sweat. As you eye your classmates, you determine that you must have worked much harder than them since they are not sweating nearly as much as you. Your drenched T-shirt has become a well-earned trophy from an intense fat-burning aerobic workout, right? Maybe ... but not necessarily.

Using sweat as a gauge of exercise intensity and effectiveness is often misleading. The amount you sweat does not directly correlate to calories burned, strength gained or flexibility achieved. It is simply a response to the rise of your core body temperature while completing your exercise routine. There are many factors involved in why and when the sweating process occurs.

The process of sweating involves the development of moisture coming through the pores of the skin from sweat glands as a result of a rise in environmental temperature, physical exertion or emotion. As your temperature rises, the body can utilize sweating to cool the skin and maintain a proper core body temperature of 98.6 degrees F. This is why you may find it easier to sweat in the summer while exercising, when the outside temperature is helping raise your body temperature, compared with winter, when you may have to wear extra layers just to maintain your body temperature.

Many exercisers believe they have not really worked out unless they break a sweat, but sweat mechanisms are highly individual. Climate, fitness level, type of activity and exercise training style all factor in to your potential to sweat. I know ... mentally it feels good to finish a workout and have physical evidence of your hard work, but the success of your exercise program should be tracked with measurable goals.

So forget the sweat and instead establish goals that focus on improved cardiovascular endurance, increased muscular strength and flexibility. For example, if you are not able to walk a mile without stopping, set a goal to walk a little farther each day until your goal is achieved. Once your current goal is reached, extend it, and remember, whether you sweat or not, you are making progress.

Please consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

By David Uffington

When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes.

Have you filed your 2007 tax return yet? If so, you probably have a refund coming. Many wait until the last minute, however, if money is owed.

If you’ve done the math and realize that you don’t have all the money you’re going to owe, there’s still time. Your best bet is to get the money anywhere you can, as quick as you can.

Places to look for money:

Credit cards -- Interest rates are likely to be less than the amount you’d owe the Internal Revenue Service, once they tack on interest and penalties.

Sell something.

Equity in your house.

Borrow from relatives.

If April comes around and you still don’t have all the money you owe, send in what you have with your tax return. Don’t fail to file, no matter what, because the penalty is high.

You’ll soon receive a bill from the IRS (with penalties and interest added on) for the balance you still owe. If you absolutely don’t have it and know you can’t get it in one lump sum, consider filing an Installment Agreement Request (Form 9465). This is an agreement between you and the IRS that you’ll make regular monthly payments of a set amount until the debt is paid.

There are some caveats here. By entering into an installment agreement, you promise you won’t be late on next year’s taxes. The fine print says that you’ll make your estimated taxes on time, too.

How much can you pay? The IRS wants you to pay off the debt in 36 months. Line 11 of Form 9465 asks you to put in an amount that you can pay every month. The risk here is that you won’t be able to if something comes up. If you default on the agreement, the IRS can file a lien or levy on your bank accounts. If you leave line 11 blank, the fine print at the bottom of the instruction page says that an amount will be calculated, spreading the debt out over 60 months. Remember, though, that the interest and penalties also will be accruing that long, and the interest rate can change quarterly.

To take a look at the Installment Agreement Request form and instructions, go to the IRS Web site at and do a search for Form 9465.

Moments In Time
The History Channel

On Feb. 17, 1801, after one tie vote in the Electoral College and 35 indecisive ballot votes in the House of Representatives, Vice President Thomas Jefferson is elected the third president of the United States. The confusing election exposed major problems in the presidential electoral process.

On Feb. 14, 1842, fans of Charles Dickens organize the Boz Ball, an elite party for the celebrated writer. (Dickens’ earliest works had been published under the pseudonym Boz.) Only members of New York’s aristocracy were invited, and tickets were priced at the then-outrageous sum of $10.

On Feb. 11, 1858, in southern France, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. The apparitions, which totaled 18 before the end of the year, occurred in a grotto of a rock promontory near Lourdes.

On Feb. 12, 1924, the first network radio program to be sponsored by advertising debuts. The show, "The Eveready Hour," was sponsored by the National Carbon Company and broadcast in New York, Washington, D.C., and Providence, R.I.

On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. Castro replaced Miro Cardona as head of the country’s new provisional government.

On Feb. 15, 1965, jazz singer and pianist Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer at age 46. In 1991, his daughter, singer Natalie Cole, released the album "Unforgettable With Love." Electronic recording and mixing technology allowed her to record duets with her father, using his old tracks.

On Feb. 13, 1989, Leona Helmsley, nicknamed the "Queen of Mean" by the press, receives a four-year prison sentence and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. For many, Helmsley became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that "only the little people pay taxes."

By Freddy Groves

Stop, Thief!

Want a real thrill to make your day? Do an online hunt for cases involving those who’ve stolen money from veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Here are a few samples of what you’ll find.

Montana: Guy No. 1 stole VA checks while working as a desk clerk at a motel while the veteran was in jail. He forged the signatures and gave them to Guy No. 2 to cash. They split the money. When caught, Guy No. 1 got six months in jail. Guy No. 2 was facing maybe 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft of government money and conspiracy. The judge reportedly said that it appeared to be an "isolated incident." Guy No. 2 was sentenced to -- brace yourself -- probation. An isolated incident? It went on for 11 months.

Texas: A grandson cashed benefit checks made out to his deceased veteran grandfather. The VA did not know the grandfather had passed away and continued to send checks. When caught, the grandson was sentenced to six months in prison plus probation.

Ohio: A husband-and-wife team cashed VA pension checks and even applied for more benefits using the identity of a deceased veteran roommate. They managed to keep this up for 19 years, to the tune of more than $156,000. Punishment: The husband got one year and a day in prison, plus probation; the wife got probation.

Massachusetts: The director of a boarding house kept depositing VA benefit checks long after the veteran died. He claims he didn’t know that the veteran (who went into rehab) had passed away and that he was just keeping the room available. At this point, there’s been a preliminary hearing on larceny charges, and a plea of innocence. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.

Department of Revenue Files Extension of Real ID.

(News Release) JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri Department of Revenue (Department) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has granted Missouri’s request for an extension to the May 11, 2008, deadline for complying with Real ID. The extension will provide the Department additional time to review the 284 pages of Real ID regulations to determine the impact on all Missourians.

"We have made great strides with the Lawful Presence measures in place already," said Omar Davis, Director of Revenue. "We will continue to review the Real ID regulations, but our highest priority is the safety of our citizens."

The Department filed its request for an extended Missouri’s deadline for compliance with the Real ID Act until December 31, 2009. This extension ensures that all Missourians can travel on commercial aircraft and enter federal buildings with presently acceptable forms of identification.

Details of the rules on the Real ID can be found at

More on Real ID (From the Department of Homeland Security’s web site)- REAL ID refers to minimum standards for state-issued driver’s licenses or personal identification cards that will allow you to board a federally-regulated airplane, access a federal facility or nuclear power plant.

These standards are part of the requirements of the REAL ID Act of 2005, which Congress passed to make it more difficult to fraudulently acquire a drivers license or ID card, as part of the effort to fight terrorism and reduce fraud.

The 9/11 Commission endorsed the REAL ID requirements, noting that "For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons … All but one of the 9/11 hijackers acquired some form of identification document, some by fraud. Acquisition of these forms of identification would have assisted them in boarding commercial flights, renting cars, and other necessary activities."

Letter to the Editor.
Opinions expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Mornin’ Mail.

Members of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, If you are a small business that has found it difficult to provide health insurance for your employees, the Joplin Chamber of Commerce may have a solution for you. The Joplin Chamber is creating a "Health Insurance Association" that allows an association of small businesses to act as one large employer group, instead of separate ones, to buy competitively priced employee health insurance.

Representatives of the Joplin Chamber will present this concept on Wednesday, February 13th at 9:00am at the Carthage Chamber office for any chamber members that are interested. If you could call and let us know you are planning on attending the meeting, we can have resources available for all in attendance. - John W. Bode, President of Carthage Chamber of Commerce.

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