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Tuesday, February 19, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 172

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Did Ya Know?... CHILI FEED AND SILENT AUCTION. Feb. 22nd, 2008 5:30 - 8:00pm at First Christian Church Lighthouse (Corner of Main and Chestnut). Adults $5.00 Children (6-13) $3.00 All you can Eat! There will be over 300 items in the silent auction and all proceeds to benefit Carthage FFA Students.

Did Ya Know?... GIVE BLOOD, The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, Thursday, Feb. 21 from 12:30pm to 6:00pm. Refreshments & T-shirts to All Donors. Please bring your Donor Card or Photo I.D.. For more info call 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Carthage Presents Classic country artist "Lallie Bridges" from Branson, Mo February 23. 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets $4.00 each Doors Open @ 7:00 Come join the fun! For more information call (417) 358-1657.

Did Ya Know?... February 26th, Ribbon Cutting at Digitally Speaking, 11:00AM. They are celebrating the new location of Digitally Speaking at 409 S. Main in Carthage.

today's laugh

"Pa, may I ask you a question?"
"Cetainly, my child."
"Well, where is the wind when it doesn’t blow?"

Children are human gimme pigs.

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

Large Crowd at Armory Rink Last Night -Prize Winning Costumes.

The masquerade at the armory skating rink was largely attended last night, some 125 or 150 pairs of skates being rented out for the evening. The costumes were many of them fine.

The prizes for the best costumes were as follows: Best costume worn by lady, Miss Belle Clark of Joplin; best costume worn by a gentleman, W. C. Forney, of Joplin. These two winners both wore Indian costumes.

The prizes for the most comic costumes were won as follows: First for lady, by Miss Maude Hill of Carthage; first for gentleman Jesse Wright of Carthage.

It had been advertised that the floor would be cleared for dancing at ten o’clock, but when that hour arrived those present voted unanimously to continue the skating instead, so there was no dancing.

Good music for the occasion was furnished by the band of this city.


Today's Feature

Two Committee Meetings Today.

Two City Council committee meetings will be held on Tuesday this week. At 4:00 p.m. the City Council Public Works Committee is scheduled to meet in the Public Works Department building at 623 E. 7th Street. That committee has no items of old or new business on the agenda. During the committee’s previous meeting the deadline for storm-related debris residential pickup was decided. With that deadline past the figures of the total collected debris may now be available.

At 6:30 p.m. the Public Safety Committee will meet in the Carthage Police Department at 310 W. 4th Street. Items on that agenda include the discussion of equipment purchases for the Police Department and the discussion of a grant application for the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.

The Fire Department is also scheduled to discuss at 10% match for a Homeland Security Grant.

The Public Safety Committee usually meets on the third Monday of each month, but that date was rescheduled due to President’s Day.

Just Jake Talkin'


I used ta enjoy the game of sittin’ in a circle and one person tellin’ the next some statement. That person in turn would tell the next until the circle was completed. ‘Course the fun is that what the last person says has little or no relevance to what words were originally spoken.

Most prob’ly played the game as an exercise in how things get changed or exaggerated in ever’ day conversation. There’s little doubt that the game wouldn’t be much fun or have the same impact if a note was written and passed around the room. The illustration of how the written word is harder to alter would seem obvious to most.

It’d be hard ta play baseball if after ever’ pitch, someone wanted to change the rules od the game.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital

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

Hepatitis C Spread in Many Ways

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would like to know more about hepatitis C. I know sex, childbirth and sharing hypodermic needles with drug users can pass it on. Can a person contract it from using the same toilet as an infected person or from using such a person’s cups or dishes?- D.S.

ANSWER: Hepatitis C is anything but a seldom-seen illness. Around 4 million Americans have it.

The largest number of infected people never have a single day of illness and never know that they are infected. The virus, however, stays in the body for life in many and can continue to wreak havoc in the liver.

The chief route of viral transmission in North America is sharing of contaminated needles for illicit drug injection. Having multiple sex partners is another important route of infection. However, transmission from an infected marital partner to a spouse is possible but not common. Medical personnel can catch the illness through an accidental needle stick from an infected person. Infected mothers can transmit it to their babies. Blood transfusions, once a great contributor to spread, rarely pass the illness now that all blood is checked for the virus. And there is a category of people whose source of infection is not known.

The illness is not picked up from toilet seats. Using cups, plates or eating utensils of an infected person doesn’t spread it. Neither does kissing or hugging an infected person. It is not wise, however, to share things that might have blood on them -- for instance, razors or toothbrushes.

Hepatitis C is treatable but not always curable. The medicines are interferon and ribavirin.

Moments In Time
The History Channel

On Feb. 20, 1725, a posse of New Hampshire volunteers comes across a band of encamped Native Americans and takes 10 "scalps" in the first significant appropriation of this Native American practice. The posse received a bounty of 100 pounds per scalp from the Colonial authorities in Boston.

On Feb. 22, 1732, George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Va. Part of his success in the Revolutionary War was due to his shrewd use of an "ungentlemanly," but effective, tactic of "guerrilla" warfare, in which stealthy "hit-and-run" attacks foiled British armies.

On Feb. 24, 1786, Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm, is born in Hanau, Germany. The brothers’ collection of oral folktales includes "Hansel and Gretel," "Snow White," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel" and "Rumpelstiltskin."

On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous -- and famously controversial -- novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Twain (the pen name of Samuel Clemens) first introduced Huck Finn as the best friend of Tom Sawyer, hero of his novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876).

On Feb. 19, 1914, Pittsburgh movie theaters are required to establish a seating section for unaccompanied women. Some women attending movies alone had complained of harassment.

On Feb. 23, 1940, folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, "This Land Is Your Land." Guthrie died in 1967, having lived long enough to see the tune become a rallying song for the civil-rights movement.

On Feb. 21, 1994, CIA operative Aldrich Ames is arrested for selling secrets to the Soviet Union. At least 10 men were killed after Ames revealed their identities, and more were sent to Russian gulags. Both Ames and his wife were later convicted. Ames was sentenced to life in prison, while his wife, as part of a plea-bargain agreement, received a five-year sentence.

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

Wii Workout

Q: My husband and I recently bought a Nintendo Wii for our children to encourage them to become more active. They enjoy dancing and would always beg us to stop in the video arcade to play this one dance game. We thought it would be a great idea to get the same dance game for the Wii system. Our children love it and want to play it for hours! Due to the weather, our children are forced to stay inside most of the winter, which causes them to get lazy and lethargic. Although they are moving and sweating and jumping around playing this video game, is this an acceptable form of exercise, or would they need to be more active?

A: Many people are finding the Nintendo Wii video game system to be more than just another computer game. Due to its interactive nature of moving not just your fingers, but in many cases your whole body, it can be a useful tool to help encourage children AND adults to get off the couch and get moving.

The Nintendo Wii and similar game systems have taken the concept of playing video games and added a more lifelike, being-part-of-the-game element through the use of hand control, and in the case of the dance game you bought for your children, the use of hand and foot control. This causes players to keep moving, but also requires hand/eye/foot coordination by mimicking what is on the video screen.

I have to admit to having a Nintendo Wii myself and playing one of the dance games designed for the system. I have to say ... IT IS CHALLENGING and can definitely be considered a workout. It also is fun, which can keep the attention of children and adults and distract them from feeling they are "exercising."

There are other games for the Wii system that can keep you moving as well. Wii Sports has tennis, boxing, bowling, golf and baseball games, all of which require you to move as if you were actually playing in the game. Other games for other sports and activities are also available, even games that are specially designed to promote workouts and exercise.

As with any type of exercise, a balanced workout is important for overall fitness and would ideally include at least five days a week of cardiovascular exercise and a few other days a week of strength and flexibility training. We also cannot forget about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits.

The Nintendo Wii video game system can be a great and fun way to help keep your whole family moving. Until the weather improves, keep encouraging your children to dance their way to staying fit.

Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

By David Uffington

Midwinter House Checkup

Midwinter is a good time to do a house checkup -- especially this winter, when many parts of the country are experiencing surprisingly cold weather and high fuel bills. Here are some things to look for:

Check gutters and downspouts to make sure water isn’t being diverted toward the foundation.

Check the attic with a flashlight for wet spots on rafters and roofing plywood. On the outside of the house, use binoculars to check from a distance for any missing shingles, especially around chimneys and vents.

Consider putting down extra insulation in the attic. Check for drafts around the attic access hatch.

Check for air leakage around windows. If you feel a cold draft, there’s still enough winter left to make it cost effective to hang insulated drapes or put up the clear plastic you shrink with a hairdryer.

Walk around the house barefoot and check for cold drafts at floor level. Exterior doors, under windows and wall plugs, and in front of fireplaces are common places for air leaks.

If your laundry-room floor is cold, chances are the exterior flap on the dryer vent is to blame. Depending on the type, sometimes the spring breaks or sticks and the flap doesn’t close, letting cold air come into the house through the dryer.

Check the interior perimeter of the basement for water leaks. Look for white residue on a concrete floor as a sign of a previous leak. If the basement is damp, invest in a dehumidifier.

If you have an unheated basement and have been lucky not to have frozen pipes, consider whether it’s worthwhile to insulate the pipes now or to install heat tape.

Drain and insulate outside faucets if you haven’t done it yet.

Change the furnace filter, if you haven’t done it yet this winter.

Check the flooring at the front and back door. If you live in a snow area, look for salt and sand residue that can destroy the surface, especially of wood.

Buy an inexpensive hygrometer and check the humidity levels inside the house. Too low, and your wood furniture and flooring can suffer. Too high, and mold could develop.

By making a few fixes now, not only will you be warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save on your heating bills.


By Freddy Groves

Veterans Charities Come Under Fire

The American Institute of Philanthropy -- aka Charity Watch -- released its report on 27 charities that focus on veterans and the military, giving each a letter-grade rating. Its president, Daniel Borochoff, recently testified before Congress on the status of charities that purport to help veterans. Ten of those 27 charities rated an F, and seven rated a D for the percentage of funds collected versus donations that actually make it to veterans services.

The percentage of dollars used for services is often clouded by a mix of mislabeled categories on a charity’s financial statement, Borochoff said, making it appear that a much larger percentage of dollars is reaching those in need.

For example, solicitation costs can be called "service expenses," which makes it appear that those dollars were actually used in the "service" of veterans. Or, if a charity puts an "action step" on a mail solicitation (for example, "Buckle your seat belt"), the charity can say it’s "educating" the public and thereby reduce the percentage of funds that actually comes under the category of "fundraising."

Another way charities pad the amount they claim to hand over to veterans is to include the value of items that are donated, whether or not those items are appropriate or have any real value.

Very sneaky.

But I’m not surprised: Charity fundraising can be very lucrative, especially if a lot of money is coming off the top. One fundraiser who was subpoenaed to come before Congress to testify reportedly has received a salary of $1.5 million from the charity he runs.


(News Release from Republican Whip-Roy Blunt) WASHINGTON- House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement as the Protect America Act, a temporary intelligence law, expired at midnight last Saturday:

"Last Saturday, a critical national security law expired. It expired because House Democratic leaders blatantly refused to take up bipartisan, Senate legislation that would have closed a dangerous terrorist loophole. The consequence is that our intelligence community will lose its ability to effectively and quickly listen to terrorist communications.

"This is no exaggeration. The Director of National Intelligence and Attorney General of the United Dates, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader earlier this year, wrote that if the Congress failed to act our ability to obtain intelligence information would be weakened. This same message was sent by the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who said on the Senate floor Thursday ‘that the quality of the intelligence we are going to be receiving is going to be degraded.’

"This issue is hand over legal protection for telecommunications companies that helped our government in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks intercept foreign terrorist communications. This lack of protection has already hurt our ability to gather intelligence - and it will only get worse. As companies fear being dragged into the court room, they will stop their activities in support of tracking terrorists.

"I am angry that the House did not consider this bill. And House Democrats should be angry as well. The Democratic leadership allowed our intelligence gathering to be compromised, because they failed to pass a bill by a deadline that they themselves set.

"Some allege that there is no urgency. I wholeheartedly disagree. With each passing day, our intelligence capacity grows dimmer and dimmer and the less able we are to track a call or intercept and email into the United States from someone like Osama Bin Laden.

"Our nation should not be in this situation. The House’s failure to act is a gross dereliction of our constitutional duty to stand for the nation’s defense."

Phone Directory for City of Carthage

Ambulance Service

Emergency ONLY------------------------ 911

Non-Emergency Calls------------ 358-8121

City Administrator---------------- 237-7003

City Clerk-------------------------- 237-7000

City Collector---------------------- 237-7000

Civil War Museum---------------- 237-7060

Public Works Department-------- 237-7010

Fire Department

Fire Alarms ONLY - Give Location--- 911

Other Fire Department Calls----- 237-7100

Landfill------------------------------ 237-7024

Mayor’s Office--------------------- 237-7000

McCune-Brooks Hospital-------- 358-8121

Memorial Hall--------------------- 237-7050

Parks and Recreation

Fair Acres Maintenance----------- 237-7033

Municipal Golf Course Pro Shop -237-7030

Municipal Pool-------------------- 237-7034

Parks and Recreation Department - 237-7035

Police Department

Emergency ONLY------------------------ 911

Other Police Department Calls-- 237-7200

Sewage System-------------------- 237-7300

Street Department

Garage------------------------------ 237-7021

Office------------------------------- 237-7020

Water and Electric Plant------- 237-7300

After Hours, Saturdays, and Holidays-237-7300

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