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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 177

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... 4th Annual TRIVIA Night, Friday Feb 29th, doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Auditorium. $100 per team, food & snacks incl., cash & prizes to be awarded. For more info call Carthage Chamber, ask for Amber at 358-2373

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-5:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-5:00PM. There is limited space so call Amber and register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

A little miss of four, looking out the window one day, noticed a small spaniel dog whose tail had been cut off, leaving only a short stub.
Calling out to her mother, she asked:
"Say, mamma, did that dog’s tail get broke off, or did they drive it in?

"Jimmie," said his mother, severely, "there were two pieces of cake in the pantry this morning and now there is only one. How is that?"
"I don’t know," replied Jimmie, regretfully, "It must have been so dark I didn’t see the other piece."

"Grandpa, did you once have hair like snow?"
"Yes, my boy."
"Well, who shoveled it off?"

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

The Carthage Mandolin club gave another one of its popular dances last night at the armory hall. A larger number of society boys than usual were out.

Made $30 or $40.

The Westminster Presbyterian ladies made from $30 to $40 on their bazaar and two meals served yesterday in the Cassaday store room. This applies on the church expenses.

The Plot Thickens.

But that has nothing to do with the fact that there is no better salve on earth than Bucklen’s Arnica Salve. It’s a reliable cure for burns, bruises, cuts, corns, sores and salt rheum. Tried and tested and proved infallible for piles. Only 25. Satisfaction guaranteed or money refunded by Post-Evans Drug Co. Druggist.

Finest melons ice cold at W. H. Miller’s.


Today's Feature

Student Government Day.

Student Government Day will be held during today’s Carthage City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. . Beginning at 11:30 a.m. Students will assemble in the Council Chambers of City Hall to meet with City officials. At noon the students will partake in lunch at Memorial hall and hear guest speaker Kandy Frazier. At 1:00 p.m. students will tour the offices of City officials followed by a question and answer session at 2:45 p.m. The students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m. and will reconvene at 7:15 p.m. to act as Council members for the 7:30 City Council meeting in City Hall.

There are several items on the agenda for Council including the Mayor’s appointment of 1st Ward Council member, Scott Giett and an ordinance that would outsource the collection of City real estate tax to County Collector Stephen Holt.

The list of Student Council acting officials is as follows; Jessica Baugh as Mayor James G. Woestman, Lauren Matthews as Fire Chief John Cooper, Allee Shepherd as Public Works Department Director Chad Wampler, Mac Metcalf as City Attorney Nate Dally, Jerrick Williams as Interim Police Chief Barry Duncan, Tria Thomas as City Clerk Lynn Campbell, Matt Law as CW&EP General Manager Robert Williams, Haley Sawyers as Park Superintendent Alan Bull and Katrina Westhoff as Chamber of Commerce President and Economic Development Director John Bode.

Students acting as Council members are as follows; Jay Powell as 1st Ward Rep. Claude Newport, Steven Curti as 1st Ward Rep. Scott Giett, Tadd Wagner as 2nd Ward Rep Mike Harris, Shelby Youngworth as 2nd Ward Rep. Bill Fortune, Madie Kennedy as 3rd Ward Rep. Cyndi Curry, Torie Soriano as 3rd Ward Rep Diane Sharits, Samantha Flesher as 4th Ward Rep. Bill Johnson, Ivy Shepherd as 4th Ward Rep Bill Welch and Ron Peterson as 5th Ward Rep. Dan Rife.

Just Jake Talkin'


Most would prob’ly think that frustration comes from lack of ability or ignorance of a particular subject. The real basis of frustration comes from not bein’ able to accomplish somethin’ that is perceived to be within reach.

For those who know the frustration of tryin’ to repair some machine and squarin’ off with rusty bolts or inadequate tools, there is always the satisfaction of venting the anger with the shade tree hammer throw.

‘Course thowin’ tools isn’t near as therapeutic as the havin’ to walk out in the yard to retrieve the instrument. It does seem that with maturity comes the wisdom of just takin’ the walk and not endangering the neighborhood pets with the tool toss.

This insight usually comes after a forgotten hammer inflicts mortal damage to the lawn mower.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital

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

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Could you please tell me how to test for dementia? I am 76 years old, and other than having emphysema from smoking, I consider myself in good physical and mental condition.

I applied for a health supplement policy but was refused due to my "medical condition." The insurance company said that my physician’s report stated that I had "ongoing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease" and, to my total amazement, dementia. How are these illnesses diagnosed? — R.L.

ANSWER: "Dementia" is a word that encompasses a large number of illnesses. Its hallmark symptoms are impaired memory, disruption of coherent thinking, an inability to retain new information, confusion about the date and surroundings, and a lack of competence to handle simple tasks like making change.

Many quick and easy tests detect dementia. One is the Mini-Mental State Examination, which a doctor can administer in the office. It tests memory, familiarity with surroundings, and the interpretation of aphorisms such as "A rolling stone gathers no moss."

The seriousness of emphysema can be quantified by pulmonary function tests — breathing tests that can also be done in the doctor’s office. Once emphysema is here, it’s here to stay. But many have a small degree of emphysema and suffer no impairment to their activity or their lives.

By David Uffington

Think Like a Millionaire

"365 Ways to Become a Millionaire (Without Being Born One)" is a small book full of gems that may well change the way you think about money. Author Brian Koslow was a self-made millionaire by the age of 31, and what he has to say deserves some attention.

While none of the 365 entries is "the one" that will make you a millionaire, there’s something to be said for the apparent philosophy behind the book: 365 ways means that logically you’ll read one a day, like flipping through a Page-A-Day calendar. By having a daily reference to money and keeping your thoughts geared toward money, you’ll be more inclined to aim toward financial success in your everyday dealings. As the book points out, financial success is grounded in a person’s effectiveness.

Or you can read by topic. Broken down into areas such as relationships, time, leadership, entrepreneurialism and credibility, you can flip to a section where you need help.

Here are a few that are especially important:

"Always focus on your primary objective, not the barriers or circumstances that appear to be in your way." By focusing on the negatives, we tend to be weighed down by them. When we aim toward our primary object, that is what is going to get the bulk of our time and attention.

"Make sure you count to 10 before buying a house, plane, car, boat or any other possession that may at some point possess you." Too often, the toys we tell ourselves we need (including expensive homes) end up costing more than we can comfortably pay.

"When you rearrange the letters L I S T E N, what word do you get? Silent." Koslow has a whole section on listening, possibly the most valuable section in the book. Active listening involves learning what others want and gaining their trust. Tied to their trust is your own credibility and reputation: You might think you have the best idea in the world, but until you listen to others, your own ideas will never be listened to. "Listen 85 percent of the time, speak 15 percent," Koslow counsels.

That’s good advice for anyone.


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

Ab Classes

Q: My gym offers 15-minute abdominal classes. Although I try to make at least three of these classes a week and definitely feel my abs burning during class, I have not seen much progress in flattening my abdominal area. Am I doing something wrong, or are these classes just a waste of time?

A: Abdominal classes have become common in many fitness facilities. The typical class consists of an instructor taking a group of participants through 15 to 20 minutes of various abdominal exercises. Unfortunately, the popularity of these classes has many people crunching themselves into disappointment, since abdominal exercises alone will not slim your middle.

The purpose of abdominal classes should be to focus on increasing the stability and strength of the core muscles (abdominal, back, hips), not to develop a "six pack." Since we cannot actually "flatten" our abdominals, our goal should be to lower our body-fat percentage, which will decrease the amount of fat around our middle, making our abdominal muscles more visible.

Before attending your first abdominal class, I recommend understanding what to expect. Your goal should be to increase core strength and stability, not experience soreness for the next two days. Avoid gauging how well the class was taught by how "hard" the exercises were, or by how much of a burn you felt in your abdominal muscles. You should feel like you have more control, strength and stability within your back, abdominals and hips with each class completed. This should determine the success of each class. Focus on quality, not quantity.

To get the best results from abdominal classes, be sure you know how to correctly perform each exercise. Many participants use the wrong techniques when completing abdominal exercises, and repeat these poor techniques repetition after repetition, class after class. Straining the muscles of your neck and arching your lower back while completing abdominal exercises is one example of what should be avoided and could cause not just discomfort but injury if repeated.

Although, group classes tend to encourage participants to keep up with their neighbors, go at your own pace. Use modifications to exercises that may be too advanced, and only progress to a more difficult exercise once you have mastered the basic exercise. At the beginning of class, inform the instructor of any medical conditions that might need a safer version to be demonstrated. The instructor should be able to accommodate your needs.

Your abdominal class should be part of a balanced workout routine that includes cardiovascular exercise and strength training, partnered with healthy nutritional habits. Consistent exercise, proper nutrition and genetics will help you reach your goal of lowering your body fat around your abdomen, which will give the appearance of "flatter abs." Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.


Moments In Time
The History Channel

On Feb. 27, 1827, students dance through the streets of New Orleans, marking the beginning of the city’s famous Mardi Gras celebrations. The students, inspired by their experiences in Paris, donned masks and jester costumes and staged their own Fat Tuesday festivities.

On March 2, 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, author of such children’s books as "The Cat in the Hat," is born in Springfield, Mass. Geisel’s first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," was rejected by more than two dozen publishers before making it into print in 1937.

On Feb. 29, 1928, director and screenwriter William DeMille, brother of director Cecil B. DeMille, hires Beth Brown to write jokes for the film "Tenth Avenue." Brown was the first woman on record to work as a Hollywood comedy writer.

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps, which would send American men and women to foreign nations to assist in development efforts. Since 1961, more than 180,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps, serving in 134 nations.

On Feb. 26, 1972, a dam collapses in West Virginia, flooding the Buffalo Creek Valley and killing 118 people. The collapse unleashed a 20-foot wall of water that roared through 17 towns, leaving 4,000 people homeless.

On Feb. 28, 1983, "M*A*S*H," the cynical situation comedy about doctors behind the front lines during the Korean War, airs its final episode after 11 seasons. The last episode drew 77 percent of the television viewing audience, the largest audience ever to watch a single TV show up to that time.


By Freddy Groves

American Legion

We have a new kind of veteran today, one who volunteered for service as opposed to being drafted. That seems to make a big difference in one area: Today’s younger veteran isn’t typically eager to join veterans service organizations. Yet, it’s the benefits of these organizations that the young veteran needs -- just as much as the organization needs him or her.

Take the American Legion, for example. It was the American Legion that was responsible for the original G.I. Bill back in 1919. Not only that, but it has clout when it comes to veterans advocacy, mostly because of the sheer numbers of members: 2.7 million.

Here are a few of the hands-on concerns of the Legion:

To mandate that veteran health care is a given, not a line item on a budget that is subject to the whims of Congress every year. The Legion is fighting for improved care for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, exposure to Agent Orange and more.

Support for other veterans in the form of programs at VA hospitals, helping newly returned veterans assimilate back into civilian life and actively addressing homeless veterans issues.

Support for the families, including financial help and college scholarships for the widows and children of deceased veterans.

You’re eligible to join the American Legion if you were on active duty during the following time periods:

Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946

June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955

Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984

Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990

Aug. 2, 1990 to present

If you’re a young veteran or are still active duty, consider taking a close look at the American Legion ( You’re needed.


How to Select the Best Replacement Tree for Those Damaged by Storm

By Gaylord Moore
Horticulture Specialist, Greene County

The most positive approach to tree selection is to decide where a tree is needed and what that tree should do in the landscape.

Is the goal to have shade, spring blooms or fall colors? Are power lines nearby or overhead? All of these questions are important and should be answered before the tree species is purchased for planting.

Consider the maximum height of the tree at maturity. Do you have room to allow for the height and spread of the tree? The growth rate of the tree may be important too. Generally the faster the growth rate of the tree, the more susceptible the tree is to storm damage.

The purchaser should also be aware of pest problems - insects and diseases - and consider maintenance expenses of the tree. When possible, choose tree species that are highly resistant to pests.

It is also important to remember that soils in the Ozarks can be either poorly drained or overly dry. Be aware of your existing soil conditions and choose a species that will perform well under your situation. If soils are extremely poor, consider trees that are adaptable or amend soils to best meet the needs of the tree.

There is no perfect tree for every situation, but obviously, the recent ice storm in southwest Missouri is a reminder that planting the wrong tree in the wrong location can have consequences.

For more information call Jay Chism at the Barton County University of Missouri Extension Center in Lamar at 417-682-3579.

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