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Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 252

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... June 11th--Mc-Cune-Brooks Regional Hospital will be hosting their 17th Annual Community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison. Free Health screenings and door prizes. Call 417-359-1351 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... June 13th-- Friday Morning Coffee, 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Kellogg Lake. What a great way to start your day!

Did Ya Know?... Avilla Baptist Church invites all children who have completed K - 8th grade to Vacation Bible School June 16 - 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supper will be provided each night. Kick off the fun Sunday June 15 at 6:00 for a free picnic and game night. Call 417-246-5568 for more info.

today's laugh

How do you tell the starboard from the port?

Did you look for labels on the bottles?

I’m sure I heard a mouse squeak.

Well, do you want me to get up and oil it?

A football landed in the chicken yard. The rooster called all the chickens together and said: I’m not grumbling, you understand, but I just want you all to see for yourselves what is being done in other poultry yards.

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


The unfinished telephone line from Oronogo to Neck City which was recently purchased by J. W. Layne has been completed and connected with the Carthage line at Oronogo, and the first message was sent over it yesterday. It will be a toll line exclusively but will be a great accommodation to the public generally for Neck City which is growing to be quite an important mining town.


Yesterday T.M. Marsh became sole proprietor of the grocery at the corner of Locust street and Central avenue by buying the half interest of his brother-in-law and partner, L.O. Cagle. Mr. Cagle bought the stock last September and sold a half interest to Mr. Marshal who yesterday became sole proprietor.


Three packages of fresh garden seeds, 10 cents, at W. H. Millers.


Today's Feature

Budget First Reading.

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 first reading of the ordinance adopting the Annual Operating and Capital Budget for Fiscal year 2008-2009. The proposed budget is recommended by the Budget Committee, which refined and balanced the budget over the last two months. Following the approval of the comprehensive City salary study the budget is estimated to have an ending balance of $300,000.

First readings are also scheduled for the City contracts with the Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Carthage Over 60 Center and the Carthage Humane Society. Funding for these organizations will be appropriated via the 2009 budget.

Council is also scheduled to vote on an amendment to City code that would allow the City to hire an entity to remove trash or solid waste from properties, and recoup expenses from the property owner by way of a tax lien. If approved the changes would mirror the current Missouri statutes. The item is recommended for approval by the Public Works Department.

Just Jake Talkin'


Some things just sound worse than they really are.

I’ve known some folks who live in pink houses, and they weren’t what I’d call unusual in any way. After a while ya even forget they live in a pink house. You even use it to your advantage from time to time. Givin’ directions is a lot easier when you can use the pink house as a reference. "Just past the pink house and turn left" leaves little doubt as to where to turn.

I’ve even had the occasion to see a pink house or two that was unusually attractive. I really don’t dislike ‘em, just never thought about paintin’ my own residence pink. Maybe if I thought of it as rose colored it would be more of a consideration.

It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Carthage Printing

Agent Orange and Hypertension

If you suffer from hypertension and believe it to be service-connected and related to Agent Orange, get ready to file your claim.

A 2006 Institute of Medicine report hinted that Agent Orange plays a role in the number of veterans having hypertension. The report, requested by Congress in the Agent Orange Act of 1991, was part seven of an ongoing study to determine the long-term health effects of exposure to Agent Orange. It added hypertension as a condition with "limited or suggestive evidence of association with exposure." Unfortunately, a committee couldn’t agree, and hypertension was left in the "inadequate or insufficient evidence of an association" category.

Now it appears that the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaning toward accepting hypertension as a service-related illness. There’s nothing on the VA site yet, but then it still has information dated 2003 and 2004.

At this point, no one is saying that all claims will be automatically approved, but the door is open. If your claim is filed and the VA decides to approve hypertension as a service-connected illness, you’ll be that much ahead.

And you didn’t have to be in Vietnam to be exposed to Agent Orange. A chart on the VA Web site lists Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Texas, Maryland, Hawaii and others as places where Agent Orange was used. This chart is 10 pages long and lists dozen of chemicals as well as the dates, including the original experiments to test Agent Orange as an herbicide, going back to the 1940s and 1950s.

To see the chart where Agent Orange was used, go to and click on DoD Report on Herbicides Used Outside of Vietnam.

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