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Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 187

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society is in immediate need of a foster family for a pregnant homeless cat. Call 358-6402 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The Girl Scouts now deliver their Girl Scout Cookies. Please call, fax or email your order in. Sales end March 23rd. Call Shenan 623-8277 X17, Fax 625-1261 or Email

Did Ya Know?... The First Assembly of God in Carthage will hold and Eggs & Issues on March 14th at 7:00 AM. Our state legislature representative will be there answering questions over breakfast.

Did Ya Know?... The Citizens for a Decent Environment is having a Community Awareness Meeting Today, March 11, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Grace Episcopal Church at 820 Howard St., Carthage. For More information call John Putnam at 674-1946.

today's laugh

Grade one was having a lesson on birds.
After some discussion the fact was established that birds eat fruit.
One little girl, however, was unconvinced.
"But, teacher," she asked, raising her hand, " how can the birds open the cans?"

The man who thinks he knows everything irritates those of us who do.

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

Activity of Buyers Leads to Belief in Higher Ore Price.

An increased activity among the Jasper county ore buyers yesterday in attempting to get possession of this week’s product and that part possible of the stock on hand is taken to indicate that the week’s basis this week will be $41 or higher.

During the past few days $40 has been offered two large producing companies and accepted. But with all this advanced raise the ore buyers are still unable to secure the supply needed by their respective firms.

The rise in the price of speltzer, which is the basis for the rise in zinc ore, it is said will result in affording an opportunity for a larger number of the sheet ground mines to resume operations in the coming week.

In considering past conditions activity among the buyers has always resulted to the good of the operators. Providing this continued activity can be kept in continued motion during the next few weeks, it is thought a basis somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 will be had by the first of April.


Today's Feature

Budget Amendment on Council Agenda.

The Carthage City Council will meet this evening in at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include the first reading of an ordinance amending the capital and operating budget. Proposed amendments include appropriation for a grant match for the Public Safety Grant Fund for a natural gas powered generator and an extractor for the Fire Department. The amendment would also finalize the numbers for the storm debris cleanup and approve funding for a storage shed for E-waste at the Recycling Center. The construction of the storage shed is reimbursable through Region M. This item is brought to Council by the budget committee.

Federal Stimulus Payments May Benefit Non-Tax Filers.

(News Release from the Missouri Department of Revenue) Jefferson City- The Missouri Department of Revenue (Department) announced last Friday that Missourians who may be required to file a federal return to take advantage of the Federal Stimulus Payments will not be required to file a Missouri return.

Many Missourians, who are not required to file a federal or state tax return, may still be entitled to an economic stimulus payment from the federal government. In order to be qualified for the program, the taxpayer must submit a federal return for the 2007 tax year, even if they would not normally be required to file a return. Those Missourians may now use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program to assist them in filing federal returns for 2007.

The IRS and several of its partners in the Free File Alliance can now accept returns submitted by people who have no legal requirement to file other than to receive their payments. People in this category should only use those companies listed on the Free File-Economic Stimulus Payment link on the IRS web site. There are also some additional requirements which are explained on the IRS web site.

The checks from the Federal Stimulus Payment will not be taxable on next years return. This rebate will not qualify as income and would therefore not be taxed by the state of Missouri in 2009. For more information Missourians can go to

Just Jake Talkin'


With all the talk about acceleratin’ the depreciation for computer equipment because of its built in obsolescence, how ‘bout ponderin’ this dilemma. Should tools with a life time warranty be depreciated?

There are tools that depreciate so fast that they are allowed as expenses. Saw blades for instance, or drill bits. Evertime such an instrument is used it grows closer to bein’ worn out.

One businessman I knew, who owned a small sundry store needed an ice machine. He put one of those coin operated timers on the wall hooked to the electricity. He put four quarters in and it would run for a day. At the end of the month, he’d retrieve the quarters and make the payment on the machine. Such a contraption on the home tv might be a rewarding proposition.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Early Breast Cancer Optimism Justified

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have never seen you address ductal carcinoma, in situ, of the breast. My daughter, 46, has it and just had a second incision to get clean borders. I am optimistic about my daughter’s recovery. She is scheduled for radiation. The cancer was missed on mammograms but was picked up on an MRI.

There is no cancer history in our family. I wonder, since this cancer was in place and had not spread, if she needed to have surgery and go through all this. Any light you can shed will be appreciated. -- M.N.

ANSWER: Body cells sit on a thin floor called the basement membrane. An "in situ" (in place) cancer is one where the cancer cells have not penetrated the basement membrane. It’s a very superficial cancer, one that has not invaded adjacent tissues or cells. An in situ cancer has the greatest chance for complete cure. Such a cancer is an early cancer. You have every right to be optimistic.

Ductal breast cancer (carcinoma) is one that arises in the breast’s milk ducts. Your daughter needed all the treatment she got. Ductal cancer can infiltrate neighboring tissue and can spread to distant sites. Your daughter’s cancer was caught before this happened. Without the treatment she got and is getting, her ductal breast cancer could have been lethal.


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