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Friday, April 17, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 212

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Youth Soccer League will be having a Pancake Feed @ Memorial Hall, April 18th, 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Humane Society will close at 4:00 p.m. April 20th for an employee training seminar. Volunteers are encouraged to attend the free seminar. For more information, call 417-358-6402.

Did Ya Know?... Carthage High School and Carthage Council on the Arts are presenting the Main Street Jazz Concert, Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Street Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information call 417-358-7268.

today's laugh

Two men went bear hunting. While one stayed in the cabin, the other went out looking for a bear. He soon found a huge bear, shot at it but only wounded it.

The enraged bear charged toward him, he dropped his rifle and started running for the cabin as fast as he could. He ran pretty fast but the bear was just a little faster and gained on him with every step. Just as he reached the open cabin door, he tripped and fell flat.

Too close behind to stop, the bear tripped over him and went rolling into the cabin.

The man jumped up, closed the cabin door and yelled to his friend inside, "You skin this one while I go and get another!"

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

Man Killed at Joplin.

W.S. Crane, who was in Joplin yesterday, reports the killing of a partner of his there yesterday by a delayed shot. James Howard was the man’s name. He owned one-quarter and Mr. Crane owned three-quarters interest in a shaft on the McKinnin ground, 2 miles east of Joplin.

The shaft is down about 80 feet in excellent mineral indications, and yesterday as no miners could be had to work the mine, Mr. Howard went himself for the day.

A shot was prepared just before noon, and Howard left the shaft. It was slow in exploding and as Howard was anxious to get the shot off before noon, he crept up to the hole and looked over the cribbing. At that instant the shot went off and a mass of dirt and rock was imbedded in his brain.

T.J. Stemmons & Son today shipped by express a fine Poland china pig to J.J. Maxey of Joplin.

  Today's Feature

Police Nab Repeater.

On 04/11/2009, the Carthage Police Department responded to a report of a sexual misconduct and indecent exposure on the south side of town. Jaime Hartness was identified as the suspect. Hartness was arrested by the Carthage Police Department on 04/15/2009 when he returned to a store where he had committed an identical offense earlier in the year. Hartness has a history of previous arrests for indecent exposure. Hartness is a registered sex offender in Jasper County. Hartness has previous arrests in Fayetteville Arkansas and Joplin Missouri for similar and more violent crimes. Hartness has connections to the Joplin, Webb City, and Miami Oklahoma area. The Carthage Police Department suspects that there are similar other incidents that have taken place in the four-state area that save gone unreported. Citizens who have been a victims of a similar crime, should contact their local police department.

Warrants have been obtained for Sexual Misconduct Second Degree and he is currently being held in the Jasper County jail on $25,000 bond.

Mortgage Scam and Tax Thefts.

by Sharona Coutts,

Yesterday President Barack Obama outlined his administration’s plan to build a network of high-speed rail lines along 10 regional corridors, financed in part by the $8 billion in the stimulus bill for high-speed rail. The announcement came the day after governors from eight Midwestern states sent a joint letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to approve the initiative.

The Associated Press throws a bit of cold water on the effort: "By all accounts, the $8 billion isn’t nearly enough to transform U.S. passenger service. Just one high-speed rail project on the drawing board in California, for instance, would cost more than $40 billion." But the governors hope the stimulus money could jump-start future funding.

The Environmental Protection Agency selected 50 of the country’s most polluted sites to receive stimulus money for cleanup operations. The funding will go toward the cleanup of hazardous mining sites in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, removing chemicals from the groundwater at two prominent Long Island Superfund sites, and hazardous waste removal from a landfill in New Jersey.

The Sunlight Foundation blog compiled a list of executive agencies that are disclosing their interactions with lobbyists. Last month, Obama released a memo (PDF) instructing agency heads to post publicly all written communications from registered lobbyists concerning the stimulus bill.

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to speak yesterday in Jefferson City, Mo., at a factory that makes transformers for wind farms.

Project of the Day: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced yesterday that $6.3 million in stimulus money will go to Peoria International Airport to help build a new terminal.

Weekly Bailouts Slow to A Trickle… for Now.

by Paul Kiel,

Every week since mid-November, the Treasury Department has been doling out cash to banks throughout the country as part of its program to bolster "healthy" banks. In the heady days of mid-November, it was billions more every week. Over the past few weeks, that tide has slowed considerably – you can get a real sense of this by scanning the very end of our timeline. The money has been increasingly going to smaller and fewer banks. Last Friday, a paltry $22.8 million went out to five banks (see below). Overall, more than 500 banks have gotten $198.41 billion through the program.

But this would seem to be the calm before the storm. The Treasury Department has indicated that insurance companies will be getting their share of bailout bucks, and given the size of some of the insurers lining up, it’s fair to say that might result in several billion more out the door. And of course, the "stress tests" regulators are performing are just a prelude to more bailouts for the nation’s biggest banks. Those are expected to finish up by the end of this month. And don’t forget Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: at the end of each quarter, they reveal their losses and the government fills the hole with taxpayer money. Fannie and Freddie will be releasing their first quarter results sometime in the next few weeks.

So, well, stay tuned.

Here are the five banks that got money last Friday: City National Bancshares Corporation:$9.4 million First Business Bank, N.A.: $2.2 million SV Financial, Inc.: $4 million Capital Commerce Bancorp, Inc.: $5.1 million Metropolitan Capital Bancorp, Inc.: $2 million.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

As promised, and as we prepare the gallery for the next exhibition of work by Joplin artist Martha Goldman, I will tell a little bit about her style and subject matter that is the inspiration for her art. Martha is interested in the relevance of the feminine--- femininity being a state that us universally revered or reviled depending on its context. She wants to acknowledge the power of that which is cute, power being what is most often denied to such. As an undergraduate, she explored these themes by working mostly with pastel colors in a pop art vein, and was intrigued by the juxtaposition of cartoon characters and colors commonly thought to be sweet, with subject matter that sometimes tended toward adult themes. This produced a wonderful "double-take" effect on first time viewers! Currently she finds that her work has become more personal. Life experiences such as a trip to Japan, the end of a marriage, and finding true love are directly linked with her inspirations. However, her work still cultivates muses from pop culture. The icons that she finds haunting her brain are kindred spirits, icons that she very much identifies with. Her work is still very connected with the ribbons and frills of femininity, and she applies this metaphorically and literally. She also incorporates into her work, ribbons, lace, second-hand jewelry, and knick-knacks—the trophies of relationships past. She strives to elevate these remembrances to art; which is something she feels is owed to these forgotten souvenirs of love! Next week--- specific pieces will be described and identified. Martha’s exhibition opens May 1st at Hyde Gallery here in Carthage.


Just Jake Talkin'

I always heard the best way ta count how many motorcycles were in a parade was ta count the wheels and then divide by two. Some kinda new math I suppose.

A friend a mine tells of an acquaintance that bought a new Harley, had it shipped to a motorcycle rally then flew in to enjoy the festivities. Not your typical motorcycle enthusiast I don’t suppose.

My uncle used ta ride his Zundap motorcycle ever’where he went. Mom always got a kick out of the story of how you can tell a happy cyclist - bugs on their teeth. It was apparently a very visual image that always made her laugh at that one.

I never rode with a wind screen. Wore old aviation goggles. But my mom did teach me there are times it’s better ta keep my mouth shut.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Is there really ever just an ordinary day? I suppose that is a matter of perspective. But when we move along our wellness journey into health, it seems we may need to let go of having just an ordinary day.

How can there be just an ordinary day when we understand that life isn’t all about ourselves? How can there be just an ordinary day when our community has homeless people living in it? How can there be just an ordinary day when Our Creator supplies all our needs? How can there be just an ordinary day when we discover our gifts and talents and are compelled beyond imagination to express those?

How can there be just an ordinary day when we realize that our human body is built and run on nutrients that are readily available for us to be healthy? Or that when we even minutely grasp the idea of how magnificently our bodies are designed? Or that food found in it’s wholeness and fed to our children helps their little developing brains be balanced and eager to learn.

How can there be just an ordinary day when we live a life proactively involved in our choices in everything that encompasses our health; mind, body, and soul? And when we realize that it is up to us to make a difference every day. And then we teach that to the children in our lives. How can there be just an ordinary day when this might be our last?

Let go of having just an ordinary day. Live extraordinarily!


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