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Friday, April 24, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 217

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Relay for Life Rummage Sale outside Fairview Christian Church, 2320 Grand Ave., April 25th from 7:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... American Legion Post 9 & DAV Chapter 41 is collecting donations for a rummage sale. If you’d like to donate, please call: Jerry Murphey 417-674-1906, Rachel Murphey 417-674-1907, Dale Murphey 417-359-6161 or Jerry Chapman 417-423-0096.

Did Ya Know?... Sarcoxie Jubilee Church Garage Sale April 25th, 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Arts, Crafts and Food on the square.

today's laugh

A burglar broke into the house he’s intending to rob, when all of a sudden, a little voice pipes up, "I can see you, and so can Jesus!"

Startled, the burglar looks around the room. No one there at all, so he goes back to his business.

"I can see you, and so can Jesus!"

The burglar jumps again, and takes a longer look around the room. Over in the corner by the window, almost obscured by curtains, is a cage in which sits a parrot, who pipes up again, "I can see you, and so can Jesus!"

So what," says the burglar, "you’re only a parrot!"

To which the parrot replies, "Well maybe, but Jesus is a rottweiler!"

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


Carthage Woodmen Went off in Style for the Log Rolling.

The Carthage Woodmen camp No. 3340 went of in style this morning to attend the log rolling at Joplin. They assembled on the square at 8:45 and headed by the Light Guard band and a banner bearer, they marched around the square and to the Frisco depot to take the 9:05 train. There were 18 full-fledged "foresters" in line, uniformed in blue blouses, grey caps, white duck trousers and each carrying bran new "kant kutter ax. John Gray was head (s) man and bore the huge chopping ax usually carried in fairy pictures by the executioner.

Following the "foresters" marched a train of brush burners and chip pilers attired in straw hats, checked jackets and just any old pair of pants.

Several hundred Carthage people visited the log rolling.

  Today's Feature

Looking for a better idea.

The Public Safety Committee has directed Police Chief Greg Dagnan and City Administrator Tom Short to get input from business owners and residents living on and around the square concerning the two hour parking regulation.

Dagnan was also instructed by the Committee to continue the practice of allowing elected County elected officials to bypass the current two hour restriction by issuing "parking passes" to the twelve individuals. The Committee has no written ordinance to allow the passes, but past practice will be followed until an overall parking solution is put in place.

The Committee is attempting to come up with a comprehensive solution rather than dealing with individual requests for a variance to the current two-hour parking district on and around the square.

The parking issue has been accelerated by the fact that since the first part of March, the Traffic Enforcement Officer has issued over 600 parking tickets. This is a steep increase from previous months. The increase in enforcement has produced a corresponding increase in complaints.

Big Banks Ramp Up Mortgage Mod Program

by Ben Protess,

JP Morgan Chase is leading the pack of loan servicers participating in the program Making Home Affordable. The bank is expected to receive more than $3.5 billion.

JP Morgan Chase is leading the pack of loan servicers participating in the program Making Home Affordable. The bank is expected to receive more than $3.5 billion.

The list of banks joining the Obama administration’s foreclosure relief program is growing—and so is the cost.

So far, the Treasury Department has committed more than $13 billion to 11 loan servicers participating in Making Home Affordable, the administration’s plan to modify mortgages for people on the verge of losing their homes. The servicers include some of the nation’s largest banks, which have already received billions in government bailout bucks.

The program will eventually cost about $75 billion—$50 billion in TARP money and $25 billion from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Although it’s optional for loan servicers to join the program, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has said that banks must participate to qualify for government assistance.

Leading the way is JPMorgan Chase, which is expected to eventually receive more than $3.5 billion. That figure is based on the number of Chase borrowers potentially applying for modifications.

"We expect to help 650,000 people avoid foreclosure," Chase spokesman Tom Kelly told us. Chase started modifying loans under the Obama plan earlier this month, Kelly said.

Two servicers signed up are both owned by Bank of America : Countrywide received $1.9 billion and BoA’s servicing arm got almost $800 million. And more are on the way. (Servicers have until the end of the year to join).

Some of the payments are incentives for servicers to participate in the administration’s plan. Servicers will receive $1,000 for each modification and up to $1,000 a year, for up to three years, as long as their borrower remains current on payments.

But let’s be clear: The money isn’t all going to the servicers—they have to share much of it with lenders and borrowers too. Lenders who own the loans will receive $1,500 for each proactive modification—those made while a borrower is still current on mortgage payments. Participating homeowners will get $1,000 knocked off their loan’s principal each year for up to five years if they stay current.

The $13 billion committed so far is just an estimate of what Treasury will actually pay. Treasury has said that the estimates can go up or down, based on the number of modifications ultimately made.

One major question remains: When will the servicers be paid? Monthly? Yearly? Per modification? No one we spoke to—including Kelly, of Chase, and a Treasury spokeswoman—had an answer.

Bailout for Breakfast: Silence!

by Paul Kiel,

This is the latest from our new bailout blog. Check out our all-seeing database of the bailout billions.

Torn between his duty to his shareholders and his country, Bank of America’s Ken Lewis chose his country. Or, really, he says, he didn’t have a choice.

Late last year, when it was becoming painfully apparent that Merrill Lynch would take billions more in losses, Lewis tried to back BoA out of the deal. The government –- Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke in particular – forced his hand, he says. And not only did BoA have to go through with its acquisition of Merrill if he wanted to keep his job, Lewis says. He was also told to keep mum about the negotiations for more government assistance to back the deal, the Wall Street Journal reports.

But the story might not be so simple. Lewis says Paulson told him, "We do not want a public disclosure." New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office heard Paulson make that claim two months ago. When Cuomo’s office then questioned Paulson about it, Paulson reportedly told them "that Mr. Lewis may have misinterpreted some remarks about the Treasury’s disclosure obligations as referring to BofA’s obligations."

So maybe it was all a mix-up?


Just Jake Talkin'

I can remember my little sister runnin’ home cryin’ that one of the neighbor boys called her some name, prob’ly somethin’ like peanutbreath. She was obviously upset, even though at her age, she had no idea what the name meant (nor do I at my age). She just knew that someone had called her that and she was hurt.

That was prob’ly the time she was given the ultimate defense against such attacks. The "Sticks and stones can break my bones." If I have ta finish that old sayin’, you’ve led a very protected childhood.

I would have to guess some mother centuries ago came up with that and it will most likely never be improved upon. I would guess that those words are spoken to nearly ever’ preschooler as part of the first day ritual.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Columns


Journey Along the Wellness Path

by Leesa I. Robinson, N.H.P.

Spring fever motivates us into action to clean out closets and garages. As we practice this cleaning out process we can liken it to cleansing our body from the inside out. You can see how full of clutter that coat closet is after a long winter or that storage shed that has been neglected for two years. This gives you a visual of how your internal closets might look if neglected or not operating at optimal.

Take inventory of mental activity. Do you need to clear out unproductive thoughts or brain clutter? Are unforgiving attitudes hiding in the back corner? Bitterness hanging from the rafters? Anxiety or worry filling up otherwise productive space? Time to clean it up!

Feel sluggish? Poor digestion? Slow metabolism? The storage area we call the liver may need cleansed. Bad fats, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and other toxins can affect liver function allowing even more junk to accumulate throughout the body. Clean it up and clear it out!

Cluttered lymphatics can be causing sluggish immune systems. Out of sight out of mind is not a healthy approach. Shed light on the subject literally by getting some sunlight. Throw out the soda and drink purified water. Cleanse!

So clean it up, clear it out, shed light on the subject and live healthier.

Seek out advice of a qualified wellness and prevention health practitioner as you journey along your wellness path.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

I am excited to report that plans for the annual children’s artCamp are really underway, as I have received the class recommendations from the instructors for this year’s camp, and they all sound very fun and interesting! I will process those that have been submitted this week, and create the schedule based on these proposals, so that we can get the flier printed and in the mail by the end of the month. If you have a child between the ages of 8-14 who is interested in art, and is not already on our mailing list, please call the office and leave your mailing address, and I will send a flier to you. Camp dates this year are July 27- August 8, daily except Sunday. I am also looking forward to our artists participating in the annual Acoustic Music Festival on the Carthage square this year. This has been an annual Carthage event for the past few years, and this year’s weekend begins Friday night June 12th with music in the evening hours, and then all day Saturday the 13th. artCentral will be hosting an artTent for member artists who desire to display some of their work that will be for sale, and I have already heard from several of our artists who desire to do so. Art and music go well together, and I hope that if you plan to attend the Acoustic Music Festival this year, you will stop by and visit our tent on Saturday. We will open at 10:00am and stay open until dark that day. Meantime, don’t forget our next show here at Hyde House, beginning next week on Friday, May 1st, at 6:00pm with an opening artist’s reception. The invitations for this new exhibition will be going in the mail this weekend, as we welcome Martha Goldman of Joplin and her show entitled, "AN AMERICAN FAIRYTALE" through May 17th. We thank Leggett & Platt, Inc. for the underwriting of this exhibition.


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