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Tuesday, April 7, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 204

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center chocolate Easter Eggs can be purchased March 16th thru April 12th at several stores and businesses in Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... Friends & Family CPR class will be April 7th, 6:30-9:00 p.m. @ the Joplin Family Y South. Cost is $10.00, call 417-347-4448 to register.

Did Ya Know?.. The Carthage Humane Society is in need of new Board of Directors to serve a 3 year term starting May 2009. Persons with background in finance or non-profit law are especially encouraged to apply. Contact Glenda at 417-358-3819.

today's laugh

A man’s car stalled on a country road one morning. When the man got out to fix it, a cow came along and stopped beside him. "Your trouble is probably in the carburetor," said the cow.

Startled, the man jumped back and ran down the road until he met a farmer. The amazed man told the farmer his story.

"Was it a large red cow with a brown spot over the right eye?" asked the farmer. "Yes, yes," the man replied.

"Oh! I wouldn’t listen to Bessie," said the farmer. "She doesn’t know a thing about cars."


• I heard that in relativity theory space and time are the same thing. Einstein discovered this when he kept showing up three miles late for his meetings.

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


Frank Dooley, a 19-year old Alba boy of good character, applied at the county recorder’s office yesterday for a license to take unto himself a wife in the person of 17-year old Maud Sims, of Alba, also. Maudie had parents who sent in their written consent, but the boy unfortunately had neither parents nor legal guardian, under which circumstances he could not legally secure marriage license in the state of Missouri. But love, with the assistance of a grandfather and the law, found a way.

Frank’s grandfather, Monroe Clark, had reared the lad from childhood and yesterday had accompanied him to town. The two visited Probate Judge Kerr and the grandfather there became the boy’s legal guardian with the express purpose of consenting to the marriage. The license was secured and the youthful candidate for marriage went home in light spirits.


Today's Feature

Sales Tax Increase and School Board

on Ballot Today.

Polling places for the Carthage City elections open at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. this evening.

The Carthage R-9 School district has four candidates running for the two open positions on the School Board. The candidates include Michael Goolsby, Lee Elliff Pound, Alan Snow, and James Baldwin.

There are no contested contests for the five Carthage City Council seats open.

The issue drawing most of the attention of voters is the proposed half-cent sales tax increase to be used for economic development. According to the Carthage Economic Development Corporation the tax would generate approximately $800,000 per year. The revenue would be used to finance the purchase and development of property to be used for an industrial/business park. An option on property just south of the McCune Brooks Regional Hospital has been secured by the City contingent upon the passage of the sales tax increase by the voters.

The tax would expire in 10 years.

Stimulus Showdown: Governors Fire Blanks on Certification Deadline.

by Christopher Weaver,

After a long standoff, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has said he will accept some, but not all, of the stimulus money. Certifications that allow states to seek stimulus funding were due in Washington Friday, and Sanford’s staff says he sent his letter Friday, making him the last governor to do so. But this game of chicken is pure politics.

Four other Republican governors have joined Sanford in protesting the $787 billion stimulus package, intended to thaw the economic crisis, and say they will refuse some of the money. But the certification, which basically just paves the way for state agencies to apply for the various money pots, has nothing to do with those objections. The governors have used the certification to voice specific objections anyway.

Democrats in Congress played politics with the certifications, too. Friday’s deadline was set up to get governors on the record accepting stimulus money. They have to sign a generic letter and send it to Washington before they’re allowed to apply for any specific funds, federal officials say. The letter doesn’t mean they have to apply for, or spend, any money at all.

News reports have further blurred the significance of the deadline by implying that the governors’ certifications come with "caveats," when, in fact, their certifying letters simply answer a yes-or-no question: The state governments are willing to apply for some funds.

"They don’t have to say this and not that [in their certification letters]," explained Tom Gavin, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget. "They just have to say they will accept some of the money. Otherwise they can’t accept any of the funding," he told us.

The Republican governors say they won’t ask for all the money because the states may have to pay for expanded programs like Medicaid and unemployment insurance after the stimulus pot runs dry. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who seconds Sanford’s objections, noted in her certification letter, "Federal stimulus funding must not add to strained state budgets nor diminished state sovereignty by imposing mandates, now or in the future."

Her press release announcing she would except some funds also said she would reject money that may not create jobs, like National Endowment for the Arts grants. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas have also said they will reject funding.

Anticipating South Carolina’s certification today, Joel Sawyer, a Sanford spokesman, told us, "Our certification would exclude stabilization funds," a provision of the bill that has become central to the governor’s fight against the stimulus. Sanford wants to use the money to pay down debts, but the White House insists it is meant for things like school construction.

Certification officially opens the door for funding applications, but the governors alone have the authority to apply for certain money pots, like the state stabilization funding, according to a Congressional Research Service analysis of the bill. Once they certify, they may not be able to control other portions of the funding. Palin, for instance, would be hard pressed to keep Alaskan artists from applying for grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a part of the stimulus she’s criticized.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, an influential Democrat from South Carolina, anticipated that Sanford may reject funding and added the provision requiring governors to certify the stimulus. If the governors refused, state legislatures could certify the bill, the provision says.

Friday’s deadline was effectively a "trip wire" that would have caused legislatures’ certification powers to kick in if governors hadn’t signed off, said Republican state Sen. Tom Davis, Sanford’s former chief of staff.

The Congressional Research Service’s report, a letter from OMB to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and an opinion from South Carolina’s attorney general all acknowledge the legislature’s authority to override the governor on certification but also agree that the provision doesn’t give legislators the power to take charge of specific funding streams that governors control, like the state fiscal stabilization fund.

Davis said he "respectfully differs" with his former boss about the stabilization money and hopes South Carolina will be able to use the fund for one-time school improvements, though not long-term increases in government education spending. Sanford has opposed the money unless he can use it to pay down debts, saying the state can’t afford to spend on things that will generate long-term costs, such as hiring new teachers.

South Carolina could use the help: The state has the second highest unemployment rate in the country (11 percent), lower teachers’ salaries than most states ($45,758 on average) and a higher rate of uninsured people (16 percent), according to data compiled by ProPublica.

"I think there’s a way of working this thing out," Davis added. After certifying the bill Friday, Sanford will have bought himself some more time to do so, despite all the deadline hoopla. The last third of the stabilization cash won’t start to flow until sometime later this summer, and South Carolina’s certification means Sanford has plenty of time to change his mind.

Just Jake Talkin'


I grew up hearin’ and usin’ the phrase "that’s corny." The term was typically used to describe a "corny" joke, or in some instances a person that either told corny jokes or just acted corny. I’m sittin’ here tryin’ to define the term without tellin’ a corny joke. I suppose it’s like ya hear, "I can’t describe it, but I know it when I see it."

In school, there was always a corny teacher or two, tryin’ to tell jokes or be humorous. The kids would laugh and this would only encourage more corn. It was a vicious circle. Usually the term wasn’t intended in a harmful way, just matter of fact like, just accepted. The truth was, most folks seem to enjoy a little corn now and then, speakin’ of the verbal kind of course, and that ain’t chicken feed, pop.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Hepatitis C Often Has Good Prognosis

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please save my life. I am 59 and was diagnosed with hepatitis C five years ago. I am scared to death of treatment, about which I have heard horror stories. I have an older husband who will not make it without me. I feel great and have terrific energy. Is there any other treatment I can take? -- S.D.

ANSWER: Infection with the hepatitis C virus leads to chronic liver infection in 85 percent of patients. However, illness doesn’t appear until 10 to 20 years after infection. At that time, about 20 percent of infected people develop liver cirrhosis, and 1 percent to 4 percent come down with liver cancer. That means 75 percent of patients do not develop serious liver disease.

Treatment is necessary when evidence of the virus can be found in the blood and when the liver shows changes that indicate cirrhosis will be a likely outcome.

Do not a picnic about treatment, it isn’t as terrifying as it has been portrayed to you. Ribavirin is one of the drugs used. Its worst side effect is anemia, a drop in the red blood cell count. Peginterferon is the other drug used in treatment. Its most common side effect is flulike symptoms: headache, muscle pain, fever, nausea and vomiting.

Appropriate medicines can control these symptoms. Hair-thinning is another possible side effect. The list of potential side effects is long. Most resolve when the drug is stopped. And most patients complete therapy without having to greatly modify their activities during treatment. There are no other effective treatments.

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