A woman meant to call a record store
but dialed the wrong number and got a private home
"Do you have Eyes of
Blue and A Love Supreme?" she
"Well, no," answered the
puzzled homeowner. "But I have a wife and eleven
"Is that a record?" she
"I dont think so,"
replied the man, "but its as close as I want
- Two rules to success in life: 1.
Dont tell people everything you know.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Jasper Mine Plant to
Old Moore Mill is
Purchased for Use Near Cananea.
The 200-ton plant of the Moore Mining
company near Jasper has been purchased by James W. Norton
of Duluth, Minn., who has a zinc mine one mile from
Cananea, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. The plant is now
being dismanteled and loaded upon cars preparatory to
being shipped to the Mexican mine, and thus will be
removed from the Jasper camp a monument which marked the
site of a series of unsuccessful mining ventures.
This mill was built on the Jasper Rice
farm, west of Jasper, in a field that had never been
mined to any extent. The ore bodies opened after the
plant had been erected proved too thin to permit of
operations being conducted at a profit. For a long time
the mine had been idle. Deeper operations might prove the
existence of good ore on this property however.
Delinquent Real Estate Tax
Stephen H. Holt, Jasper
County Collecter, announced last week the
list of delinquent Real Estate taxes
which are subject to the 2009 Tax
Certificate Sale. A total of 575 were
printed and released. The breakdown is as
follows: Eastern District 245; Central
District 134; and Western District 196.
The annual tax
certificate sale, as required by Missouri
State Statute, will be held at 10:00 a.m.
on Monday, August 24, 2009 in the
Holt states, "All
property must be paid no later than 4:00
p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2009 to avoid
Property may only be
redeemed by someone who holds a publicly
recorded interest in the property, and
must provide our office with a recorded
copy of that document.
Due to the tax
certificate sale, the Joplin branch
office will be closed August 24, the day
of the tax certificate sale, and will
reopen Tuesday, August 25,2009.
A complete pulication
can be found on their website at www.jaspercountycollector.com.
Loan Mod Progress Report: Read the Fine
by Karen Weise and
Alexandra Andrews,ProPublica www.propublica.com
As we noted earlier,
leading mortgage servicers participating
in the governments loan
modification program have been
inconsistent in their efforts to modify
loans for troubled homeowners. The
Treasury Department released data
highlighting the discrepancies among
servicers, but the picture of the
programs progress overall may be
bleaker than the numbers show at first
The Treasury Department
reported the number of trial
modifications each servicer has offered
and started; to put those numbers in
context, it compared them to the number
of loans eligible for the program
but only counted loans that are at least
60 days delinquent. The actual pool of
eligible loans is larger.
The Making Home
Affordable program covers any homeowner
who has already defaulted or will likely
default "imminently," including
those who havent missed a payment
The discrepancy is not
small. In the first quarter of this year,
when 8.8 percent of mortgages were at
least 60 days delinquent, an additional
3.25 percent of mortgages were between 30
and 60 days delinquent, according to the
Mortgage Bankers Association National
Delinquency Survey. Including current
loans on the brink of delinquency would
expand the pool of eligible borrowers
The report says that
the total number of trial modifications
started under the program represents 9
percent of the eligible 60-day delinquent
loansbut the actual percentage of
all eligible borrowers who have been
helped is even lower.
Progress toward the
administrations stated goal of
helping 3 to 4 million homeowners by Dec.
31, 2012, is somewhere between 5.9
percent and 7.8 percent.
60-day-delinquency mark provides a
"fair and reasonable estimation of
performance of the program," said
Michael Barr, the Treasury
Departments assistant secretary for
financial institutions, in a conference
call with reporters this morning. He
stressed that loans do not have to be at
that stage of delinquency to be eligible
for the program, but that it was a useful
baseline for evaluating the
programs progress and comparing
In total, 235,247
homeowners have started trial
modifications (the program requires a
three-month trial period before the
modifications are finalized and the
servicers get paid). The administration
has set a goal of boosting that number to
500,000 by Nov. 1. Barr said the
administration expects that servicers
will improve their performance over time
and that theyll need to do
so to reach that target. "The proof
is going to be in the pudding" in
November, he said.
Overall Id have ta say the egg has
gotten a bad rap.
Egg on your face, egghead,
rotten egg, etc. At least one rotten egg
doesnt ruin the barrel. The egg has ta be
onea natures most versatile foods. Fry em,
boil em, poach em, pickle em,
put em in your beer. Folks have figured
bout ever way possible to prepare the
little gems, includin eatin em
raw (not one of my favorite topics). As a kid we
used ta put a raw egg in a milk shake and
didnt think much of it, but I prefer eggs
fully cooked at this time of life. Maybe a soft
center for dippin the toast.
Course my favorite use of
the egg is in a nice fluffy meringue. Who married
Snow White? Egg white, get the yoke.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
Please help settle a debate
between me and my boyfriend. We share a 1994
Honda Accord with 212,000 miles. Last summer
while driving it from Iowa City, Iowa (where we
lived with the car for three years), to Oakland,
Calif., we had to stop to replace the muffler. We
didnt have a lot of money, so the mechanic
sold us what he said was an "OK"
muffler that probably would have to be replaced
again in a couple of years. Lo and behold, the
muffler now needs to be replaced again. My
boyfriend want to wait. He thinks its OK to
let the muffler go until we cant stand the
noise any longer. I disagree. I think the hole
will keep increasing in size and spread into the
already old and tired exhaust system. Whos
right? Should we fix it sooner rather than later,
or is it fine to let it go? - Jennifer
TOM: The only way a bad muffler
can affect adjoining parts of the exhaust system
is if it falls off and takes something else with
it. If it were to fall off while you were
driving, it might drag down an adjacent section
of pipe and break it, even if that pipe still had
some useful life left.
RAY: But there are two other
reasons to replace the muffler now. First, on a
car with 212,000 miles, it easily could be the
last muffler youll ever need. So why not
put it on and enjoy the (relative) peace and
quiet for the next year or two, or however long
the car lasts?
TOM: But more importantly, how
are you and your boyfriend going to continue to
have these informative, groundbreaking debates if
you cant hear each other?
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
Bill" Elliott Still Running Hard
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Veteran
driver Bill Elliott, the 1988 champion of what is
now known as the Sprint Cup Series, wound up
finishing 26th in the Allstate 400 at the
Brickyard, but not before he turned heads with a
fourth-place qualifying effort.
Elliott, 53, now competes only
part-time for what was once one of NASCARs
premier teams, the Wood Brothers. The most recent
of his 44 career victories occurred Nov. 9, 2003,
at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, a track
no longer on the Cup schedule.
The second-row qualifying
effort erased a particularly bad memory for
Elliott, who won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
in 2002. Wood Brothers Racing, a team that dates
back to 1953, has won 96 races over the years.
After his Indy qualifying run,
Elliott said, "All that kept going through
my head was here a year ago, and how bad we
screwed up in qualifying. It hurt so bad, missing
this race a year ago, and being able to come back
here (and qualify near the front) meant a lot.
"(Co-owners) Len and Eddie
(Wood) have really worked to give me something to
drive, and Ive been working my butt off
making sure that I havent let them down on
the other side."
Elliott, from Dawsonville, Ga.,
is paired with crew chief David Hyder.
"I cant say enough
good things about (the team)," said Elliott.
"Weve kind of meshed. Were able
to get input back and forth. Were working
so well together right now, and thats so
"Im proud to get in
this race car when we come to the track.
Theyve done so much work."
Elliott takes heart in the
performance of another veteran, Mark Martin, who,
at age 50, has already won four Cup races this
"If a 50-year-old can win,
I think a few more years aint going to hurt
a thing," he said, referring to Martin.
predecessors in the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford were
team co-founder Glen Wood, Cale Yarborough, Neil
Bonnett, Buddy Baker, Dale Jarrett, Kyle Petty
and, most notably, David Pearson.
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