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Thursday, August 6, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 34

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Pet Photo Contest put on by the Carthage Humane Society is taking place now until the end of the month. They will use 12 entries for their 2010 Calender. Entry fee is $10, no limit on entries. For info, call 417-439-7134.

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO., 417-237-0885.

Did Ya Know?... There will be a Rope and Ride Team Roping to Benefit Magic Moments Riding Therapy of Diamond, Saturday, Aug 8th at 10 AM at Lucky J Arena in Carthage. Free admission. Call Judy Boyd at 417 425-8052 or Doug Thomas at 417 840-9316 for info.

today's laugh

Shopping for goods

A woman meant to call a record store but dialed the wrong number and got a private home instead.

"Do you have ‘Eyes of Blue’ and ‘A Love Supreme’?" she asked.

"Well, no," answered the puzzled homeowner. "But I have a wife and eleven children."

"Is that a record?" she inquired.

"I don’t think so," replied the man, "but it’s as close as I want to get."

- Two rules to success in life: 1. Don’t 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 Mexico.

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.

  Today's Feature

Delinquent Real Estate Tax Sale.

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 Carthage Courthouse.

Holt states, "All property must be paid no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2009 to avoid the sale."

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

Treasury’s Loan Mod Progress Report: Read the Fine Print

by Karen Weise and Alexandra Andrews,ProPublica

As we noted earlier, leading mortgage servicers participating in the government’s 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 program’s progress overall may be bleaker than the numbers show at first glance.

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 haven’t missed a payment yet.

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 even further.

The report says that the total number of trial modifications started under the program represents 9 percent of the eligible 60-day delinquent loans—but the actual percentage of all eligible borrowers who have been helped is even lower.

Progress toward the administration’s stated goal of helping 3 to 4 million homeowners by Dec. 31, 2012, is somewhere between 5.9 percent and 7.8 percent.

Using the 60-day-delinquency mark provides a "fair and reasonable estimation of performance of the program," said Michael Barr, the Treasury Department’s 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 program’s progress and comparing servicers.

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 they’ll need to do so to reach that target. "The proof is going to be in the pudding" in November, he said.


Just Jake Talkin'

Overall I’d have ta say the egg has gotten a bad rap.

Egg on your face, egghead, rotten egg, etc. At least one rotten egg doesn’t 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 didn’t 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’

  Weekly Columns



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 didn’t 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 it’s OK to let the muffler go until we can’t 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. Who’s 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 you’ll 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 can’t hear each other?


By Monte Dutton

"Awesome 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 NASCAR’s 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 I’ve been working my butt off making sure that I haven’t let them down on the other side."

Elliott, from Dawsonville, Ga., is paired with crew chief David Hyder.

"I can’t say enough good things about (the team)," said Elliott. "We’ve kind of meshed. We’re able to get input back and forth. We’re working so well together right now, and that’s so important.

"I’m proud to get in this race car when we come to the track. They’ve 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 year.

"If a 50-year-old can win, I think a few more years ain’t going to hurt a thing," he said, referring to Martin.

Among Elliott’s 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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