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Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 18

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... On July 16th there will be a Golden Reflections meeting in McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital’s Community Center at 2 PM. For more information, call 359-1351.

Did Ya Know?... There will be an Alzheimer’s Support Group on Thursday, July 16th from 5:30-6:30 PM in the McCune-Brooks Regional Hopital Home Health Conference Room. For information, call 417-359-1832.

today's laugh

Never talk to the parrot

Mrs. Peterson phoned the repairman because her dishwasher quit working. He couldn’t accommodate her with an "after-hours" appointment and since she had to go to work, she told him, "I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dish washer, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you a check. By the way, I have a large rotweiler inside named Killer; he won’t bother you. I also have a parrot, and whatever you do, do not talk to the bird!"

Well, sure enough the dog, Killer, totally ignored the repairman, but the whole time he was there, the parrot cursed, yelled, screamed, and about drove him nuts.

As he was ready to leave, he couldn’t resist saying, "You stupid bird, why don’t you shut up!"

To which the bird replied, "Killer, get him!!!"

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


Starts Up This Week to Fill Some Pressing Orders.

The Carthage woolen mill started up this morning to work up some necessary colors to fill out pressing orders that have crowded in on the company since the shut down two weeks ago. Half the force is working and will be employed all the rest of this week. Thirty looms and other machinery in proportion are in operation.

At the same time the necessary repairing is being as quickly done as possibly, and next Monday an insurance boiler inspector will be here to inspect the mill boilers. By the first of September Supt. Baker expects to have all repairing done and be ready to start the mill going on the usual full time for the winter.

  Today's Feature

Attorney General Koster before US Senate.

Jefferson City -- Attorney General Chris Koster will testify before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday, July 14, on the increase in mortgage-rescue and debt-settlement fraud Missouri is experiencing during the downward economic times.

Koster told committee members that his office is seeing sharp increases in consumer complaints related to both mortgage-rescue and debt-settlement businesses. In 2007 and 2008 combined, the Attorney General’s office received a total of 25 complaints about mortgage-rescue companies. In just the first half of the year in 2009, his office has already had 84 complaints. His office already has received 105 complaints against debt-settlement companies so far in 2009, compared to 78 complaints in all of 2007 and 109 in 2008.

"Foreclosure Consultants and Debt Settlement Firms claim to consumers they can cut principal in half, reduce monthly payments by hundreds of dollars, or eliminate debt altogether," Koster told the committee. "The fact is that these companies are offering a service that the consumer could do for himself, or that non-profit credit counselors will perform for free or a modest fee."

Koster highlighted that many of these companies require up-front fees from consumers, which is illegal in Missouri. He noted that these fees can be hundreds or thousands of dollars, and can leave consumers in substantially worse financial shape than before. He also pointed out that these companies’ strategies typically rely on the consumer stopping all payments to and communications with creditors, which leads to long-term damage to the consumer’s credit rating and hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional fees.

Koster has made a "zero tolerance" commitment to fighting businesses that defraud consumers seeking help with foreclosures or debt. The Attorney General has filed lawsuits against seven companies offering mortgage refinancing, foreclosure relief or debt-settlement since April 6, with more than a dozen additional official investigations currently underway.

During the hearing, Koster encouraged committee members to consider additional enforcement measures at the federal level to discourage businesses from attempting to use fraudulent tactics and advertising, and to give all states stronger powers in shutting down their scams.

Koster is the only Attorney General testifying at the hearing.

Just Jake Talkin'

A farmer I used ta work for while I was in high school always told me that if ya see turtles on the road it means it’s gonna rain. Said they could sense the comin’ weather and headed for higher ground. I never was convinced, but I always try to remember when I see the creatures ploddin’ on the roadways.

I always look in the rearview mirror when I pass over turtles with the car. Some pull their head in and just wait, others just keep wigglin’ along like nothin’ happened. I can’t imagine what a turtle must be thinkin’ when a vehicle whizzes over ‘em. Maybe they figure it was one a those quick thunder storms movin’ through, or a giant crash of thunder. You’d think the hot pavement would stick to their little feet as long as they take ta get on the other side. Maybe they’re just hopin’ for rain.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• Go Green Tip: Building a sand castle? Look no further than your recycle bin for sand tools. Gather plastic containers in many sizes. You can cut or trim plastic bottles to make great scoops and even use a hole punch to make a sieve. Or open both ends of a clean metal coffee can, cover one side tightly with plastic wrap and secure with tape. Stick it plastic side down in the water, and you’ve made a pretty nice little sea scope to see the fishes swim. You can still recycle it when you get home.

• Vegetable oil can be used to remove sticky price-tag residue from glass or other hard, nonporous surfaces. Dab on, let sit and rub off with a soft cloth.

• Get a glossy shine on sun- or pool-damaged hair with this old-school trick. Coat strands with a cup of mayonnaise, focusing on the ends. Leave on for 15-30 minutes and rinse out. This works especially well after a weekend at the beach or lake.

• "When going on vacation, store important documents in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer. If there is a fire, the papers will likely be safe." -- T.C. in Utah (A Note from JoAnn: I wouldn’t store original documents this way, just in case of water damage. You could invest in a small fire safe for really special papers.)

• Use a turkey baster to suck up spilled egg. You also can sprinkle it with salt to set it, and pick it up with a paper towel.

• "This tip is an oldie but a goodie. Schedule annual checkups on or near your birthday. You’ll never forget when it’s time to visit the doctor." -- B.J. in Pennsylvania

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