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Monday, July 6, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 11

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... There will be a blood drive on July 6th from 10 AM until 4 PM at St. John’s Mercy Conference Center.

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital is having a Grief Support Group on July 7th from 1 - 3 PM in their Felix E. Wright Chapel. For more info call 359-2636.

Did Ya Know?... There will be a meeting at the County Commissioners office on July 9th to discuss the closing of Church Street.

today's laugh

Avoiding a big object

Driving to work, a gentlman had to swerve to avoid a box that fell out of a truck in front of him. Seconds later, a policeman pulled him over for reckless driving. Fortunately, another officer had seen the carton in the road. The policmen stopped traffic and recovered the box. It was found to contain large upholstery tacks.

"I’m sorry sir," the first trooper told the driver, "but I am still going to have to write you a ticket."

Amazed, the driver asked for what.

The trooper replied, "Tacks evasion."

- The "think positive" leader tends to listen to his subordinate’s premonitions only during the postmortems.

- The best photos are generally attempted through the lens cap.

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

Civil War Encampment.

The "Holmes Brigade" Civil War platoon encampment drills will be preformed this weekend at the Carthage Civil War Battle site on East 13th Street.

According to information provided by the group:

"The original brigade was formed in May of 1862 from the 10th Missouri, E--24th Missouri, 80th Ohio, 56th Illinois, and the 17th Iowa. Later in the war it would include the 26th Missouri and the 10th Iowa. During the war, the brigade saw action at Iuka, Corinth, Port Gibson, Raymond, Jackson, Champion’s Hill, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, and went with Sherman on the march to the sea and through the Carolinas. Company E of the 24th MO and the 17th Iowa were captured defending the railroad during Hood’s invasion of Tennessee.

"All-in-all a very average unit. The units had their hard battles as well as their long dreary months guarding railroads. They were typical--exactly the type of soldiers that we in the Holmes Brigade of today seek to recreate. I think that Sam Holmes would have been proud of us."


No Summer Vacation for Sec. of Education Arne Duncan

by Amanda Michel, Michael Grabell and David Epstein, ProPublica

Roundup of stimulus coverage:

There’s no summer vacation for Education Secretary Arne Duncan: $2.7 billion in federal stimulus money that Duncan had planned to dole out in October or November will instead go out to the states sooner. Plenty of students, however, will have summer vacations: The New York Times reports, "Nearly every school system in Florida has eviscerated or eliminated summer school this year, and officials are reporting sweeping cuts in states from North Carolina and Delaware to California and Washington." While some schools are using stimulus money to maintain their summer programs, many districts are struggling with budgets the stimulus can’t close. This follows reports of brewing tensions between states and school districts on how to spend stimulus money.

It’ll be interesting to see if the administration fast-tracks any more stimulus cash. Critics of the stimulus—and increasingly the public—have questioned the slower-than-expected pace of spending. That might be why the Obama administration is embarking on a "Listening Tour" of rural areas this summer—especially, as the Los Angeles Times reports, in swing districts.

A handful of articles reported that stimulus funding was helping states avoid "doomsday" scenarios with their budgets. Gov. Jim Doyle told the La Crosse Tribune that Wisconsin’s budget cuts are the largest since the Depression but that overall spending is up 6 percent. "This is a 6 percent increase as a result of the federal stimulus money," he said. "We’re spending less Wisconsin taxpayer money than we did last time." True enough, but the $787 billion dollars of taxpayer money being spent to stimulate the economy includes some dollars from Wisconsin residents.

Vice President Joe Biden was back on the road yesterday, traveling to rural Pennsylvania where he touted the $7.2 billion stimulus broadband program. Just think—this way everyone can quickly access video clips of Biden’s gaffes no matter where they live! Not so fast ... the broadband program will extend service to underserved areas but it will not be comprehensive. Plus, according to stimulus rules, the minimum download speed that qualifies as broadband is 768 kilobits per second, which is slow by cutting-edge standards.

The deadline for states to submit applications for their piece of $48 billion in state fiscal stabilization funds was Wednesday. Most of that money (81.8 percent) is earmarked for public schools, and the rest can be used flexibly to avoid cuts to public services like police and fire. All states met the deadline despite lingering budget issues that had some states getting their applications in just under the wire. Texas was the last one in: Its application reached the Education Department with just 18 minutes to spare.

More stimulus magic? You be the judge. Hydrogen Energy International received $308 million for a plant through the Clean Coal Power Initiative. Minnesota Public Radio reported Wednesday that Basin Electric Power Cooperative, a North Dakota company, will receive $100 million in stimulus funds to "capture carbon dioxide emissions." Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who traveled to Bismarck, N.D., for the announcement, told listeners: "Once you send a clear signal to the industry, and both the Republicans and Democrats get behind this, something magical happens. As soon as both parties get behind this, the lobbyists have nowhere to go and they assign it to the engineers, and the engineers solve it."

Just Jake Talkin'

Visits to my grandparent’s place always included a variety of "toys" that ya didn’t see down at Woolworth’s. One I remember is a metal hoop and a couple a sticks nailed together in a "T." I don’t know that there is a name for this particular contraption, but the idea was to get the hoop rollin’ and then push it along with the stick.

The rural setting of the place meant there were no sidewalks so the gravel road made the feat a little more challenging.

‘Course the kids didn’t understand at the time the laws of physics that were at play as the hoop rolled down that country road. The skills needed to control the hoop did leave a lastin’ impression. The application of a small amount of pressure at the appropriate time was what kept things rollin.’

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns

Journey Along the Wellness Path

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

Fibromyalgia, a common medical diagnosis, is a description of a cascade of symptoms that include widespread musculoskeletal pain. The muscle pain can be described as deep, aching, burning, shooting or stabbing, intermittent, and migrating. It might be accompanied by sleep disturbance, fatigue, numbness, irritable bowel, digestive disturbances, etc.

Chronic disturbances in the body can be perplexing and frustrating. From a "whole-istic" perspective Dr. Janet Lang, states it as "your control system is malfunctioning, and mechanisms for perceiving and interpreting pain are out of control."

Our control system includes nerve pathways, hormones, neurotransmitters and other neuropeptides. On our wellness journey, I encourage those suffering from chronic muscle fiber pain to consider taking some important steps towards healing.

Consider that the control systems are malfunctioning due to both interference and deficiency. Often, we need to remove some things and add others to find balance.

Consider a partial list of possible interferences:


•hormone disruption

•drug side affects

•subluxations (which cause nerve interference)

•stress including physical, emotional, and/or spiritual

•synthetic vitamins

•devitalized junk food

•poor adrenal gland function

We can actually be proactive in this particular healing process utilizing soft tissue work that includes specific trigger point work for the nervous system. Proper evaluation of environment and nutrition are also of utmost help in tracking interference and then bringing balance.

We can sit on the bench and simply look down the wellness path or we can move right along that wellness path to better health!


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

Sometimes an organization has special members that stand out in ways that are not always noticed. This past week, artCentral lost one such member. Wendy Christenson was awarded the status of Honorary Lifetime Member many years before I became the director here, and so her worth to artCentral is traced back far longer than I am able to do. I will attempt to convey the extent of her value in these past four years to this organization, and the value is great. Wendy was always willing to volunteer her time to come and be in the gallery during hours of exhibitions, when I needed to be away. She was so cheerful to say, "Sure, I’ll come!" when we needed her. Her attendance at the openings was regular, and unless she was traveling she was always here, usually early. Her favorite beverage was Ros`e wine, and I always kept her special one on hand. Lately, others have expressed preference for this variety, and so I am careful to have enough for the other guests as well of "Wendy’s Ros`e". Wendy’s generosity was incredible. I was shocked to read that artCentral has been designated the recipient of donations to be made in her memory, and thank the family for this most generous gesture. Several times I would hear her at the back door, with a group of prints that she had either "found under a bed or in a closet" that she wanted to donate to artCentral for the sales area. Many of these were signed drawings and prints that we have for sale today. One such time was when she arrived at an opening carrying the two original Lowell Davis drawings that were his original drawings for the mural that he painted in the Jasper County Courthouse. Her idea was to donate them to us, and have us use them to raise funds for the organization, which we did by having folks donate 100.00 each towards having them framed and hung publicly in the new McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. They can be seen there now, along with a plaque naming the various donors whose contributions allowed the installation. These two are soon to be joined by the third in that series, the painted section, which Wendy gave to us later, saying they needed to stay together, and so they will. She asked that an additional plaque be added to the display noting that the first two were from the collection of daughter Chris and her husband Jim Lobbey, now both deceased. We have done this, and the third painting will be joining the two original ones soon on that wall. What a great art legacy Wendy leaves to Carthage!

She was always a faithful bidder and buyer at the Midwest Gathering of the Artists show in the fall, and her personal art collection is large, her home a gallery to that collection. I take this time to note her passing, to express public condolences to the family, and to thank them for lending to artCentral their dear Wendy for the time that we had with her. She was a most special lady, and a true friend of artCentral’s!

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