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Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 12

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Prestige Ice Cream Social will be held on July 9th at 7 PM in the St. John’s Mercy Conference Center. For more information call 417-625-2962.

Did Ya Know?... "Magic Moments Riding Therapy" is currently in need of volunteers to work with our riders on Saturday mornings and also Monday or Thursday evenings. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, unafraid of horses, and can put aside one or two hours during one of these times, please call 417-325-4490 today for more information.

today's laugh

What is God’s name?

A Christian man had just died and was on his way to heaven. When he got to the gates of heaven he met an angel. The angel asked him what God’s name was.

‘Oh that’s easy,’ the man replied, ‘His name is Andy.’

‘What make you think his name is Andy?’ the angel asked incredulously.

‘Well, you see at Church we used to sing this song ‘Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me.’

Driving exams worry me

Liz: I get so nervous and frightened during driving tests!

Doctor: Don’t worry about it. You’ll pass eventually.

Liz: I’m the examiner!

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


Not More than 100 Cars this Year-General Conditions.

"The berry season is practically at an end," says Sarcoxie Tribune. "Up to and including Wednesday evening, the Horticultural association had shipped 82 cars and Gandy people 5, and with about 3 cars today makes a total of 90 cars of berries shipped in car lots. A few straggling car loads will continue to go out probably up to next Monday, but it is not likely that 100 cars will be shipped.

"Taking the season through, prices have undoubtedly ruled higher than last year, and many of the growers will doubtless make more money than last year, but for pickers and those engaged in other lines of business, the season has not proven so profitable.

  Today's Feature

Stone’s Throw "30 Reasons."

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces the dates for its next play, the hilarious children’s comedy, "30 Reasons Not to be in a Play", written by Alan Haehnel and directed by Shanti Navarre, which will begin on Thursday, July 9, 2009 and continue daily through July 11, 2009 at the Theatre. The play will also run from July 17, 2009 through July 19, 2009. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are available by phone from the box office number above, online or through purchase in person at the box office during open box office hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each business day and expanded hours the weeks of the show. Tickets are $22 for adults (17-54), seniors (55+) are $19, Youth (under 17) are $10 and children under 5 are free.

Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War III -- these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. "30 Reasons Not To Be in a Play" is a full-length non-play depicting the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this non-play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

During evening performances, doors open at 6:00 p.m., dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, July 19, 2009, doors open for this performance at 12:30 p.m. and the play will start at 2 p.m.

Many States Leave Federal Unemployment Money Unclaimed.

by Olga Pierce, ProPublica

A few governors were loud about rejecting stimulus funding for expanding unemployment insurance, but many states have quietly let their share of the funding sit in Washington.

So far, only about half of the $7 billion included in the stimulus package has been claimed by states. What’s more, about two-thirds of the funding that has been distributed has gone to states with existing laws, and not to states with newly expanded benefits.

Four states have explicitly rejected the funding, but many others have so far failed to pass legislation qualifying them for incentive payments.

States have until 2011 to qualify for the funding, but government projections predict that by then the worst of the unemployment crisis will be over.

Under the stimulus bill, states can qualify for the extra funding by extending unemployment insurance to new categories of workers. To receive a third of the funding, they must begin using something called an alternative base period, which would allow more low-wage workers to receive unemployment benefits.

Many states have passed laws entitling them to only a portion of the funding alloted to them, others have claimed none. As a result only half of the total $7 billion allotted has been spent - and two thirds of that is for laws that were already on the books. (Sources: National Employment Law Project, ProPublica research)

To get the other two-thirds of the cash, they must adopt at least two other changes from a list that includes covering part-time workers and offering $15 extra per week for each dependent.

If states meet the requirements, they qualify for a federal lump sum payment that will cover the cost of expansion for at least three years, or longer in many cases. It was on those grounds – that after the federal funding runs out states will have to find another way to cover the cost – that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and others that said they would reject the funding.

Advocates have been calling for expanding benefits for years as a way to make sure that unemployment benefits are available to non-traditional workers who make up an increasing proportion of the workforce.

In the early 1990s, a bipartisan commission convened by President Bill Clinton urged states to adopt reforms, similar to those in the stimulus bill, which would include more workers in the unemployment insurance system.

The language in the stimulus bill – with its carrot-and-stick approach to getting states to adopt changes -- is nearly identical to House and Senate bills introduced two years ago during the 110th Congress. An original sponsor of the Senate bill: then-Sen. Barack Obama.

Advocates for expanded unemployment insurance declared the glass half full: After all for the first time a majority of states, 34, have adopted the alternative base period, even though 19 of those states used it already. Likewise, 27 states now offer unemployment benefits to part-time workers.

"These are workers who have been left out of the system," said Maurice Emsellem, co-policy director of the National Employment Law Project. "Now workers who were falling through the cracks of the unemployment system will be able to find their way back in."

Supporters are hoping, Emsellem said, that states will continue to offer expanded coverage even after federal funding stops, which seems likely in many states because of the difficulty of dialing back benefits for the unemployed once they are in place.

Some states do seem poised to keep at least some of the changes.

Offering benefits to workers in job training programs "just seems like good policy," Jack Hill, the Republican chairman of the Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee, told ProPublica. By also adding coverage of part-time workers, Georgia has already received its full $220 million in incentive payments.

In Alaska, which qualified for almost $16 million in funding by adopting the alternative base period, state legislators were swayed by the relatively low cost of covering an estimated 1,700 additional workers, said Larry Persily, legislative aide to state Rep. Mike Hawker, a Republican who co-chairs the House Finance Committee. Ultimately, the legislation was passed nearly unanimously, though the House is Republican-controlled, the Senate is evenly split, and then Gov. Sarah Palin announced her intention to reject the aid.

"We spent a much longer time looking at the proposal than the governor did," Persily said.

Though the stimulus bill bars states from including sunset provisions in their bills, some states have said they plan to take the cash and roll back the expanded eligibility once they are allowed to do so.

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, initially announced qualms about accepting the funding on the basis that it could result in higher unemployment insurance costs for the state. Ultimately he announced his support for accepting the funding – but only with the explicit understanding that benefits will be rolled back when the recession is over.

Just Jake Talkin'

I still expect to hear a bell ring when I pull up to the gas pumps. ‘Course there is little reason to announce your presence these days since there is no one rushin’ out ta wash your windshield.

I do find myself tryin’ to avoid passin’ by the pumps when I’m just stoppin’ for a coke. I feel a little silly when I realize I’m tryin’ to avoid ringin’ the non existent bell.

I suppose anyone under the age of 18 doesn’t have any idea what I’m talkin’ about. Talk to your parents, they should be the ones to explain such things.

I’d think some marketin’ savvy chain of convenience stores would put the bell back. It would make your customers feel important to know they are bein’ announced.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Fibromyalgia Frustrates Athlete

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Before I was diagnosed, I enjoyed playing many sports and was a very physically active person. Since then, I have had to stop most of my activities. I wish I could be as active as I once was. Every time I try to play or exercise, my muscles ache unbearably. How can I get back to where I was? -- R.C.

ANSWER: (R.C. is a high-school-age young woman.)

Fibromyalgia causes people to retreat from their usual activities and makes them yearn for the days before it struck.

It’s a peculiar disorder, with more unknown about it than known. Its cause hasn’t been discovered. More women come down with it than men -- another unexplained fact. No lab test detects it. X-rays, scans and ultrasound show no abnormality

People afflicted with it complain of widespread body pain. They hurt all over, especially muscles, bones and joints. Exercise aggravates the pain. Joints are stiff early in the morning. Fibromyalgia patients are tired all the time. They never get a decent night’s sleep, and that adds to their fatigue.

During an examination, doctors can detect tender points, specific body sites where pressure of the examining finger elicits pain out of proportion to the pressure. There are 18 of these sites, nine on each side of the body.

More than 70 medicines have been used in treating fibromyalgia. Tylenol and anti-inflammatory medicines such as Aleve, Advil and Motrin are helpful for some. Cymbalta and Lyrica are two medicines that have won Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of this condition.

Exercise is important, but it must be started at a low level and gradually increased. Water exercises are well-tolerated. If a person can’t keep up with the rest of the class, he or she shouldn’t try to do so. Keep exercise at a level that’s tolerable.

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