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Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 254

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Hospital will be having their "Golden Reflections" a monthly meeting & birthday celebration in the community center on June 18th at 2 PM. For info, call 417-359-1351.

Did Ya Know?... Freeman Hospital will be holding a Stroke Support Group on June 18th from 3-4 PM at College View Manor, 3828 College View Dr., Joplin. The event is "New Approach to Aphasia Therapy." For more info, call 417-347-1234.

Did Ya Know?... June 18th through the 21st, Precious Moments is holding their 2009 Reunion Event "To God Be the Glory." For more info, call Donna at 417-359-3085.

today's laugh

A stolen credit card

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

My wife is pregnant

A man speaks frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant, and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" the doctor queries.

"No, you idiot!" the man shouts. "This is her husband!"

-The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.

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

A $20,000 DAMAGE SUIT.

Case of Theodore L. Hurst vs the P. & G. Railway on Trial Today.

A damage suit in which the plaintiff asks $20,000 for injuries received, was begun at noon today in circuit court. It is still in progress and likely to last over tomorrow.

The title of the case is Theodore L. Hurst vs the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf railway. The plaintiff, who was formerly a freight brakeman for the road, alleges that at Stillwell, Indian Territory, in August, 1897, he, while attempting to board a caboose tripped over some stones left beside the track and was thrown to the ground so violently as to be rendered unconscious. He rolled under the wheels and his right leg was crushed. He also received a cut on the head which greatly impairs his hearing. For all of which he asks $20,000 damages.

  Today's Feature

Small Business can Apply for ARC Loans.

WASHINGTON – Starting June 15, SBA will begin accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital. "ARC" loans of up to $35,000 are designed to provide a "bridge" for viable small businesses with immediate financial hardship – to keep their doors open until they get back on track.

"These ARC loans are another tool in the SBA toolkit which will provide critical support to small businesses struggling to make it through these tough economic times," said Administrator Karen G. Mills.

ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000, available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt. ARC loans are 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees associated with them.

ARC loans will be disbursed over a period of up to six months and will provide funds to be used for payments of principal and interest for existing, qualifying small business debt including mortgages, term and revolving lines of credit, capital leases, credit card obligations and notes payable to vendors, suppliers and utilities. SBA will pay the interest on ARC loans to the lenders at the variable rate of Prime plus two percent.

Repayment will not begin until 12 months after the final disbursement. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years.

ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. For more information on ARC loans, visit

Just Jake Talkin'

I can remember my little sister runnin’ home cryin’ that one of the neighbor boys called her some name, prob’ly somethin’ like peanutbreath. She was obviously upset, even though at her age, she had no idea what the name meant (nor do I at my age). She just knew that someone had called her that and she was hurt.

That was prob’ly the time she was given the ultimate defense against such attacks. The "Sticks and stones can break my bones." If I have ta finish that old sayin’, you’ve led a very protected childhood.

I would have to guess some mother centuries ago came up with that and it will most likely never be improved upon. I would guess that those words are spoken to nearly ever’ preschooler as part of the first day ritual.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'

  Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• Clean candles by wiping them down with an alcohol-dampened towel or piece of cheesecloth. Let it dry before lighting. Be careful with candles that have a shell of color surrounding a plain-white candle. Scratching those could damage the color.

• To root a plant, stretch a piece of aluminum foil over a glass filled with water and secure with a rubber band. Poke the stem right through the foil and into the water. The foil will hold the plant well -- even if it’s a heavy stem.

• "Drain fries or fried fish on brown paper bags, such as the ones you might use for lunch or the ones that come from the grocery store. You also can use cardboard boxes lined with newspaper. We do this for the fried chicken at family cookouts, and it’s perfect." -- S.R. in Georgia

• Wet a washcloth, stick it in a plastic baggie and freeze. It’s great for teething babies, sunburns and boo-boos in general.

• "I took a good chunk off my thumb with a sharp knife while cutting onions. The cut is healing, but it’s murder doing dishes or bathing. I have to change my bandages constantly. I finally got the idea to use a small balloon over the bandaged thumb tip. It kept the water out and kept the bandage in place. Why didn’t I think of this earlier?" -- A.A. in Florida

• Go Green Tip: Your driving style can greatly affect your vehicle’s gas mileage. Poor driving techniques -- aggressive acceleration, hard braking, higher speeds, compulsive passing -- lower your fuel mileage and put you at risk for accidents. So do yourself a favor. Take it easy on the road.

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