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Tuesday, March 17, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 189

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Call now to reserve your booth at the The Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2009! Contact Linda at 417-358-2373 for more information. The Expo will be held April 25th at the Private Events Center, 136 4th Street on the Carthage Square.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW post 2590 will hold a all you can eat Chili Feed and silent auction Saturday, March 21 at noon. Adults $5, children $3. Contact David Jones at 358-8816.

today's laugh

• A single fact can spoil a good argument.

• Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.

• I do whatever my Rice Krispies tell me to.

• Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we’re already there?

• Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

• Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?

• Should vegetarians eat animal crackers?

• Why do people who know the least know it the loudest?

• If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he homeless or naked?

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


Sad Matrimonial Disappointment

for an Arlington Hotel Girl.

Miss Leona Newton, who was employed at the Arlington hotel till a short time ago was engaged to be married on Friday of next week to J. C. Beard, yard master on a railroad at Coffeyville, Kas. She herself was from Coffeyville. She quit working a few days ago and was a boarder at the hotel, preparing for her wedding.

Yesterday there came a telegram announcing that her intended husband had been run over by a freight car in the yards at Coffeyville and could not live six hours. Miss Newton left for Coffeyville last night.

I. C. Wheeler is now burning his first kiln of brick for this spring. There were 220,000 brick in it.


Today's Feature

$40,000 REWARD


The Community Celebration held last Thursday to raise money for the Robert and Ellen Sheldon reward fund added nearly $20,000 to the fund according to organizers. This is in addition to the $20,000 already pledged to help find information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of Robert and Ellen Sheldon.

The total raised by the auction and other activities at the Celebration was just over $18,300 as of Monday morning. Donations are continuing to be received and can be made at the Southwest Missouri Bank.

Items auctioned ranged from pies to art work donated by various artists in the community. A painting by Bob Tommey drew the highest bid of any of the items at $1,000.

Those that gathered at the Fairview Christian Church, estimated at over 600, were served barbecue beef sandwiches, chips, drinks and dessert for no charge with donations accepted. The meal was followed by fellowship and the live auction.





The weak economy is generating great fiscal distress among states. Combined budget gaps for the remainder of the current fiscal year and the next two years are estimated to total more than $350 billion.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes roughly $140 billion in fiscal relief for state governments, enough to close about 40 percent of state shortfalls. A number of states are already putting the relief to use to help balance their budgets while minimizing harmful cuts in public services.

Before enactment of the recovery package, at least 34 states cut services to their residents, including some of their most vulnerable families and individuals, to begin closing their shortfalls. Because federal aid will only close a portion of states’ shortfalls, additional cuts are likely in the coming months. Cuts to state services not only harm vulnerable residents but also worsen the recession by reducing overall economic activity.

States are also likely to enact or consider tax increases or other revenue measures. So far, at least 15 states have begun closing their budget shortfalls by increasing taxes or otherwise raising new revenue. Like budget cuts, tax increases remove demand from the economy, by reducing the amount of money people have to spend. But tax increases can be less detrimental to state economies than budget cuts because some of the tax increases result in reduced saving rather than reduced consumption.

Forty-seven states faced or are facing budget shortfalls.

* In 42 states and Washington, D.C., 2009 budgets have fallen out of balance since their enactment, producing mid-year deficits that total more than $53 billion (or over 8 percent of budgets). These mid-year shortfalls are in addition to $48 billion in budget gaps that 29 states closed when enacting their fiscal 2009 budgets, which began on July 1 in most states. Total fiscal 2009 budget gaps equal 15 percent of these states’ general fund (operating) budgets.

* Forty-four states already project shortfalls totaling close to $105 billion for fiscal 2010 (which in most states begins July 1, 2009). As the full extent of 2010 budget gaps become known, shortfalls are likely to equal $145 billion (based on expected economic deterioration and the relationship of state revenues to the economy).

* Fiscal distress is highly likely to continue into state fiscal year 2011, with deficits exceeding those projected for 2010.

* These deficit figures show the impact the economic downturn has had on state budgets. In some cases all or part of the shortfall for 2009 has already been closed through a combination of spending cuts, withdrawals from reserves, revenue increases, or use of federal stimulus dollars.

At least nine states are using fiscal relief to minimize cuts in public services.

* Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia have already advanced or enacted plans to use these funds to reverse previously proposed budget cuts and/or to balance their states’ budgets in a way that mitigates potential cuts.

* Despite these changes, most or all of these states are making other cuts in their budgets, which the federal legislation will be insufficient to reverse.

At least 40 states have cut a range of services, including those aimed at some of their most vulnerable residents. Also, 15 states have raised taxes.

* At least 18 states have enacted or implemented cuts that will affect low-income families’ eligibility for health insurance or reduce their access to health care; at least 18 states and Washington, D.C. are cutting medical, rehabilitative, home care, or other services needed by low-income people who are elderly or have disabilities; at least 21 states are cutting K-12 and early education; and at least 28 states have implemented cuts to public colleges and universities. Also, at least 37 states and Washington, D.C. have proposed or implemented cuts to their state workforce.

* At least 15 states already have enacted tax increases, closed loopholes, restricted tax credits, increased tobacco taxes, raised tuitions, or implemented other revenue-raising measures.

The state revenue situation is rapidly worsening.

* To keep pace with the cost of services, state revenues must grow. But overall revenues last year were essentially flat and are weakening dramatically this year.

* Sales taxes are the hardest hit so far, reflecting a fall in both personal consumption and business purchases. But income taxes and other taxes are also falling. Recent stock market declines and continued job losses will depress revenues further.

Just Jake Talkin'


Have ya ever noticed how things come in clumps? Course ya have, ever’one knows about the clump clause.

Mechanics know of this phenomenon. All the sudden ever’one that comes in has a starter bad. Next week it will be shock absorbers, the next brakes. Seems that ever’one is on the same cycle.

‘Course clumps aren’t confined to mechanics, any random activity at one time or another gets rolled into a clump.

I went for nearly ten years without havin’ a car accident, then about fifteen years ago I had three in a six month period. What scares me is whether that was the only clump of accidents I will have, or if it was just a forewarnin’ of what to expect. Ever’day I make it without an accident, may be pilin’ up in a clump some where, just waitin’.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin.’

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Cholesterol Tests Keep Multiplying

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband had blood work for a cholesterol study. It included something called lipoprotein (a), something we never heard of. It was over the normal value. I called my doctor and left word with the covering doctor whose secretary said: "He didn’t say anything, so I guess it’s OK." I want answers. -- F.

ANSWER: Lipoprotein (a), is another cholesterol fraction that is an independent risk for artery clogging and heart attacks. It’s different from LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).

At the present, doctors find it hard to counsel patients about lipoprotein (a), so most don’t order it.

Now emphasis is placed on lowering LDL cholesterol (your husband’s value is very good) and raising HDL cholesterol (again your husband’s was very good). I will trade places with him if he wishes, and I’ll take his lipoprotein (a) reading to boot.

Niacin and 30 minutes of exercise daily lowers lipoprotein (a). There is no proof that lowering it lowers the risk of a heart attack. A low-fat diet high in vegetables, fruits and grains is another way of reducing lipoprotein (a). From his other cholesterol values, I’d say he must be doing some of this anyway. All of this, except for niacin, is the much-preached recipe for heart health regardless of lipoprotein (a).

Until told otherwise, put lipoprotein (a) on a back burner.

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