The Jasper County Commissioners
are proposing an ordinance that would prohibit
anyone under the age of 21 years old to
"linger or loiter in or about the premises
of a business licensed to sell or dispense for
consumption intoxicating liquor or intoxicating
or nonintoxicating beer." The Commission
decided Thursday morning at their regular meeting
to allow a two week period for public input on
the ordinance before they will vote on a final
version. The ordinance would exempt businesses
that sell a "substantial" amount of
food and bowling alleys.
The ordinance would allow law
enforcement officers to temporarily revoke the
Jasper County business license and close a
business selling alcohol for the remainder of the
work day if three or more underage persons are
found at the same time on the premises. "All
persons shall be cleared from the premises and
the exterior doors shall be locked until the next
business day," reads the ordinance.
The entire ordinance will be
posted at www.jaspercounty.org and will be
available at the Commissioners office.
Energy Aid Found to Favor Cold Regions.
Construction workers fasten
insulation to the outside of a house in
Arlington, Mass. (Winslow Townson/AP Photo)
A huge boost in federal funds
to help low-income families weatherize their
homes provides more than $3 on average in the
coldest states for every $1 given to warm-weather
states, an analysis of the aid program shows
even though exposure to extreme heat and
cold are both health risks.
weatherization is only for cold weather,"
says James Miller, spokesman for the Florida
Department of Community Affairs. "The heat
is just as dangerous as the cold."
President Obamas economic
stimulus plan provides $5 billion for
weatherization, more than 20 times the normal
yearly budget. The 33-year-old program began as a
way to conserve heating fuel. It still favors
northern climates, despite efforts to provide
more money for Southern states in recent years.
Consider Florida and Minnesota.
Their energy costs and consumption per resident
are about the same. Minnesota gets $110.40. for
each eligible person, compared withjust $31.50
"Were not trying to
say that Southern states shouldnt receive
this type of assistance," says John Schadl,
communications director for Rep. James Oberstar,
D-Minn. "But when its 20 or 30 below
and your heat goes out, you die."
The U.S. Department of Energy
favors more funds for cold climates because the
nations consumers spend 14% more on heating
than on cooling.
The department "is
studying the formula to make sure there is an
appropriate balance between warm- and
cold-weather states," says spokeswoman Chris
Kielich. "But there is so much money out
there from the stimulus that if someone gets in
the queue, its a good chance theyll
Any change in the formula would
have to be approved by Congress.
The money goes toward
everything from caulking windows and doors to
energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.
Generally, it flows to local non-profit
organizations that contract out much of the work.
Eligibility under the stimulus
plan applies to households making up to twice the
U.S. poverty threshold. For a family of four,
eligibility would cover those making up to
The maximum benefit per
household is $6,500.
The need for help in Florida is
growing, according to the Central Florida
Community Action Agency. The non-profit, which
serves three counties, typically weatherizes
about 20 homes a year, leaving up to 60 on a
waiting list. Factoring in stimulus money, it may
be able to upgrade more than 200 homes, says
weatherization director Mark Taylor.
Harold Chick waited eight
months for help with his double-wide mobile home
in Ocala, Fla. Most of his $300 monthly power
bill went to run an outdated air conditioner 24
hours a day. But cool air seeped out leaky
windows and a hole in the floor so large that a
cat once crawled through it.
In April, Taylors group
replaced doors and windows, repaired the floor
and installed an energy-efficient air
Chick, 67, is disabled and
lives on a fixed income with two daughters and a
9-month-old grandson. A more comfortable
temperature has helped his 16-year-old daughter,
who is recovering from treatment for inoperable
Without the help, Chick says,
"we could never afford to do this."
funds, by state.
Here is a state-by-state list
of stimulus funding for the federal low-income
weatherization program ranked by funds per
eligible person. The top 10 states, all in the
North, average $103 per eligible person, compared
with $29 in the bottom 10 states, most of them in
the southern half of the USA.
per eligible person:
Hawaii $4,041,461 $14.40
NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
With our latest
exhibition underway, I am looking towards our
next major event which is our participation in
the Annual Acoustic Music Festival to be held
this year June 12-13th on the Carthage Square.
This years music lineup will include a
great group of musicians as is always presented.
The musical portion of the weekend begins the
evening of the 12th, but additionally this year,
artCentral is presenting a fine arts tent on the
corner of the courthouse grounds, which will
feature a group of our member artists in the
white artCentral tent, and will open at 10:00 am
Saturday morning remaining open all day until
dark. All different medias will be presented, and
our artists keep all the proceeds from their
sales. We are excited to present this option for
display and sales to our member-artists, and I
already have about 8 of them who have expressed
interest. I hope our community will come out to
support and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to
hear some great music, enjoy some good food in
the restaurants on the square, and browse in our
artTent! More details on this opportunity next
week, and if you are a member-artist and want
additional information as to how to participate,
call me at the gallery at 417 358 4404. Mean
time, dont forget to come out this weekend,
Friday through Sunday from noon until 5:00 to see
the current exhibition by Joplin artist Martha
Goldman in her show "An American
Fairytale" which will remain in the gallery
until May 17th.