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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 45

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

Did Ya Know?.. . FREE Behavior Dog-Training Seminar on Saturday, August 28 at 10:00 am. The location will be in the Central Pet Care Training Academy located at 224 West Central, Carthage. 358-1300.

today's laugh

A woman walked up to the manager of a department store. "Are you hiring any help?" she asked.

"No," he said. "We already have all the staff we need."

"Then would you mind getting someone to wait on me?" she asked.


An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings which were on display at that time.

"I have good news and bad news," the owner replied. "The good news is that a gentleman inquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings."

"That’s wonderful," the artist exclaimed. "What’s the bad news?"

"The guy was your doctor."


"Gwen, do you really believe in astrology? "Of course not. You know how skeptical we Capricorns are."


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

Seth Beard In Again.

Seth Beard, a notorious character who has spent a portion of his life learning a trade in the state prison and recently returned from that place, is in jail again and for a crime which, of he is convicted, will give him a term of ten years, at least, in the penitentiary. He is charged with assaulting Jesse Clayton and committing other indignities even worse. He was under the influence of liquor when the crime was committed. He was placed under arrest yesterday morning and in default of $1,000 bond was committed to jail. The date for his trial has not been set yet.

No Smallpox at Reeds.

Dr. Rhodes returned from Reeds yesterday, where he had been called to investigate some suspected cases of the smallpox. He reports the town free from the disease. He also stated that at Oronogo the disease is worse than at first reported. and the last seen of them they were in pursuit of the runaway on foot..

  Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Booths Filling Fast.

News release - Maple Leaf Festival booths are filling fast according to Committee Co-Chair Cheryle Finley. "Booth spaces for food and craft vendors are filling rapidly," said Finley. "This year we added an outdoor commercial booth area and those limited number of spaces are rapidly filling as well."

For food vendors, both sidewalk spaces and pull-thru spaces for trailers are available on the south side of the historic downtown square. Electricity is available to these vendors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Craft booths will fill the remaining three sides of the courthouse sidewalk. All items must be handmade or embellished with handcrafting.

This year’s new addition, the outdoor commercial booth spaces, will be located on the east side of North Main between Third Street and Central Avenue. This is the first time for these outdoor booth spaces.

Forms for all booth spaces are available on the Chamber website at or at the Chamber office by contacting Mary Jo Little at 358-2373. When all spaces in a category are filled, a short waiting list will be compiled.

The 8-day Maple Leaf Festival will commence on Saturday, October 9 with the Maple Leaf Beauty Pageants and conclude on Saturday, October 16 with the "largest parade in Southwestern Missouri" starting its route on the historic downtown square. Food, craft and commercial booths on the square combine with live entertainment to provide plenty of activity for the 80,000+ parade attendees. In addition to the downtown activities, the day holds plenty of other events located throughout Carthage including car shows, Marching Cobras live entertainment, antique car and tractor shows, dog show, and the Carthage R-9 Band Contest to name a few.

Watch for further information on the festival’s events and register quickly. Maple Leaf Festival brochures are available through the Chamber in both English and Spanish. Simply contact Chamber staff or stop in to pick up a supply to share with friends, employees, family and groups.



AUGUST 10, 2010

The Carthage City Council met in regular session on the above date at 7:30 P.M. in the City Hall Council Chambers with Mayor J. Michael Harris presiding. The invocation was given by Interim Fire Chief Roger Williams and the flag salute was led by Police Captain Randee Kaiser.

The following Council Members answered roll call: Brent Greninger, Claude Newport, Wayne Campbell, Charlie Bastin, Jr., T. J. Teed, Diane Sharits, John Studebaker, Bill Welch, Lee Carlson and Dan Rife. City Attorney Nate Dally and City Administrator Tom Short were present.

Mrs. Sharits made a motion, seconded by Mr. Carlson, to approve the minutes of the July 27, 2010 Council Meeting. Motion carried.

Mr. Newport reported the Budget Ways and Means Committee did not meet August 9, 2010 due to a lack of business.

Mrs. Sharits reported the Finance and Personnel Committee met on this date in Council Chambers. According to Mrs. Sharits, the Committee supports and recommends the passage of C. B. 10-34, setting the property tax levy and C. B. 10-31, approving a settlement agreement with T-Mobile. Mrs. Sharits made a motion, seconded by Mr. Campbell, to advance C.B. 10-33 to second reading tonight due to deadlines set by MoDOT for processing the documents. Motion carried.

Reporting for the Public Services Committee, Mr. Greninger noted the Committee supports the Memorandum of Understanding with the Carthage Humane Society regarding the land adjacent to their facility. After an explanation by Mr. Greninger, Mr. Welch made a motion, seconded by Mr. Carlson, to allow the Dog Park Group to hold a fundraiser in the Municipal Pool after the close of the season. Motion carried. Mr. Campbell had a question about the use of the pool. Mr. Greninger reported the Committee had accepted the bid of Race Brothers, Carthage, for two park mowers including trade-in, in the amount of $19,987.00. The budgeted amount was $28,000.00 and the only other bid was from Anderson Car and Tractor, Joplin, in the amount of $23,200.00. Mr. Carlson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Campbell, to accept the Race Brother’s bid of $19,987.00. Motion carried. Mr. Greninger noted a bucket truck had been donated to the City by CW&EP for use by the Parks and Street Departments. Mr. Welch made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Sharits, to accept the bucket truck from CW&EP.

Mr. Welch reported the Public Safety Committee would meet August 16, 2010 at the Police Department.

Mr. Rife reported the Public Works Committee met August 3, 2010 and he referred to the minutes for additional details. It was noted by Mr. Rife that the Committee endorses C.B. 10-33, an ordinance with MoDOT for a guardrail near the hospital.

Special Committee and Board Liaison Reports were given by the following: Mr. Teed, Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council and Mrs. Sharits for both the Library Board and the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mayor Harris, in his report, announced the members of the Fire Chief Selection Committee as follows: Mr. Newport, Mr. Short, Mr. Teed, Mr. Welch and himself. Mayor Harris noted the process had required many hours of work and expressed his appreciation to the group. After 11 interviews, the Committee selected Chris Thompson, the District Fire Marshall with the State of Missouri as the new Fire Chief. Mrs. Sharits made a motion, seconded by Mr. Welch, to approve Chris Thompson as the new Fire Chief. Motion carried. Mayor Harris reported on events he had attended since the last meeting including a candidates forum; throwing the first pitch at a Girl’s Little League Tournament; exercising his right to vote; attending an Extension picnic, visiting Marian Days and participating in a prayer service on the square.

City Attorney Nate Dally complimented the Police Department on the well enforced Marian Days and the special Municipal Court scheduled for Marian Day tickets only. Mr. Dally noted the KAMO lawsuit was continuing in the courts with a recent request for information from the City.

City Administrator Tom Short reported on meetings he had attended and provided details on the following: the latest sales tax report down 19% from this time last year; a citizen’s letter complaining of noise issues with the Marian Days event; the 6.6% decline in golf rounds in the past year at the City’s course, also a nationwide trend; talks with R-9 School Officials on the use of the Memorial Hall in an emergency for a parent pickup location; meetings with the newly appointed Fire Chief; a public hearing coordinated by Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council for hazardous mitigation plan for Jasper County on August 11, 2010; the latest from MoDOT on the future of the 1-49 corridor; a letter of agreement with the Historic Preservation Group on the Certified Local Government Program to be discussed at the next Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission meeting and a meeting with State Director of Economic Development and other City Officials on the strategic plan for the area.

Police Captain Randee Kaiser provided an update on Chief Dagnan noting the doctors are very pleased with his progress. Captain Kaiser reported on the successful Marian Days and handed out a summary showing key statistics such as arrests, tickets, etc. He also expressed appreciation to the Street and Fire Departments for their help during the event.

Interim Fire Chief Roger Williams confirmed the Marian Days event went very well with only one minor fire and the department’s attempts to keep the fire lanes open. He commended Chris Thompson’s appointment as Fire Chief, who he noted is a fine gentleman with progressive ideas.

Parks Director Alan Bull announced the pool’s last day would be this Sunday, August 15, 2010.

The Committee on Claims filed a report in the amount of $1,462,972.39 against the following funds: General Revenue $70,476.85; Parks & Recreation Fund $26.42; Lodging Tax $6,125.00; Public Health $888.52; Golf Course Fund $1,517.34; Powers Museum $5,658.88; Library $30,194.82; Payroll $218,084.56 and McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital $1,130,000.00. Mr. Carlson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Teed, to accept the report and allow the claims. Motion carried.

During the Citizen’s Participation Period: L. Champlin, 1630 Regan; Ed Grundy, Central Pet Care, 200 W. Central; Chuck Pauley, 308 Euclid and Kaylene Cole, Spare Cat Rescue, spoke in favor of C.B. 10-29 regarding feral cats. Matthew Holloway, 813 S. Lyon, read quotes by Dr. Ben Levins on concerns with the feral cat ordinance.

Under old business, C.B. 10-29 an Ordinance to amend Chapter 4, Articles I and II of the Code of Carthage regarding Animals, to provide for the managed care of Feral Cats was placed on second reading followed by a roll call vote of 8 yeas and 2 nays. The nay votes were Council Members Campbell and Rife. The yea votes were Council Members Newport, Teed, Bastin, Sharits, Studebaker, Welch, Carlson and Greninger. Bill passed. Prior to the vote Mr. Welch, Mayor Harris, Mr. Newport, Mr. Short, Mr. Rife, Mrs. Sharits and Mr. Campbell discussed the issue.

C.B. 10-30 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Blevins Asphalt Construction Co., Inc. for the annual Asphalt Paving Contract for fiscal year 2011 (not to exceed $108,000 in cost, per the 2011 fiscal year budget) was placed on second reading followed by a roll call vote of 10 yeas and no nays. Bill passed.

Under new business, a Public Hearing was held on the proposed Property Tax Levy. No one spoke during the hearing.

C.B. 10-31 an Ordinance approving a settlement agreement with T -Mobile was placed on first reading with no action taken.

C.B. 10-32 an Ordinance amending the Annual Operating and Capital Budget of the City of Carthage for the fiscal year 2010 -2011 was placed on first reading with no action taken.

C.B. 10-33 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract between the City of Carthage and the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission providing for a Cost Apportionment Agreement for J7S0810 was placed on first reading and second reading as moved forward in a motion by Mrs. Sharits earlier in the meeting. Bill passed after a roll call vote of 10 yeas and no nays.

C.B. 10-34 an Ordinance levying general taxes upon real property located within the City of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri for the year 2010, for general revenue purposes and other purposes, and fixing the rates thereof was placed on first reading with no action taken. Mr. Bastin had questions on the levy that were answered by Mayor Harris.

taken. Mr. Bastin had questions on the levy that were answered by Mayor Harris.

Mr. Bastin made a motion, seconded by Mr. Newport, to approve the Mayor’s appointments of Bill Welch to the Kellogg Lake Board and John Studebaker to the Carthage Humane Society Board. Motion carried.

Mr. Bastin made a motion, seconded by Mr. Newport, to approve the Mayor’s Appointments to the Care Leave Committee of Tim Hill, Vicki Davis and Bill Hawkins to serve until August 2012 and the appointment to the Library Board of Kelly Hartley to serve until August 2013. Motion carried.

Mr. Newport made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bastin, to accept the Memorandum of Understanding with Carthage Humane Society on land adjacent to the current Carthage Humane Society Building deeded in the past for the use and benefit of McCune-Brooks Hospital. Motion carried.

In closing remarks, Mr. Newport, Mr. Bastin and Mr. Teed expressed appreciation to Interim Fire Chief Roger Williams. Mrs. Sharits and Mr. Welch thanked all of those who made the Marian Days’ event a success.

Mr. Rife made a motion, seconded by Mr. Bastin, to adjourn the Council meeting. Motion carried and meeting adjourned.

Just Jake Talkin'

I hate shoppin’ for bacon. For some time I thought I was the only one who tried to get a little meat on the slice. Since they started puttin’ the little flap on the package so you could get some idea of what you were gettin’ a few years ago, I’ve don’t think I’ve picked up a package of bacon where the flap wasn’t pulled up.

Seems that by the time I get to pickin’ out a package, they’ve all been picked through. All that’s left are the packs that nobody else wanted. I’m always left wonderin’ if someone else got that one decent package they throw in ever now and then.

Prob’ly, like me, they figure out there ain’t no difference anyway, close their eyes and grab a pack and live with it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Alzheimer’s Just One Cause of Dementia

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Three women who were in high school at the same time I was have died of Lewy body dementia. Do only women have it? No one I have talked to knows anything about it. I would appreciate any information you can provide. -- L.P.

ANSWER: Dementia is a decline in mental functioning. Memory loss is prominent. Simple arithmetic skills (balancing a checkbook), expressing oneself clearly and logically, and making rational judgments are greatly diminished in a person with dementia. "Dementia" is an umbrella word that covers the loss of these basic mental functions. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, but it is not the sole cause. Multiple small strokes, Binswanger’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and frontotemporal dementia are other causes. Second to Alzheimer’s as a cause is dementia with Lewy bodies.

Lewy bodies, named in honor of the pathologist Dr. Friedrich Lewy, who first described them, are blobs of peculiar material within brain cells. They stain a striking color when special dye is applied to brain tissue viewed with a microscope. Somehow they bollix up brain function.

Definite proof of dementia with Lewy bodies rests on microscopic examination of the brain after death. However, some unique signs of this illness make it diagnosable during life. In addition to the symptoms of dementia, Lewy body patients often see things that aren’t there -- visual hallucinations. They have symptoms found in Parkinson’s disease -- muscle rigidity, slow movement, walking disturbances with frequent falls. Patients have fluctuating alertness, periods of lucidity intermixed with longer periods of utter confusion.

Men as well as women get this illness.

What causes it is a question that remains unanswered.

Sometimes drugs used for Alzheimer’s disease improve symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies. Parkinson’s drugs are prescribed to lessen the features of that illness, but they do not work as well as they do in Parkinson’s disease.

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