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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 227

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m. Plants, produce and more. Carthage Square.

today's laugh

Scientists at NASA built a gun specifically to launch standard 4 pound dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.

British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains. Arrangements were made, and a gun was sent to the British engineers. When the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, blasted through the control console, snapped the engineer’s back-rest in two, and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin, like an arrow shot from a bow.

The horrified Brits sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield and begged the US scientists for suggestions.

NASA responded with a one-line memo............

"Defrost the chicken."


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

An Exciting Runaway.

Two Carthage Ladies Dragged 20 Feet and Badly Bruised. An exciting runaway occurred on west Central avenue between 8 and 9 o’clock this morning and two Carthage ladies had a narrow escape.

Mrs. Ed Wood, wife of the well known traveling man who represents A. H. Goldstein on the road, and her guest, Miss Wirt, the vocalist, were driving a horse belonging to C. H. Stemmons to a single buggy.

The animal became frightened at a man wheeling a bundle of shingles in a wheelbarrow, and shied into a ditch, tipping the buggy over. The horse started to run dragging the rig after him. The top was up and the ladies entangled were dragged about 20 feet before extricating themselves.

Both were badly bruised and skinned. Mrs. Wood received a deep cut on her forehead and Miss Wirt a severe bruise over her eye.

  Today's Feature

Contractor Penalties Increase Proposed.

The City Council will meet in its regular meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall.

The agenda includes a scheduled vote on Council bill 10-10 that would alter the fees charged by the Public Works department for various permits, and impose penalties on licensed contractors that commence work without a permit.

(Work commencing without applicable permit will be subject to a penalty)

1st offense $25.00 plus cost of applicable permit. 2nd offense $100.00 plus cost of applicable permit. 3rd offense $250.00 plus cost of applicable permit. 4th offense and each subsequent offense $250.00 and subject to loss of Contractor’s license for one year.

Building Permit Fee (Includes Signs & Swimming Pools):

$0-$5,000.00 $20.00

Every $1,000.00 After $2.00 (Or Portion Thereof)

Misc. Permit Fees:

Privacy Fence $25.00, Roofing $25.00, Siding $25.00, Sidewalk $15.00, Driveway $25.


April 29, 2010

The Steadley Memorial Trust

1903 E Battlefield

Springfield, Missouri 65804

Dear Steadley Board Members:

Included herein, please fmd eight (8) copies ofthe forms requesting grant funds from the Steadley Memorial Trust. The City is requesting the continuation ofthe $200,000 grant the Trust had previously granted the City for the Golf Course for another seven (7) years, for the purpose ofcompleting improvements to the City’s Golf Course.

In late 1999, the City undertook the process of making significant and comprehensive improvements to the Carthage Golf Course. These improvements were based on a Needs Assessment Study conducted in1994 and a 1999 Proposed Capital Improvement Program funded by the City for the purpose of updating the costs of improvements, prioritizing the proposed improvements, and investigating various approaches to fund such improvements. Due to the previous grant ofthe Steadley Trust, significant improvements have been implemented making the Carthage Course one ofthe premier courses in the area.

Recent activities on the national, state and local levels have impacted the original funding plan the City was following to accommodate the proposed improvements which also involved user fees and other forms of public financing. The requested grant funds will provide the means to substantially complete the major capital improvements identified in the reports. We envision the improvements would help in attracting more users and tournaments to the course, enhancing our tourism efforts, and making Carthage a destination location. Additionally, the improvements would help to become a significant asset to the quality of life in Carthage and help as an economic development tool in recruiting jobs to the City.

The City of Carthage is hopeful that you will look favorably on our application. We realize the Foundation deals with many requests to benefit the area. We feel that these projects will accomplish that for the City of Carthage and the surrounding area.

Thank-you for your consideration of our request. If any additional information is needed, please feel free to contact me.


Tom Short

City Administrator

Copies: Mayor & Council



MONDAY MAY 3, 2010


MEMBERS PRESENT: Chairman, Brent Greninger, Bill Welch, Lee Carlson, Charlie Bastin.


OTHERS PRESENT: Mayor Harris, Tom Short, Jo Ellis, Mark Peterson.

The meeting was called to order at 5: 15 p.m.

CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: On motion by Welch, minutes for the April 5, 2010 Public Services Committee were approved 4-0.

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION: Jo Ellis, on behalf of the Kellogg Lake Committee, asked the Committee to recommend to the Council closing Kellogg Lake for Kids Fishing Day on June 5, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and to allow the Department of Conservation to stock the Lake prior to that and close the Lake from the stocking day until the Kids Fishing Day. On motion by Welch, the Committee voted 4-0 to recommend approval. Jo Ellis is to put her request in writing prior to the Council meeting so the specifics can be determined.



1. Consider and discuss req uest from Chamber of Commerce: A Chamber representative was scheduled to present a request on using North Main Street, from the square to Central for commercial vendors for the Maple Leaf celebration. The representative apparently was not informed of the changed location or time of the meeting and failed to attend. The Public Safety Committee will hear this request at their next meeting.

2. Consider and discuss request for liquor sales at Municipal Park: Staff reported a request to sell beer at a Charity Golf Tournament. Currently, distribution of beer is permitted as long as it is not sold. After lengthy discussion, the Committee decided that existing practices regarding distribution should be followed. Staff was also directed to investigate the benefits of selling beer at the golf course under a number of different options. Staff reported that it would take several months to review and present recommendations on this alternative.

3. Consider and discuss fireworks proposals: Staff presented three proposals for the July 4, 20 I 0 fireworks show. Proposals were submitted from Liberty Pyrotechnics, LLC., of Joplin, Mo.; DDT Fireworks, LLC., of Pryor, Ok; and J&M Displays of Yarmouth, Iowa. After discussion, on motion of Bastin, the Committee voted 4-0 to recommend the proposal from Liberty Pyrotechnics in the amount of $11 ,695. The proposed show included more shots for the money and the Company had received favorable reviews from its recommendations. Bid tabulation sheet is attached.

STAFF REPORTS: Mark Peterson reported on the April numbers for golf rounds and revenues as well as marketing efforts currently being used at the course. Also reported were the membership numbers to-date. Currently there are 143 memberships. In the past, this has been up in the 300 range. This is the lowest level since 1996 and the keeping of these records. A general discussion of the golfing industry took place to inform those present of the status and changes taking place. April’s rounds and numbers were in line with projections. Rounds for April averaged 400 more than the previous two years.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 6:45 P.M.

Just Jake Talkin'

From what I’ve read, retirement ain’t what it used ta be. They say a lotta folks just keep on goin’, and goin’ and goin’.

By the year 2050, there are supposed ta be over twice as many over the age of 65 livin’ in the U.S. as there are now. That means that a large block of voters will be old enough ta know better I suppose.

.‘Course there may be some adjustment in the size a print in newspapers and maybe the numbers on telephones, but more likely I’d reckon, there will be some new technology to obscure such ailments as poor eyesight and the like.

Women seem ta be noticeably outlivin’ the men folk and difference seems ta be increasin’. I won’t make any speculation on that statistic at all.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Treatments Abound for Migraines

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please say something about migraine headaches. I think that’s what I have. They come on fast, and the pain feels like something is pulsating in my head. I throw up with every headache. Bright lights make things worse. Does all this sound like a migraine to you? Someone told me there’s always a warning before a migraine starts. I have no warning. I’ve used Tylenol, but it doesn’t do much for me. What is the treatment? Can they be prevented? -- L.G.

ANSWER: Your headaches have many of the characteristics of a migraine headache. The warning mentioned to you is an aura. The aura usually precedes a migraine. It can be flashing zigzag lines, peculiar sensations -- often in the hands -- trouble finding the right words to speak or weakness of a group of muscles. Only 20 percent of migraine patients have an aura, so it’s not an indispensable migraine sign.

Nausea and vomiting are common migraine symptoms. Seventy percent of migraine patients have a one-sided headache that they describe as throbbing or a dull ache. It lasts from four hours to three days. People with migraines are very sensitive to light and sound, so they seek a dark, quiet room to lie down.

Stress, overexertion, sleep deprivation and hunger can provoke a migraine. Some foods and drinks can do the same. Alcohol (especially red wine); caffeine; pickles; bananas; yogurt; avocados; aged cheeses; pickled or marinated chicken, beef or fish; salami; pastrami; bacon; pepperoni; hot dogs; and the taste enhancer monosodium glutamate are on the list of possible migraine inducers.

Medicines for treating a migraine abound. Tylenol, aspirin and drugs like ibuprofen take care of mild migraines. For more severe ones, triptans are the standard treatment. They include Imitrex, Axert, Frova, Zomig, Amerge and Maxalt. An older medicine, ergotamine, still has a place in treatment

For migraine prevention, propranolol, verapamil and amitriptyline are prescribed if the headaches occur often and disrupt life.

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