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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Volume XX, Number 41

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Carthage Nazarene Church Thursday, Aug. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Did Ya Know?.. The American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, of Carthage are accepting donations for a rummage sale to be held August 27 & 28. Jerry Chapman 417-423-0096, D Murphey 417-359-6161

today's laugh

When the usher noticed a man stretched across three seats in the movie theater, he walked over and whispered, "Sorry, sir, but you’re allowed only one seat."

The man moaned but didn’t budge.

"Sir," the usher said more loudly, "if you don’t move, I’ll have to call the manager."

The man moaned again but stayed where he was.

The usher left and returned with the manager, who, after several attempts at dislodging the fellow, called the police.

The cop looked at the reclining man and said,"All right, what’s your name, joker?"

"Joe," he mumbled.

"And where are you from, Joe?"

Joe responds painfully... "The balcony."


"You won’t amount to anything because you procrastinate." I said, "Oh yea, just wait."


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

Sad Death of Mrs. Bates.

Mrs. Bates, who lived just north of the Advent church on Jersey street, died this afternoon. The death is a peculiarly sad one, according to President E. Knell of the charity union. The family has only been here a short time and were compelled to stop on their journey to Illinois by the illness of the wife and mother. There are ten children of all ages. The head of the family is willing to work and has two teams. He has been working at the charity wood yard, and has been eager to secure something to do.

The details of the funeral have not yet been arranged, but it will be held tomorrow.

A Batch of Prisoners Brought up.

Constable Jack Winters brought up six evil-doers from Joplin this morning and lodged them in the county jail. There were nearly all kinds, ages, colors and sex of wrong doers in the batch. The offenses were embezzlement, burglary and plain fighting.

  Today's Feature

Health Insurance Pool Rate Reduction.

The Missouri Health Insurance Pool (MHIP) has announced a 23-percent reduction in premiums for its federal pool program, effective now. The federal pool guarantees health coverage for Missourians who haven’t been able to get health insurance elsewhere because of pre-existing conditions.

The pool was set up last year and is supposed to bring some relief to individuals unable to get insurance until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes full effect in 2014. The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed in March 2010 by President Barack Obama, provides $5 billion for a temporary national high-risk pool. This is intended to make health insurance available to uninsured individuals before market reforms take effect in 2014.

The Department of Insurance is hoping that the reductions in premiums will make comprehensive health-care coverage more accessible to Missourians with pre-existing medical conditions. Home health care, durable medical equipment, prosthetics and orthotics, mental illness and substance abuse care, occupational therapy, speech therapy are among covered services. A complete list of covered health services, premium rates, and other information can be found at:

Age Group Plan I Plan II Plan III

0-17 $150 138 137

18-29 228 210 208

30-39 276 254 252

40-44 309 284 282

45-49 357 328 326

50-54 419 385 383

55-59 480 441 439

60 or older 601 551 548

All plans have a 20% co-pay and a deductible of $1,000 to $5,000 with an out-of-pocket maximum of $3,500 after the deductible.

There is also a prescription drug plan with a $2,450 maximum out-of-pocket after a $100 deductible.

The law allocates $81 million for Missouri’s federal high-risk pool, which is being operated by MHIP.

Jasper County Jail Count

196 August 15, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Like most, I’m just a little tired of all the calls wantin’ me ta change long distance telephone service. Doesn’t seem ta matter what time a day, them calls keep comin’.

Well, I got the topper the other day. The call came in with a different twist. They were sellin’ a service that was supposed ta put an end to harassin’ phone calls.

Now I suppose the best way for someone ta find out who gets upset with irritatin’ calls is to call and irritate someone. The person on the other end of the line seemed real upset that there wasn’t any interest in the service at this location.

We have, over the years, tried to come up with polite ways to get these callers off our line. It started with "send us the info, we’ll take a look." Recently, the most effective response was initiated. Ya hang up. It ain’t too polite, but they seem ta get the message.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Digital Mammograms Aren’t More Accurate

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please tell me if a digital mammogram is a great deal better than a regular mammogram. If I need to pay part of the cost, I don’t mind, if it’s worth it. I don’t want to pay for something that is simply "newer." -- S.P.

ANSWER: With a conventional mammogram, the image of the breast is captured on film, like a photographic image. With a digital mammogram, the image is captured electronically on bits of computer code, like a digital camera does. The techniques for taking a digital mammogram are the same as those for a conventional one. Digital mammograms are easier to store, and digital images are available immediately but are more costly.

A large study of almost 50,000 women concluded that the accuracy between digital and conventional mammograms is not significantly different. However, in women younger than 50 and in women with dense breasts, digital mammograms provide better pictures. Unless your doctor has directed you to get digital mammograms, you can rely on standard mammograms to serve you well.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For many years, I have put up with floaters. I am quite nearsighted, and my eye doctor says they’re common in nearsighted people. Last week, I saw flashes of light. I called the doctor, and he saw me that day. He told me I had a vitreous detachment. Is this serious? -- L.P.

ANSWER: The vitreous is a thick, gel-like material that fills the back two-thirds of the eye. It provides support for the eye. The vitreous abuts on the retina, the sensitive layer of cells that transfers incoming images to the brain. A vitreous detachment means it has pulled away from the retina. In doing so, it stimulated the retina to cause the flashing lights you saw.

The doctor made sure your retina was OK. Flashes of light also can be a signal that the retina is tearing. For the present, nothing else needs to be done. The doctor will examine you again in a few months to be positive the retina is remaining in good health.

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