Things Rednecks Will Never Say
-Ill take Shakespeare for 1000,
-Duct tape wont fix that.
-Honey, I think we should sell the
pickup and buy a family sedan.
-Come to think of it, Ill have a
-We dont keep firearms in this
-You cant feed that to the dog.
-No kids in the back of the pickup,
its just not safe.
-Honey, did you mail that donation to
-Do you think my gut is too big?
-Ill have grapefruit and grapes
instead of biscuits and gravy.
-Honey, we dont need another dog.
-Give me the small bag of pork rinds.
-Too many deer heads detract from the
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
A Mama on Skates.
The Webb City Sentinel tells the
following on one of that towns leaders in society:
"One of the young men from this city who goes to the
Carthage rink every once in awhile and was there last
night, hung pretty close to a certain young lady, he
thought, and was just in the act of asking for her
company home, when up stepped a little girl and said
Mama, lets go home. The young man has not
been seen today. He may be on the White Swan laundry
Whist Clubs Meet.
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Fulkerson were made
members of the Pastime whist club last night at the home
of Capt. Spence. Miss Ruth Stebbins was a guest and Mr.
and Mrs. Geo. Webster carried off the ribbons. Mr. and
Mrs. John H. Magee entertained the American whist club
last night. The guests were Messrs. and Mesdames Robert
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Beth
Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western
District of Missouri, has announced that the
former public administrator of Jasper County,
Mo., has been indicted by a federal grand jury
for a nearly $200,000 fraud scheme in which she
illegally obtained federal Medicaid and Social
Security benefits for her wards, then used those
proceeds to subsidize the administration of her
Rita Frances Hunter, 59, of
Joplin, Mo., was charged in a 12-count indictment
returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield,
Mo., on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
The federal indictment charges
Hunter, who was the elected Public Administrator
for Jasper County from Jan. 1, 2005, to Dec. 31,
2008, with two counts each of health care fraud,
theft of public money, Social Security fraud and
Medicaid fraud and four counts of document fraud.
The indictment specifically alleges violations
related to 14 wards, primarily mentally disabled
or indigent persons who were designated by the
Circuit Court to be under the care and custody of
the Public Administrator as the
guardian/conservator. The wards allegedly
received $196,597 in Medicaid and Social Security
benefits that were illegally funneled to the
Public Administrators office.
According to the indictment,
Hunter directed her employees to submit
materially false Medicaid applications for wards
under the custody of the Public
Administrators office. These applications
falsely stated that the wards had assets below
the $1,000 threshold to be eligible to receive
Medicaid benefits, when in fact, the wards had
more than $1,000 in assets.
Hunter allegedly used resources
from those wards to fund approximately $121,099
toward the administration of the office,
including payments for administration fees,
attorney fees, tax preparation fees and court
fees unrelated to the wards medical care
and not allowed under law.
Hunter also charged fees that
were collected from wards whose sole source of
income was Social Security payments, the
indictment says. Hunter allegedly converted those
Social Security payments, which were made for the
benefit of the wards, to the use of her office,
without proper authorization and without
reporting the fees to the Social Security
Administration. The fees, according to the
indictment, would not have been approved by the
Social Security Administration.
Hunter allegedly misused Social
Security funds by charging $15,901 in attorney
fees and $59,597 in public administrator fees,
for a total fraud of $75,498.
Phillips cautioned that the
charges contained in this indictment are simply
accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence
supporting the charges must be presented to a
federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine
guilt or innocence.
County Jail Count
182 December 16,
Including Placed out of County
Seems like the older I get,
the less I know. At least I think I know
Id give anything to
be half as smart as I thought I was when I
was twenty. What Im afraid of is that
Im only bout half as smart as I
think I am now.
Probly the worst
thing about gettin some a that mature
experience under your belt is ya start
realizing just how much ya really dont
know about a lotta things.
So ta my way a
thinkin, the more ya know the dumber ya
Course you can always
go outa your way ta find onea those smart
twenty-somethings that know it all.
Usually after a while ya start ta feel a
little better just knowin that in
another ten or fifteen years, they wont
be as smart you think they are now.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Forced-Air Heating System
Q: It doesnt seem to
matter whether I open or close the registers in
certain rooms -- my house is constantly too cold
in some spots and too hot in others. The
insulation seems fine, and the heater is working
fine. I change the filter every two months. What
else can I check? -- John P., Worcester, Mass.
A: You may be able to further
balance a forced-air heating system if dampers
have been installed within the delivery air ducts
leading to the registers. Check along the air
duct run as far as possible to locate air
dampers. These are indicated by a wing nut
installed directly in the duct that does not seem
to be joining anything.
If this wing nut is
perpendicular to the duct (say, the duct is
horizontal but the wing nut is oriented
vertical), the damper is closed, restricting
airflow. Use a screwdriver or manually turn the
wing nut parallel to the duct, thereby opening
Try to locate as many of these
dampers as possible. Working with a partner who
is inside the living area of the house, find out
where these ducts lead and if air flows or stops
flowing to different areas of the house depending
on whether the damper is open or closed.
Then, label the damper. Using a
permanent marker, write the ducts
destination (such as the living room or a
bedroom), and mark what angles the wing nut
should be at when closed and when open.
Using this method of opening or
closing dampers in the air ducts, you can balance
the heating system a bit better so that
additional warm air flows into colder areas of
the house and is diverted from parts of the house
that are too hot.
HOME TIP: To save on heating
costs, dont turn a thermostat to its
highest setting hoping to quickly heat a room --
keep it at a lower temperature setting and give
the system about 20 minutes to bring the room up
to a comfortable temperature.
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