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Monday, July 11, 2011 Volume XX, Number 15

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..The Tornado Recovery Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. in the McCune Brooks RH Room 1942 July 12, 19 & 26. Open to the public. Call 359-2636 for more information.

today's laugh

One morning, a company CEO read a letter from one of his employees:

Dear Bo$$,

A$ all of u$ have read in the new$paper$, the U$ economy ha$ come out of the rece$$ion.

In thi$ life, we all need $ome thing mo$t de$perately. I think you $hould be under$tanding of the need$ of u$ worker$ who have given $o much $upport including $weat and $ervice to your company.

I am $ure you will gue$$ what I mean and re$pond $oon.

Your$ $incerely, Norman

The next day, the employee received this reply:

Dear NOrman,

I kNOw you have been working very hard. NOwadays, NOthing much has changed. You must have NOticed that our company is NOt doing NOticeably well as of yet.

NOw the newspapers are saying the world’s leading ecoNOmists are NOt sure if the United States may go into aNOther recession. I have NOthing more to add NOw. You kNOw what I mean.


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

Central Building Settling.

The Central school building is settling. The bare statement is sufficient to cause a good deal of uneasiness on the part of parents, but there seems to be no immediate need for alarm.

A reporter on his rounds today, noticed that the west wall of the building was cracked and stopped to investigate. The wall is in very bad shape and long cracks extend up and down. A part of the wall has settled considerably. The stone sill of one of the windows on the second floor has been broken squarely in two by the settling and the arch over another one of the windows has been forced outward several inches. The board of education has been informed of the settling and will have an architect inspect the building at once.

The Central building was erected in 1870 and its days of usefulness are about over, as it will soon be torn down.

  Today's Feature

Another restraining order against towing company.

Attorney General Chris Koster said today his office has obtained a temporary restraining order against a Parkville towing company in the aftermath of the May 22 Joplin tornado.

Koster said Northland Tow Service, LLC, was towing motor vehicles that had been damaged by the tornado, falsely representing to some consumers that it worked with an insurance company and simply towing other vehicles without the owners’ knowledge or permission. Fifty-four vehicles were towed from the area affected by the tornado to a location in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

Koster said the court order prohibits the company from conducting business in Joplin, Jasper County, or Newton County, without having previously been solicited to do so. This is the second time the Attorney General has obtained a temporary restraining order against a towing company related to the Joplin tornado. In June, the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Independence Tow & Recovery, Inc. In addition to obtaining the temporary restraining orders, the Attorney General is seeking restitution.

Jasper County Jail Count

186 July 8, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve never known anyone who could explain why a dog circles several times ‘for it finally lays down. There could be a number of explanations I suppose, but it’s such a common occurrence, there must be one absolute reason.

I’d have ta guess that it has somethin’ to do with the instinct to not perch on some object or critter that might be harmful.

The old story of the coon dog sittin’ on the porch howlin’ comes ta mind.

"Somethin’ out in the woods makin’ that dog howl like that," asked a visitor.

"No," says the owner, "the dog just sat on a nail and is too lazy to get up."

I suppose even more interestin’ is the fact that us humans will sit and watch an animal goin’ round in circles tryin’ to figure out why. Makes ya wonder who the superior species really is.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column


By Samantha Mazzotta

Safe Summer Fun

Even in the northernmost reaches of the country, we’re now well into summer and its routine of barbecues, swimming and general outdoor fun. Of course, with all these activities, an element of risk is always present.

Here are a few suggestions to keep your family and yourself safe this summer:

• Keep barbecue grills at least 5 to 10 feet away from the house. Grills give off tremendous heat, which will melt vinyl siding easily and can cause a house fire.

• Place a fire extinguisher near the grill when it’s in operation.

• Prevent excess sparks and flare-ups on the grill: Heat the charcoal properly, and don’t place too many high-fat items over the charcoal at once. If the fire flares up, close the grill lid for a few seconds, then open and remove greasy foods from the grill.

• If using an inflatable swimming pool to entertain the kids, assign a responsible adult to watch the pool at all times. Toddlers can drown in just a few inches of water.

• The same goes for any type of backyard activity with children: Have a responsible adult supervise all activities to prevent accidents or stop kids from wandering off.

• Repair or replace any broken or splintered outdoor furniture before your event, and put away lawn tools and pet toys.

• Wear high-SPF sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses when outside on a sunny day. Drink plenty of water throughout the event, and limit alcohol consumption.

• Check yourself and the family for ticks at the end of the day, and remove them immediately. You can reduce the chance of having one jump on you by trimming the grass beforehand, pruning back low-hanging tree branches, and wearing hats and long sleeves when possible.

HOME TIP: Try using a charcoal starter to preheat charcoal more evenly; this provides more consistent heat and gives off fewer sparks.

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