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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 183

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Humane Society is asking for donations of canned & dry dog food and old newspapers due to an unusual amount of puppies coming into the shelter. Call 358-6402

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue will host "Tom Cat Tuesdays each Tuesday in March. Low-cost neuter clinic. Call 358-1300 for appointment.

today's laugh

The manager of a large office noticed a new man one day and told him to come into his office. "What is your name?" was the first thing the manager asked the new guy.

"John," the new guy replied.

The manager scowled, "Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by his first name. It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority. I refer to my employees by their last name only - Smith, Jones, Baker - that’s all. I am to be referred to only as Mr. Robertson. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?"

The new guy sighed and said, "Darling. My name is John Darling."

"Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you is..."


Two strands of DNA - One says to the other, "Do these genes make me look fat?


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


Will Return to Live in Missouri.

Mrs. Walter Stapleton is in the city as the guest of Mrs. C. J. Harrison and family. Mrs. Stapleton describes the fire which destroyed her husband’s store and their household goods at their home in Arkansas as very disastrous to them. Mr. Stapleton is closing out his business there and they will make their home on a farm in Barton county.

Wedded at the Court House.

License was issued this morning for the marriage of Jacob Clippinger, twenty-six years of age and Maggie A. Sipp, thirty-six, both of Carthage. The couple at once went to Attorney Mooneyham’s office in the courthouse and were wedded, Justice McCune officiating.

The bride was but a few weeks ago divorced from a husband some ten or twenty years her senior, R. A. Mooneyham acted as her attorney.

  Today's Feature

Koster Sues Lebanon for Sunshine Law Violations.

Attorney General Chris Koster said he has filed suit against the city of Lebanon for violating Missouri’s open records laws, commonly called "Sunshine Laws." Also named in the suit are Henry Luxem, city administrator; Constant P. "CP" Craig, mayor; and Joseph Brauer, chief of police.

Koster said in December 2010, Brauer sent an email to some employees of the police department informing them that the city council had reversed a police board decision to discipline an employee and indicating his disagreement with that decision. A few days later, an open records request was made seeking the email and related documents. The city of Lebanon denied the sunshine request, stating that the email was not a public record. In January 2011, the Attorney General’s Office sent Luxem a letter stating that emails sent on, received by, and retained on the city’s computers are public records and that the requested email must be disclosed under the Sunshine Law. The city continues to maintain the email is not a public record.

Koster said other concerns include problems maintaining proper police incident reports and releasing arrest reports when they are open records.

"Missouri’s Sunshine Law is crystal clear that both state and local governments must be open to the people," Koster said. "Governmental bodies cannot make arbitrary rules to keep our citizens out of the process."

Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction prohibiting the defendants from further violating the Sunshine Law, assess civil penalties up to $5,000 against each defendant, and require the defendants to pay court costs.

Just Jake Talkin'

I saw somethin’ the other day that really ticked me off. Then I forgot what it was. Unfortunately, not knowin’ why I was ticked off didn’t alter the fact that I was ticked.

After a while, I started gettin’ ticked that I couldn’t remember why I was ticked in the first place. The resulting double tick stacked up to the point that I think I started lookin’ for thick facts that might depict me bein’ ticked. At that point I decided it just wasn’t worth the effort and became deticked.

Most would have to agree that the natural unticked state is a more wholesome place ta be. The fact bein’ that I usually don’t have ta go lookin’ for any particular ticker to tackle. I suppose a good measure for the level of displeasure would be a ticker tape, but that is usually reserved for parades.

If ya need an excuse ta be ticked, you can use this column.

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.

The Main Causes of


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What brings on severe constipation? My movements are six to eight days apart. The doctor says milk of magnesia is no good. I am 85. Any help? -- C.Y.

ANSWER: A diet too low in fiber, not drinking enough fluids and lack of physical activity are the main ingredients for constipation. Sometimes, prescribed medicines are at fault.

Fiber is the indigestible part of foods. It holds on to water as food passes through the intestinal tract, and keeps the food residue moist and soft. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are fiber sources. "Whole grains" mean the grains haven’t been refined. They still have their outer coat, the bran. You can find many whole-grain breads and cereals. One cereal is All-Bran. It’s not the only one. If you can’t get enough fiber in foods, then turn to such things as Metamucil, FiberCon or Citrucel. You’ll find them in every drugstore.

Older people often drink less fluid than they need. Their thirst sensation isn’t as strong as it once was. Make sure you’re taking in enough liquids. Water isn’t the only liquid that keeps you hydrated.

After breakfast, take a walk. Physical activity stimulates the digestive tract to move food through it more quickly. That also keeps undigested food moist and soft. Take more walks throughout the day.

Doctors used to be quite reluctant to suggest laxatives to their patients. They were afraid that patients would get into the "laxative habit" or that the colon would become dependent on laxatives. Neither of these things happens. No single laxative works for all. You have to find one that suits you. I don’t know why your doctor is down on milk of magnesia. It works for many. If it’s not working for you, try Miralax. Follow its directions for use. Once you have established a regular pattern to your movements, you can back away from laxatives so you’re not headed in the direction of too many evacuations. Stay on the regimen of fiber, fluids and activity.

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