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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 233

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27. Areas will be sprayed in the evening of the day the garbage is picked up between 8 p.m. and midnight.

today's laugh

A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, only to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

"Good morning", said the young man. "If I could take a couple of minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high powered vacuum cleaners."

"Go away!" said the old lady. "I haven’t got any money!" And she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. "Don’t be too hasty!", he said. "Not until you have at least seen my demonstration." And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet. "If this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainder."

"Well," she said, "I hope you’ve got a good appetite, because the electricity was cut off this morning."


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

The Horse Thief Escaped.

But the Horse Was Recovered - Vane Ballard the Owner.

Vane Ballard was in town today looking for a gray mare, seven years old, stolen from his farm 8 miles northwest of Carthage, last Thursday.

Mr. Ballard rented his farm last April to Theodore Fredrick and furnished him a team and implements to work with. Last Wednesday Fredrick came to town with a lot of chickens and sold them. Thursday he sold his interest in the growing crop for $10 and mounting Mr. Ballard’s mare started to leave the country. Mr. Ballard was in Carthage and knew nothing of his renters doings.

Saturday Fredrick tried to sell the mare in Springfield and in so doing aroused suspicion and was arrested. The Springfield officers wired Sheriff Warren, of this city, but as the latter had no information, he answered that the man was not wanted here.

  Today's Feature

Storm Bites.

The Emergency Response Center in Joplin is in desperate need of food and water. The Carthage Y has agreed to be a drop off point and will deliver the items to the Beimdiek Recreaton Center on the campus of MSSU.

"If you can help, please send food and water here and we’ll deliver," says Bob Brower, Executive Director. "We are being told that the food needs to be ready to serve, i.e., sandwiches, etc. They do not have a prep area at this point.

"Leggett & Platt brought a large trailer to the Y’s parking lot this afternoon where people can drop off donations to the victims in Joplin. Thank you so much Leggett & Platt.

"Mark Williams, President and CEO of H.E. Williams, has also offered a truck. So we’ve got plenty of help to get goods to the emergency shelter.

"Red Cross told us that what they are really in need of are blankets and water. Please keep this in mind if people ask you what things they need.

"They also said they are not in need of clothing at this time. However, if you bring clothing to donate please mark your plastic bag or container carefully so the Red Cross Volunteers know the size & gender your donation is for.

You can drop them off at our Y until 8 pm tonight.

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital reports that they have treated approximately 300 victims of the storm and admitted 30 to 35 patients.

A crew of five doctors arrived at the hospital from Springfield Sunday night to assist and stepped in to give local doctors relief.

Some supplies that are used in hip fractures were stored at St. John’s Hospital and are causing some disruptions.

The hospital also had six or seven surgeries performed during the aftermath.

Approximately sixty percent of the total staff were on duty for the night.

The Regular Tuesday meeting of the Jasper County Commission has been canceled.

The Council Meeting Training (Gary Markenson) scheduled for Tuesday May 24, 2011 at 7:30 AM has been cancelled. At this time the regularly scheduled Council Meeting later that evening at 7:30 PM has not been cancelled.

CW&EP has offered Empire Electric assistance but as of press time was waiting to hear of the final assessment of damages.

Attorney General Chris Koster has warned individuals and businesses against price-gouging following the devastating tornado in Joplin.

"Missouri law is clear – price gouging is illegal and the Attorney General’s Office will investigate and prosecute instances of price-gouging to the full extent of the law," Koster said. "The unimaginable disaster in Joplin will take everyone working together to recover. There is no room for anyone to try to take advantage of tornado victims in need."

Koster’s office is sending investigators to the area to monitor for price-gouging and to examine any allegations on-site. The Attorney General urged any person who believes a business has suddenly and artificially raised the prices on necessities including gas, food, diapers, clean-up equipment, etc., should contact his office at 1-800-392-8222, or online at to file the complaint.

Koster said those who violate price-gouging laws can face penalties of up to $1,000 per violation.


Joplin Storm - for the record.

PoliticMo -JOPLIN, Mo. — A tornado ripped through the southwest region of Missouri Sunday night causing significant structural damage and dozens of fatalities in the Joplin metro area.

""It was like an atomic bomb went off," said one Joplin man on his way to a make-shift shelter on Duquesne on the eastern side of town.

In response, Governor Jay Nixon dispatched the Missouri National Guard to the region and pledged the full assistance of the state in reaction to the disaster.

The tornado destroyed much of the Plaza Apartment complex on 20th and Rangeline. (PoliticMo Photo)

"These storms have caused extensive damage across Missouri, and they continue to pose significant risk to lives and property," Nixon said. "As a state, we are deploying every agency and resource available to keep Missouri families safe, search for the missing, provide emergency medical care, and begin to recover. I have ordered the Missouri National Guard to deploy Citizen-Soldiers and assets to support local law enforcement agencies with emergency coordination and recovery, and other state assets have been mobilized to provide emergency support as well."

The scene on the ground is simply catastrophic. On Rangeline Road south of Seventh Street, the Academy Sports store, Wal Mart Supercenter, and Home Depot have all been flattened. The Plaza Apartments on 15th street have also been destroyed. Additionally, parts of Joplin High School have been damaged, and the Franklin Technology Center has been completely destroyed.

On the southernmost part of Joplin, a fire and significant damage caused St. Johns Regional Medical Center to be evacuated. A reporter for KSNF-TV reported a makeshift morgue has been set up in the area.

President Barack Obama, en route to Ireland for the G8 summit, issued a statement late Sunday.

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the tornadoes and severe weather that struck Joplin, Missouri, as well as communities across the Midwest today," Obama said. "We commend the heroic efforts by those who have responded and who are working to help their friends and neighbors at this very difficult time."

14th and Duquesne on the east side of Joplin, where a gas station and dozens of homes were destroyed.

"At my direction, FEMA is working with the affected areas’ state and local officials to support response and recovery efforts, and the federal government stands ready to help our fellow Americans as needed," he said.

Nixon announced the Missouri’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team 1 has been dispatched to the region. The team specializes in structural collapses, Nixon told CNN, and had been dispatched to New York City in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

State Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Joplin, was on Rangeline Sunday night with a generator hoping to offer a hand to the relief. Davis, who said he spoke with House Speaker Steven Tilley Sunday, said, "I just don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to start. This is just devastating."

Jasper County Jail Count


Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Drove a little out in the County yesterday. Insulation and construction material here and there on the road. Found some on the Square Sunday after the storm. Just a reminder of how close we were I suppose.

‘Course stories and videos on the internet are bein’ put up and first hand stories are bein’ heard. Few in the County that aren’t affected either directly or through friends and neighbors.

Looks like help is on the way, but local contributions will likely be the most appreciated and timely. The YMCA is the local collection point and will keep unwanted traffic from cloggin’ the Joplin area.

The Music Jam at Red OakII will collect items this Saturday evening also.

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.

Leg Cramps Cramp Sleep

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For several years I have had spasms in my left leg at night while asleep. Now I get them in my right leg. They are intense and painful. My calcium is normal. I have taken magnesium and leg-cramp pills without results. I have put soap in the bed, used mustard and tried many other home remedies without any luck. I would be indebted for any other suggestions you might offer. -- S.G.

ANSWER: Nighttime leg muscle cramps are another one of the joys of aging. Why? I don’t know. A cramp is a sustained, painful muscle contraction. In a very small number of people, low blood calcium or magnesium, an underactive thyroid gland and dysfunctions of the kidney or liver might be the cause. For most, a cause cannot be found.

Quinine was a favorite remedy. Now quinine has a limited use -- only for malaria. It has potentially dangerous side effects that make it unwarranted for muscle cramps. Some find that tonic water stops their cramps. That’s fine that they do; the amount of quinine in tonic water is quite small. There is evidence that the heart and blood pressure drug diltiazem can be useful. Vitamin B complex -- a mixture of the B vitamins, including B-6 -- also has some support for its use.

Stretching the leg muscles three times a day and again before going to bed might prevent cramps. One exercise is standing on the lowest step of a stair with heels projecting off the edge of that stair. Raise high on your toes and then slowly lower yourself until the heels are well below the level of the stair. Hold that position for 10 seconds and repeat the exercise 10 times.

Some have found that a warm bath taken before heading to bed stops their cramps.

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