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Monday, October 10, 2011 Volume XX, Number 79

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. Spare Cat Rescue will present a Low-Cost Feline Spay/Neuter event in October. Femal cats $20, Male cats $10. call for an appointment 358-6808. Limited number of appointments, so call.

today's laugh

Patient: Doctor, I think everyone tries to take advantage of me.

Psychiatrist: That’s silly. It’s a perfectly normal feeling.

Patient: Is it really? Thanks for your help, doctor. How much do I owe you?

Psychiatrist: How much do you have?

Wife: George, you promised you’d be home at 4:00. It’s now 8:00.

George: Honey, please listen to me. Poor ol’ Fred is dead. He just dropped over on the eighth green.

Wife: Oh, that’s awful.

George: It surely was. For the rest of the game it was hit the ball, drag Fred, hit the ball, drag Fred.

Tourist to Farmer: Pardon me, but do you have a watermelon patch?

Farmer: Why? Is your watermelon leaking?

My family is really boring. They have a coffee table book called Pictures We Took Just to Use Up the Rest of the Film.


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

Lewis Herman Manager of the Argus C.

Lewis Herman, who has been boarding at the Harrington for some time and interesting in mining operations, returned yesterday afternoon from a trip to St. Louis. While there he assisted in the organization of a company of St. Louis men into a mining company. They have already secured a first lease on some of the Granby land north of Joplin. The name of the company is the "Argus C" and its principal office will be in St. Louis. The capital is $20,000 all paid up. Lewis Herman is superintendent and resident manager of the company.

Only 40 People in the Jail.

There are now only 40 prisoners in the Jasper county jail —men, women and all. This is a very small enrollment, indeed, for that institution, but is a very comfortable situation for both the inmates and the jailer, as the jail is usually so crowded as to make existence, in it almost unbearable.

  Today's Feature

Post Tornado Lead and Zinc.

News Release - With Joplin’s history of lead and zinc mining, many areas of Jasper County, including the parts of Joplin and Duquesne affected by the devastating EF-5 tornado that struck on May 22, 2011, have or may have mine waste contaminants, such as lead and cadmium, present in the soil.

Mine waste contaminants containing lead pose a primary concern because of the health effects on young children when exposed to this metal. Cadmium exposure in this situation also can be a concern, espcially when long-term exposure occurs.

In the 1990’s, the Environmental Protection Agency conducted soil testing throughout Jasper County. As a result of the soil tests by the EPA indicating high levels of mine waste contaminants on properties in certain sections of the County, Jasper County and the City adopted ordinances designating mine waste areas and a "smelter zone" in those areas where the soil contained unacceptable levels of lead and cadmium. The "smelter zone" area was determined by soil test results with unacceptable contaminant levels until the EPA reached areas with soil test results showing acceptable readings.

Currently, these ordinances require soil lead testing in these known areas designated by the EPA, which are generally located in the northwest and western sections of Joplin. The ordinances require yards in the smelter zone and mine waste areas to be tested when applying for a building permit. The maps for "known" Mining Waste and Smelter Areas and for Historic Mined Areas are available on the Jasper County website at

While most of the tornado-affected area is outside the mine waste areas and "smelter zone", it is possible that yards which were previously below acceptable levels, based on lead exposure levels, could now be above acceptable levels after the tornado cleanup is complete, due to the circumstances caused by the storm.

This may have occurred because the properties in the tornado-damaged areas were already developed prior to the EPA’s identification of mining areas and the presence of any waste material was covered by soil for yards to be established. The contamination may also have occurred because mine waste material was used for fill underneath driveways, sidewalks, or crawl spaces when the homes in the storm affected area were built. Since those structures were destroyed in the tornado-affected area, the different materials may now be exposed in the soil that has been disrupted by the tornado.

As property owners in the storm affected area have started to rebuild and have requested soil lead tests from Jasper County, test results in the affected area are becoming available. To date, 44 properties have been tested in the tornado area, with 19 properties testing above the acceptable yard average level of 400 parts per million.

Due to the test results in the tornado-affected area, the City is urging residents to test their soil when they start to rebuild. Yards should be tested as property owners begin to rebuild, since excavation during construction disturbs the soil.

"With Joplin’s past mining activities and the chat used underneath homes during construction, we are aware of the possibility of finding high lead levels in the soil that has been disturbed by the tornado," said Health Director Dan Pekarek. "At this time, we are strongly encouraging our residents to obtain a free soil lead test as they rebuild their homes in the storm affected area.

Homeowners can contact the Jasper County Health Department for free soil testing. If contamination is found, the inspector will work with the property owner to establish a remediation plan. Remediation typically includes either removing the contaminant and hauling it to an approved site for disposal, or capping the contaminant in place with an effective barrier such as contaminant free soil, mulch, concrete driveway, etc. For questions or to schedule testing please call (417) 358-0475 or 877-879-9131 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The City has requested assistance to remediate yards with unacceptable lead and cadmium levels from our federal and state partners to help our residents address this issue as our community begins the rebuilding process. We are also aggressively working on grants to help remediate contaminated yards according to an approved remediation plan developed by the Jasper County Health Department. As any remediation aid becomes available, the City will pass this information on to property owners.

As the soil test results from the EDR (Expedited Debris Removal) area have become available, the City Council will be considering a change to the current ordinance at the October 17th Council meeting to require soil lead testing in the EDR area, in addition to the current mine waste areas and the "smelter zone" for the safety of our residents. More information will be released as this issue is further defined.

Jasper County Jail Count

192 October 7, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I made a startlin’ discovery the other day. I needed a piece of string. As I dug through this drawer and that, the realization that there was not decent lengths of string in the house struck me. How could I have overlooked stockin’ up on such an essential household item?

We’ve all seen those big balls of string collected and sittin’ on display. All I needed was a couple a foot of decent sized string.

I suppose it happened durin’ one of those clear- out-the-junk frenzies that happen ever few years. That last bit of string was thrown out with that bolt I was lookin’ for the other day and couldn’t find. Apparently my junk drawers have been neglected and need restockin’.

I’m makin’ a list.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin.’

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