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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Volume XX, Number 60

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Did Ya Know?.. The Family Literacy Center, 706 Orchard is holding English Classes 9-11 AM and 7-9 PM $20 per semester - No Child Care available 358-5926. Clases de Engle’s Empiezan -No hay guarderian.

today's laugh

In October, the Indians asked their chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing the answer, the chief replied that the winter will be cold and that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared. Being a good leader, he then went to a phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, ‘Is this winter to be cold?’

The man on the phone responded, ‘This winter is indeed going to be very cold.’

So the Chief went back to encourage his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, and asked again, ‘Is it going to be a very cold winter?’

‘Yes,’ the man replied, ‘it’s going to be a very cold winter.’

Two weeks later he called the Service again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that this winter is going to be very cold?’

‘Absolutely’ the man replies, ‘the Indians are collecting wood like crazy.’


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

Pittsburg Clerks at Lakeside

The retail grocery clerks of Pittsburg, Kansas, had a very enjoyable picnic at Lakeside park yesterday. The party, numbering about 300 persons in all, came over in a special train on the Memphis to Webb City, arriving there about 9 a.m. The electric line had cars in waiting and conveyed them in a body to Lakeside park, where they spent the day. At noon a big basket dinner was spread.

During the day a great many of the visitors took a ride to Carthage and admired the beauties of the city. They returned to Webb City and took the special train home about 8 o’ clock in the evening.

It was a nice crowd and enjoyed itself thoroughly. Not a single accident occurred during the day. The visitors were particularly well pleased with the park and all expressed themselves as having a good time.

  Today's Feature

Tax Amnesty Bill Passed House.

Members of the Missouri House of Representatives gave unanimous approval Friday to legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, that would authorize a period of tax amnesty for delinquent taxpayers. Flanigan also added language to the bill that was requested by the City of Joplin to authorize tax increment financing to assist in disaster recovery efforts.

"The state’s commitment to disaster-impacted areas is in the hundreds of millions, and this amnesty program will help to ensure that other important areas of the budget are left unscathed in the coming months," said Flanigan. "It also comes as no surprise that the full House agrees that recovery efforts will be best served by allowing our communities to have all economic development options on the table."

The tax amnesty provision of HB 2 would allow delinquent taxpayers who pay their tax bills between Jan. 1 and Feb. 29 to waive interest and penalties. The state has previously authorized tax amnesty periods that brought in approximately $74 million for fiscal year 2002 and $42 million for fiscal year 2003. Flanigan said he anticipates similar revenue numbers if HB 2 becomes law.

The tax increment financing language added to the bill would allow tax increment financing in areas that have sustained severe damage as the result of a natural disaster. Flanigan said the language was requested by the City of Joplin and would be an important component to funding the rebuilding effort in the city.

HB 2 was approved by the House by a vote of 150-0. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Jasper County Jail Count

? September 12, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I came to the conclusion several years ago that the tough part of bein’ a publisher or editor isn’t figurin’ out what to put in a publication, there’s lots a stuff that might be fit ta print. The really tough calls are figurin’ out what not ta put in.

That’s why, for instance, we don’t print letters to the editor that aren’t signed. There have been several that have arrived in unmarked envelopes that were well written, and made valid points. I just wish whoever wrote ‘em would stand up and take credit so we could print the things.

We also get suggestions ever now and then of some investigative reportin’ that oughta be done. Most are based on one rumor or another that has been embellished for effect. Some sound like interestin’ stories all right, just aren’t based on much fact.

And, after all, this is at least some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Know the Signs of Heart Valve Trouble


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past five years I have known that I have aortic stenosis. I have no symptoms and no restrictions on what I do. My doctor says I need no treatment. I’m happy about that. Will I have a shortened life? I’m 55. --- S.B.


ANSWER: "Stenosis" indicates narrowing. The aortic valve closes when the heart pumps blood out and into the aorta and the entire body. Closure of the valve stops blood from leaking back into the heart. Because the valve and its opening have constricted, the heart has to pump harder to empty itself. That strains the heart, and, in time, leads to heart failure.

Stenosis is relative. Its danger and its consequences depend on how narrow are the opening and valve. Doctors can get an accurate picture of the valve’s dimensions through an echocardiogram, a sound wave picture of the heart.

When the valve and its opening reach a critical size, decisions are made about the best treatment. Often, it’s surgery with the installation of an artificial valve.

If a severely narrowed valve goes untreated, three symptoms develop: chest pain on activity (angina), shortness of breath and fainting spells. Death occurs within three or fewer years unless a new valve is put in place. Surgery is usually performed well before these signs make their appearance. You might never need a correction if the narrowing process stops.

You probably wonder how you acquired the valve problem. You might have been born with a valve that had minor defects, which promoted narrowing. Calcifications could have settled on the valve. Or you might have had rheumatic fever as a child, which caused valve deformity.

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