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Thursday, February 2-11, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 151

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Did Ya Know?. . The weekly Saturday evening acoustic jam session will be held at the New Salem church in Red OakII beginning at 6 p.m. All accoustic instruments and music styles are welcome. Pot luck dinner this week.

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The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent terrorist threats and have raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." Londoners have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies all but ran out. Terrorists themselves have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance."

Also, the French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Surrender" and "Collaborate." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France’s white flag factory, effectively paralysing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations" and "Change Sides." The Germans also increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbour" and "Lose."

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual, and the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

  Today's Features

The Carthage Police Department Year End Report has been presented to the City Council and Mayor that shows that traffic accidents and thefts were at there lowest levels in years.

According the Police Chief Greg Dagnan traffic accidents were down 11% for 2011 and at the lowest level in over twenty years. Thefts were down 33% over the last three years and at the same level they were in 2007.

Dagnan also praised the Investigations Division which he says 60% of crimes were solved by arrest or submission to the prosecutor.

"We have a professional caring department," Dagnan states in a introductory letter in the document, "full of men and women who desire to provide only the best levels of service and professionalism to the citizens of Carthage. Unquestionably, we are the premier department in the area."

The new Team Policing project was also praised.

The project is designed to take a targeted area that has a high volume of criminal activity and calls for service and make contact with each resident.

In the first half of 2011 the area of Chestnut to Budlong and Clinton to River streets were established as the area of focus.

"Our two Team Policing projects have been wildly successful," the report states, "with calls for service reduced by 32% in the first area and 47% in the second area. Fear of crime was reduced by 53% in the first area and 66% within the second area."

Over 2,600 hours of volunteer labor and $15,000 in donations from citizens were contributed to help with improvements in the areas.


Free Tax Site Opened February 4.

Help on filing taxes is available again this year at the VITA tax site at the Family Literacy Center, 706 Orchard in Carthage for low to medium income persons.

The Carthage VITA site opened February 4 and will prepare returns on Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until the end of tax season. (Exception March 17.) Returns will be prepared by volunteers and will be electronically filed at no charge. Direct Deposit to a bank account can be arranged. Appointments will be taken by calling the Family Literacy Center at 358-5926 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings.

Federal and State Income taxes will be prepared. A Federal return should be prepared before the State return, as information from the Federal return is needed to complete the State return. Those who need to file a Missouri Property Tax (PTC) only, it will also be prepared.

Taxpayers should bring picture identification, Social Security cards for all persons listed on the return, and all documents needed to prepare their return. This might include: W-2 forms from employment, 1099INT forms from interest earned, 1099DIV forms from dividends earned, 1099R forms from retirement income, 1099Misc for self employment and SSA1099 forms from Social Security. All income must be reported on the return. All respective forms should be available before individuals come to get their taxes filed. Providers of 1099 may not send them until February 15.

The Carthage VITA tax site is facility of the SWMO We Care Coalition with volunteers trained by the IRS, which also provides the computer program. Family Literacy Center donates the space and the computers to use. MSSU hosts the training sessions. The site is coordinated by Marie Dame.


Citizens Academy Offered.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is now offering enrollment in our 4th, semi-annual, Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. This session will run from March 1st thru May 24th 2012 at the Sheriff’s Office. Classes will be held every Thursday night from 6:30-9:00pm.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, and must be a resident, work or own a business in Jasper County. There is no cost for participants.

Topics will include: History of the Office of Sheriff, Court House Operations, Information Technology, Dispatching, Patrol Functions, Dangerous Drugs, DWI Enforcement, Animal Control, K-9 Operations, Detention Center Operations, SWAT Operations, Firearms Training, Cyber Crimes, Crimes against Children, Criminal Investigations, and Crime Scene Investigations.

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy was initiated by Sheriff Archie Dunn in 2010 to give the citizens of Jasper County an inside look into the day to day operations of the Sheriff’s Office and Jail. Students will be introduced to the challenges faced by law enforcement and an understanding of why we do what we do. Students will receive hands on training and will take the role of a Deputy Sheriff in training simulations.

Interested persons can visit to obtain a registration form. Completed forms can be faxed to 417-627-0953 or mailed to Jasper County Sheriff’s Office SCA, 2907 CR 180, Carthage, Mo, 64836.

Applicants will be contacted at a later date to notify them of their acceptance.

Questions can be referred to Sgt. Craig Davis at 417-358-8177 ext.1212.


Jasper County Jail Count

199 January 31, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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Weekly Column



My 88-year-old mother has a 2005 Buick LaCrosse with 15,000 miles on it. It only gets driven to the grocery store, hair salon and church. But that has been the case for all six years she’s owned it. Now, in the past three months, three new batteries have gone stone-cold dead after four to six weeks! The Buick service department says the problem is, "She doesn’t drive it enough!" I can’t get them to tell me why it apparently is sucking the life out of the batteries now. Any ideas?-- Gary

RAY: Well, I agree with you, Gary. If the problem were that she didn’t drive it enough, why did she have no problem with the battery for the first six years?

TOM: There are two possibilities. One is that something inside the car is draining the batteries.

RAY: The dealer should be able to figure that out by putting an ammeter on the car when it’s shut off and seeing if there’s a current drain.

TOM: I think the likely problem is that her charging system isn’t working.

RAY: Here’s the scenario: She drives the car a few times a week. Normally, that’s enough to recharge the battery. But at some point, the alternator starts to underperform.

TOM: They don’t test the system rigorously enough, and just sell her a new battery.

RAY: At first, everything seems fine, but the new battery isn’t being sufficiently recharged either. This process is repeated three times, until you realize that the guys at this particular service department are complete knuckle-scrapers and you go somewhere else.

TOM: Where, they do a thorough test of the charging system, figure out what’s wrong with it and replace the alternator or whatever else needs to be replaced.

RAY: If you end up needing another battery, explain to them that they missed the problem and ask them to reimburse you for the battery or three they sold you.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

February at last, and we look towards the first exhibition of the 2012 season, that being

"MANY VOICES: ONE JOURNEY"! This is a group exhibition of original, recent artworks showcasing the 44 current members of the Joplin Regional Artist Coalition. Joplin Regional Artist Coalition, or JRAC, is a not for profit organization founded in 2010 by visual artists to network fellow artists to more effectively engage in cultural, economic and educational artistic within the Joplin region with a mission to promote, strengthen and advocate for the visual arts and artists. Membership includes professional and amateur artists, art enthusiasts and patrons of the visual arts. At the Artist Registry, examples of artwork and contact information for its members can be viewed, serving as a showcase of the strength and diversity of the visual arts in this region. The registry also provides a centralized resource for businesses and citizens to choose to ‘buy local’ and enrich their community with unique artworks while supporting regional artists rather than purchasing mass-produced commodities of unknown origin.

On February 17th we look forward to welcoming all those artists in their group to display one piece each of their best artwork in our gallery, and to their being present to greet our members, their art visitors, patrons and guests to the opening of this exhibition at 6:00 pm here at Hyde House. I will look forward to identifying some of these artists and their work in future articles prior to this most anticipated exhibit, and we thank Cherry’s Gallery & Frame and Koka Gallery both in Carthage, for the generous underwriting of this exhibition.

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