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Thursday, February 23-29, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 154

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?. . Throughout March the MMBH Outpatient Lab will offer COLORECTAL CANCER Screening Kits at no charge. Pick up the card at the Outpatient Services Area just inside the main entrance at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital Monday through Friday, 6a.m. - 5 p.m. Prepare the card and return it to Outpatient Services; results will be sent to your home. Cards must be returned to the hospital on or before April 6. Call 359-1350.

today's laugh

Why is it that when someone tells you that there are over a billion stars in the universe, you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint somewhere, you have to touch it to make sure?


"This is a bleak time for the Republican Party. You know you have trouble when the least embarrassing guy in your group is Arnold Schwarzenegger." --Jimmy Kimmel


Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet.

He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.

This made him A super callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.


A woman got on a bus holding a baby. The bus driver said, "That’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen."

In a huff, the woman slammed her fare into the fare box and took an aisle seat near the rear of the bus.

The man seated next to her sensed that she was agitated and asked her what was wrong.

"The bus driver insulted me," she fumed.

The man sympathized and said, "Why, he’s a public servant and shouldn’t say things to insult passengers."

"You’re right!" the woman said, "I think I’ll go back up there and give him a piece of my mind!"

"That’s a good idea," the man said, "Here, let me hold your monkey."

  Today's Features

Chickens Back On Agenda.

Public Safety Committee to Consider Amending Restrictions.

The City Council Public Safety Committee agenda for their meeting next Monday evening, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Station, includes a discussion concerning modification of the current ordinance that prohibits the raising of chickens within 300 feet of a neighboring residence.

The issue has been informally discussed at previous times during the citizens participation portion of the meeting. One citizen, who is currently in violation of the current ordinance, has asked for a less restrictive ruling.

Another citizen spoke to the City Council during their meeting last week and was opposed to any changes.

Low Cost Cat Spay/Neuter.

Spare Cat Rescue in conjunction with Central Pet Care Clinic will be hosting 2 low-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats in the month of March. Owners will only have to pay $20 for female cats to be spayed and $10 for male cats to be neutered. Spare Cat Rescue is sponsoring the remainder of the cost of the operations. Appointments are limited and fill up very quickly so pet owners are asked to call as soon as possible to make an appointment for their cat. Call 417-358-6808 and leave a message. Calls will be returned within 48 hours. More details will be available when the appointment is confirmed.

The organization’s founder, Kaylene Cole, says she would like to "Thank you in advance for doing your part to help reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs in our area!"


Chamber Trivia Night Champions.

Several teams from throughout the area gathered at the Carthage Memorial Hall Friday the 17th for the Carthage Chamber‘s 8th annual Trivia Night. Neely Myers of the Chamber said "I took a lot away from the evaluations last year and tailored the categories and questions to a more universal appeal".

This year’s categories included, Saturday Night Live, The Grammy’s, Sports, U.S. Presidents, Trends and Nostalgia, The Periodic Table of Elements, Food and Beverages, and Famous Movie Quotes.

The Alchodemics sponsored by Heritage State Bank took first place in the competition with 105 correct answers. The Masters of Minutiae sponsored by MSSU and the Trivia Catz sponsored by Leggett & Platt tied for second place with 99 correct answers. A tiebreaker question answered correctly by the Masters of Minutiae earned the MSSU team the second place prize, with Leggett & Platt’s Trivia Catz taking third.

Other team sponsors were Carthage Water & Electric Plant, Cornerstone Dental Group, Knell Mortuary, Mercy McCune Brooks Hospital, Schmidt Associates, and Southwest Missouri Bank North and South branches.

Schmidt Associates teammate Deana Lawson said "It just keeps getting more and more fun every year. Our team comes back for the energy and the fun!"

Several Carthage businesses provided prizes for each round; these included, Carthage Water & Electric Plant, Cornerstone Dental Group, Crowder College, KMXL/KDMO, Manpower, Mercy McCune Brooks Hospital, Schmidt Associates, Southwest Missouri Bank, and UMB Bank.

Cloud’s Meats provided the evening’s meal of pulled pork, smoked brisket, baked beans and coleslaw. TC’s Liquor & Smoke Shop and UMB Bank provided drinks for the trivia teams and our spectators. Ben Marcotte of KDMO and Jessica Nugent emceed the event.

For more information, contact Neely Myers at 358-2373 or


Mo. Democrat Director Placed on Unpaid Leave

By Eli Yokley Politicmo

The Missouri Democratic Party said Tuesday its executive director has been placed on unpaid leave, while the St. Louis police investigators look into allegations of domestic assault.

According to reports, police were called to the home of Matt Teter, 30, the party’s executive director, on Sunday, when a 31-year-old male reported that he had been assaulted by a 30-year-old male at Teter’s home.

"This is a serious allegation that we do not take lightly, as a Party," said Mike Sanders, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. "Matt Teter has been placed on unpaid leave until more facts are known."

The party, led at the time by Susan Montee, hired Teter last April to lead the party’s efforts heading in to an important election year. Teter, a Missouri native who had been working on organizing in Philadelphia, previously worked as a campaign aide to other Missouri Democrats.


2011 Statewide Missouri Meth Lab Seizures Surpass 2010 Number

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that across Missouri methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures totaled 2,096 during 2011, an increase of more than six percent from 2010.

Missouri saw a drop in the number of meth lab seizures in 2006, after anti-meth lab legislation was enacted. However, from 2007 to 2011, the number of meth lab incidents in Missouri has increased steadily. This rise can be attributed in part to meth manufacturers circumventing laws that restrict the legal limit purchase of pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient used to make meth. It is also the only ingredient that cannot be substituted in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Missouri Laboratory

Incident Seizures 2007-2011

Year Statewide lab seizures

2007 - 1,285

2008 - 1,487

2009 - 1,774

2010 - 1,960

2011 - 2,096

Methamphetamine laboratory incident seizures are classified into three categories: operational/nonoperational labs, chemical/glassware/equipment seizures, and lab dump sites. All law enforcement agencies in the state are required to report the seizure of methamphetamine laboratories to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Patrol then enters Missouri’s seizures into the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System.

Jasper County Jail Count

182 February 21, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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Weekly Column



I have a 2007 Subaru Outback. Its the perfect vehicle for driving over hills and curves during winter storms, hauling garden supplies and toting around Theo, my 75-pound Goldendoodle. Here’s my dilemma: I enjoy riding my bike with my friends. I am not tall enough to use a bike rack that mounts on top of the car. We have a bike rack that we used on our old Ford Explorer that I could manage well. It sat on the trailer hitch and was easy for me to use. I want to have a rear hitch installed on the Subaru for my bike rack, but my husband says it will decrease the value of the car. What should we do? Anne

Ray: Go ahead and install the hitch, Anne.

Tom: Your husband is worried that when you try to sell the car, potential buyers will see the hitch and assume you were towing a trailer with the car, and they’ll conclude that you put lots of extra wear and tear on the car that way and will shy away.

Ray: But that’s a chance you’ll have to take. After all, it’s your car now, right? So you should use it to make your life easier. And neither the hitch itself nor the bike rack will harm the car in any way.

Tom: You could remove the hitch when you’re ready to sell the car, but when a buyer gets a mechanic to inspect the car, he’ll notice the bolt holes and know you had a hitch on .

Ray: So I’d opt for absolute honesty. Just tell potential buyers that you never towed anything, you just used the hitch for a bike rack. Bike racks are common enough now that it won’t surprise anybody.

Tom: Better yet, leave the bike rack on the car when you sell it, and offer it as an option.

Ray: And tell your husband he’s worrying about nothing. Cheer him up by reminding him that the vicious dog smell is going to be a much greater impediment to selling his car than the hitch every will be.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

"MANY VOICES: ONE JOURNEY", the current art exhibition here at Hyde House, opened this past Friday night to a great crowd of artists and viewers! We were so glad to see so many new faces in the gallery, and quite a few of the 48 presenting artists were present as well to meet the guests and patrons. JRAC President, Linda Teeter had prepared nametags for each of the artists, and the crowd enjoyed meeting so many artists for the first time. I wish to thank some of my board members, particularly Jane VanDenBerg and Helen Kunze as well as Miriam Putnam, Eric Haun and Pat Goff for their presence as well. The works were well received, and we had a nice number of visitors on Saturday and Sunday as well, including the news media from KOAM, who sent a nice young "reporterette" with her camera, to take photos and interview me for that evening’s news, most appreciated! I was thrilled with the great coverage given us by both the Carthage Press and the Joplin Globe as well—it is wonderful when all the planning comes together and the publicity goes out and is received! So to all those who visited, thank you, and to those who haven’t yet, we will be open Friday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 this weekend and next. Come out and view this beautiful art exhibition presented by Joplin Regional Artist Coalition in both galleries. artCentral again thanks the underwriters for this exhibition, Cherry’s Gallery & Frame and Koka Gallery, both in Carthage. I am currently discussing the possibilities of several new classes for adults to be held here at Hyde House this year, and am also hoping to get a few additional adults to sign up for the acrylic abstract painting class to be held the weekend of March 31/ April 1 led by Springfield artist Dale Augustson, who is also our next contributing artist. Please call me if you are interested in this or any art class and I will put you on my workshop list. I know there are adults out there who have inquired in the past, and I hope to hear from you!

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