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Thursday, March 22-28, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 158

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?............ Magic Moments Riding Therapy, a local not-for-profit that uses horses to help people with special needs, is in need of volunteers to help out with Wednesday evening sessions. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, unafraid of horses and able to follow directions. This is a weekly commitment for 1 or 2 hours a week.

Please call 417 325-4490 for more information. The center is located about 8 miles south of Carthage.

Did Ya Know?............ Singles Reaching Out (West) is meeting at SMB Community Room, 2417 S. Grand on March 23 at 6 PM. Baked potato Buffet night (potatoes provided, bring toppings, salad or dessert). Live music and door prize. info 388-1156 or 388-3038.

today's laugh

How did a fool and his money get together?


Would a fly without wings be called a walk?


The LAPD, the FBI, & the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it.

The CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist.

The FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming.

The LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: "Okay, okay, I’m a rabbit, I’m a rabbit."


During the French revolution, hundreds of people were guillotined. One day, three men were led up to die. One was a lawyer, one was a doctor, and the third was an engineer.

The lawyer was to die first. He was led to the guillotine, the attending priest blessed him, and he knelt with his head on the guillotine. The blade was released, but stopped halfway down its path.

The priest, seeing an opportunity, quickly said, "Gentlemen, God has spoken and said this man is to be spared; we cannot kill him." The executioner agreed, and the lawyer was set free.

The doctor was next. He was blessed by the priest, then knelt and placed his head down. The blade was released, and again stopped halfway down.

Again the priest intervened: "Gentlemen, God has again spoken; we cannot kill this man." The executioner agreed and the doctor was set free.

At last it was the engineer’s turn. He was blessed by the priest, and knelt, but before he placed his head on the guillotine he looked up. Suddenly, he leapt to his feet and cried, "Oh, I see the problem!"

  Today's Features

Pit Bulldog Discussion Hangs On.

The City Council Public Safety Committee met for their regular monthly meeting in the fire station last Monday evening. The agenda included the discussion of the current ban on pit bulldogs in the city. The item was added at the request of a pit bulldog owner during the last regular meeting.

Two Carthage residents who identified themselves as pit bull breeders put their case before the Committee. Both put forth the reasoning that the breed itself is not the problem, but the people that train and handle the dogs.

One argued that it was not fair to show prejudice to one breed of dog when it is not appropriate for people.

The other stated that Poodles bite more people annually than any other dog, yet they are not shown the same disdain as pit bulls. He also stated that he had moved here from Louisiana, found employment and was considering purchasing a home in Carthage, but if the ordinance remained as it is now, he would look elsewhere for housing.

Committee Chair Dan Rife moved to have City Attorney Nate Dally research other communities ordinances concerning pit bulldogs and report to the Committee at their next regular meeting.

There was some discussion about modifying the language somewhat, but little time was spent discussing the issue by the committee members.

Police Chief Dagnan told the committee that although he did not establish policy, he would oppose any changes to the current ordinance. Fire Chief Chris Thompson agreed that he too would not like to see the ordinance changed.

In an interview with the Mornin’ Mail, Chief Dagnan said the current policy is for the animal control officer, who has had training in the identification of pit bulldogs, to issue citations to owners of animals he believes to be prohibited in the city. If the owner disagrees with the officer’s assessment, evidence can be presented in City Court. The penalty is $200 to $500 if convicted.

Jasper County Republican Straw Poll.

Results of the Jasper County GOP Caucus held in Carthage on Saturday:

Presidential Preference Straw Poll (359 people voting):

Newt Gingrich - 24 votes (6.7 %) (3 delegates)

Ron Paul - 82 votes (22.8 %) (11 delegates)

Mitt Romney - - 59 votes (16.4 %) (7 delegates)

Rick Santorum-194 votes (54.1 %) (25 delegates)

(46 total JCRCC delegates to the 7th District & State Conventions)

MO US Senatorial Preference Straw Poll (307 people voting):

Todd Akin - Current Congressman from MO-2 - 180 votes (58.6 %)

John Brunner - - 84 votes (27.4 %)

Sarah Steelman - Former Missouri State Treasurer - 43 votes (14.0 %)

MO Governor Preference Straw Poll (250 people voting):

Bill Randles - 77 Votes (30.8 %)

David Spence -173 votes (69.2 %)

MO Lt. Gov. Preference Straw Poll (271 people voting):

Peter Kinder - Incumbent Lt. Gov. - 160 votes (59.0 %)

Brad Lager - - 111 votes (41.0 %)

MO Sec. of State Preference Straw Poll (231 people voting):

Scott Rupp - - 24 votes (10.4 %)

Shane Schoeller - 181 votes (78.3 %)

Bill Stouffer - 26 votes (11.3 %)

Jasper County Sheriff Preference Straw Poll (306 people voting):

Archie Dunn - Jasper County Sheriff - 83 votes (27.1 %)

Randee Kaiser - Ast. Police Chief in Carthage, MO PD - 179 votes (58.5 %)

Larry Newman - Owner AAA Way Bail Bonds in Carthage - 44 votes (14.4 %)


Nixon vs. Budget Committee.

Gov. Jay Nixon, D., all but declared war on a Missouri House Budget Committee plan that would significantly downsize the state’s blind pension program.

Nixon, who has been increasingly vocal about his opposition to the new House budget proposal, visited an independent living facility in Columbia for a campaign style rally with members of the Missouri Council of the Blind and the National Federation the Blind to encourage opposition to House’s plan, which cuts funding from an aid program for blind Missourians to restore full funding to higher education institutions.

Nixon said in prepared remarks. "I call on the House of Representatives to restore full funding for our health care program for the blind – and to do so right away."

Nixon’s budget plan would leave nearly $30 million in full funding for the program in place, but cut nearly $60 million from higher education. Republican lawmakers — including House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey — have vowed to not cut funding for higher education.

In a letter to Nixon Tuesday afternoon, Silvey called on the governor to publicly offer other spending cuts, instead of education, to balance the budget and fully fund both programs.

"I am ready and willing to have that conversation," Silvey wrote.


Carthage Community Foundation Grant Cycle Notification.


The Carthage Community Foundation (CCF) is ready to begin its annual round of grant making to benefit area charities. In the first round in August of 2002, grants totaling $2,050 were made from The Carthage Fund. This Spring CCF will be making grants of about $23,000 to local charities. Unrestricted grants will be made, as well as field of interest grants to women and children in need and to the arts. Grants are not made to individuals.

Since the Carthage Community Foundation was established in 1999, it has received contributions of nearly $10 million, created over 50 funds, and collaborated with donors on grants totaling $4.25 million to benefit charitable organizations.

501C(3) organizations serving the Carthage area are invited to apply.

In order to announce Grant recipients by the end of May, Grant Applications must be received in the CCF office by 4 PM, April 23.

Organizations interested in applying should contact Carthage Community Foundation by email at or by phone at 417-359-5534 to request an application. Applications may also be submitted online at:


State Settles With Wal-Mart.

Missouri has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., for alleged violations of the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Law related to a Wal-Mart contractor’s disposal of certain materials. The settlement is valued at more than $1.25 million.

Attorney General Chris Koster said Wal-Mart sent common household products such as charcoal, potting soil, herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals that were returned to or could not be sold at Wal-Mart stores to two sites in Neosho, Missouri, for disposal by the contractor, Greenleaf, LLC. Greenleaf did not have the necessary permit for the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous waste and did not properly manage the waste materials.

As part of the settlement, Wal-Mart will pay the state of Missouri $214,378.00 in civil penalties, spend $1,050,000.00 to sponsor pesticide collection events in rural Missouri communities, and reimburse the Department of Natural Resources $4,082 for the Department’s investigatory expenses, interest, unpaid fees, and taxes.

Wal-Mart spent more than $3 million voluntarily cleaning up the two Neosho sites by removing and properly disposing of the materials. Wal-Mart also worked with the Attorney General’s Office to design hazardous waste transportation training programs, policies, and procedures.

Jasper County Jail Count

176 March 21, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

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Weekly Column



Dear Tom and Ray:

I’m 35, and I would like to purchase a diesel SUV that will last the rest of my life ... ideally, into my 90s. My idea is that diesel engines last longer and that my family and I could rack up 500,000-600,000 miles on whatever we buy during my lifetime.

I was thinking of buying a BMW, Volkswagen, Audi or Mercedes. I’d probably purchase it used from a dealer or individual. At least, that is what I’m thinking. Am I crazy, or is this doable? I don’t like spending that much up front, but if we can realistically keep the vehicle for the next 60 years, it would be worth it. Mike

TOM: Are you crazy, or is this doable? I vote crazy.

RAY: I just can’t get over what a depressing thought that would be: Buying your last-ever car at age 35. You might as well buy a coffin now, too, Mike.

TOM: Why? His family’s going to bury him in the car after 15 or 20 years of having to ride in it!

RAY: Yeah, this is a bad idea, Mike.

TOM: Think about what it would be like to have a 60-year-old car today. It would be something like a 1952 Chevy Bel Air.

RAY: Even in 30 years, all cars may drive themselves by communicating with other traffic. They may all be electric, or powered by extra-virgin olive oil. Who knows?

TOM: Plus, if you force your family to ride in a 25-, 30-, 40- or 50-year-old car, they will end up hating you. And you’ll end up not only with an unsafe old heap that’s decades out of date, but you’ll end up alone -- with no one to help you push.

RAY: This is just a bad time in history to be trying to predict what you’ll need in a car 60 years from now, Mike.


ART NOTES from Hyde House

by Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

Abstract style paintings make most people uncomfortable. Viewers are happiest looking at art that can be identified with, and that usually means knowing what the subject matter is, what is recognizable. If we have to think, we are unsure. I will be the first to tell you that I usually don’t care for abstract art unless I really love the colors the artist has used, and then color trumps subject matter for me. Like it or not, abstract paintings make you use your brain, and the 26 paintings that currently hang in our gallery will be quite thought provoking to those who attend our opening reception this Friday night, the 23rd , at 6:00 pm here at Hyde House Gallery. Dale Augustson is our presenting artist, and his work varies between acrylic paintings of muted colors and textures to high gloss enamel finishes with collage textures featuring actual leaves, shells and twigs. The nature pieces are beautiful and feel almost wet they are so heavy with clear lacquer. There are all sizes and price points, and his prices are quite reasonable. If you are ready for a dry setting to view beautiful nature inside we hope you will attend our opening reception to meet Dale Augustson, who is from Springfield, and view his beautiful work. As an added attraction to the evening’s pleasure, we will be featuring his wife Darice Avakian Augustson on her harp, providing musical accompaniment to the evening. Darice is an accomplished musician, having just played last Friday at the Juanita Hammonds Center with the local orchestra who accompanied the rock group "Kansas", best known for the song, "Dust in the Wind". We look forward to her appearance, and thank our underwriter, Beimdiek Insurors, for the generous sponsorship of this exhibition, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00, and then weekends through April 8th. Hope to see you!

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