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Tuesday, August 27, 2002 Volume XI, Number 50

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will have an Open House in the main library from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, August 29th to honor retiring staff member, Jeanie Hill.

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 26th through Aug. 30th. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is picked up, between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in the area.

Did Ya Know?. . .The next Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28th in the dining room at the McCune-Brooks Hospital. The topic will be "Care for your Kidneys: Blood Sugar and Kidney Disease," with speaker Jane Bycroft, RN.

today's laugh

"I didn’t sleep a wink last night...this fly kept sitting on my nose."
"Why didn’t you brush it off?"
"I didn’t know it was dusty."

Two caterpillars were munching away on a cabbage leaf. A butterfly fluttered in the air above them.
One caterpillar noticed the butterfly and said to the other, "You’ll never get me up in one of them things."


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

The Boys Put to Work.

Deputy Sheriff Billy Williams and Lee Wormington returned on the early morning Missouri Pacific from Boonville, where they took the four boys sentenced to reform school.

Before they left they saw Pearl Woods and Ralph Holt with wheelbarrows hauling dirt. Elmer Knapp will likely get a place in the reformatory barber shop. Frank Johnson, the 12-year-old lad, had not yet been assigned a task.

Carthage Got Beaten.

The Carthage ball team, which went to Lamar last Sunday to play the nine there, were so reticent about the game yesterday that no returns could be gotten from them—and no wonder, they were beaten by a score of 19 to 4. A return game is being arranged for next Sunday in Carthage, when the home team hopes to redeem its record.

  Today's Feature

Additional Funds For Cooling Assistance.

The Economic Security Corporation has announced $37,000 in additional funding from the Missouri Department of Social Services, Energy Crisis Intervention Program to offer summer cooling assistance to low-income families in Barton, Jasper, Newton and McDonald Counties.

The Community Action Agency will be helping households that otherwise would be unable to pay electric utility bills. The program is offered to families who are experiencing a crisis which constitutes a shut-off notice or no service. In addition, all clients must be income eligible and can be served only once during the summer season, June 1 through September 30. Elderly (60 and over) will not be required to have a shut-off notice.

The ECIP program has served almost 600 low-income families from June 3rd through August 2nd and expect the new funding will serve an additional 214 households for electric utility assistance.

The Community Action Agency are now taking application at all locations on a first come first served basis. The Carthage location is at 600 E. 6th. Tue. 8-5, Thur. 8-12.

Opinion The Real Political Heroes

By Senator Marvin Singleton, M.D.

With the turnout in the recent primary elections that in many cases surpassed the turnout of the Presidential Elections of 2000, the real heroes in our democratic process are the poll workers.

Many of our citizens arose in the early hours of the morning to get to their locations with their supplies before the opening of the polls at 6:00 a.m. They stayed through the entire day dealing with the various challenges and problems with voting until 7:00 p.m. when the poll workers then transmitted to the county clerks, the results of the elections.

Due to the conditions under which they work and the minimal aid that they receive, I believe that they are truly heroes and basically are volunteers on behalf of the democratic process. This is a bi-partisan effort because at each polling place we have Republicans and Democrats who maintain the integrity of the election process and I believe that they should be given a hardy pat on the back and appropriate recognition.

In the past I have written each individual to thank them for their patriotic effort, but I am taking the opportunity this last year to publicly thank all of the past and present poll workers and to encourage our citizens to volunteer in the future to participate in the political system as a poll worker. That can be accomplished by calling the local county clerk’s office and they would be more than happy to provide you with the information.

Again, my sincere thanks and gratitude to those who take their time on behalf of the rest of the citizens of the State of Missouri to maintain integrity, access and continuation of this extremely important process to our state and our nation.


by Representative Steve Hunter, District 127

With the resounding defeat of Proposition B at the polls, many Missourians have been asking, "where do we go from here?" Truly, this is an opportune and appropriate time for us to reevaluate our priorities and reassess how we address them.

Surely, transportation must be one of Missouri's top priorities, but a steep sales tax increase combined with a gas tax increase was not the answer. There were many flaws in the tax increase proposal--it did notsufficiently implement needed accountability reforms, it did not stop the diversion of highway revenues to other state agencies, and its 10-year project list promised voters the same things they had been promised ten years ago.

It wasn't just the recession that put the kibosh on Proposition B. On August 6, voters approved various law enforcement sales tax increases in counties around the state. It also wasn't the subject matter. For years, there has been a public outcry to improve our dismal and dangerous roads and bridges.

I think the voters were saying, "we're not putting up with this anymore."

If Missourians had to tighten their belts this year, the state shouldn't come to them with its hand out having done nothing to change. It's time to change. It's time to reform state government.

It would be common sense to allocate more resources to our priorities and make sure that those resources are spent wisely. Instead of raising taxes, why not allocate 10 percent of state revenue growth each year to transportation? Why not implement Republican accountability reforms in the Highway Commission? House Republicans have also proposed state budget reform measures, like legislation to implement performance-based budgeting that would ensure that state government spends tax dollars prudently instead of wastefully.

The cure for whatever ills us should not be a tax increase. State government never seems to have enough money to spend, and tax increases only satisfy it momentarily. The 1992 highway tax increase raised the gas tax by 55 percent (only five years after the 1987 highway tax increase had raised it by 57 percent).

For years, we've been saying accountability must come before any more transportation tax increases. Now, the voters have spoken in unequivocal terms. State government must get its house in order before asking more of its citizens.

The answer to the question, "where do we go from here," is a much needed, common sense reassessment of our state's priorities and how we address them.

As always, I can be reached by calling (573) 751-5458 or by e-mail at:

Just Jake Talkin'


If ya happen to be travelin’ west this weekend, ya might want ta fill up ‘fore ya cross the Kansas line.

I was over that way last weekend and gas prices were from a buck thirty to a buck forty-two for regular. I was able to make it in and out without leavin’ any Missouri cash in the sister state. The dollar nineteen price in these parts still looks like the best buy around.

Just a guess, but typically prices tend ta nudge up a little for the holidays, so ya might think a fillin’ up that travelin’ wagon early.

From what I’m hearin’, Missouri is also attractin’ some a that Kansas cigarette money since the taxes went up over there. Maybe there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Mccune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I don’t know where to turn, so I’ll turn to you. My family doctor says I have mitral valve prolapse, and he wants me to have a heart ultrasound. My brother had rheumatic fever, and it left him with a nonworking mitral valve. He had to have surgery. Am I destined for the same fate? — J.O.

ANSWER: The mitral valve lies between the upper left heart chamber — the left atrium — and the left lower heart chamber — the left ventricle. The left ventricle is the most muscular of all the heart chambers. It has to generate enough force to propel blood through all body arteries.

Mitral valve prolapse is not an unusual condition. It’s a valve that is floppy, and during a heart contraction, the valve balloons upward into the left atrium.

Often, a prolapsing mitral valve produces a typical murmur and a typical clicking sound. Both those signs alert the doctor to the possibility of mitral valve prolapse. The next step is to get a sound wave picture of the heart — an echocardiogram. It shows the ballooning valve and whether the valve is leaking any blood. Your brother’s rheumatic fever is a much different story from your mitral valve prolapse. When rheumatic fever attacks a heart valve, it frequently leaves the valve deformed. If you have only a prolapsing mitral valve, it should not give you any problems.


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