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Tuesday, March 5, 2002 Volume X, Number 182

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The last chance to sign up for the Carthage Spring Season Soccer League will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tues., March 5th at the 1st United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $15 per participant.

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections Senior Program will have a Coffee Connection at 10 a.m. on Wed., March 6th in the dining room of McCune-Brooks hospital. Jeanne Brummet, Director of Magic Moments Riding Therapy, will have a short presentation. Matt Myers of artCentral will also speak. Refreshments will be served.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Family Literacy Council has Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs for sale. Eggs will be available for $2 each at local Carthage business or may be ordered by calling 358-5926.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library’s "Record Breaking Readers" and "Hobbits and Hot Chocolate" winter reading programs will end on March 11th. Awards day will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th in the Library Annex.

today's laugh

Judge- "You stole these eggs from this man’s store. Have you any excuse?"
Accused- "Yes, I took them by mistake."
Judge- "How is that?"
Accused- "I thought they were fresh."


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

Drunk and Begging.

Officer Gividen arrested a man this morning who was the worse for "booze" begging at hotel back doors and other places. He had pawned a razor at Chas. French’s and spent the proceeds for strong drink.

He hails from the four quarters of the globe according to his stories told to different people. He will likely find Carthage his home for ten or fifteen days until his offences of today are atoned for.

Receiving More Goods.

N. Liepold received two more car loads of goods today. The temporary force helping receive these goods at the store yesterday and today has been Jake Hanson, C. C. Dunn, Hubert Shipman, Sam Black, Jacob Evans, Mort Wheeler and John Valentine.

  Today's Feature

Golf Course Hearing Tonight.

Golfers will have the opportunity this evening to literally influence the course of their future. The City Council Public Services Committee will hold a public hearing this evening in City Hall at 7 p.m. to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed improvements to the Municipal Golf Course.

According to City Administrator Tom Short, detailed plans have arrived from Architect Tom Clark and a representative of his firm will be on hand to answer questions about the design.

Funding for the project will come from a $1.8 million grant from the Steadley Trust and an increase in fees charged by the course. At this time, there are no plans for any funding to come from the City’s General Fund for this particular project.

The focus of the renovation will be on what is called the "back nine" and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2003. Other less involved renovation of the front nine will take place this spring to allow that portion of the course to remain open during construction on the back nine. Bids for the project should be let soon.

Land Transactions

Mary L. Spradley and Roy E. Mayes Jr. sold the property in the Mayes Addition to the City of Carthage, MO. The transaction was handled by Carolyn Cole on Donal M. Myers Realty.

Christopher T. Johnson bought property on Regan St., Carthage, MO. Donal M. Myers handled the sale in cooperation with Charles Elting, both of Donal M. Myers Realty.


Martin "Bubs" Hohulin
State Representative, District 126

This isn’t really about anything that happened in the Capitol this week, but when I saw an article come across my desk this week, it just screamed to be written about. The potential analogies just jumped out.

It seems that free loading geese are causing a problem in Forest Park in St. Louis. It is the way they are getting rid of them that I find bemusing.

Being from the country, I guess I would get rid of those geese the same way I get rid of geese that land on my wheat fields. I would just shoot them. Usually if they are dead, they don’t continue to cause any problems. Even though everyone seems to agree that the St. Louis geese are a problem, it seems that killing them is unacceptable. The accepted method is to train volunteers to coat the eggs with vegetable oil.

From what I gathered in the article, this blocks the flow of oxygen and destroys the egg. Breaking the egg into a bucket would also destroy the egg. The part that really jumped out at me is that first they test the egg by putting it in water. If the egg sinks, that means that there has been no development in the egg. It is then coated with the oil. If it floats, that means development has started. That egg will be returned to the nest to hatch. I just couldn’t help but think about how warped it is that it is fine, even encouraged, to rip a living baby from its mother, but it is considered cruel and inhumane to coat a developing egg with vegetable oil. Where have we lost sight of our priorities?

Another thing is the fact that apparently visitors are feeding the geese and as such are encouraging them to stay and continue freeloading.

The manager of the park is quoted as saying, "We try to discourage the public from feeding the geese because it creates a dependency. They really become prisoners of human kindness". Even if you aren’t a right wing extremist, you can surely see where this is headed! Just substitute the words ‘welfare recipients’ for the word geese and it is an even more appropriate statement.

The article goes on to say that if these geese stay there, the next generation of geese will nest there too, that the unnatural cycle dulls the natural instincts. It further suggests that less food from the public should prompt the geese to leave the park for areas where they can make it on their own. Surely by now I don’t have to explain that one!

Where did we lose sight of the fact that humans, both young and old, are more important than geese? Surely if we can demand responsibility from geese, it is not too much to demand the same thing from humans.

As usual, I can be reached at House Post Office, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101, or 1-800-878-7126, or

Medicinal Black Cohosh Research.

news release University Outreach

A horticultural study on black cohosh is being conducted at a research center near Mt. Vernon, Mo., in cooperation with the Center for Phytonutrient and Phytochemical Studies.

"Our experiments are being conducted at two geographically different sites in Missouri: the Southwest Research Center, near Mt. Vernon, and the Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, near Gray Summit," said Andrew Thomas, horticulture research associate, University of Missouri.

A shade house, built of cedar poles, steel cabling and woven shade cloth, was erected at each site for the study in order to mimic the forest setting where black cohosh is typically found.

According to Thomas, black cohosh is a perennial herb native to the Midwest. The species occurs naturally in 30 Missouri counties, all south of the Missouri River.

Black cohosh has become a popular and costly medicinal herb in recent years, with consumer demand increasing in North America and Europe.

"The root has been used historically to treat a variety of ailments including sore throat, rheumatism and as a diuretic, anti-diarrheal and cough suppressant," Thomas said. "The herb is now commonly used in hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms."

Much of the black cohosh being marketed is wild-harvested. While the plant is not considered rare, it is not abundant. Natural populations of the species do not appear to be threatened, but over-harvesting of wild plants and poaching in parks and nature reserves may soon become an important issue. This entire scenario underscores the need to study the cultivation and propagation of black cohosh.

"The plant appears to be fairly easy to cultivate and may be well-suited as a horticultural crop for Missouri farmers wishing to diversify their operations. But very little information is available for those interested in growing it," said Thomas. "That is why we initiated two experiments in 2001 to study and document the horticultural requirements of black cohosh in Missouri."

The first experiment is designed to answer questions about when and under what conditions certain chemicals are produced in black cohosh. This experiment was planted July 2001, and the first harvest will be in autumn 2002. The second experiment, planted in October 2001, but with a harvest anticipated in the fall of 2003 or 2004, is a more of a general horticultural study.

"We hope to learn which shading method and plant spacing produces the healthiest plants, the largest and most desirable roots and maximum yields of desirable chemicals," said Thomas. "We also plan to gather data about insect and disease prevalence and seed production. From that information we can make recommendations for Missouri farmers to grow black cohosh."

Just Jake Talkin'


Even with all the enthusiasm for the golf course, the meetin’ tonight prob’ly won’t cause much of a ruckus.

The tentative plans for the renovation have been available for folks to get a look at for a while now and various problems that have been pointed out by golfers have been addressed early in the planning stages.

Nevertheless, the detailed drawings and plans will be on stage for the meetin’ tonight and that might bring in the curious for a look.

Overall the project seems to be steamin’ ahead with little opposition. The players have apparently accepted the cost they will bear, and the Steadley money is again the difference in the plan and the gettin’ it done.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

by Judith Sheldon

RECANTING ON FATS? Recently, a news item caught the attention of a lot of people who may, understandably, wonder if the medical community is about to recant on all its warnings to us over the years about ingesting saturated fats.

The item involved the so-called "good fast food" diet which includes cheeseburgers. According to research done at Purdue University, cheeseburgers contain a polyunsaturated fatty acid called conjugated dienoic lioleic acid (CLA) which can inhibit skin and stomach cancer in mice; and can inhibit mammary cancer in rats. But pan fried ruminant meat (as in hamburger) and cheese contain the highest amounts of CLA.

But a half-told story can be a dangerous one. This is just one area in which a great deal of research has to be done before we can let people loose to feast on cheeseburgers, believing they’re helping to keep the risk of skin, breast, and stomach cancers down by indulging in this once taboo food. The fact is, if CLA is an effective cancer-fighting compound, it should be included in a diet that doesn’t also include saturated fatty acids. Also, CLA reportedly acts as an antioxidant, which stops free radicals before they can damage cells and cause many types of cancer.


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