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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 Volume XI, Number 166

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The 17th Annual Crossroads Cat Club Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th at the John Q. Hammons Center in Joplin. This is a CFA licensed show featuring both pure bread and household cats and kittens. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children over 5.

Did Ya Know?. . .Fairview Christian Church, 2320 South Grand, will present an "Evening with The Signature Quartet" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 16th. Admission is free, an offering will be received. For more information call 358-7465 or 417-825-7777.

today's laugh

A school kid asks his teacher, "Is it true that the Law of Gravity keeps us on Earth?"
The teacher says, "Yes."
"What kept us before the law was passed?"

I watch a lot of public T.V. The other day I saw a science show about all the galaxies pulling away from the earth at ten thousand miles a second. I keep wondering: Do they know something?

Her eyes are so bad she has to wear contact lens to see her glasses.


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


Hal Churchill’s Peculiar Actions Caused His Detention by Police.

Hal Churchill, who formerly lived with his mother in the Sennett house at the east end of Fourth street, came down from Kansas City Monday. He called on several acquaintances yesterday, and while his actions were peculiar, nothing out of the way was suspected until late in the evening.

A little while before supper time Churchill was walking up and down the platform at the Frisco station. Officer Drake came up but paid no attention to Churchill and thought nothing of him.

As soon as the officer stepped onto the platform Churchill ran and jumped into the hack. He called to the driver to hurry up and drive east, all the time peering out at Officer Drake.

After going a short distance he asked the hackman if he couldn’t take him up a back street to a restaurant. The driver took him to Turner’s cafe. After a lunch Churchill got into a farmer’s wagon and went south on the Grand avenue road.

The hackman suspected his fare was an escaping criminal, from his actions, and as soon as he left him at the cafe hunted up Marshal Stafford. The officers knew nothing of the man and when they went to take a look at him he was gone.

Ascertaining the direction taken by Churchill, Officer Drake set out in pursuit and overtook his man near the poor farm. Churchill was walking carrying his valise. He was brought back to town and locked up for investigation. He had $23.75 in money, but there was nothing to indicate he was a criminal.

His talk was rambling and disconnected. He said that after leaving Carthage his mother had remarried and he was being pursued by policemen, who wanted to "do away with him." From his actions and talk it is clearly evident Churchill’s mind is unbalanced. He will be returned to Kansas City on the 7:40 train this evening.

  Today's Feature

Jasper County Tax Collection.

Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County Collector, has announced $1,704,985.08 was collected by his office for the month of January 2003.

This amount includes $859,485.52 in 2002 real estate taxes, $49,650.67 in 2001 real estate taxes, $690.54 in 2000 real estate taxes and $282.95 in 1999 real estate taxes.

Also collected was $753,573.71 in 2002 personal property taxes, $31,085.14 in 2001 personal property taxes, $3,080.09 in 2000 personal property taxes, and $525.86 in 1999 personal property taxes.

Included also in this total is $3,564.85 in real estate local and state assessed railroad and utilities. $531.00 in duplicate receipts, $2,300.00 in merchants licenses, $80.00 in publication fees, $53.00 in auctioneer licenses, and $81.75 in miscellaneous fees.

Distribution of the $1,276,261.86 allocated to schools in Jasper County is as follows: Carl Junction R-I, $146,895.43; Sarcoxie R-II, $28,524.40; Golden City R-III, $399.36; Diamond R-IV, $3,715.26; Jasper R-V, $14,258.95; Webb City R-VII, $191, 263.95; Joplin R-VIII, $677,132.35; Carthage R-IX, $204, 141.06; Avilla R-XIII, $9,931.10.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve always liked things that can be used for more than one purpose.

I suppose I was introduced to multi-purpose gizmos with the Boy Scout knife. A practical tool. Can opener, screw driver, bottle opener, somethin’ else I think. "Course in a pinch, you could always use it for a knife.

I never cared much for "use it for ever’thing" knives. You know, the one with the big spoon and the fork hangin’ off of it. Too much, I like simple multiple use things.

I think that duct tape is the major reason you don’t see near as many shoe repair shops anymore. That’s a shame, but it’s hard to stand in the way of progress. If I could just figure out what to do with that piece that always gets folded over and stuck to itself. I’ve always got plenty of that around.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Vaccine for Cancer Prevention

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is this about a cancer vaccine? I have heard many people at work talking about it, but I haven’t seen anything in print or on TV or the radio. Vaccines are used to prevent infections. Do you know what this is all about? — R.M.

ANSWER: There’s been talk about this matter in all the media. It is a vaccine for prevention of genital warts, a sometime precursor of cervical cancer, one of the most common female cancers.

The human papillomavirus, HPV, is a large virus family with more than 70 distinct strains. All of the strains produce warts. People can thank these viruses for the warts on their feet and on their fingers and anywhere else they might have them. Different strains pick out different body territories as their homeland.

A handful of papillomaviruses infect the genital organs. Of that handful a smaller number might lead to the development of cervical cancer. One, in particular, is especially troublesome. That is HPV-16. About one in five women carry that virus.

Researchers have developed a vaccine that appears to protect women from infection with HPV-16. That is an astounding accomplishment. It gives hope for conquering this prevalent cancer.

Keep in mind that this is new information. The vaccine is in trial stages.


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