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Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Volume XIV, Number
Did Ya Know?... The
Family Neighborhood Center Office, 706 Orchard,
will be closed on Mondays. GED classes will be
held as usual. The Center will be open Tue. and
Thurs. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Evenings 6 p.m. to 9
p.m., Wed. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Fri. 8 a.m. to 12
Did Ya Know?. . .You can
now adopt some of the Carthage Humane
Societys cutest kittens at the Carthage
Animal Hospital, 2213 Fairlawn Dr., during
regular office hours. For more info call
Did Ya Know?. . .The
McCune- Brooks Hospital Blood Pressure Clinic is
open M-W-F from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Clinic is located
at 2040 S. Garrison in the MBH Wellness Center.
Call 358-0670 M-W-F for more information. BP
A sportsman went to a hunting
lodge and bagged a record number of birds, aided
by a dog named Salesman. Next year he returned
and asked for Salesman again. "The hound
aint no good anymore," the handler
"What happened?"" cried the
sportsman. "Was he inujured?"
"No. Some fool came down here and called him
Sales Manager all week instead of
Salesman. Now all he does is sit on his tail and
A bassoon is just a clarinet
with a cold. - David Corrado
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Had A Narrow Escape.
F.A. Dickey and Mayor
Moore of Webb City Figure in a Close Call.
Geo. A. Moore, mayor of
Webb City, and F.A. Dickey of Carthage, general agent of
the National Life Insurance company, both had an
exceedingly close call yesterday afternoon while driving
out towards Duenweg.
When near the Gussie K
mine they caught up with a loaded wagon and in order to
pass Mayor Moore drew off to the left side of the road
where was grass and weeds. He had no sooner done this
than his horse pitched forward, both of the animals
forefeet going down into a small cave-in which although
only two feet across was some 20 feet deep. Mr. Moore was
thrown from his seat in the buggy clear over the
horses head and landed in the grass just in front
of where the horse was trying to struggle to its feet.
Mr. Dickey went under the left front wheel but succeeded
in getting free in time to get the horses head and
hold him down while Mr. Moore extricated himself from the
risky position in which he found himself. The buggy
shafts were broken, and the horses legs were
somewhat grazed, but luckily both gentlemen escaped
without and scratch and were only slightly bruised.
Will Discuss the Tower.
Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in
the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the
agenda include the second reading of an ordinance
issuing a special use permit to Cingular Wireless
for a cellular phone tower to be located at 210
N. River Street in Carthage. The first reading of
this ordinance was met with concerns from several
members of council including Jackie Boyer.
Boyer asked how
much research had been done before the location
was selected for the 178 foot tower. She told
council that since the property was already
selected she felt almost required to accept the
Ronnie Wells asked if there would be more towers
added in the future to which the response was
negative. A representative from Cingular was in
attendance at that meeting and informed council
that the tower was to be a multiple carrier unit
allowing different wireless services to operate
from it. The property where the tower would be
erected is leased from C&M Electric.
Other items on the
agenda include the the discussion of adopting a
City Annexation policy.
Senator Gary Nodler
Until last year,
Missouris standards for student were among
the highest in the nation, and once the federal
government set into motion the No Child Left
Behind act, those high standards became barriers
to education rather than beneficial gauges of
The No Child Left
Behind act placed new accountability measures on
states by requiring that all students be tested
annually, but how to test the students and by
which standards are left up to the states to
decide. The act further mandates that all
students meet the standards within 10 years and
that all schools pass benchmarks along the way.
Since 1997 student performance has been graded
according to the Missouri Assessment Program or
the MAP test, which defines
"proficiency" as being capable to
achieve above the students grade level.
Missouris choice to continue using the MAP
test to assess student performance became
unreasonable when, in 2003, nearly half of
Missouri school districts failed to make the
grade according to the federal requirement of
showing "adequate yearly progress."
The MAP test was
essentially setting students up to fall short,
which would eventually result in costly penalties
imposed on school districts. I sponsored a bill
last year to improve the MAP tests. This
legislation, which was signed into law last
summer, requires that by June 30, 2006, the State
Board of Education align the Missouri standards
with those of the federal government so that our
students are not unfairly compared to students in
other states with lower standards.
The original MAP
made it difficult to validate our progress
because our standards were isolated from the
national standards. Because Missouri cannot
ignore the federal law, our only option if we
want to consider the best interest of our
students and our schools, was to modify our own
performance evaluations so that the federal law
is not an obstacle in the learning process.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
and Missouri teachers have been working to
develop new grade-level tests in math and
communication arts. This past May, more than
220,000 students from 476 school districts
participated in a voluntary field test of the new
assessment. State educators, community
representatives and parents will be getting
together in early December to set achievement
level at a conference. The standards will be
parallel to the four achievement levels of the
National Assessment of Educational Progress
(NAEP): Advanced, Proficient, Basic and Below
Basic. Each content area of math and
communication arts will be explored by 56
panelists consisting of teachers, educators and
non-educators. The panelists will make their
recommendations to the State Board of Education
for approval next spring.
Those who are
involved in the process of restructuring
Missouris assessment program have expressed
their confidence in last years successful
legislation and this years efforts from
panelists. We are on our way to aligning the
academic-performance standards between our state
and federal levels and establishing a more fair
evaluation system that does not punish Missouri
schools and students for having standards that
exceed those of the federal government.
There are some things that just dont make
any sense. You know, those things that ya try ta
tell folks about, but end up sayin, "I
guess you had ta be there." A parade is one
of those things.
somethin magic about em. Kids love
em, parents have to take the kids to
em, cause its somethin
that cant be taught, youve gotta
experience it first hand.
I always like to get near a
corner so I can watch ta see if the bands keep in
line as they make the turn. Oh, sure, anyone can
keep in a straight line just walkin down
the street, but there is nothin like
seein a marchin band make a perfect
Fact is, Carthage has one of
the best parades in these parts. No brag, just
I suppose you could come up
with all kinds a reasons why it works so well,
but ya really just gotta be there.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
McCune- Brooks Hospital
Your Good Health
by Paul G. Donohue, M.D.
But Rarely Deadly
DEAR DR. DONOHUE:
My sister has shingles really bad. She is in
great pain. They say if the shingles connect, you
will die. Is that so? She is so afraid of dying
from them. J.M.
is the resurrected chickenpox virus. It lies low
in nerve cells after a person comes down with
chickenpox in childhood (or later in life). The
immune system keeps it pent up. From time to
time, especially at older ages, the immune system
has a temporary lapse, and the chickenpox virus
escapes from the nerve cells and travels down to
the skin. When it reaches the skin, it causes the
typical shingles rash. The rash is in a band that
encircles half the body. If your sister is
worried that the rash will wrap entirely around
the body, it wont. It never does. I have
never heard any authority say that if the
shingles rash connects, a person dies. Im
not sure what that means.
complication of shingles is pain that can linger
long after the skin rash has disappeared, called
investigational vaccine that contains the
shingles virus was given to healthy adults over
age 60. Those vaccinated had far fewer outbreaks
of shingles than did the unvaccinated. This news
is not going to help your sister or anyone who
happens to have shingles right now. It might be a
boon to people when further trials have been
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