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Friday, June 22, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 5

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Friday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage. Enter to win one of 2 - $500 Gas Cards. Donor Card or Photo ID required.

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.

Did Ya Know?... A home canning workshop will be held Tuesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the First Methodist Church, 7th and Main. The cost is $5 per person. To register call the University of Missouri Extension Office at 358-2158 by June 22.

today's laugh

Sam: If I can’t answer your question I’ll give you $20.
John: Okay, and just to make it interesting - I’ll give you $10 if I can’t answer your question.
Sam: Okay, you go first.
John: What is it that goes up in the air with a barrel and comes down with two legs and eyeglasses?
Sam: Hmmm. Well, you got me - here’s your $20.
John: Am I rich now!
Sam: All right - now tell me what it is that goes up in the air with a barrel and comes down with two legs and eye glasses?
John: I don’t know - Here’s your $10.

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

Tried to "Work" a Restaurant Man.

A tramp who "had his nerve with him" appeared at the restaurant of N. Oren under the New Bee Hive store this morning and asked for something to eat, stating that he had been sent over by Marshal Stafford after working his stint on the rock pile. He had no order and so Mr. Oren, after serving him, sallied forth and found Mr. Stafford.

The marshal recognized the fellow as one of his lodgers of about two weeks ago which accounts for his knowledge of where the City feeds the tramps who earn their meals.

He was escorted to the rock pile by the marshal, and as that gentleman believes that one can work better with a full stomach, the tramp was given a double dose of rock breaking, after which he was allowed to go. It is not at all probable that he will try to work such a game again in the near future.


Today's Feature

Lease Option Still Debatable.

The Carthage City Council met in Special Session yesterday at noon in the McCune Brooks Regional Hospital board room for a work session to learn more about the lease agreement proposed for a new Emergency Medical Services building. The proposal failed to gather the needed six votes during last weeks regular City Council meeting.

Member Bill Johnson was absent during that regular meeting, and the vote stalled at 5 for and 4 against. Johnson made comments during the work session that indicated he would vote for the measure if it was reconsidered.

Those who opposed the lease plan stood mainly on grounds that it was just too expensive. The arrangement would have Crossland Construction build the 4,283 square foot structure on hospital property that would be leased to Crossland, which needs the approval of the City. Crossland would then lease the building to the hospital for a term of 29 and one half years and would allow the hospital to purchase the building at five year intervals. The lease amount would be $81,377 per year for the first five years with a five percent increase at each five year interval. In year six the building could then be purchased for $1,068,075. The purchase price would increase at each five year interval until in the twenty-first year the price would be $1,236,425.

Crossland Director of Real Estate Patrick Carroll told the Council that the building could be built for cash for about $715,000 by Crossland using the plans already in place. MBH CEO Bob Copeland told the council that a lot of the hospital reserves had been used in the construction of the new hospital, and that at this time they need to conserve reserves.

The possibility of the City financing the construction was discussed and City Administrator Tom Short was asked to find out what it would cost to issue certificates of participation and raise the $715,000.

The main objection to that plan is the delay in construction. The funding and putting the project out to bid would push back completion time by at least two or three months according to Short, maybe longer.

Copeland said that they expect the new hospital to be completed by the end of this year and the EMS building needs to be competed as near to that time as possible.

Carroll said they were already six weeks behind schedule to complete the building and time was pressing.

The Council will meet again next Tuesday evening in regular session and a motion to reconsider the bill authorizing the lease of the land is planned. To open a defeated bill for reconsideration takes a two-thirds majority and is a debatable motion according to City Attorney Nate Dally. If that motion is passed, the bill will be brought back to the floor and be open to debate again. A majority of the elected Council, six, will be needed to pass the bill.

Mayor Jim Woestman will not be at the meeting and Mayor Pro-tem Tom Flanigan will preside. Flanigan will be able to vote his chair as Councilman.

Approved Boundary Adjustments.

The City Council Public Works Committee this week approved a motion to allow boundary adjustments for lots in Chapel Estates Phase II.

The subdivision is being built by New Beginnings, a division of Kodiak Resources, Inc. of Rogersville MO. Kodiak Resources provides low income housing in Missouri with assistance from the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

New Beginnings originally intended to build 34 homes in the second phase of construction for the Chapel Estates neighborhood. However, the funding received only allowed for the completion of 20 homes, according to Public Works Director Chad Wampler.

There are five different floor plans for homes to be included in the area. The requested boundary adjustment would allow for a variety of each of the homes, a minor property line shift which would keep the setback area between houses up to the specifications in the City code.

The Committee was unanimous in its approval of the adjustment.

Just Jake Talkin'

Murphy’s at it again.

"Everything takes longer and costs more that ya planned. And if anything can go wrong, it will, at the worst possible time."

The discussion about the financin’ of the new Emergency Medical Service buildin’ has stirred more than just the pocket book, it’s startin’ to test the nerves of a few folks. At the luncheon meeting yesterday emotion raised a few voices and a couple a blunt remarks slipped through.

It’s good ta see some passionate discussion. The new hospital is an important asset to the community. As is a local ambulance service. Things we should be passionate about. Somehow, workin’ together, that passion will get it done.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oak Street Health & Herbs

Natural Nutrition
By Mari An Willis

Tonalin CLA or conjugated linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that inhibits the storage of fat inside of fat cells in the body. It does this by enhancing the ability of the cell membranes of non-fat cells to allow fat in for use in energy.

People on diets high in CLA show greater activity of enzymes that deliver fats to muscle cells while those responsible for fat storage are inhibited. Research has also shown that CLA may prevent protein degradation, which normally occurs with the aging process. It is also known to be an anti-oxidant.

Collagen is a protein complex that is associated with repair and restoration of skin and connective tissue within the body. Collagen contains a unique amino acid profile that is easily utilized for repair of torn tissues.

Pyruval glycine enhances the production of energy. It helps in weight loss by utilizing the enzymes to use stored fat. Citrimax prevents the conversion of carbohydrates one eats from turning into fat.

This article is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. References available by request. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

Art Notes from Hyde House
By Sally Armstrong, Director of artCentral

The doors have closed on another great MEMBERSHIP SHOW, and as most of the artists have been by to retrieve their work I thank them for showing and our Patrons for attending this exhibition at Hyde House. The forty artists that chose to enter this year produced a beautiful and varied array of art for the public to enjoy. Now, a bit of quiet time while we prepare for the new exhibition on July 13th, and continue to plan for the children’s artCamp coming in late July. If you are still interested in our children’s camp, beginning July 23rd and going until August 4th, spaces are still available in most classes. This camp is a tradition for artCentral, classes for kids ages 7-14, and each day but Sunday featuring one or two different classes, each day’s offering unique and finished in the full day. A child signs up for only the days he or she can come, and then chooses his or her favorites. Thus far, only the last Saturday’s 2 clay classes, Pottery 101, and the DRAGON KITES class and the STORY VESSELS class are full. Other classes are still showing room for additional students. Forms are available at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce office, the Carthage Public Library, and the front porch swing at Hyde House always has forms. Only reservation forms with payment reserves a place in a class, and there is scholarship money available for those who inquire. We already look forward to a nice sized group again this year.

The work for the next exhibition is already delivered, and if you love representational art, this show will feature some beautiful scenes depicting both rural and city scenes and nature, done in oil paint on board, and intricately painted by Cathy Martin of Wisconsin. She and her daughter will be featured in the exhibition, and we invite the public to the Opening on July 13th, to meet Cathy and Lindsey and view their work. This will be a special exhibition.

Our Lowell Davis panels are now on view at our Atrium Gallery on Central at the Sirloin Stockade for all to view, and then will be moving again in later July to a second venue. Go by and take a look, and enjoy a meal with Terry McDonald and his staff. I look forward to moving these pieces often throughout the summer and fall so as many in the community can appreciate them as possible!

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