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Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Joplin, Missouri Get a lift t lob a As hectic As the holidays Are try to keep up with some regular fitness routine. Save a Buck a there a still time to do something about lowering your Winter heating Bills. Check weatherstripping and caulking around windows and doors. Remove window air conditioners and put weatherproof covers on. Check storm windows and doors and clean and repair them As needed. If you have a Money saving idea Send it to save a Buck newsroom the Joplin Globe . Box 7, Joplin to. 64802. Fax 623-8598. Give a Buck a a a souls Harbor and Calvary Baptist Church will hold a Christmas program for children. They expect 400 children and Are asking for donations of $50 per child. If you wish to sponsor a child earmark your Check a sharing gods love and mail it to souls Harbor . Box 1782, Joplin to. 64802. Applications to attend the party will be taken from 10 . To 3 . Today at 817 main St. In Joplin. The party will be from 11 . To 1 . Saturday dec. 18, at Calvary Baptist Church 600 e. 50th St. Details 623-2550,623-7927 or Vickie Copeland at 781-1841. If your charitable group would like to publicize a fundraiser Send the information to give a Buck newsroom the Joplin Globe . Box 7, Joplin to. 64802. Fax 623-8598. Around town a free glaucoma screenings will be uttered from 9 . To noon today at Vantage Point at North Park mall. The screenings Are provided by the Missouri department of social services rehabilitation services for the Blind. Surfing to a Irish Singer and actor Colm Wilkinson re creates his role of Jean Valjean in the concert performance of a Les miserable a originally recorded in october 1995 at Britain a Royal Albert Hall. The program features More than 250 performers from 14 countries. It airs at 7 . Today on ozarks Public television Kozja. Surfing the net a president Clinton says the Federal government will sue gun manufacturers unless they agree to a series of safety and education demands. For both sides of the gun control Issue Check out . The site is put together by Jurist the Law professors network and is meant mainly for Law students. Can we talk a from a Carthage Reader i find it appalling that our . Congress has turned Over the manufacture of . Army boots to the communist China. Why they Are our mortal enemy and they now make the very boots our soldiers need. How did we let this happen where is the outrage that will Stop it Send your opinions letters of thanks or ideas on any topic to can we talk newsroom the Joplin Globe . Box 7, Joplin to. 64802. Fax 623-8598. A a a a a a thursday december 9,1999 illness strikes two counties Shigel Losis cases up dramatically in Cherokee Jasper counties by John Hacker Globe staff writer Columbus Kan. A an outbreak of a gastrointestinal disease May have a common source but identifying that source is next to impossible health officials say. Dee Johnson a nurse with the Cherokee county health department said 10 cases of Shigel Losis have been identified in the county since the beginning of september. Five of those were confirmed within the past two weeks. Four of the 10 cases were reported in the Riverton school District. Johnson said no cases of the disease were reported in the county in All of 1998 or before september this year. Officials from five Cherokee county school districts met with county and state health officials wednesday to hear about what officials Are calling a a Community based outbreak of Shigel Losis. Shigel Losis is caused by bacteria and usually transmitted by the focal Oral route. Symptoms include bloody diarrhoea fever nausea vomiting and abdominal cramps. Officials said Shigel Losis is similar to a serious stomach flu. The disease can be fatal in Small children the elderly and people whose immune systems Are damaged. State health officials say the number of cases of Shigel Losis is up dramatically in Cherokee county and in Jasper county mo., and that tests reveal that the bacteria that caused the disease in a number of patients in both counties Are identical. A we see identical Dan patterns in All the cases in Cherokee county a said Tim Monroe epidemiologist with the Kansas department of health and environment. A and the pattern we Are seeing is identical to some cases in Jasper county. A it Means they Are probably related in some Way but we May never be Able to Tell How because once the organism gets into the Community its shared in Jasper county 96 cases of Shigel Losis have been confirmed in 1999, said Bill St. Gemme epidemiologist with the Missouri depart ment of health. Newton county mo., has had Only three cases All year. Jasper county had two cases of the disease in 1997 and 10 in 1998. Dan Pekarek City health director at Joplin mo., said the City has recorded 42 cases this year compared with fewer than 10 cases in a Normal year. A a we be had clusters of cases among children related in some Way either by playing together or other family members a Pekarek said. A probably a majority of the cases have been among school age children but they have not been concentrated in any single officials in both states say identifying the disease and intervening quickly Are the keys to limiting the scope of the outbreak. A the name of the game is Preven Tion a said Betha Williams administrator of the Cherokee county health department. A we have children and adults who Are sick and we have to educate them on How to prevent the officials say the disease affects Only humans and is easily spread. Monroe the Kansas epidemiologist said As few As 10 individual bacteria can cause a person to get sick. In other Batena born diseases millions of bacteria Are required to infect a person. Shigel Losis is easily treated with antibiotics once identified. Thorough hand washing is effective in eliminating the bacteria. Officials also suggest consuming water from Safe sources washing fruits and vegetables before eating and always washing hands after petting animals or changing diapers. By Scott Meeker Globe staff writer a up Greg. With the publication of this Story and the accompanying photo a the scrapping Santa has met the criteria for your bet. David Trotter a Driver for commercial metals co., 12th Street and Iowa Avenue was bet that he Wear a Santa hat to work every Day until Christmas. But there was one other catch. A i just said a hey if you can get your face wearing this hat and my company name in the newspaper then ill give you $100�?T a said Greg Fauvergue commercial metals Plant manager. It was Trotters Holiday spirit that prompted him to make the bet in the first place. A David has taken a lot of Pride in his truck by dressing it up for Christmas a Fauvergue said. Trotters truck is adorned with wreaths Candy canes and Trees hanging in the window. A a you re not going to see too Many people out there picking up scrap Metal in a decorated truck and a Santa hat a Fauvergue said. A i know he a had a lot of children waving at him As he goes by and i think that the sight of him driving a big Industrial truck with that hat on might take a Little stress off of the Holiday Trotter said he plans on donating his winnings to the salvation army. A my boys Justin and Preston Are always worrying about other kids this time of year a see bet page3a decorations in a dash Globe Brian Shields David Trotter who hauls scrap Metal is wearing his Santa hat until Christmas for $ 100 on a bet from his Boss. Agency officials address tar Creek project complaints Globe Brian Shields the National weather service is predicting showers and thunderstorms for today with rain possibly changing to Snow tonight. In anticipation of the bad weather Edward Samocha installs Holiday decorations in front of his House at 2701 Ohio ave. In Joplin. By Gary Garton Globe staff writer Bond environmentalists at Odds on lawsuit by Wally Kennedy Globe staff writer a petition with 10,000 signatures will ask the Sierra club and the Missouri coalition for the environment to Back away from a lawsuit that . Sen. Christopher a a kit Bond says could slash Federal Money for Highway safety projects. Bond who launched his attack against the environmental groups in May unveiled his a Highway safety first petition during a news conference wednesday in Springfield. A we Are Here today for one simple reason a Bond said. A missourians agree we need Safe highways and we need them now. The Holiday season is upon us and people Are travelling in record numbers this the environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the . Environmental Protection Agency because of the states alleged failure to comply with the clean air act. Bond the groups have said has mounted an alarmist attack and is deliberately misleading the Public. Bond contends the lawsuit if successful could Cost the St. Louis area More than $200 million in Federal Highway Money this year. The state including projects in Southwest Missouri could lose $600 million he has said. Several cities including Joplin have intervened in the lawsuit arguing that if sanctions Are imposed they should be imposed solely against the St. Louis area. The Joplin City Council has allocated $10,000 toward the costs of litigation. Darren Ethridge a spokesman for Bond said the petitions soon will be boxed and mailed to the environmental groups. Bond started barnstorming the state in mid May enlisting support for the petition. When he came to Joplin he staged a news conference on East 20th Street at the site of the future Range line bypass. He said the lawsuit if successful could Lead to sanctions that would halt construct see lawsuit Page 4a Commerce okla. A Sharon Ragsdale grew tired of waiting for the environmental Protection Agency to respond to a drainage problem she said was created by the Agency in the first place. So she hired someone to put Down plastic sheeting to Block the Damp so Mold would quit growing on her carpet. Ron Barr another Picher resident said he a still waiting for the Epa to fix his Yard. And mayors from Picher qua Paw Cardin Commerce and North Miami have All complained about Road and Street damage from heavy trucks being used in the tar Creek superfund soil cleanup project. Representatives of the Epa and the Oklahoma department of environmental Quality addressed criticisms and reported on the status of the project during a news conference wednesday in Commerce. Philip Allen Epa site manager said the Agency has replaced Lead contaminated soil in 1,030 Resi dental Yards since starting the second phase of the cleanup in february 1998. To Date the work has used up about two thirds of the $30 million appropriated by Congress. A we Are laying off some 170 employees out of a total of 300, for the next three or four months a Allen said. A we still have about 800 More Yards to do but we will probably Only Call Back 70 to 80 people when things gear up again in the Allen said testing continues in the former Lead mining area and a number of additional Yards Are being identified As potential Sites. Replacement of soil with 500 parts per million or higher of Lead is considered necessary to safeguard residents especially children against Lead related health problems. Participation in the project is voluntary on the part of homeowners. A your initial $30 million to do 1,300 Yards will probably run out about March a Allen said. A a in be requested another $15 million to continue the work beyond that Oklahoma is required to provide a 10 percent match for the Federal Money being spent on the project. Marvin Boatwright with the Oder said the state provided $3 million for the first phase of work from its a Rainy Day a a we re not sure where the match will come from for the additional work a he said. Allen said the Epa wants to continue the project a so the Public will not be left with the perception we a a walked away with the j of Only partially residents complaints a number of area residents have filed complaints with the Epa about drainage problems they say were created by the work. Allen said the Agency is working on a backlog of about 20 to 30 complaints and is in a settlement negotiations with five other complainants. Ragsdale the woman with water standing under her Home said the family is asking the Epa to reimburse it for the work that was done. She declined to say How much the family spent. Allen said he is working with the Ragsdale on a settlement. Barr said he is a waiting for Epa to fix my House a and that he did not want to discuss the status of negotiations. Allen said the Epa has a already spent $120,000 trying to fix every see project Page 4a

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