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Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 217

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Ray is back, Country Gold Band, Dance at VFW 2590, April 26th, 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. $5.00 donation.

Did Ya Know?... Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. You can help, Give Blood. Thursday, April 24 11:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at Church of the Nazarene, Gymnasium, 2000 Grand, Carthage, MO. Bring I.D. T-shirt to All Presenting Donors! Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE for more information.

Did Ya Know?... A Guitar Hero Tournament is being held at the Carthage Junior High School Gymnasium at the corner of River and Contennial, in Carthage, MO on Saturday, April 26th. Registrations begins at 8 a.m. with Easy, Medium, Hard and Expert divisions. For a small registration fee come and enjoy this fun day. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. All monies raised will benefit the American Cancer Society, Relay For Life. For more info or to register early call 417-310-0722 or 417-434-0338.

today's laugh

Mrs. Nuwed to her husband - "Darling, will you lend me $20, and only give me ten of them? Then you’ll owe me ten, and I’ll owe you ten, and we’ll be straight."

Pa - "I think I’ll go down-stairs and send Nancy’s young man home."
Ma - "Now, Elmer, remember the way we used to court."
Pa - "Gosh, I hadn’t thought of that. Out he goes!"

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

In "Congenial Wedlock".

Sold a Client His Book, Got Him a Divorce, and will Marry Him to a New Wife Tomorrow.

Justice Stephen I. Barton is after the laurels now worn by A. L. McCawley as a beginner and ender of matrimonial troubles.

Last Tuesday, in circuit court at Joplin, as attorney, Justice Barton secured a divorce for his client, W. H. Shane. Tomorrow as justice of the peace, Attorney Barton is to officiate in the wedding of Mr. Shane to Mrs. Morris. Both are elderly Carthage people and are to be married at the home of J. J. Wise, on Orchard street. They will go away from Carthage to live.

The groom is an old soldier and a shoemaker, about 50 years old. He has been separated some time from his former wife, and about three months ago, Justice Barton, who is also an author, sold Shane a copy of his book, "Congenial Wedlock."


Today's Feature

New Council Members.

Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include the reading and acceptance of the April 8 municipal election, which will see the addition of three new Council members and the re-election of two. Those members include; Ward 1 Representative Claude Newport, Ward 2 Representative Timothy Teed, Ward 3 Representative John Studebaker, Ward 4 Representative Larry Ross, and Ward 5 Representative Keith Hurlbut. Newport and Ross have previously served as Council members.

After the old council is adjourned and the new members are sworn in, Mayor Jim Woestman will appoint the new Council members to various City committees and boards.

Council is also scheduled to recognize and swear in the new Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, as well as paying respects to Carthage Police Lieutenant Barry Duncan who has filled the position of Police Chief since November of 2007.

Council approved the appointment of Dagnan as Police Chief during the previous meeting in a 7 to 2 vote.

Just Jake Talkin'


This is the time a year that always confuses most folks. No matter what ya put on in the mornin’ ta wear, it always seems ta be the wrong choice by the end of the day.

Looks like with all the folks that are designin’ clothes, some one would come up with "convertible clothing."

Looks like it would be a simple thing ta have removable sleeves on a shirt for instance. Long sleeves in the mornin’, when it’s cool, then if the sun does come out, just pull off the sleeves and have a short sleeve shirt.

‘Course the move from there to pants that can be converted to shorts would be great for those who want to catch a quick game of golf during lunch or take a cold dip in the creek after work.

This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin’.

McCune Brooks Regional Hospital
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Heart Attack Pain Is Highly Variable.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother-in-law had chest pain in the center of her chest. The emergency-room personnel told her it was indigestion. By the time it was diagnosed as a heart attack, 24 hours later, it was too late to save her. Please add this to your description of heart-attack pain. -- N.N.

ANSWER: People experience a huge variety of different pain sensations on having a heart attack. The pain is described as burning, crushing, pressing or squeezing. It can be felt under the middle of the breastbone or in the left side of the chest. It may spread to the right side of the chest, the left or right shoulder and arms, the upper back, the neck, the jaw or the upper abdomen. One usually consistent feature of the pain is that it lasts for half an hour or more.

There is so much variability to heart-attack pain that other clues have to be taken into account in order not to miss an attack. One-quarter of heart-attack patients have no pain. Fatigue can be the sole symptom -- a fatigue that is not sleepiness but such a total loss of energy that it’s hard to hold the head up. Nausea and vomiting can accompany a heart attack or can be the only signs of it. Sudden shortness of breath is another common sign.

Tests confirm a heart attack. The EKG usually shows clear evidence that a heart attack is occurring or has occurred. Blood tests are also helpful. Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in heart muscle, and a rise in its blood level is a tip-off of a heart attack. The same goes for the blood test for troponin, a protein found in heart muscle.

By David Uffington

Credit-Card Security in an Insecure World.

A recent security breach at a chain grocery store put 4 million credit-card users at risk when their card numbers and expiration dates were stolen.

While it’s not the first time a credit-card breach has occurred, it brought to light a new way of stealing data: during the transaction itself. In the past, stored data has been at risk if the information wasn’t encrypted.

This time the breach appears to have occurred between the initial swipe of the card at checkout and the transaction approval, an interval of seconds or a minute.

What does this mean for you, the consumer? It means there’s a need for even more vigilance in the way you handle your credit and debit cards.

If you were in the compromised millions, have the issuer or bank cancel your card and give you a new one.

If you had automatic deductions through the card to make automatic payments, notify those businesses of the new card number -- or use this opportunity to rethink whether you want to cut back on the number of automatic deductions. For example, if you pay for a gym membership by automatic deduction each month, ask yourself if you really want your credit-card number stored in the database of a small gym with questionable security.

Check your statements carefully and report questionable transactions immediately.

Many bank cards function as an ATM, credit and debit card, all in one. Debit cards, also known as check cards, usually have a brand logo in the bottom corner, look like a credit card and are tied directly to your checking account.

Debit cards have their own special security issue: the PIN. Use it as a credit card, not a debit card. Here is the difference: With a credit card, you’re required to sign. With a debit card, you’re required to put in your PIN. When you’re at the checkout about to swipe your card, ask yourself this: Is anyone about to steal your information over the network? With that in mind, choose the "credit" option and sign your receipt. If anyone did steal information during the transaction, they got your card number and expiration date, but they didn’t get your PIN.

By Andrea Renee Wyatt, M.S.S., C.S.C.S.

Fitness Challenge.

Q: My gym had a fitness challenge that lasted 12 weeks and consisted of working out five days a week. I’m very proud of myself for committing to this program and sticking with it. Although my results were not the best out of the group, I did make progress (I lost 10 pounds, 9 inches and 2 percent body fat). However, I wondered if I should have done better. A few people lost 25-30 pounds in 12 weeks. Should I have seen more changes?

A: Congratulations on finishing the fitness challenge at your gym. Believe it or not, your committing to the program for 12 weeks -- regardless of how your body responded -- is just as big an accomplishment as losing the 10 pounds.

Many fitness challenges are focused on losing a large quantity of weight over the allotted time, but the main focus should be on developing healthy lifestyle habits that will carry on well past the end of the program. The results you achieved during the challenge were a result of your hard work and commitment, and although other participants may have seem more dramatic changes in numbers, the real challenge will be maintaining what you have accomplished in the months ahead.

The changes that occur while exercising differ for everyone, and there are a lot of factors that determine how your body composition might change over a period of weeks or months. Activity level, nutritional habits, your current body composition (fat/lean muscle mass), genetics and gender all play a part in how your body might respond.

A safe change in a 12-week period would be a loss of 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a week, with the main goal of losing non-essential body fat and maintaining and increasing lean muscle mass. The body fat and circumference (inches) measurements are fantastic measures to use to track your progress, because they give you information on just "what" type of "weight loss" you achieved. Remember, weight is just a measure of how much your body weighs. It does not take into account muscles, fat, water or organs. You should be proud of losing 9 inches and 2 percent body fat.

Also remember that nutrition plays a big role in how our bodies change. You might have increased your workouts, but you still need to maintain a proper nutrition plan that supports portion control, balanced meals throughout the day and healthful food choices. This will greatly determine how your body is able to adjust.

It’s difficult not to compare ourselves to others, but remember, we are all different. Use your past and present experiences to set personal goals for yourself and seek to achieve them. You are the only one who has to live in your body, so focus on being the best that YOU can be!

Always consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.

Moments In Time
The History Channel

On April 27, 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. Scientists in the 20th century developed the Big Bang theory, which showed that Kepler’s calculations were off by about 13.7 billion years.

On April 25, 1859, at Port Said, Egypt, ground is broken for the Suez Canal, intended to connect the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Fewer than 500 ships navigated the canal in its first full year of operation. Today, an average of 50 ships navigate the canal daily, carrying more than 300 million tons of goods a year.

On April 21, 1918, in the skies over France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as "The Red Baron," is killed by Allied fire. By the time he was 25 years old, Richthofen had downed 80 enemy aircraft.

On April 26, 1954, the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin. The study used for the first time the now-standard double-blind method, whereby neither the patient nor attending doctor knew if the inoculation was the vaccine or a placebo.

On April 23, 1969, after being convicted in the assassination of politician Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to the death penalty. In 1972, Sirhan’s sentence was commuted to life in prison. Sirhan, a Jordanian immigrant, continues to make requests for parole, but they have been repeatedly denied.

On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue 52 American hostages held in Tehran, Iran, ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued. The hostages were not released for another 270 days, the day President Jimmy Carter left office.

By Freddy Groves

Pandora’s Box.

Coming to a VA hospital near you: All your medical information on a national computer linkup.

Like it or not, the Nationwide Health Information Network is gearing up. Soon your medical information will be accessible by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Department of Defense and Indian Health Service. Twenty government agencies are in line to eventually be linked up. Phase Two of the plan is to share information with your private physician and hospital.

There are ramifications, of course, any time that personal information is entered into a computer.

The Good:

After years of having different systems, VA and DOD doctors will finally be able to talk to each other -- allowing them to determine instantly if a certain drug was already prescribed, or view the results of a previous test.

Claims and disability upgrades should be easier, as the information will be available.

Patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis can be identified and quickly tracked.

The Bad:

You likely won’t have any say about the "need to know" list. The release of medical records waiver could be obsolete, in theory if not in actuality. If the network is the accepted mode of storage and transfer of your data, once your information hits the pipeline it could end up with all 20 agencies.

The Ugly:

Security breaches are commonplace now. A recent breach involved a laptop from the National Institutes of Health. Despite 2006 guidelines, the data wasn’t encrypted and the personal and medical information on 2,500 patients was stolen. The more agencies that get the software allowing them to link up, the more opportunities there will be for security breaches.


By Donna Erickson

Pass the Popcorn.

The smell and taste of freshly popped popcorn makes me think of good times with people I enjoy.

Popcorn is definitely an instant crowd-pleaser, and our longtime family friend Geneva Johnson knew it best. When we arrived at her lake cabin to spend a weekend with other adults and kids, she greeted us at the front door with a giant bowl of popcorn in her outstretched arms. The bigger the bowl, the better, as far as she was concerned.

Here’s an easy recipe to spice up basic popcorn when your friends stop by.


10 cups popped popcorn

1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

3-2-1 popcorn flavoring to taste (see recipe below), or use taco seasoning mix

10-ounce package tortilla chips

1 tablespoon chopped scallions

1 cup salsa

Let’s get started:

1. Spread popcorn into an 11-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle 3-2-1 flavoring and cheese onto the popcorn. Place tortilla chips around the popcorn at edges of baking dish.

2. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, garnish with chopped scallions, set a bowl of salsa in center of dish and serve. Dip chips one at a time in the salsa, then scoop up the spicy, cheesy popcorn.

Tip: Make a mold for the salsa bowl by pressing the bowl into the popcorn in the baking dish. Remove the bowl before placing the baking dish in the oven.


3 tablespoons white cheddar cheese powder

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin powder

Combine the ingredients and pour into a clean spice jar. Make your own family label and attach to the jar.

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