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Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 33

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Registration for Maple Leaf Festival events has begun. Forms are available at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce office at 402 S. Garrison or by email request to Call Linda at 417-358-2373 for more info.

Did Ya Know?...On Friday, Aug 22nd, Golden Reflections will meet at 10 a.m. at Mc-Cune Brooks Regional Hospital. Call 417-359-1351 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... The City Council Public Works Committee will meet this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the Public Works Department building, 623 E. 7th Street to discuss removing Hazel Ave. as a temporary truck route, and penalty fee structure for working without a permit.

today's laugh

Papa got a telegram!
Good news?
Yes, but he can’t open it until later.
Why not?
It’s a night letter.

Is it raining outside?
|Did you ever see it raining inside?

This woman Salome must have been mean.
I’ll say so. The literary critic says: In the final analysis it was Salome that made Oscar Wilde.

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


Concerning the Carthage Collegiate Institute Dr. S. A. Northrop said today.

I am deeply concerned in this article through which this Institute is now passing, and feel that every public spirited citizen should ring the changes with no uncertain wound for its present day salvation. It would be a lamentable dishonor to the fair name of our beautiful town, recognized by leading men and women outside Carthage, as the prettiest town, should we see this Institute erased from our map. Though I am a new comer and not connected officially with this school, I am seriously interested in its maintenance.

"There is scarcely a ladies’ college in the state that I have not attended its commencement and taken part in some way, and therefore I am is in position to know that such a school in the borders of Carthage will be inestimable value to its commercial income. To mention the graceful culture it will add to its environment. From 100-200 young women in a safely endowed and well equipped lady’s college means thousands of dollars yearly to the financial affairs of Carthage, and at the same time it would be splendid advertisement far and near.

I have appealed the selfish interests of this community, but let me declare in strongest terms, do we live merely for ourselves? Are we conserving only the material development of the City?

Is there not a higher aim for the philanthropic citizens of Carthage: Is there a more lasting investment in the entire world that the intellects and souls of our coming youth? Stocks and mortgages may be a safe investment to the average business man, and it is right that his home and family should be protected, but is it not also the mission of every lover of humanity to give uplift to those who are to occupy positions of trust in church, city, and state?


Today's Feature

Globe Stands by Stories.

The Joplin Globe stands behind the integrity of their stories and their reporter Susan Redden according to Globe Editor Carol Stark.

Stark was referring to a letter published in the Mornin’ Mail last week that notified the Globe that Rita Hunter plans to sue the publication for articles published in the paper concerning her role as Jasper County Public Administrator.

Stark told the Mornin’ Mail that Redden has over 30 years of experience and her stories are all well researched.

"We will continue to follow the story," said Stark.

Who’s the Mayor?

A post card sent out to voters in support of a county politician has caused some confusion. The card was signed by former Mayor Kenneth Johnson. Under his signature on the card is the title:

Mayor of Carthage

1998 - 2006

City Hall has received several inquiries as to why the Mayor of Carthage is endorsing County candidates.

The present Mayor, Jim Woestman, says he is not endorsing any candidate and will not do so.

"One citizen said he hoped we weren’t using City money to fund the mailing," said Woestman.

To add to the confusion, there is no disclaimer on the post card to clarify who is paying for the printed material.

"A lot of people don’t know who the Mayor is," Woestman continued. "They don’t see the date below the signature, just the title ‘Mayor.’"

Mayor Woestman took office in 2006 to serve a four year term that will end in 2010.

Former Mayor Johnson was the only person to hold two terms as mayor since the early 1950’s.

The pictures of both the former mayor and Mayor Jim Woestman are displayed in the Council Chambers in City Hall. They are shown below.

Left: Kenneth Johnson - Served as Mayor of Carthage from 1998 until 2006
Right: Current Mayor of Carthage, Jim Woestman to serve from 2006 until 2010

Just Jake Talkin'


I often wonder if the folks that invented those ever’day things we use ever got a just financial reward for their insights.

The ones who came up with the paper clip, fingernail clippers, safety pins – did they live long enough to see the impact of these simple, but impressively important contributions to our ease of livin’?

We hear about the non productive pet rock kind of money makers, but take the ball point pen, matches, and disposable diapers for granted. Someone or group of ones came up with the idea and figured a way to make it work. They are the unheralded heroes of modern society. A continuing string of seemingly small contributions that become woven into the cloak of convenience.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Yes, Sweat.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My son has excessive perspiration, particularly in the head and torso. He literally drips water with the least exertion. Some time ago, while watching a science program, I saw two sisters who experienced the same symptoms my son has. The treating physician operated on the girls, and it stopped the phenomenon. Do you know the name of the procedure? -- W.C.

ANSWER: Excessive sweating is called hyperhydrosis (HI-purr-hi-DROWE-siss). When it occurs in a few places, like under the arms, on the palms or on the soles, it is localized hyperhydrosis. When, as in your son’s case, it happens in a larger body area, it is generalized hyperhydrosis, and it’s more difficult to treat.

Illness like an overactive thyroid gland, some neurological conditions and infections such as tuberculosis and an unusual tumor -- a pheochromocytoma -- can be responsible for generalized hyperhydrosis, but usually it’s an idiosyncrasy in which the sweat glands are overly sensitive to acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the chemical secreted by the nerve cells that control sweat glands. It activates the glands.

A 20 percent solution of aluminum chloride (a prescription item) applied to the skin where sweating is excessive can lessen it. It can be put on the face and back as well as the palms, soles and under the arms.

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