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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 131

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Crisis Center’s Christmas Day Family Dinner will be held on Thursday, December 25 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The event is for everyone who needs to be with others but has no place to go. Those wishing to volunteer to help are encouraged to call Marilyn or Brian Bisbee at 358-3533. Transportation available.

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th in observance of Christmas.

today's laugh

President Johnson had a story for every situation. One time he warned Congress that there would be trouble ahead if the budget went too high. He said he was reminded of the teenager who applied for a job on the railroad.
The foreman of the railroad yard said to the young man, "A train is heading east. Another train is heading west on the same track. What would you do?"
"I’d call my brother," the teenager answered.
"Why would you do that?" the foreman asked.
"Because he’s never seen a train wreck," was the reply.

Conscience is a guilt-edged knife.

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

Cold Weather.

Thermometers around the square at 7 o’clock this morning registered from ten to twelve below freezing. Government Weather Foresees- Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with snow south and west portion.

Mrs. Ira H. Williams and daughter Miss Percy visited Carthage yesterday on a shopping tour.

Ladies!! All who have promised, or will donate to menu of the ladies of the M. E. Church South, please send to Regan Building west side square, next Tuesday

Our line of perfumes in bulk and fancy packages has always had the reputation of being the best in the city. This year is no exception. We have the special odors of Rogers and Fallet, Reiger, Alfred Wright Eastman, Dalbrook Crown Perfume Co., Imperial Crown- in fact all well known perfumes. The Wells Drug Co.


Today's Feature

Council Meets Tonight.

Carthage City Council will meet for the final time in 2008 this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include a proclamation honoring Carthage Police Department Detective LaVerne Williams, who is retiring on December 31, 2008.

Council is also scheduled to hear the second readings of two ordinances entering into agreement with Blevins Asphalt for milling and overlay projects at Oak Street and Baker Blvd., and Fairview and Baker Blvd. A resolution will also be heard concerning annexation of property at 15740 W. Fir Road as requested by Forest Park Baptist Church.

Youth Basketball and Cheerleading.

Sign-ups for the Fair Acres Family YMCA’s Youth Basketball & Cheerleading programs are taking place now at the Y, located at 2600 Grand Avenue in Carthage.

Basketball and Cheerleading are open to all boys and girls ages 4 years through 6th grade. Youth are organized by age or grade groups.

Cost to register for YMCA Youth Basketball or Cheerleading is $20 for Y-Members and $35 for Non-Members.

Registration is open through January 7th. Practices start the week of January 19 and games will run January 31 through March 7, 2009. Games take place on Saturdays with practice during the week.

Jonathan Roberts, Program Director of the YMCA, said, "Volunteers are critical to our youth sports program. We encourage parents to get involved as coaches, assistant coaches, timekeepers, scorekeepers, officials and in other capacities that render support to their children. Please let us know of your willingness to help at the time you register your child."

More information about the YMCA Youth Basketball program may be obtained by contacting Jonathan Roberts at the Fair Acres Family YMCA at 417-358-2070 or by visiting the Y’s Website at

Just Jake Talkin'

The constant barrage of TV ads is a reminder of how close we’re gettin’ to Christmas. I’d reckon even the most devout Scrooge would hafta be hummin’ a little "Jingle Bells."

As little as I like bein’ hammered with all the ads, I appreciate those that come straight at ya. "We’re the best, we’re the cheapest, we’re convenient," that sort a thing. I figure those ads are at least providin’ some sort of "shopper" service.

The ones I don’t care for as much are the ones that play on whatever sentiments you may have for the season. The ones that suggest you’ll feel young again by shoppin’ at their store, or the ones that depict memories of the "best gifts ever." I suppose with the political season over, those ad campaign people need work just like the rest of us.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please tell me what causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease? What can be done to prevent kids from getting it? -- A worried grandmother of four grandchildren

ANSWER: Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a viral illness most often occurring in children younger than 10. The virus’s name is coxsackie virus, from the name of the New York city where it was first found. It causes tiny blisters on the tongue, in the throat and on the palate, gums and lips. The blisters break to form shallow sores. The hands, fingers, feet and groin can also break out. The illness peaks in summer or early fall. It’s usually a mild illness that’s over in one week. There is no prevention for it, and there is no medicine for it.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Sometimes I jerk awake just before falling asleep. Why? Can anything be done about it? -- J.A.

ANSWER: That happens to lots of people, and sometimes it happens when a person is just wakening. There’s a temporary disconnect between the brain and muscles at those times, and it results in a short jerk. It’s not a sign of any illness.

I don’t know of any treatment for it. Most people fall asleep shortly after it happens.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is eating cereal with added vitamins and minerals as good as taking a vitamin pill each day? -- M.L.

ANSWER: Sure it is. A well-balanced diet provides all the needed vitamins and minerals. The catch lies in eating such a diet. Our ancestors survived pretty well without taking vitamin pills.

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