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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 135

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will be closed December 31 and January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Did Ya Know?... A retirement party for Carthage Police Detective LaVerne Williams will be held on December 31 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Public is welcome.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and remain closed for New Year’s Day. Regular hours will resume January 2, 2009.

today's laugh

I haven’t got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out. - David Sedaris

"Mr. Chairman," complained the speaker, stopping in his address, "I have been on my feet nearly ten minutes, but there is so much ribaldry and interruption, I can hardly hear myself speak."

"Cheer up, guv’nor," came a voice from the rear, "you ain’t missin’ much."

I don’t want to be an alarmist, but I think that the Younger Generation is up to something.... I base my apprehension on nothing more definite than the fact that they are always coming in and going out of the house, without any apparent reason. - Robert Benchley

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

January To Be Mild.

Justice Warren Woodward Forecasts Weather by Old Signs.

The spring-like weather - bright sunshine or warm rains - which Carthage has been having is to continue practically unbroken until February 1st, when winter will set in, according to Justice Warren Woodward. Mr. Woodward bases his prediction on the theory of Humbolt, who was the great weather forecaster in the olden days before mechanical devices superseded signs of the heavens in the forecasting of weather.

Humbolt’s theory was that the weather of the first three days of December indicate what the weather will be during the month of December, January and February respectively. Mr. Woodward has gone by this theory for years, almost always with correct results.

"The first day of December was clear and a trifle cool, and nearly the whole of the month has been like that day thus far," said Justice Woodward yesterday. "The second day was just like the first, and accordingly January should be like December. The third day, however, was cold and gloomy, and I predict that February will be likewise.

"Last year and the preceding year the weather of the winter months bore out Humbolt’s theory quite accurately, but three years ago condition hit it to a ‘T." December was mild, the first part of January was mild, with cold weather in the latter part of the month and February was stormy and cold, just as the first three days of December indicated would be the case."


Today's Feature

"Free Ride Into The New Year."

The Carthage Police Department will once again be offering free taxi rides on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. This will apply to inside the City limits of Carthage only.

The goal is to reduce the number of impaired drives on the road and give them a way to get to and from their destination. Flyers are being handed out to all establishments that sell or serve alcohol in an attempt to get the message out to those that might not be aware of the service. The service can be requested on New Year’s Eve by calling 359-6589.

Swearing In County Officials.

Jasper County Elected Officials will be sworn into office on Tuesday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Jasper County Courthouse. Those elected officials include Jim Honey, Eastern District Commissioner; Darieus K. Adams, Western District Commissioner; W. Archie Dunn, Jasper County Sheriff; Wilma "Jeannie" Wells, Jasper County Treasurer; Angie Casavecchia Ashens, Jasper County Public Administrator; Rob Chappel, Jasper County Coroner. The public is invited to attend.

Just Jake Talkin'


The preacher at the church I was raised in used ta bring the Sunday funnies to the pulpit and read Peanuts to the congregation. My favorite was when the kid playin’ piano was talkin’ to Lucy on Christmas mornin’.

"Look at what I got," he said, and named the new bicycle, the new baseball glove, the latest game. The longer the list, the more down in the face he appeared.

"What are you complainin’ about," asked Lucy, "you got everything you asked for."

"That’s what I mean," he replied. "How am I ever going to build any character?"

I don’t reckon there are many who have one incident in their life that defined their character. It’s usually the little details that define most of us.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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

Blame Sleep Apnea for Daytime Fatigue

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have lived with my boyfriend for a year, and we are going to get married soon. One obstacle to marriage for me is his snoring. It’s so loud that I cannot sleep with him. He starts out with a soft snore that builds into a sound that rivals a jet engine. He says snoring is a family thing for him.

He is tired all day long. He works hard, comes home, takes a nap, eats and then says he’s still tired. He sleeps a lot on weekends, too. Does snoring have anything to do with this? -- B.K.

ANSWER: Let me describe sleep apnea, and you judge whether it applies to your fiance. Typically, it involves snoring that gets louder and louder and then suddenly stops. Silence reigns. After a short while, the snorer makes a grunting sound and the snoring cycle repeats.

The period of silence is the apnea period. Apnea episodes last 10 or more seconds, and they end when the snorer makes a grunting sound and resumes his snoring. During apnea, blood oxygen content dips, and the dip partially rouses the person to begin breathing.

Sleep apnea is a health menace. The drop in blood oxygen has several important consequences. It affects the heart and can lead to dangerous heart rhythms. People with sleep apnea often develop high blood pressure and all the complications of increased pressure. These people do not get restorative sleep.

The diagnosis of sleep apnea is made with special studies done in a sleep lab. Talk your fiance into discussing these matters with his doctor.

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