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Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 121

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Business & Professional Women are selling pecans and black walnuts to support their scholarship fund. Call 358-9128

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center, 706 Orchard, holds classes in Spanish, English, Citizenship, and Computers. Closed from Dec. 19 through Jan. 5, 2009. Call 417-358-5926 for more info.

today's laugh

All that stands between a college graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.

Waiter: "What would you like sir?"
Patron: "Well, I originally came in for breakfast, but considering how long I’ve been waiting, I guess I’ll take dinner."

He: "This ring I offer you is the symbol of the love I bear for you. It has no ending."
She: "And it is also a symbol of the love I bear for you. It has no beginning."

"What sort of business are you in?"
"I’m a collector of fruits and vegetables."
"I see, a gardener."
"No, an actor."

"Whatever I say goes."
"Then talk to yourself a while."

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

Will Return to Carthage.

M. B. Roe who recently went to Montrose Ala. is not pleased with his new location and has decided to return to Carthage. In a letter he says:

"We got that ‘must go somewhere’ idea, and hearing a great deal about this wonderful climate left Carthage over a year ago and came here expecting to better our condition generally. For a while everything looked bright and we thought we had found the place.

"But after a year’s experience summing up the prospects and conditions and comparing this with Carthage country, we find the balance largely in favor of the latter, and expect to return to Carthage as soon as we can arrange to do so."

Mrs. Burger Will Lecture.

Mrs. Burger comes to Carthage this afternoon and speaks in the Christian Church this evening. Her popular lecture, "Excuses," will be given.


Today's Feature

Bisbee Not Stranded.

Director’s E-mail Address Hacked.

An e-mail was recently sent from Carthage Crisis Center Director Brian Bisbee’s e-mail address alleging that Bisbee is stranded in England. The e-mail asks for a loan of 2,000 GB Pounds, and requests that recipients respond to the message for details regarding where the money should be sent.

The Mornin’ Mail on Monday morning made contact with Bisbee, who was quick to point out that he is not in England, is not stranded, and did not send this e-mail. Recipients are requested to disregard the e-mail, as it appears that a hacker has gained access to the e-mail account. It is unknown how many contacts received the falsified message.

Council Meeting.

Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The agenda contains many items including the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, for the sale of a portion of the former McCune-Brooks Hospital to the Missouri State Crime Lab.

Just Jake Talkin'

We always used ta take a ride on Christmas Eve. Lookin’ for Santa. It was really an excuse ta keep us kids quiet while the folks made the rounds to some people that didn’t get out too easy, or didn’t have any family comin’ in.

Dad would load up a few six-packs (of Coca-Cola) in the trunk and take ‘em around. It didn’t cost much, but most really thought it was a big deal that someone just remembered ‘em. That’s the way it is with Christmas. The gift doesn’t really matter so much as lettin’ someone know that you’re thinkin’ about ‘em.

The past couple a years I’ve noticed the Christmas version of those little Cokes. Although not aware of it at the time, our family musta been part of a larger movement to get colas distributed on Christmas Eve.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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

Treating Frostbite

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My father emigrated from the Soviet Union after World War II. As a young man, he lost three fingers to frostbite, but he didn’t like to talk about it. I live in a region that has harsh winters and often wonder about frostbite. How do you treat it? -- O.S.

ANSWER: Frostbite is an apt term, as ice crystals actually form in the tissues where it happens. The crystals do some of the damage, as does a loss of water from affected cells. However, the greatest amount of damage comes from the disruption of blood supply to the frozen area.

Frostbite can happen anytime the temperature is below 32 F (0 C). It can happen at higher temperatures when the wind is blowing hard. Fingers, toes, hands, feet, chin, nose and ears are most likely to be frostbitten.

Frostbitten skin should be warmed in a water bath with a temperature between 99 and 102 F (37 to 39 C). Don’t begin the rewarming process if there’s a chance of refreezing, which causes greater damage than the first freeze.

With first-degree frostbite, the skin turns red and swells, and people complain that it hurts. Rewarming the skin brings about full recovery.

In second-degree frostbite, the skin becomes white, and people feel little pain. In about 12 to 24 hours, blisters appear and even three to 10 days after recovery, the affected area still throbs and aches but should be functional.

In third-degree frostbite, the entire depth of skin is frozen and is black and dry. This degree of frostbite generally indicates loss of the skin and frozen tissues.

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