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Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 92

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand Ave. on Thursday, October 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For further information call Caroline at 358-4663.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Crisis Center will present a free furniture and appliance distribution on Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the corner of Main and 2nd Street. Furniture donations will be accepted between 6 and 9:30 a.m. on November 8. For more information call 358-3533.

Did Ya Know?... In recognition of National Diabetes Education Week (Nov. 2-8) McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital is offering a free glucose screen on Tuesdays throughout November from 8 to 10 a.m. Screening will be held in the outpatient laboratory inside the main entrance. Water only for 8-12 hours prior to testing.

today's laugh

"It’s a pleasure to meet you," siad the father of a college student, shaking hands warmly with the professor. "My son took algebra from you last year, you know."

"Well," said the professor, "he was exposed to it, but he did not take it."

"And has your baby learned to talk yet?"

"Oh my, yes. We’re teaching him to keep quiet now."

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

Today’s Jail Registry.

B.L. Baldwin and wife of Webb City were jailed today for disturbing the peace. Sim Brown out of jail is like a fish out of water, and he came back today for petit larceny at Joplin. Chas. Johns broke jail in Joplin and was brought up here for safe keeping. R.L. Curl, a Joplin miner, was booked for peace disturbing. J.I. Yandle, an Oronogo miner, joined the noisy majority yesterday for disturbing the peace. Guy Strong, of Sarcoxie, was jailed Saturday on a charge of petit larceny.

A camel can go eight days without drinking, but who wants to be a camel when they can get such delicious sodas at Post Drug Co’s Sanitary Fountain. Everything in sight everything clean, everything cold at a Twentieth Century Sanitary Fountain. Post Drug Co.

Dr. Coe will be home tonight from a medical association meeting in Springfield.


Today's Feature

Council To Discuss Zoning.

The Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of two zoning ordinances. One ordinance would authorize a special use permit for operation of a Preschool Center at 126 Wiggins. The other would rezoning property at 600 S. Maple Street from District C, Apartment District, to District E, General Business zoning. Both of these items are brought to Council via the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission.

Council will also hear the second reading of an ordinance establishing fees for pavilion reservations in the City Parks. During its first reading at the previous Council meeting it was mentioned that this ordinance would not raise rates for pavilion reservations, but officially establishes them in the City Code. An extra provision has been added establishing a setup fee, which Parks Director Alan Bull said would be implemented in situations where extra tables are requested for parties.

The second reading for financing of golf course maintenance equipment through UMB Bank will also be heard.

Just Jake Talkin'

Zonin’ issues are always tough. Those who sit on the Planning, Zoning, and Historic Preservation Commission have ta look at two sides of the question face to face.

The first question I always ask when observin’ this process is how would I react if what ever is bein’ requested was goin’ on next door to my house. Then I ask what I could reasonably expect when I purchased that particular location. That doesn’t always come up with a good answer, but at least I get a good look at how the neighbors are feelin.’ Change tends to spook most property owners, but if they get a chance to see what’s really bein’ done, they are usually willin’ to take a look.

Like I said, zoning issues are tough, and they should be. If changin’ zonin’ was easy, ever’one would be doin’ it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Macular Degeneration Can be Wet or Dry

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Everything I read or hear about macular degeneration is always about dry macular degeneration. I happen to have the wet kind, and would like to know what its treatments are. I’ve heard that vitamins work. Thank you. -- T.R.

ANSWER: In the well-off countries of the world, macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. There are two varieties, wet and dry. The dry kind is the more common of the two, accounting for 85 percent to 90 percent of all macular degeneration cases. Both involve deterioration of the macula, a small circle on the retina, jam-packed with vision cells necessary for high-resolution sight like reading, watching TV, distinguishing faces and driving.

Wet macular degeneration comes from a sudden proliferation of fragile blood vessels blossoming in and around the macula. Those vessels leak fluid and blood, and disrupt that sensitive area of sight. Wet macular degeneration often comes on quickly and can progress rapidly.

You might have heard of the vitamin-mineral mixture used for slowing the progression of macular degeneration. It consists of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and the minerals zinc and copper. It is much more useful for dry macular degeneration. For wet macular degeneration, eye doctors can inject the eye with medicines that stop the generation and growth of new, delicate blood vessels. Photodynamic therapy is another method of handling wet degeneration. Here, a drug that is sensitive to light is injected into a blood vessel. The drug localizes in the newly formed, fragile, troublemaking macular vessels. A laser is flashed on those vessels and they dry up.

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