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Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 72

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center, at 706 Orchard is having a new class on Citizenship and preparing for the Citizenship Test. The class will be starting on October 2, Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. All classes are free. Call 358-5926 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The first committee meeting for Relay For Life 09, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on October 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 800 S. Main. Call 417-627-7506 for more info. Those interested in serving on the committee are urged to attend.

Did Ya Know?... Ulmer Funeral Home is sponsoring a "Surviving Spouse" group, the first meeting will be on Oct. 6th at 5 p.m. at the Ulmer Funeral Home Community Room with a light dinner provided at no charge. Call 417-358-2222 for more info and to RSVP.

today's laugh

An "economy luncheon" menu begins with beef broth and ends with mince pie, it definitely makes both ends meat.

How did you come to have such a long beard?
My brother left home ten years ago with the razor.

"Now, honestly, what would you do if you were in my shoes?
"Get a shine."

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

Another Sale.

The local committee of Missouri State Teachers association which gave a sale of good things to eat last Saturday will repeat the sale next Saturday afternoon at the Carpenter & Osborn store. The sale will begin at 2 o’clock. Bread, cakes, veal loaf, salads and other good things will be on sale.

Bought More Town Property.

By deed filed today Albert Gibson bought of G.C. O’Neal, Burt Kuhn, Blanche Kuhn and Edna Kuhn a house on two lots on the north side of Sixth street east of Orchard street for $1,050.

E.L. Lawson, formerly of Jasper and for some time a teacher near Avilla, now a railway mail clerk with a run between Kansas City and Willow Springs on the Memphis end of the Frisco railway, was in town today greeting old friends.


Today's Feature

Sobriety Checkpoint Successful.

The Carthage Police Department on Saturday, September 27 stationed a sobriety checkpoint at the corner of Central Ave. and Garrison Ave. from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said during a recent interview that the checkpoint went well. During the course of the evening 659 cars were stopped at the intersection. Of those 659 cars, the Carthage Police Department with help from the Joplin Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department made 5 arrests for DWIs, 1 arrest for driving with a revoked license, 2 arrests for driving with a suspended license, 1 warrant arrest, and also caught 1 suspect in a statutory rape case.

"I was very, very pleased," said Dagnan.

The checkpoint was funded by a Highway Safety Grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation which was awarded to the Joplin Police Department. The grant allowed Joplin’s Department to establish regional checkpoints and Carthage was chosen as a location. In addition to funding the checkpoint, the Joplin Department also provided additional manpower for assistance at the busy intersection.

Just Jake Talkin'

There’s nothing that spoils a magic trick like knowin’ how it’s done. Some of the most impressive tricks can be accomplished by anyone, if ya know the secret.

Used ta amaze my friends by takin’ a hat pin and carefully pushin’ it into a fully inflated balloon. Then just ta show that there wasn’t anything fishy, I’d pull out the pin and pop the balloon with it. The trick of the whole thing is ta put a piece of Scotch tape on the balloon. When ya stick the pin through the tape, it holds the hole together and keeps the balloon from poppin’.

The thing that makes tricks work is figurin’ how to use their expectations to direct attention elsewhere and bring about an unexpected conclusion. Sometimes the simplest things can escape even the watchful eye of a skeptic.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Dealing With Motion Sickness

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ll be going on a cruise this fall. Since I am susceptible to motion sickness, is there anything I can take, other than the pill Marezine? I have heard the Transderm Scop patch isn’t recommended for older people.

ANSWER: A great many people are affected by motion sickness. The waves of nausea are triggered by a mismatch of signals the brain receives from the eyes and from the balance organs in the inner ear. They send conflicting messages, and the brain can’t cope with those messages. You can minimize the mismatch by doing a few simple things:

• Reserve a cabin in midship, near the waterline.

• Look off into the horizon. If you see a distant object, fixate on it.

• Don’t read.

• Don’t overeat.

Dramamine belongs to the same class of motion-sickness medicines as Marezine, but you might be able to tolerate it better. Antivert is another drug of the same class. Try them before you take the trip to see if they upset you or make you groggy.

Transderm Scop -- the patch worn behind the ear -- has permitted many people prone to seasickness to have a happy cruise. The manufacturer says it should be used with caution in the elderly because they are more sensitive to its side effects, like dry mouth, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, disorientation and drowsiness. If your doctor OK’s the idea, this is something else you could try before getting on board. If you feel any of the side effects setting in, take the patch off immediately.

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