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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 114

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The VFW Men’s Auxiliary will hold a turkey shoot every Sunday, from 1 p.m until 5 p.m. at the Post at the intersection of 96 & 171 highways. Public Invited, male and female.

today's laugh

An American tourist was driving in County Kerry, when his motor stopped. He got out to see if he could locate the trouble. A voice behind him said, "The trouble is the carburetor." He turned around and only saw an old horse. The horse said again, "It’s the carburetor that’s not working." The American nearly died with fright, and dashed into the nearest pub, had a large whiskey, and told Murphy the bartender what the horse had said to him.

Murphy said, "Well, don’t pay any attention to him, he knows nothing about cars anyway."

Mrs. Pete Monaghan came into the newsroom to pay for her husband’s obituary. She was told by the kindly newsman that it was a dollar a word and he remembered Pete and wasn’t it too bad about him passing.

She thanked him for his kind words but she only had two dollars. But she wrote out the obituary, "Pete died."

The newsman said he thought old Pete deserved more and he’d give her three more words at no charge.

Mrs. Pete Monaghan thanked him and rewrote: "Pete died. Boat for sale"

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


Lively Fire on Third Street — Miner Suspected of Incendiarism.

There was a lively blaze and considerable excitement about Frank D. Porter’s feed yard on Third street at half past two this afternoon.

A miner named Grant Mills who was very drunk, was seen to hurry out of the stable at the east end of the wagon yard and immediately a heavy smoke notified people that a fire was in progress.

Superintendent Nall of the poor farm was about the first on the ground and his stentorian voice soon brought the fire department Mahlon Thornton, Porter’s head clerk, pursued the flying miner and brought him to bay with a well directed blow to the ear. Ed Thompson, Porter’s driver, rescued the only horse in the barn, and a dozen excited farmers broke down the fence and hustled their teams and wagons out of the sheds adjoining.

  Today's Feature

Tree Seedling Distribution.

The Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center now has Missouri Department of Conservation order forms for seedling trees and shrubs. For over sixty years, the George O. White State Forest Nursery, near Licking, MO, offers Missouri landowners seedling trees and shrubs. Each year they offer a wide variety of seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, as well as wildlife food and cover. Seedling bundles range from $4 to $30. Prices for each species and special bundles are listed on the order form. It also outlines the ordering procedure.

In addition to individual species choices, several bundles of mixed species, designed for special purpose plantings, may be purchased. These include a conservation bundle, wildlife cover bundle, pecan variety bundle, and a quail cover bundle.

The time you place your order - not the delivery date - determines your priority for reserving trees. It is important to place orders as soon as possible because reservations for trees are made on a "first-come, first-serve" basis until supplies are depleted. Each year many species sell out quickly.

You may have your trees shipped to you, or you may pick them up at the George O. White Nursery near Licking, MO.

Persons planning to make large plantings may wish to request free advice from the Missouri Department of Conservation Forester or Wildlife Services Biologist for their area. These individuals may be contacted through the Missouri Department of Conservation Offices in Neosho or Joplin.

University of Missouri Guide Sheets: G5008 "How to Plant Forest Trees", G5006 "Before You Order Tree Seedlings", G5900 "Planning Tree Windbreaks in Missouri" and G5009 "Mechanical Tree Planting" are among those available at the University of Missouri Extension Center in each county.

For additional information, or to order trees online, go to or contact the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension Center located in the Courthouse Basement, Carthage, MO or call 417-358-2158.

Just Jake Talkin'

There are some things ya just don’t want to talk about.

My brother couldn’t eat chicken for years after he helped a farm wife round up supper one summer evenin’. He found that neck ringin’ wasn’t somethin’ he needed to know about.

I have trouble talkin’ about broken legs. After hobblin’ around for a couple months waitin’ on a bone to heal a few years ago, I can’t hear about someone’s fracture without wincin’ a little.

Women who are pregnant always seem to spark conversations about troubles with child birth.

Knowledge may be power, but sometimes there is a short circuit.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Tension Headaches Are Most Common Kind

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I went to the doctor because of headaches. On examining my eyes, she discovered that my pupils don’t constrict and dilate. She sent me to an eye doctor. He said I have an Adie’s pupil. Is this a disease or a syndrome? Can this be causing my headaches? He told me it was nothing.

My headaches feel like there’s a tight cap on my head. Please enlighten me on these things. -- G.S.

ANSWER: An Adie’s (AID-ease) pupil is one that is slightly larger than the other pupil and it narrows very slowly when a bright light is shined on it. It’s not an indication of illness and has nothing to do with your headaches. If other signs are present, like a loss of the knee-jerk reflex when the knee tendon is struck with a rubber hammer, then you call the mix Adie’s syndrome.

Your headaches fit the description of tension headaches, the most common kind of headache. People who have them say they feel like a tight band encircles their head or that a weight is on their head or that their head is squeezed or, as you say, that they are wearing a tight cap. Pain is felt on both sides of the head, and rarely is it throbbing pain, as it is with many other headaches. The pain lasts from half an hour to seven days.

These headaches are called tension headaches because at one time they were believed to result from contraction of the scalp muscle. Now the explanation is that innocent brain signals are misinterpreted by the brain as pain signals. If that explanation helps you, it doesn’t do much for me.

Start treatment of your headache without drugs. Heat packs to the neck or head might ease them. If heat doesn’t do the trick, try ice. Massage sometimes work, especially neck massage. Get enough sleep, but not too much. Too much is as bad as too little.

Popular tension headache medicines are aspirin and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If they aren’t effective, tablets that combine them with caffeine can be. Caffeine enhances their painkilling properties. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn) and Ketoprofen (a prescription drug) have a good batting average against these headaches. Don’t overuse medicine. Constant use promotes constant headaches.

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