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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 253

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital is holding a Men’s Health Week June 15-18, from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM. PSA blood tests will only be $10. It’s being held in the Out-Patient Lab inside main entrance. For more information, call 417-359-1350.

Did Ya Know?... On Wednesday, June 17th, Freeman Hospital will be having a Stroke Support Group in the Freeman Neosho North Conf. Room from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. The seminar is called "Let’s Talk About Changes Following a Stroke." For more information call 417-347-1234.

today's laugh

Can I play the piano

A doctor has come to see one of his patients in a hospital. The patient has had major surgery to both of his hands.

"Doctor," says the man excitedly and dramatically holds up his heavily bandaged hands. "Will I be able to play the piano when these bandages come off?"

"I don’t see why not," replies the doctor.

"That’s funny," says the man. "I wasn’t able to play it before."

-Clearly stated instructions will consistently produce multiple interpretations.

-By the time you have the right answers, no one is asking you questions.

-A theory is better than its explanation.

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


George Whitsett’s company, which is now awaiting orders to go to rendezvous with the Fifth Regiment of which it is to be a part, may leave for St. Louis Saturday evening, as the city papers say such is the expectation of the regiment, but the company has not received its marching orders.

The boys take their meals in true soldier fashion in a vacant building on East Fourth street. They sleep in the Kilgore building on Grant street. Sixty-four of them reposed there last night, and they were stowed in about as close as they could comfortably lie. Night before last they were inclined to be boisterous, but last night they were all tired and there were no disturbers.

Since the Light Guard has left, the company is drilling at the armory. The boys are learning rapidly and are anxious for the call to come for their regiment to go to St. Louis.

  Today's Feature

The Square Was Alive.

The weather held to near perfect conditions for the 8th Annual Carthage Acoustic Music Festival last Saturday. Several dozen musicians took advantage of the morning open stage as a crowd grew to the beginning of the booked band segment of the day at one o’clock and ran until ten.

The loosely formed group that jams every Saturday evening at Red Oak II made those in attendance aware of the weekly sessions open to any level of performer.

An impromptu jam session developed after the pre-festival concert. The Triple L Irish Pub opened its stage to several musicians that produced performances from bluegrass to traditional country and old rock and roll.

artCentral displayed works by several of their member artists and had art projects for children attending the festival.

The Festival is sponsored by artCentral with funding assistance from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation. Other considerations are provided by the City of Carthage, the Jasper County Commission, and Mornin’ Mail. It is produced in cooperation with the Carthage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Just Jake Talkin'

Nothin’ like a big goose egg from bangin’ your head on the bottom of a table you’ve been under. Whack!

I hear that the thing to do is to apply all the pressure you can to the knot before it really starts swellin.’ It may work, but what I really hear is the screamin’ from the victim bein’ helped in this way.

I grew up with a gentler remedy. Put some ice on it. I don’t figure anything makes a lot a difference. After a day or two the size gets smaller and starts feelin’ better ‘till ya happen to bump it again.

"Feels better when it stops hurtin," my old baseball coach used ta say. Real funny guy.

At least if ya get a shiner you can make up a good story ‘bout the other guy.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'

  Weekly Columns

To Your Good Health

Head Movements Bring on Vertigo

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had vertigo for one month. I can function with it as long as I am sitting up straight. When I lie down, I get dizzy. The doctor says that this has to run its course. Is there a diet I can follow? I am a completely healthy 53-year-old woman with no other ailments. Do you have any thoughts? -- P.T.

ANSWER: Your brand of vertigo strongly suggests benign positional vertigo, dizziness that comes on with head motion. Looking up or down, moving the head from side to side, lying down or getting up brings on a sensation of whirling around.

A series of head movements sometimes can put an end to the dizziness. The movements are the Epley maneuvers. Sit on the side of a bed -- preferably a twin bed, since your head has to extend past the opposite side of the bed when you lie down. Turn your head a 45-degree angle to the side that brings on dizziness. Keeping the head in that position, lie down and let the head bend downward about 20 degrees over the edge of the bed. Then turn the 90 degrees to the opposite side and hold there for 30 seconds. Roll over onto that side while turning the head another 90 degrees, so you face the floor, and stay there for 30 seconds. Then get back into the upright sitting position with the neck bent slightly downward for another 30 seconds. If the dizziness persists, you can repeat the procedure as needed.

I admit this is a little complicated, and if you find it too involved, have the family doctor or an ear, nose and throat doctor put you through the exercises. What these movements do is shift tiny crystals from one part of the inner ear, where they shouldn’t be, back to the part where they belong.

Benign positional vertigo is only one kind of vertigo. Epley maneuvers don’t do a thing for other causes, like viral infections or Meniere’s disease. For viral-caused dizziness, medicines like Antivert, Dramamine or Transderm Scop (the patch worn to prevent seasickness) can make dizziness less severe. A low-salt diet is helpful for Meniere’s disease.

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