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Tuesday, March 10, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 184

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The McCune Brooks Regional Hospital Grief Support Group will meet March 10th, 1:00- 1:30. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 417-359-AMEN for more details.

Did Ya Know?... The Precious Moments Supporting Foundation and the Woodshed present, Fellowship From Across the Northern Border, a Blue Grass Gospel concert featuring Back Porch Gospel and No Apparent Reason. The concert will be Saturday, March 14th, at 7:30. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds from the ticket sales going to the Carthage Crisis Center. For more information call 417-359-2937.

today's laugh

Some race horses staying in a stable. One of them starts to boast about his track record. "In the last 15 races, I’ve won 8 of them!"

Another horse breaks in, "Well in the last 27 races, I’ve won 19!!"

"Oh that’s good, but in the last 36 races, I’ve won 28!", says another, flicking his tail.

At this point, they notice that a greyhound dog has been sitting there listening. "I don’t mean to boast," says the greyhound, "but in my last 90 races, I’ve won 88 of them!"

The horses are clearly amazed. "Wow!" says one, after a hushed silence. "A talking dog."

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


City Marshal Bruffett Says Boys Must Keep Off the Streets at Night.

In the future the Carthage small boy must keep off the streets at night or if he ventures abroad must risk falling into the clutches of the law.

Marshal Bruffett said that he had issued orders to the night officers to enforce the old curfew ordnance to the letter and keep the crowds of small boys, who in the past have been having so much fun on the streets at night, at home.

The ordinance was passed long ago but it has not been enforced for a long time. It applies only to boys under 14.

The full text of the ordinance is as follows:

Any minor under the age of 14 years, who shall be found on the streets of the city of Carthage after the hour of 9 o’clock p.m. not accompanied by an adult person and not having the written permission of the parents or guardian of such minor shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine not exceeding five dollars.

The shoe factory which as previously announced as corresponding with the Commercial Club in regard to locating in Carthage, is still taking business. They make a reasonable statement of their affairs and it may be that the club will consider the matter further, in which case there will be developments before long.

W. H. Miller has decided to quit the butcher business and will put in a grocery stock on both sides. He will make a specialty of smoked and cured meats.

Orville S. Kelley, a former Carthage boy now of Kansas city, was in the city yesterday. The attraction was feminine.


Today's Feature

Non-Smoking Discussion Likely.

The Carthage City Council will meet in regular session this evening at 7:30 in City Hall Council Chambers.

The agenda includes several items relating to the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that will be voted on April 7. The items include several contracts to purchase property for the proposed industrial park. The land is located south of the new McCune Brooks Memorial Hospital and include several parcels owned by various Precious Moments companies and others. The contracts would be contingent on the passage of the ballot issue.

Absent from the agenda is any reference to the proposed total public building and workplace non-smoking ordinance that was discussed by the Public Services Committee last week. The ordinance, proposed by the C.A.S.E. organization, is supported by Council member Timothy Teed.

The Committee deadlocked with a 2-2 vote on whether to table discussion of the issue for six months to allow C.A.S.E. time to mount a campaign to promote the ordinance. It will likely come up during Committee reports.

Just Jake Talkin'


I never have understood the logic of those life time guarantees on light bulbs. If ya look at the fine print on one I saw, to get a new bulb, all ya have ta do is send in two dollars and they’ll send ya a new bulb. And that for the ones that only cost a buck fifty in the first place.

Some warranties aren’t quite that bad, but I had one guy tell me that the $30 one year muffler and the $49 lifetime muffler were the same, just the warrantee was better. This guy was bettin’ on a couple a things, either ya wouldn’t have the car by the time the muffler went out, or by chance, the muffler would last for longer than expected. If as many as half of the lifetime types had to be replaced, he still came out o.k. and had the cash up front. Course there is a chance he won’t be in business for your lifetime.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Medicines Almost Always Control Gout

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have gout in my big toe, and it’s very, painful. I have to walk in my socks. Are there any pills for gout? What food causes the pain? -- L.K.

ANSWER: Gout results from too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a byproduct of daily cell chemistry. When the uric-acid level rises, crystals of it penetrate the joint. The joint swells, the skin over it turns red, and the joint feels warm. It hurts beyond words. Early on, gout comes in attacks, with the intervals between attacks being free of pain. As time passes, the joint can hurt all the time. The joint on the big toe is often the first affected, but it might not be the only joint. The heel, ankle, knee, fingers, wrists and elbows also can be targets.

Doctors make the diagnosis of gout by examining the affected joint and finding a high blood uric acid. The most telling evidence lies in looking at joint fluid through a microscope and seeing uric-acid crystals.

For acute gout attacks, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines work well.Zyloprim (allopurinol) turns off the production of uric acid and prevents gout attacks. Benemid (probenecid) facilitates the excretion of uric acid into the urine.

As for your diet; gravies, organ meats (liver, brain, and kidneys), sweetbreads are foods to avoid. Bing cherries, however, can bring the blood level of uric acid down.

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