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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 81

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross blood drive will be hosted by the Nazarene Church of Carthage on Thurs. Oct 15 from 11:30 to 6 p.m. 2000 Grand

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue of Carthage will hold a Feline Spay/Neuter event Oct 22 at Central Pet Care. Spay or neuter for $15. 358-6808 for appointment.

today's laugh

It is well documented that for every mile that you jog, you add one minute to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month.

My Grandmother started jogging 5 miles a day when she turned 60. Now she’s 97 and we don’t know where the heck she is.

I don’t jog, it makes the ice jump right out of my glass!

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier.

I have to excersise early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.

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


Ross Mizer of North of Town Fell While Chasing a Mule.

Ross Mizer came to town this morning with a broken collar bone. Drs. Thomas and Post set it and put him in shape for recovery.

Mizer lives north of town, and is the boy whom Ed Crump hit over the head with a brick a year ago.

His collar bone was broken last week. He started to catch a mule and fell on his head and shoulder causing the fracture. He suffered little pain and did not realize that any bone was broken until his shoulder remained sore so long.

The fracture is at the outer end of the bone and is a difficult one to readjust accurately, especially after it had remained uncared for so long.

  Today's Feature

Trash Vote Tonight.

The Carthage City Council is scheduled to vote this evening on the new solid waste ordinance. The ordinance will finalize the new mechanized pick up system and allow for a fifty cent increase per month each year of the five year contract with Allied Waste.

The system has actually been in place for the last couple of weeks, but it has not officially had the approval of the full Council.

The Council is also scheduled to vote on the second reading of a bill that would amend the Annual Operating and Capital budget for the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget.

The agenda also includes a scheduled vote on an ordinance to raise the fee for disposing of computer monitors to thirty dollars.

The Carthage Water and Electric Plant is recommending that the City adopts standard specifications for sanitary sewer extensions and improvements. An ordinance adopting that recommendation will be in first reading this evening.

Just Jake Talkin'

Wearin’ a helmet while ridin’ a bicycle just makes good sense. ‘Course growin’ up I never even considered the idea. Didn’t bother me any. Didn’t bother me any. Back then, anyone ‘fraid to take their lumps didn’t need ta be tacklin’ a two wheeler. Ya might as well of had a set of trainin’ wheels. If I ever had a helmet on while peddlin’ a bike, I was on the way to a neighborhood touch football game (at least that’s what our parents were told. Typically there was plenty of real tacklin’ goin’ on. Didn’t bother me any.)

The real bumps to the head in my case were those times playin’ hide and seek in the dark and runnin’ into the clothsline pole. Only happened a couple a times I can remember. Then the baseball bat incident. Don’t ‘member that one much either. The head is a terrible thing ta waste.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’, Talkin’, Talkin’, . .


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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Triglyceride Levels Linked to Heart Disease

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 31-year-old son-in-law is 6 feet tall, weighs 185 pounds and is in good physical condition. His concern is triglycerides. His measure more than 600. His cholesterol is just a bit high. He eats very healthily, with little fast food. He drinks only diet soda and skim milk. He uses sugar substitutes in his coffee. He eats much Indian food. Any help is appreciated. -- B.W.

ANSWER: Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and HDL cholesterol (the good kind) have star billing when it comes to artery hardening and heart disease. The spotlight has begun to shine on triglycerides, and now they are sharing billing with cholesterol.

Triglycerides are fats. The whitish, yellowish stuff you see in a cut of meat is triglycerides. Guidelines tell us that a triglyceride level below 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L) is ideal; levels between 150 and 199 (1.7-2.2) are borderline bad; levels from 200 to 499 (2.2-5.6) are bad, and anything over 500 (5.6) is very bad. Your son-in-law is in the "very bad" category.

For overweight people, weight loss is the first step in bringing down triglycerides. This doesn’t apply to your son-in-law. He should severely limit rapidly absorbed carbohydrates, like sugar. They raise triglycerides. He also should cut back on red meat and full-fat dairy products. He has to steer clear of trans fats, found in some commercially prepared foods, particularly baked goods and many fast-food deep-fried items. He has to limit alcohol. Your son-in-law is doing all this, but his levels still are too high.

Three hours of weekly exercise can lower triglycerides. If this doesn’t get the job done, then he should consider the medicine route. Niacin and gemfibrozil can bring down the triglyceride reading.

Diabetes, a low output of thyroid hormone, kidney disease and some medicines like beta blockers and thiazide diuretics raise triglyceride levels.

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