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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 76

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

A seaman meets a pirate in a bar. The pirate has a peg-leg, a hook and an eye patch. "How’d you end up with a peg-leg?" asks the sailor. "I was swept overboard in a storm," says the pirate.

"A shark bit off me whole leg."

"Wow!" said the seaman. "What about the hook?"

"We were boarding an enemy ship, battling the other sailors with swords. One of them cut me."

"Incredible!" remarked the seaman. "And the eye patch?" "A seagull dropping fell in me eye," replied the pirate.

"You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?" the sailor asked incredulously.

Said the pirate.

"It was the first day with the hook."

One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when someone shouted...."Look at that dead bird!"

Someone looked up at the sky and said...Where???"

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


The trial of Harry Burch for choking Frank Patterson at the skating rink was held today in Justice McCune’s court, and resulted in a hung jury. John Flanigan was Burch’s attorney, and T. M. Mooneyham represented the prosecution. The defendant introduced only one witness, proprietor Newton of the rink, who testified that Burch is employed as a floor manager, or "bouncer." For the prosecution there were only two young ladies, besides Patterson and several others. Young Jim Rainwater gave his testimony in a breezy manner which kept the jury laughing. He proved himself a master of approved slang. He was skating with his lady at the rink, and perceiving a mix up in the wind, bastened to shake his girl and see the go. "In came Patterson with a small boulder," testified Rainwater without a smile, "and sasbayed across the armory. Guess he meant to do the wing spread, but before I got loose from my girl, they had mixed."

  Today's Feature

Annual Quilt Display.

For the seventh year, the Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show, sponsored by the Four Corners Quilter’s Guild, will be held at the Powers Museum October 8 through 30, 2009. Again the show was extended beyond the Maple Leaf Festival week in order to give residents and others additional time to view the quilts.

Museum Curator Michele Hansford says that the museum will stay open until 6 p.m. from October 13 through October 16. At 4 p.m. on Maple Leaf Saturday votes from visitors will be counted and ribbons awarded. The museum is closed Mondays and open from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sundays. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Hansford is preparing for the quilt display and this year’s show will feature several new participants.

Admission is free but donations are appreciated and are used by the museum to offset the increased utilities during the run of the show.

For information: 417-237-0456 or

Just Jake Talkin'

As a kid the idea was that there was value in havin’ character. ‘Course character is built as we all know. Ever’ time ya didn’t get to do somethin’ ya wanted, it created one more buildin’ block of character.

Birthdays and Christmas always contributed to the construction. Didn’t get that special toy, build a little more character.

Have ta mow the lawn while the kids across the street were playin’ ball? Another contribution. I’m thinkin’ it’s prob’ly a good idea to accumulate all the character ya can, if for no other reason than to help offset those occasional flaws that seem to linger through adulthood.

I suppose the greatest value of gatherin’ a little character is the fact that you might recognize it in others. It’s hard to define, but ya know it when ya see it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Many Ways to Treat Prostate Enlargement

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About three years ago, I had a procedure to reduce the size of my prostate. It was Greenlight PVP laser procedure. My doctor did it on an outpatient basis. Since then, I have a normal flow for someone who is 79 years old. I sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom. Perhaps you could comment on this treatment. -- L.M.

ANSWER: Prostate gland enlargement -- benign (noncancerous) prostate hyperplasia or hypertrophy -- is something that happens to just about all men. Fifty percent of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have some gland enlargement, and by age 80, more than 80 percent have it. Not all these men have to deal with its exasperating consequences -- frequent urination, nighttime urination, difficulty starting the stream -- but enough do that it is a quite common problem.

Sometimes medicines can relax the chokehold that the big prostate has on the urethra, the tube draining the bladder, and there also are medicines that shrink the gland.

When medicines strike out, a large number of invasive procedures are readily available. The standard operation, TURP -- transurethral resection of the prostate -- is done with a scope and instrument passed into the urethra and advanced upward to the gland. The doctor shaves away portions of the gland. TUNA -- transurethral needle ablation; TUMT -- transurethral microwave therapy; and TUIP -- transurethral incision of the prostate are procedures done very much like a TURP, but they employ different techniques for reducing the gland’s size. Some are done in the doctor’s office.

Greenlight Laser Photovaporization is a technique in which the prostate gland is downsized by vaporizing the excess with a laser that emits a green light. One big advantage this offers is a reduction of bleeding. The green-light laser seals blood vessels in the process. I am sure many men readers will appreciate your bringing up the topic.

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