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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 50

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

Did Ya Know?.. . The Family Literacy Center is accepting orders for fall mums. Orders and money are accepted until Sept. 15. $5 or 5 for $20. 358-5926

Did Ya Know?.. .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, August 30 through Friday, Sept. 3

today's laugh

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. "In English," he said, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative." A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

A tourist parked his car in downtown Washington, D.C. He said to a man standing near the curb, "Listen, I’m going to be only a couple of minutes. Would you watch my car while I run into this store?"

"What?" the man huffed. "Do you realize that I am a member of the United States Congress?"

"Well no," the tourist said, "I didn’t realize that. But it’s all right. I’ll trust you anyway."


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

Looks Bright for Sarcoxie.

On the Hood land, where the first big mineral strike was made, there have been put down eight drill holes from 200 to 250 feet deep and paying mineral was found in six out of the eight drill holes. There has been enough mineral found within a half mile of Mr. Hood’s residence to make a bigger mining camp than Oronogo. To tell the truth, there are few Sarcoxie people who fully realize the extent of the mineral strike that has been made right under our noses.

The De Atley Case.

The attorneys finished their argument in the De Atley murder case at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon and the case went to the jury. At 6 o’clock no decision had been reached and a verdict can not now be rendered until De Atley is taken back to Joplin this morning to hear it. He is now in jail here.

  Today's Feature

September Sobriety Checks.

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, Springfield, announces several traffic enforcement operations that will be conducted sometime during the month of September 2010. Along with sobriety checkpoints in Polk, McDonald, and Jasper counties, there will be a driving while intoxicated saturation held in Vernon County. Troopers assigned to the saturation will concentrate their efforts on highways which have been found to have a higher number of alcohol-related crashes and enforcement contacts. At the sobriety checkpoints, drivers will be stopped at a static location, and upon contact with the officers, will be asked to produce their driver’s license and proof of insurance. Unless officers suspect drinking or other violations, most drivers will not be asked to exit their vehicles.

In addition, the Patrol will be conducting hazardous moving violations projects in Taney and Dallas counties. The primary goal of this project is to positively impact traffic problems by reducing crashes. The objectives are to heighten the awareness of the risks associated with impaired driving and increase compliance of the speed limit and seat belt laws.

Finally, with the approaching Labor Day weekend, troopers will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), as well as 10-Mile Trooper projects along Interstate 44 throughout the holiday.

Captain Villanueva urges all motorists to report any driver they observe operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner. The public can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-525-5555 or on their cellular phone at *55.

Just Jake Talkin'

An old sayin’ in the antique business is that anything is worth exactly what someone is willin’ to pay for it. It works with antiques, the stock market, and in puttin’ in streets.

Goin’ out for bids on big projects for the City is time consumin’ and a hassle for the bidders. It does however, seem ta keep prices in line and keep those pencils sharp.

What always seems strange is how sometimes the bids are so far apart for the same work. Most of the time there are pretty tight bids in the mix, but ever’ now and then they are all over the board.

Tryin’ to outguess bidders seems ta be next ta impossible. All you can do is play your game and hope for a little luck.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Most Back Pain Stops on Its Own

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 78-year-old, semiretired man. I am very active and look a lot younger. I work part-time as a truck driver delivering auto parts to garages. Now I am out of work because of pain in my lower back. The pain runs down to my foot. I have been diagnosed with sciatica. My doctor sent me for an MRI, and it showed a bulging disk. What is the best remedy? I use ice packs, heating packs and hot packs. I am on crutches to take pressure off my leg. Would surgery help? -- J.S.

ANSWER: Back pain is one of the leading problems that send people to doctors. Most cases of back pain go away on their own, even if they’re due to things like a bulging (also called herniated or ruptured) disk. Even though your back hurts, you can be as active as your pain allows. Don’t sit for prolonged periods; sitting puts more pressure on your back than does standing or walking. Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. Continue with heat, cold or alternating heat and cold, whichever gives you the most pain relief. Tylenol or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (Aleve, Advil, Motrin, etc.) can make you more comfortable.

If the pain doesn’t let up in six weeks, you have chronic back pain. Sciatica is pain that travels from the back down the leg to the foot. It comes from pressure on the sciatic nerve. In your case, the pressure most likely comes from your bulging back disk. Back disks are cartilage pads placed between adjacent backbones to absorb the shock those bones take from our walking, bending and pushing. The disk has a tough outer ring. Gelatinous material makes up the inner core. If there’s a break in the outer ring, the inner core pushes through -- a bulging, herniated or ruptured disk, whichever term you want to use.

If sciatica doesn’t resolve on its own, a doctor can inject the back with cortisone to reduce inflammation. That can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. The procedure is called an epidural.

Surgeons, aided by a microscope, can remove the bulge through small incisions, about an inch long. This technique is called a microdiskectomy and usually is quite successful.

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