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Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 130

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Business Women of Missouri have Black Walnuts and Pecans for $9 a pound. Sales supports a Scholarship Program. 358-3505

Did Ya Know?...Carthage Crisis Center, 100 South Main will host a free Christmas Day dinner Saturday December 25, 2010 from 12 Noon till 2:00 pm.

today's laugh

A policeman arrives at the scene of an accident, in which a car smashed into a tree. The officer rushes over to the vehicle and asks the driver, "Are you seriously hurt?"

"How do I know?" the driver responds. "I’m not a lawyer!"


A guy named Pete gets a job as a switchman with the railroad, and undergoes weeks of training. The supervisor then takes him into the switch booth to test his readiness. The following exchange takes place:

Supervisor: "Imagine you were sitting here alone and you learned there was a train coming from the North on that track, and another coming from the South on the same track. What would you do?"

Pete: "I’d throw this switch right here and put one train on the other track."

Supervisor: And what if that switch didn’t work?"

Pete: "I’d go down to the track and throw that big switch lever there, putting one train on the other track."

Supervisor: "And what if that switch lever didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d come back here and call the dispatcher to stop both trains."

Supervisor: "And what if the phone didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d go to that gas station across the street and use their phone."

Supervisor: "And what if their phone didn’t work?"

Pete: "Then I’d go get Uncle Joe."

Supervisor: "Uncle Joe??? What would he do?"

Pete: "Nothing, but he ain’t never seen a train wreck."


Why does a slight tax increase cost you $800.00, and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?


Honk if you love peace and quiet.


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

A Roney Boy His Nephew.

James Crippen of Chicago, one of the "Roney’s boys," walking into B. B. Allen’s shoe store last night and announced that he was Mr. Allen’s nephew. They talked the matter over and Mr. Allen was surprised to learn that the boy was, in a measure, right. He is a son of a brother of Mr. Allen’s brother-in-law, Ed Crippen. Master Crippen took supper with Mr. Allen’s family last evening.

Re-Arrested in the Court House.

Joe McMannis, a one-eyed man from Joplin, charged with two assaults, was released from jail this morning after serving a sentence for the latter offense. The clerk detained him in the court house after he was released until Constable Paulding was telephoned and arrived. The man was then re-arrested for the first offense by the constable before he left the court house.

  Today's Feature

Council Filings.

There have been three file for City Council candidacy since the December 14 opening of the filing season. So far no candidates have filed for Ward One, Two or Three.

There is a race developing in Ward Four. Incumbent Bill Welch has filed and Dan Rife, who is currently a Council member from Ward Five, has also filed for Ward Four. Rife is relocating and will live in Ward Four when the election takes place in April.

Adam David Givens has filed for the Ward Five position. According to City Hall, Givens just turned twenty-one to become qualified for the seat.

To qualify as a Council member according to the City Charter: "No person shall be Councilman unless he is at least twenty-one years of age prior to taking office, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant of the city for one year next preceding his election. A Councilman shall be a qualified voter of the city."

The filing period is open until January 18, 2011.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve heard talk about it, but I’ve never recognized if I was in a state of post Christmas blues.

Now there is the possibility that I live in a constant state of the ailment and just don’t notice the difference. I’m more likely to think it’s more a matter of expectations.

A friend a mine, as a child at his grandmother’s for Christmas, opened his gift and found a pair of socks.

"Dang," he said as he threw them on the floor, "I’d rather had the money."

Most likely the grandmother felt a little twinge of the blues right away, not waitin’ for the "post" to set in.

I suppose it takes a little more maturity to really appreciate a good pair a socks for Christmas.

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.

Statins Aren’t Only Way to Lower Cholesterol


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My doctor prescribed statin drugs to control my LDL cholesterol. First I took lovastatin (Mevacor) and then simvastatin (Zocor), but I had muscle pain and weakness with them. I am reluctant to start the pravastatin (Pravachol) that he now has prescribed. Are there alternatives? How about Endur-acin? CoQ10 has been suggested. -- D.L.

ANSWER: Statins are the most potent cholesterol-lowering drugs, including lowering LDL cholesterol -- bad cholesterol, the kind that clings to artery walls. They’ve been around for 20 years, and their safety record has been good. Some people develop muscle pain. Those people can try a different statin. You did. However, you might be reacting a bit too fast in rejecting pravastatin (Pravachol). It is the statin that most infrequently is involved with muscle complaints.

I don’t know any herb on the list of herbs you included (in an edited part of the letter) that compare with medicines for cholesterol control. However, there are things you can do to lower cholesterol, including reducing your saturated fat and cholesterol intake. Saturated fats are the fats found in many meats, whole-fat dairy products and many other commercially prepared foods. You have to look on the label. Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol. They’re found in fish. If you cannot stand fish, take the omega-3s in pill form.

Questran, Colestid, Welchol and Zetia are cholesterol-lowering drugs that are unrelated to statins.

Niacin can increase HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lower triglycerides, fats that also figure into artery clogging. Endur-acin is a slow-release preparation of niacin. Slow-release preparations were introduced to lessen flushing, one of the side effects of niacin.

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is an antioxidant made by the body and also is available in pill form. Antioxidants counter the damaging byproducts coming from cell chemistry. I don’t see any references mentioning that it lowers cholesterol.

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