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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 11

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a cancer benefit on July 31 at the Carthage VFW from 12 to 6 PM for Bill Pearce, Jr. Auction at 3 PM. Donations are welcome.

today's laugh

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous.

The boys’ mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually.

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?" The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide eyed. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?"

Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?"

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?"

The younger brother replied,"We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it.!"


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

A Hole Made in the Wall Through Which Prisoners Escaped.

This morning’s Joplin Globe says: "Last night about 11 o’clock the prisoners in the Joplin jail crawled out through a hole that two of them made in the rear of the jail near the door. Four of them went in search of the officers as soon as they got out to notify them of what had happened. When they found the officers they were told to go and crawl into jail again by the same route they got out. They did so and the police looked for Jim Marrs and Patsey Hogan, the men who had dug the hole through the wall. They were not found.

Their getting away is no great loss, but it is a sad commentary on the jail walls that prisoners can go through them so readily. A nozzle from a garden hose, used in scrubbing the jail, was the instrument employed in digging through the walls.

  Today's Feature

No Candy at Carthage Maple Leaf Parade.

The Maple Leaf Festival committee met on Tuesday, June 21st and unanimously voted to ban candy distribution from the 2010 Maple Leaf Parade. The primary concern announced by the committee is safety of children and the public. For years, volunteers have noted that event excitement and natural competition to capture the candy often results in children running out in front of parade traffic. Many volunteers as well as police officers can cite near misses of children being injured by parade entries. Co-chair for the Maple Leaf Festival Committee, Cheryle Finley states, "We have been very specific for many years on our parade entry forms that candy should not be thrown from cars or floats and yet we have continued to have problems with non-compliance. We have tried to encourage those passing out candy to walk along the spectator line and hand it out but, unfortunately, when done correctly, this method is time consuming and cause lapses in the parade."

Additionally, the committee indicated a variety of other reasons candy distribution has been a troublesome issue in the past including:

• an understanding that the person who fills out the entry form is not always one of the parade participants and this has caused the parade rules to be lost in communication,

• drivers of some of the big vehicles can’t see the little ones that might get close to the wheels,

• candy wrappers contribute to additional litter on the Historic Carthage Square

• there is no way to monitor those throwing or distributing candy; anyone could dress up, step in line along the parade route and distribute tainted candy.

The committee referred to several community parades that have had no candy policies and indicated that Carthage can have a great parade without candy.

Just Jake Talkin'

There’s prob’ly lots a things I never mastered as well as my dad, but I know I could never get the hang of spinnin’ a four-way lug wrench while changin’ a tire. ‘Course I suppose that could mean that I never got the practice changin’ tires that he did.

One a the problems with changin’ a flat on the newer cars is they don’t have a decent hubcap ta throw the lug nuts in. You’ve prob’ly seen the guy bent down by the car, with one a those little flimsy L shaped tire tools in one hand and a lug nut in the other, lookin’ completely bewildered. He’s lookin’ for a spot to lay the nut so he won’t loose it.

Those little critters will start rollin’ until they find the exact center of the car. The real embarrassment comes when ya gotta limp inta town with that little weenie tire. There’s just no joy in changin’ a flat anymore.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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Weekly Columns

What Is Prickly Heat?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Exactly what is prickly heat? Do adults get it? If they do, I think I have it. -- M.K.

ANSWER: Adults do get prickly heat. It looks like red dots or tiny blisters on the skin. The rash itches or feels "prickly." Sweat ducts have become plugged.

Prevention comes with dressing as coolly as possible in light cotton clothes. Air-conditioning is the ultimate answer. Second best is having a fan blowing on you. If you have a breakout, cool-water compresses take away the itch or prickliness, as do cortisone creams, which are found in all drugstores.


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband has some kind of sleep disorder. He doesn’t believe he has a problem. I know about restless leg syndrome, but he has something beyond that. About four nights a week, his legs kick all over, and he throws his body in every direction. The bed bounces like a trampoline. In one month, he made large holes in two quality flannel sheets. Several times, he has hit me across the face. What is this problem? -- M.L.

ANSWER: You describe periodic limb movements of sleep, PLMS, which used to be called nocturnal myoclonus. Most of the time, only the legs are involved. The toes, ankles, knees and hips involuntarily bend and straighten during sleep. The movements happen every 20 to 40 seconds, and each episode lasts from a few minutes to hours.

Restless leg syndrome is a crawling sensation beneath the skin of the legs. The person has to get up and walk around to put an end to the annoying sensations. Sometimes it is associated with iron deficiency, and sometimes restless leg patients also experience periodic limb movements. Pramipexole or ropinirole treat both conditions. Your husband should see a doctor.

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