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Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 115

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . First United Methodist Church 7th & Main will hold a Breakfast & Cookie Sale Saturday, Dec. 11th, 8am-Noon Breakfast $5, pancakes & ham or biscuits & sausage gravy. 358-2577

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

today's laugh

Pastor Jim was called to serve a large Southern Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. He had been pastoring a middle sized church in Minnesota and arrived on a Monday in San Antonio. He was greeted warmly and moved into the parsonage and his first official meeting was on Tuesday evening with his deacons.

"Brothers, I am interested in getting to know you and request your help in doing this by meeting here at the church Saturday morning at 8:00. While in Minnesota, I learned to enjoy bungie jumping and I felt it would be nice to have fellowship down at that high bridge over the Medina River. I will make a jump and show you how it’s done and perhaps you may like to try it also."

Saturday morning the deacons were all at the church and got into the church van and headed to the Medina River. Once they arrived, the group went to the bridge and observed a Mexican American family having a reunion below. At that Pastor Jim said, "I don’t think it will be a real problem, I know the stretch on the cord and I will tie it off so we won’t disturb that family."

Pastor Jim tied off the cord, put on his harness and climbed to the top of the hand rail, and with that he jumped. As he got close to the bottom a huge cloud of dust arose with a bunch of gleeful laughter and shouts. Suddenly he arose and yelled, "HELP!!" The deacons reached out for him but missed. Again Pastor Jim went down and again a huge cloud of dust, laughter, and screams arose. As Pasor Jim came back up, all eight deacons reached out and grabbed him.

When he stood once again firmly on the bridge he asked, "What is a Pinata"?


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


It Is the Liveliest Camp in the District, Says an Operator.

"Carthage is today the liveliest camp in the mining district," said one of the prominent mine operators of the county today. "I have been all over the district of late and nowhere is there as large a percent of the existing mines busy and active as there is right here. Our mines are all producing stuff, and being in the geographical center of a zinc territory extending from Springfield on the east to Galena on the west, I predict a great future for the Carthage camp.

"There’s the "Sure Thing" on the Hudson Mining Co.’s land just south of Pleasant Valley. This rain has given them water and I think they will be ready to start their mill next Monday. The Hudson company has what will within twelve months prove the biggest producing shaft in Jasper county. They now have a drill driven 100 feet into ground that will prove 33 per cent ore, and is even better than the dirt from which the Pleasant Valley made its big run of $6,000 in a month with jack at $18."

In addition there is the South Carthage, two miles south of Pleasant Valley, probably the most active camp in the Carthage district. A number of Webb City and Carterville men are coming out there and getting interested.

East of the South Carthage, the old Kimberly and Lucky 13 tracts have been leased direct from the owner, Col. Corby, and combined in one good producing mine by new operators. The stuff was on the line between the two tracts, and the heretofore unsatisfactory conditions are now overcome.

At the Cholwell or Southeastern land the Providence company’s big pump broke last Thursday and has just got to going again. Four tons of ore were cleaned up in sinking ten feet in the pump shaft.

  Today's Feature

Four Fatalities Over 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports four people died during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2010 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2010. The Highway Patrol investigated all four fatality traffic crashes.

Troopers investigated 364 traffic crashes, which included 114 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 144 people for driving while intoxicated. [During the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers investigated 333 traffic crashes, which included 126 injuries. Statewide, there were six fatalities over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, troopers arrested 135 people for driving while intoxicated in 2009.]

Two of the fatality traffic crashes investigated by troopers occurred in the Troop D, Springfield area. The other fatalities occurred in the Troop B, Macon area, and Troop F, Jefferson City area.

All four of the fatalities were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Just Jake Talkin'

Just our regular reminder to be sure and check out the shops here in Carthage for your Christmas shoppin.’ If ya haven’t been on the Square recently, you might be surprised at the variety of items now available.

Other shops in town have popped up over the last year so be sure and make the rounds to find those gifts ya might not find in the bigger stores.

If ya haven’t been out to see the lights yet, they are up to their usual level of intensity. Remember folks visitin’ may not have had the experience of the Christmas light show so make sure to mention it.

‘Course the more sales tax generated in the City, the less pressure there is to look to other forms of revenue to support the services we take advantage of.

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.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past eight months, I have had a heart rhythm problem. I am on Coumadin. One day I forgot I had taken it and took another dose. My blood test showed that I had taken far too much. You wrote about ablation being a treatment for rhythm problems. Would it benefit me, and could I go off Coumadin? -- W.K.

ANSWER: I’m sure your rhythm problem is atrial fibrillation, a common and serious heartbeat disturbance where the heart beats rapidly and irregularly. One consequence is a drop-off in the amount of blood pumped by the heart. The second, and the more dangerous consequence, is the formation of clots in the upper heart chambers because blood in those chambers isn’t moving -- stagnant blood forms clots. Clots in the heart can be swept into the circulation and to the brain, where they block a brain artery. The result is a stroke. Coumadin prevents those clots from forming.

Many times, the goal in treating atrial fibrillation is only to slow the heart so that it pumps out an adequate blood supply.

Are there other ways of dealing with this rhythm problem? Yes. Ablation is one. It involves eliminating the heart tissue generating the abnormal rhythm. It’s done by inserting a thin tube that’s outfitted to deliver radio waves to the specific heart sites from which the abnormal beating arises. Does it sound simple to you? It isn’t. It’s very intensive work, and requires special training. Generally, ablation is restricted to those younger than you, but not always.

I’m on your side when it comes to taking Coumadin. It’s a bothersome drug, requiring frequent blood tests to be sure that enough drug is taken but not too much. Too much poses the danger of bleeding.

Talk with your doctor about having a consultation for ablation. The doctor might side with you, or tell you that you’re not a candidate for the procedure. At least you’ll have the satisfaction of having tried.

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