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Tuesday, September, 21 2010 Volume XIX, Number 65

did ya know?.

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

Did Ya Know?.. . The Jasper County Youth Poultry/Rabbit show will be Sat. Oct. 2 at the Fairgrounds. All youth 21 and under. Fundraiser for cages. Cindy 620-202-2823

today's laugh

MONDAY: For sale: R.D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Pbone 948-0707 after 7 P.M.. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who lives with him cheap.

TUESDAY Notice: We regret having erred In R.D. Jones’ ad yesterday. It should have read "One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 P.M."

WEDNESDAY Notice: R.D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying telephone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: "For sale -- R.D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 P.M. and ask for Mrs. Kelly who loves with him."

THURSDAY Notice: I, R.D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I smashed it. Don’t call 948-0707 as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly. Until yesterday she was my housekeeper but she quit!


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

Taken Sick En Route.

J.H. Jones and family came into town Saturday night in a covered wagon en route from Springfield to Iola, Kan., where they will buy a farm and make their home. The family consisted of husband, wife and son, and the wife’s mother. Mrs. Jones was quite sick with grip and the party went to the Commercial hotel, where they remained until Monday noon, for medical treatment. Mrs. Jones was improved by that time and the journey was resumed. Mr. Jones had been an old railroad man and lost his hand while switching cars a year ago.

The lawn surrounding the municipal power house at Carter’s park has been carefully cultivated, graded and leveled and was sown in grass seed this morning.

When you get ready to do that papering get Fred C. Pfifer. Phone No. 160.

  Today's Feature

Free Tickets Were Available for Powers Museum Chautauqua.

The Helen S. Boylan Foundation has given a grant to the Powers Museum which allowed the September Civil War Chautauqua to be presented for free (no ticket fee) to those attending.

Ticket reservations were still needed for each performance due to limited seating and it was recommended to reserve prior to performance.

Limited Seats Available for September 17 -- General Robert E. Lee’s New Hat (Lee presented by Norman Joy) at Stone’s Throw Theatre (796 S. Stone Lane -- just west of Powers Museum/Municipal Park on old Route 66) at 7:30 p.m. Advance reservations for tickets were needed as seating is limited compared to previous Chautauqua venues.

Performance Seating was FULL for September 18 -- General Ulysses S. Grant presented by Dave Dickerson at Stone’s Throw Theatre.

Limited Seats were available for September 19 -- Mary Boykin Chesnut presented by Dianne Moran at Stone’s Throw Theatre. .

Just Jake Talkin'

I don’t think of it as shoppin,’ ya shop for underwear. This is more of an adventure.

I’m in the market, as they say. Not in any big hurry. The tool I’m lookin’ for isn’t even a necessity. I’ve got time. Nothin’ worse than finally buyin’ somethin’ and findin’ out it won’t do what ya want it to do.

I spent a good portion of a day last weekend just findin’ out exactly what it is that I’m wantin’. Fact is, I spent most of the time just lookin’ for someone who knew anything about what it was I was lookin’ for.

Found one guy that seemed ta know quite a bit, but he said he wasn’t much of an expert on the topic. Couple others had the new merchandise, but not much knowledge. I did run across another item I already had for ‘bout a hunderd bucks less than what I paid. Hate it when that happens.

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.

Osteoarthritis: Bad to the Bone

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you provide information on osteoarthritis of the knee? Please include steps to take if you have it. Does it hurt a lot after surgery? Do vitamins or calcium help? -- W.J.

ANSWER: Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. One-third of the population age 65 and older has it. It’s a cracking and crumbling of the cartilage inside the joint, which makes for bone rubbing against bone. The result is pain and stiffness. Age isn’t the sole factor causing it. Being overweight, heredity, misalignment of the joint bones and previous injury all contribute to its appearance. Climbing stairs, getting out of a chair and walking become challenges.

A cure has yet to be found, but there are steps to take to manage it. Weight loss, if that applies to you, makes a huge difference. Loss of only 5 percent of current weight increases joint mobility and lessens pain. Exercise helps. Walk to the point of pain, rest and then continue on your way. Strengthening the thigh and hamstring muscles protects the knees. A warm shower or bath on rising decreases stiffness.

Tylenol is a safe and effective pain reliever. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- Aleve, Advil, Motrin and many others -- work well, but their downside is stomach irritation and the possible promotion of an ulcer. Simultaneously taking medicines that blunt stomach-acid production affords protection against these side effects. Prilosec and Zantac are two examples of protective drugs. Voltaren gel, an NSAID medicine that’s applied directly to the skin over the knees, reduces the threat of stomach irritation yet eases joint pain. Your doctor can inject the knee with cortisone, which often affords three or more months of relief.

Calcium and vitamins don’t work. People often ask about chondroitin and glucosamine. In spite of testimonials praising them, little evidence exists for their efficacy. If you want to try them, they won’t hurt.

The ultimate treatment for severe knee osteoarthritis is replacement of the joint. I know few people so happy with their treatment than are the ones who have had this surgery. Pain after surgery is not great and is not long-lasting.

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