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Tuesday, September, 28, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 70

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

A very large old building was being torn down in Chicago to make room for a new skyscraper. Due to its proximity to other buildings, it could not be imploded and had to be dismantled floor by floor.

While working on the 49th floor, two construction workers found a skeleton in a small closet behind the elevator shaft. They called the police.

When the police arrived, they directed them to the closet and showed them the skeleton, fully clothed and standing upright.

Two days went by and the construction workers couldn’t stand it any more; they had to know who they found. They called the police and said, "We are the two guys who found the skeleton in the closet and we want to know if it was Jimmy Hoffa or somebody important."

The police said it’s not Jimmy Hoffa, but it was somebody kind of important."

"Well, who was it?"

"The 1956 National Hide-and-Seek Champion."


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

Water Cress Swamp Drained.

Street Commissioner J.J. Smith has done a commendable act in draining the swampy tract west of the north end of Main street in the Frisco bottoms. Owing to inadequate culverts under the railroads and the stopped-up condition of the same, the water from the woolen mill spring spread out over several acres in the vicinity mentioned. There water cress grew and a thick slimy mud gathered which sent up an offensive stench. With a few day’s work the culverts have been rectified and the water from the spring now follows a natural course in well defined bounds to and through the culverts and on in regular ditches to the river. The swamp is drying up and the water cress is dying. The air in the vicinity is far more pleasant, and the residents of that part of town owe Commissioner Smith a vote of thanks. He has quickly remedied an evil which has existed for years, and it is a wonder it has not been attended to before.

  Today's Feature

Sunday Liquor Sales Request.

Public Safety Committee Minutes: "MaZoo’s Liqour -Request to Change City Ordinance regarding Sunday Liqour SalesTime Chuck Classick, Rick Cox, Kathy Vanwey and Teresa Ayers were all present to discuss their request for changing the City Ordinance referring to time of sales of alcohol on Sunday. Currently the time for selling within the Carthage City Ordinance on Sunday is 1:30 p.m. Ms. Vanwey explained to the committee that the State Statutes time of selling alcohol on Sunday is currently 9:00 a.m. Her and other representatives of MaZoo Liqour would like to see the City Ordinance changed to follow State Statutes. This would allow the City to receive additional revenue, not only from liquor sales but the sales of gas, cigarettes, ice and other purchases of customers on Sunday mornings.

After a short discussion, Mr. Greninger made a motion to forward this issue to City Attorney Nate Dalley for his review of the current State Statutes for preparation of a draft ordinance and recommending to full council that the City adopt those statues for the sales of liquor on Sunday. All were in favor, motion carried."

Just Jake Talkin'

I enjoy black-eyed peas, but they always present a dilemma for me. They look and taste more like a bean to my palate.

It gets me ta wonderin’ how do ya tell a bean from a pea? Two peas in a pod doesn’t help, beans grow in pods too. And from all appearances, green beans are the pod. I suppose there is some genetic code that separates beans from peas, but how can an ordinary pea picker really know?

‘Course we all know of peanuts, could there be a peabean, or is the name just descriptive reference?

I’d be interested in hearin’ from any pea pickers out there that could shed some light on this subject. Bean pluckers are welcome to their opinion also, since I really don’t know the difference.

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.

What Are ‘Significant’ Lapses of Memory?


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother is 69 and has, during the past few years, shown signs of memory problems. In the span of 20 minutes, she might ask the same question several times. She has trouble following the flow of conversation. I am concerned she might be forgetting her medicines. I called her physician and was told that until she forgets what things like toasters are used for, there is no real concern. Isn’t early intervention a key to treating Alzheimer’s? -- M.K.



ANSWER: With age, it takes more time to retrieve information from the memory than it does in youth. That’s normal. It’s also normal for older people, given a sufficient amount of time, to recall the events of the preceding day or of special occasions. They might, on occasion, find it difficult to come up with a particular word, but they should be able to continue to perform tasks like balancing a checkbook. They might misplace things, as we all do. However, they can institute a search in an orderly and methodical way.

It’s not normal to forget an entire event even when they are given promptings of what has happened. Misplacing things because the things have been put in strange places isn’t normal. An example is putting the car keys in the refrigerator.

Neurologists, geriatricians (doctors who specialize in the treatment of the elderly), psychiatrists and psychologists administer tests that more precisely reflect a person’s memory and thinking capabilities. Having your mother tested isn’t a bad idea, and she should not take offense at the suggestion.

Four medicines constitute the bulk of prescriptions written for Alzheimer’s disease. They are Aricept, Razadyne, Exelon and Namenda. The first three are usually prescribed for the early stages of this illness. None is a cure. They can slow its progression. Dozens of new medicines are currently under investigation.

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