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Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 154

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...There will be a Tim Roderick Benefit Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. in McMorrow’s Triple L, 418 Grant to help family pay for furneral expenses. Donations for an Auction are appreciated. call 417-793-8377.

today's laugh

An Antartian was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, when he saw something, far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to find a little old man sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.

The Antartian asked, "Please, I’m dying of thirst, can I have some water?"

The man replied, "I don’t have any water, but why don’t you buy a tie?

This one goes with your robe."

The Antartian shouted, "I don’t want a tie, you idiot, I need water!"

"OK, don’t buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I’ll tell you that over that hill there, about 4 miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they’ll give you all the water you want."

The Antartian thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually disappeared. Three hours later the Antartian came crawling back to where the man was sitting behind his card table. The old man said, "Couldn’t you find it?"

The Antartian rasped, "I found it all right but they wouldn’t let me in without a tie!"


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


The meeting of the Commercial Club was held at the Elks club house last night as per announcement, to consider plans for the reception of the members of the State Board of Railroad commissioners.

As is well known the meeting was called for last night when it was thought the board of railroad commissioners would be here today, but as is also known, a telegram was received yesterday afternoon continuing the case and stating that a letter would follow more fully explaining the situation.

In the absence of the letter nothing was known as to when the commissioners would be here, but the meeting of the club was held as originally appointed and the plans for meeting the board were proceeded with on the assumption that they would be here soon.

There was much interesting discussion of the proposed connecting spur between the two roads and the need for it was emphasized by many reasons from many standpoints.

It was arranged to systematically present the claims of Carthage in demanding that the two railroads here be connected by a switch which will allow cars to be switched from one road to the other.

A committee was appointed, composed of W. R. Logan, J. D. Clarkson and S. B. Griswold, who are to see the merchants and have them call on the commission when it arrives and urge the desired point. The committee is also to collect and systematise the evidence.

J. F. Barker was appointed a reception committee of one to receive the commissioners when they finally come.

  Today's Feature

Missouri State Highway Patrol Discourages

Travel During Hazardous Weather.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is discouraging travel during this week’s hazardous weather conditions. Freezing rain followed by sleet, heavy snow, wind, and bitterly cold temperatures will make driving treacherous and dangerous should you break down or slide off the road and become stranded.

Troopers will be out in full force during these severe weather and driving conditions. All leave days have been canceled and troopers are working 12-hour shifts , some in four-wheel drive pickup trucks, to provide coverage. However, motorists need to be aware response times will be much longer than normal especially on secondary roads. The Patrol is working with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to preposition manpower and resources throughout the state in preparation of the winter storm, which will enable the Patrol to provide the best possible service.

Whether rain, sleet, ice, or snow, drivers need to make adjustments when the weather changes. The Patrol encourages motorists to plan ahead and drive safely or not at all during inclement weather. If they must drive in the inclement weather, drivers should plan extra time into their schedule to clean snow and ice completely from their vehicle. Make sure the windows are completely cleared to ensure visibility. Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on. It takes only a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. But, that second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash.

Keep in mind that Section 307.020 RSMo. states lighted lamps are required, "from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise, and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead."

Before you travel, gather an ice scraper, tire chains, battery boostermcables, blankets, flashlight, and a bag of sand to place in your vehicle’s trunk. Emergencies cannot be predicted, but planning for them can help you if one should arise. A fully charged cell phone is an additional asset when driving in hazardous weather conditions. Missouri’s Road Condition Report (1-800-222-6400) can help you plan your route before you leave. This number gives an automated listing of road conditions throughout the state. You may also view MoDOT’s Road Condition Map by going to the Patrol’s web site and clicking on the Road Condition icon. Drivers should also allow more time to reach their destination at a slow, safe speed.

Section 304.012 RSMo. directs motorists to exercise the highest degree of care on Missouri’s roadways. This part of Missouri law states, "Every person operating a motor vehicle on the roads and highways of this state shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care." When inclement weather hits, please adjust how you drive, so that you continue to "exercise the highest degree of care". For instance: Stopping quickly in the winter on snow-covered or icy roads is next to impossible. Use care by increasing your following distance as you drive. Increase your following distance to five seconds or more. Ask yourself if the speed you’re traveling is safe for the weather conditions. Driving the speed limit may not be "exercising the highest degree of care" during inclement weather; driving over the speed limit never is.

If you are involved in a minor traffic crash, one of the first thoughts you might have is whether or not you should move your vehicle. The answer is yes. Ten years ago a state law took effect which requires vehicles involved in a minor, non-injury crashes to move off the traveled portion of the road. For every minute a vehicle stops on the highway and blocks one lane of traffic, it backs up approaching traffic for four minutes. Section 304.151 RSMo. states, "Except in the case of an accident resulting in the injury or death of any person, the driver of a vehicle which for any reason obstructs the regular flow of traffic on the roadway of any state highway shall make every reasonable effort to move the vehicle or have it moved so as not to block the regular flow of traffic.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is here to serve and protect. If you become stranded or see another vehicle stranded on the side of the road with passengers, please call the Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number at 1-800-525-5555 or dial *55 on a cellular phone. These numbers ring at the nearest troop headquarters.

Planning ahead and being a courteous driver are important every day. In winter driving conditions, this becomes crucial. Please slow down and wear your seat belt.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve been known ta own a horse, but not in some time and I had an uncle that used ta train horses ta pull a carriage. I’ve never been thrown, but got kicked pretty good once. Left a horse shoe shaped bruise on my upper thigh. Didn’t hurt much. (I was a kid at the time.)

I know ya need feed and some a that fly spray and ya need ta keep the stall clean, ‘specially if ya don’t have any a that fly spray. Most horses would rather ya mount from the left side, so it’s always a safe bet to start there. Ya pull on the reigns in the direction ya wanna go. If ya get a decent horse, you can pretty much guide it by squeezin’ with your knees on one or both sides.

One thing for sure, ya gotta let the horse know who’s boss. May be onea the reasons I don’t have a horse anymore.

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.

Psoriasis Sometimes More Than Skin Deep

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Your article on arthritis was very interesting, but you did not explain about the arthritis that comes with psoriasis. I have it, and I know of two other people who have it. We don’t understand it at all. Please explain. -- B.E.

ANSWER: Autoimmunity is the explanation for many illnesses, including both skin and joint psoriasis. "Autoimmunity" indicates that the immune system -- our protection against germ invasion and other harmful attacks -- for reasons not yet understood, turns against our own bodies; in this case, it’s the skin and joints. The immune system targets joints in as many as 7 percent of those who suffer from skin psoriasis. That’s a considerable number of people when you consider that as many as 3 percent of the entire population suffers from skin psoriasis.

Skin psoriasis precedes joint psoriasis most of the time, but there are instances when both occur simultaneously or when joint involvement appears before any skin manifestations.

The fact that skin and joint psoriasis run in some families also points to a gene influence on these conditions.

Any joint can be affected. The topmost finger joint, the one below the fingernail, is frequently targeted. Back, neck, knees, you name it -- psoriasis can strike it. Like all arthritic joints, psoriatic arthritic joints are swollen, red, tender and stiff. The severity of joint involvement doesn’t always mirror skin involvement, but it does correspond to nail changes. Nails have small pits, become loosened from their attachment to underlying skin, often turn yellow and crumble.

Treatment of psoriatic arthritis depends on how bad the arthritis is. For mild to moderate cases, NSAIDS do a good job. They include the familiar Aleve, Advil, Motrin and many others. For more severe involvement, doctors prescribe drugs like methotrexate. And for severe arthritis, a breakthrough has come with the introduction of drugs like Enbrel, Remicade and Humira.

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