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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 158

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at the Nazarene Church in Carthage Thursday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 2000 Grand.

Did Ya Know?...Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre 796 S. Stone Lane will have the Special Valentine’s Day Performance Monday, February 14. Two One Act Plays, admission $25.00. Includes dinner and special Valentine treats. Call for reservations 358-9665

today's laugh

Once there was this young who discovered a treasure trove. Amongst the old and valuable things he noticed a worn out lamp. He rubbed the lamp and out came the genie. "Yes master, express your wish", the genie howled. The man said, "Genie get me a grand villa where I can live happily ever after with my girlfriend". The genie looked at the man and said, "Well, if I could make a villa like that, then why do you suppose I live in this stuffy worn out lamp?"


"I’m afraid I have some very bad news," the doctor says. "You’re dying, and you don’t have much time left."

"Oh, that’s terrible!" says the man. "Give it to me straight, Doc. How long have I got?"

"Ten," the doctor says sadly.

"Ten?" the man asks. "Ten what? Months? Weeks? What?!"



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


County Gathering to Assist in

Raising $20,000,000.

President Elder Eli P. Anderson for this district of the Methodist church announces a Methodist mass meeting for Jasper county to be held next Friday at Carterville, for the purpose of inaugurating plans for a "20th century forward movement," by which evangelistic services will be commenced simultaneously throughout the county. At these evangelistic services the county is to raise a sum of money toward a $20,000,000 twentieth century thank offering being raised by the Methodist church of America.

Some $11,000,000 of the sum is already raised, and the fund goes to the founding of new churches, colleges, endowment of chairs, and other educational work.

  Today's Feature

Sales Tax Vote Today.

City Poling places will be open today for the election to see if Carthage citizens want to continue a half-cent sales tax for the next twenty years to be used for capitol improvements.

"The plan," stated City Administrator Tom Short in a memo to Council members, "is to use the Five-year CIP (Capital Improvement Program) as the justification of the extension of the Capital Improvements Sales Tax which expires in March 2012."

The tax is estimated to generate approximately $800,000 a year, or approximately $16 million over the twenty-year life of the tax.

The total requests by department heads, which are typically cut drastically in the budget process, totaled approximately $30 million for the next five years.

The City Council will meet this evening for its regular meeting in City Hall at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes two Council bills that would redefine the requirements for residency for firefighters and other personnel, and a resolution adopting Rosenberg’s Rules of Order, as amended, as the official rules of parliamentary procedure for the City of Carthage.

Just Jake Talkin'

Most folks won’t remember to vote today. It’s not a typical votin’ date for most and it will be easy for most to let this one slide by.

Today’s vote is about sales tax. A half-cent for ever dollar ya spend in Carthage. The money is ta be used on "capitol improvements," which, with some broad interpretation, could mean anything from a new fire sub-station to a sidewalk, golf carts, a bridge, or a computer. I’m guessin’ it will mean anything physical that the City can justify.

I haven’t seen much vocal opposition to the proposal and we’ve been payin’ the tax for the last fifteen years or so. That money went to pay a portion of the bill for buildin’ new water towers and sewer plant improvements. What this twenty-year tax will buy hasn’t been actually defined.

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.

Rosacea Reddens Nose and Cheeks

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: The tip of my husband’s nose and his cheeks have become noticeably red this past year. People ask me -- half kidding, half serious -- if he’s been drinking heavily. He doesn’t touch alcohol. This doesn’t bother him, but it bothers me. What is this? -- N.D.

ANSWER: The probable culprit is rosacea (rose-A-she-uh). It starts as a reddening of the nose and cheeks, and sometimes can affect the forehead. The skin also develops webs of tiny blood vessels. Pimples -- which look much like acne -- break out. The final stage, which should never be reached these days, is the bulbous nose of W.C. Fields.

Rosacea is common. Fair-skinned people with light hair are the most susceptible. So are those who blush easily. The actual cause is a bit unclear. Some believe the skin mite Demodex is involved. It lives in hair follicles. But people without rosacea also have the mite, so a cause and effect is not certain.

People with rosacea often have eye involvement, something that’s often overlooked but needs consideration. The eyes feel gritty and might burn. They, too, can become red.

Rosacea isn’t a curable condition, but it is highly treatable. Your husband ought to steer clear of spicy foods, sunlight and extremes of heat and cold. That he doesn’t drink alcohol is in his favor.

Metronidazole cream, gel or lotion, or Azelex (azelaic acid) cream can bring gratifying results. Over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide often works for an acne breakout. Sometimes oral metronidazole or an oral antibiotic is added to the program.

You or your husband would do well to contact the National Rosacea Society, which can provide you with informative literature and keep you abreast of the latest changes in treatment. The society’s website is, and its phone number is 888-NO-BLUSH.

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