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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 242

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..The Nazarene Church located at 2000 Grand will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 am until 6 p.m.

today's laugh

Satan was complaining bitterly to God, "You made the world so that it was not fair, and you made it so that most people would have to struggle every day, fight against their innate wishes and desires, and deal with all sorts of losses, grief, disasters, and catastrophes.

Yet people worship and adore you. People fight, get arrested, and cheat each other, and I get blamed, even when it is not my fault.

Sure, I’m not perfect, but give me a break. Can’t you do something to make them stop blaming me?"

And so God created lawyers.


Bloke asks his wife what she wants for her birthday. She says,"A Divorce."

He says, "OH!, I wasn’t thinking of spending that much"


What kind of little girl was your Mom?

1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.

2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

3. They say she used to be nice.


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

His Mental Arithmetic Adopted for the State.

A Big Thing Financially.

From friends of Prof. J. M. White, who are interested in school work, it is learned that his mental arithmetic has been adopted for this state by the text book commission for a period of five years. The adoption of his book is a very great honor for Prof. White.

As near as can be estimated now 150,000 copies of the book will be necessary for the use of the Missouri schools next year, and some additional copies each year for five years. It can be readily seen the adoption of the book is a good thing for Prof. White financially as well as otherwise.

The book will be used in all grades from the fourth to the high school, and, mental arithmetic has not been used heretofore and he will not be compelled to take old books in exchange. His work was selected from the typewritten copy, as the book is not yet in type.

  Today's Feature

The Packers Are Back.

The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band will be returning at the Jim Spradling Memorial Carthage Acoustic Music Festival this Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. This high energy group impressed the audience two years ago with their musical ability and entertaining humor. The group will be featured in the pre-festival concert on Friday evening in the old High School Auditorium. Tickets for the concert are $7 to benefit the Fair Acres Family Y tornado relief effort.

The pre-festival concert kicks off the 10th Annual festival that includes an open stage on Saturday from 10 to 1 followed by nine hours of outstanding acoustic performances, ending at 10 p.m. The Packer Band includes the following members:

Lauralyn Bodle has degrees in math and psychology, and for her Master’s theses in architecture helped design and build an energy efficient home. She teaches Italian at the University of Kansas. Considered too smart to play with the Packers, she uses her math skills to count out the rhythm. When the rhythm wavers Lauralyn berates the band in Italian.

Fiddle, bass, vocals and big hair

Jim Brothers is the leader of the pack and chairman of the "wash" board. Jim founded the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band in 1979. Jim is also a prominent sculptor with works including the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA and a life-sized General Dwight D. Eisenhower in the U.S. Capitol. Jim likes to play with cars in his spare time.

Washboard, jaw harp, whistles, horns and guns

Matt Kirby’s picture is in the American Heritage Dictionary (American Heritage, 2nd college edition) next to "dulcimer". He is an artist by trade, with a degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. He plays the hammered dulcimer that he designed and built.

Hammered dulcimer, accordian, snare drum, bodhran, vocals and vocal impressions

For a day job Steve Mason is a luthier: one who repairs, improves and creates stringed instruments. To make a guitar he starts with a tree and carves away everything that doesn’t look like a guitar. He has a degree in Biology and he’s only five years of graduate school and a dissertation short of a PhD.

Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Mandolin and Vocals

Mike Yoder admits to being the chief photographer at The Lawrence Journal-World newspaper. Some of his photographs can be seen in the books "America 24/7" and "Kansas 24/7". He usually drives the bus.

Guitar, mandolin, bass and vocals

Jasper County Jail Count

200 June 6, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

Saw a neat trick on a bicycle the other day. A small girl of five or six, apparently still learnin’ the art of survivin’ a two wheeler, was ridin’ with four other children. She turned out of the alley onto the street and didn’t get straightened out. She continued in a circular motion and bumped square into the curb. Her slow speed and low proximity to the ground eliminated any chance of serious injury, but she dropped like a rock. The small boy ridin’ beside her was havin’ his own problems keepin’ upright and didn’t stop. The girl brushed herself off and got back on, slowly tryin’ catch up to the rest of the group.

I never saw a tear, just a face of determination and possibly some embarrassment. A spark of hope for the next generation.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Weekly Column

To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

New Dawn Breaks for Rheumatoid Arthritis

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter, 37, has rheumatoid arthritis. Is it genetic or a diet/lifestyle illness? What can be done to alleviate her discomfort? I read somewhere that cod liver oil brings relief. -- H.B.

ANSWER: Arthritis comes in many guises. Osteoarthritis is the most common kind. Nearly everyone has a touch of it before death. Rheumatoid arthritis affects about 1 percent of adults, with two women afflicted for every man. It makes its appearance most often in the 40s and 50s. The lower two knuckles of the fingers, the wrist, elbows, ankles and foot joints are the ones most often attacked, but any joint can be affected, including the shoulders and hips. It’s a symmetrical arthritis, meaning that the same joint on the right is stricken as the one on the left. It’s also a systemic illness. The body as a whole suffers. Fever, weight loss and fatigue are common in many stages of this illness. The eyes can become inflamed, as can blood vessels. Changes in the lungs are possible.

It’s not a diet/lifestyle illness. Genes play a role, but not the entire role. The immune system is involved. Cod liver oil is no longer used for treatment.

A new dawn has broken for the treatment of this often-disabling affliction. Formerly, anti-inflammatory drugs like Motrin and aspirin were the initial treatment. Now treatment most often begins with drugs called disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, DMARD. These medicines have the potential to stop the progression of the illness. Methotrexate is one example.

A brand-new class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs, the biologicals, neutralizes body chemicals that lead to joint inflammation and deformity. They can halt the arthritis process in its tracks -- not always, but enough of the time to call them amazing. Some names are Humira, Kineret, Actemra, Enbrel and Remicade. They also have powerful side effects that have to be quickly attended to. Your daughter lives at a time that is a good one for people with this illness.

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