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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 173

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Humane Society is asking for donations of canned & dry dog food and old newspapers due to an unusual amount of puppies coming into the shelter. Call 358-6402

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue will host "Tom Cat Tuesdays each Tuesday in march. Low-cost neuter clinic. Call 358-1300 for appointment.

today's laugh

While getting a checkup, a man tells his doctor that he thinks his wife is losing her hearing. The doctor says, "You should do a simple test. Stand about 15 feet behind your wife and say ‘honey?’ Move 3 feet closer and do it again. Keep moving 3 feet closer until she finally responds." Remember how close you were when she gives you an answer. That will help me know how bad her hearing loss is.

About a month later the same guy is at the doctor again and the doctor asks, "Well, did you do that experiment with your wife’s hearing?" The man says "yes". "How close did you get before she answered?" "Well, by the time I got about 3 feet away she just turned around and said "For the FIFTH TIME... WHAT???"


I just can’t stop my hands shaking!"

"Do you drink a lot?"

"Not really - I spill most of it!"


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


Officer Drake found a man this morning in the grove back of Jones Brois’ coal office, near the Missouri Pacific depot, afflicted with the small pox. He was sitting dejected in the shade and appeared to have a rather severe case.

"I walked down from Lamar last night," said he, "leaving there to avoid quarantine and the pest house. I don’t propose to have any pest house business in mine."

"Well you can’t do yourself justice hiding out in groves and wayside places," said Officer Drake. "You will catch cold, and then you may croke. Besides we can’t allow you at large in the city this way. You’ll be treated well in the pest house. You must either go there or get out of town."

The fellow thereupon started north on the Missouri Pacific. Judging by the show the disease made on his hands, it is a wonder he was able to use his feet at all.

  Today's Feature

Representative Flanigan Selected to Chair

Joint Committee on Legislative Research.

State Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, has been selected by his colleagues to lead the Joint Committee on Legislative Research as chairman of the committee

The Joint Committee on Legislative Research is a non-partisan legislative research agency that serves the members and staff of the Missouri General Assembly. The 20-member committee, made up of 10 members from each the House and Senate, is not a policy making group and formulates no legislative program. Its staff renders technical and professional assistance as may be requested by the General Assembly. Staff members provide bill drafting assistance, prepare concurrent and courtesy resolutions, operate a legislative reference library and publish the Revised Statutes of Missouri .

"I’m honored to have been selected by the members of the Joint Committee as their chairman," said Flanigan. "I look forward to working with the committee and its hard-working staff as we complete the work of this integral committee."

Just Jake Talkin'

Heard of some interestin’ mergers that are bein’ proposed.

3M and Goodyear, if merged could become MMMGood.

Zippo Mfg., Audi Motor Car, Dofasco and Dakota Mining would merge to become ZipAudiDoDa.

Federal Express might join its major competitor, UPS, and consolidate as FedUP.

Polygram Records, Warner Bros. and Zesta Crackers could join forces and become Polly, Warner, Cracker.

Then there’s the possibility of Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women considering a merger to be come the famous KnottNOW.

With the market settlin’ down, these combinations may be where the big money is.

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.

Hepatitis C Can Lead to Liver Cirrhosis

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When he was 20, my son came down with hepatitis C. He’s never said how he got it, but he was running around with a very wild bunch then. He still has the virus at age 27. Should he be treated? He never was. I wonder what’s in store for him, and if he can marry and have a family. Can he? -- C.S.

ANSWER: Worldwide, 175 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. In the U.S., 4 million carry it. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of infected people will harbor the virus for life. Of that number, around 20 percent develop liver cirrhosis in 20 years, and a smaller number are stricken with liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the most common reason for a liver transplant.

People catch the virus in a number of ways. Sharing needles to inject drugs is one way. Health-care workers can get it from an accidental stick with a needle used on an infected person. Before 1992, blood transfusion was a major source of infection. Tattooing or body piercing by unlicensed practitioners or those who do not adhere to sterile techniques is another route of transmission. Sex with multiple partners is a possible way of contracting the illness. Sex with a single partner who has the virus is not a common route of passage. Your son can marry and possibly but not likely infect his wife, and will not infect his children.

This young man has to establish himself with a doctor. Lab tests will show if his liver is suffering any damage, and blood tests give a reliable estimate of how great a number of viruses is circulating in his blood. Treatment will hinge on that information.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: How does someone with AIDS die? How long does one live after being diagnosed with AIDS? DR.

ANSWER: AIDS kills in a number of ways. It so weakens the immune system that an infection brings death. Or the weakened immune system allows the growth of a cancer that proves fatal. AIDS also can interfere with the production of proteins and other body materials needed for life, and the person wastes away.

The incredible progress made in the treatment of AIDS allows most infected people to live 30 to 40 years after the diagnosis is made, very close to a normal life.

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