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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 188

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...Magic Moments Riding Therapy is currently in need of assistance for Saturday morning classes. Volunteers should be at least 14, have some horse experience. 325-4490

today's laugh

A voice on the office loudspeaker announced: "We will be testing the speaker system to make sure it will work properly in case of emergency."

All our confidence in this safety precaution faded when the voice added: "If you are unable to hear this announcement, please contact us."


Notice to Employees (Includes Temporary and Part Time Staff)


We will no longer accept your doctors’ notes as proof.

We believe if you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to work.


We are no longer allowing this practice. As long as you are employed here, you will need all of whatever you have and should not consider having anything removed. We hired you as you are, and to have anything removed would certainly make you less than we bargained for. Anyone having any type of surgery will be FIRED immediately.


In the event of extreme pregnancy, you will be allowed to go to the first aid room when the pains are FIVE MINUTES apart. If it is false labor, you will have to take an hour’s leave without pay.


This will be accepted as an excuse, BUT we would like two weeks notice, as we feel it is your duty to teach someone your job prior to . . . or after death.

This new benefit program goes into effect immediately.

The Management


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


The old bill boards on the east side of North Main street below Central avenue, have been torn down and a new set of boards, much better constructed, are going up in their place. R. C. Cragin has the contract. These boards are at the front of lots owned by the R. H. Rose Mercantile Co., and are erected by them. They will paint large permanent signs on the boards.

As the boards are larger than the Rose. Co. need, space has been leased to other firms. W. W. Brinkley & Son, The Hamilton Wallingford Shoe Co. and A. H. Caffee & Co. have so far taken space and will paint signs there. The boards will no longer be used for bill posting.

The R. H. Rose Mercantile Co. are also putting up large sign boards at the east end of Central avenue on the south side of the street, so situated that they face people driving into town on the road running south to Central avenue from the upper bridge.

  Today's Feature

Council Meet Tonight: 7:30 p.m.

Vote Scheduled: C.B. 11-08 an Ordinance to amend Section 22-183 of the Carthage Code to require nonresidents to provide proof of insurance (Public Safety Committee).

2. C.B. 11-09 an Ordinance to authorize the Mayor to apply for federal financial assistance on behalf ofthe City ofCarthage, Missouri and to execute any contract(s) resulting from such application. (PubJic Services Committee).

New Business -First Reading

1. C.B. 11-10 an Ordinance amending the Annual Operating and Capital Budget of the City of Carthage for the fiscal year 2010 20 II (Budget, Ways and Means).

2. C.B. 11-11 an Ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Blevins Asphalt Construction Co., Inc. for the Annual Asphalt Paving Contract for fiscal year 2012 ($46.30 per ton of asphalt and $1.30 per gallon of tack oil Construction Company (Public Works Committee).

Resolution No. 1627 a Resolution of intent to participate in Natural Hazard Mitigation and to work toward becoming a safer community (Public Safety Committee).

Just Jake Talkin'

They say that one of the most successful campaigns in recent years is the one calling for designated drivers.

Apparently accidents by drunk drivers has dropped and much of the credit is given to the awareness raised by the ads about designated drivers.

The antismoking ads also seem to have raised awareness.


I suppose it’s hard ta say if the ads caused the response or if they just reflect an attitude that is popular.

Gettin’ down to it, I don’t suppose it really matters.

The fact that folks are takin’ a look at lifestyle changes, for whatever the reason, is prob’ly most significant.

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.

Mitral Valve Prolapse Rarely a Health Threat

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About 40 years ago, when I was in my 30s, I was examined by a famous heart doctor who went over me with great care and concluded I had mitral valve prolapse. He put me on medicine, which I have taken to this day. He also insisted I take antibiotics before dental work.

That doctor died, and my new doctor, quite young, says I don’t have mitral valve prolapse and that I don’t need medicine or antibiotics before dental work. He saw that I doubted him, so he had me get an echocardiogram. It showed no mitral valve problem. I still wonder about this. I can’t accept that my former doctor was wrong. -- J.P.

ANSWER: The mitral valve regulates blood flow from the upper left heart chamber -- the left atrium -- to the lower left heart chamber, the ventricle. When the ventricle contracts, it pumps blood out of the heart. Simultaneously the mitral valve closes to prevent backflow of blood into the left atrium. Mitral valve prolapse means that the mitral valve balloons upward into the left atrium during heart pumping and might leak blood.

In the 1960s, around the time you were diagnosed with this condition, mitral valve prolapse was first described and became a very popular diagnosis. Many of those who were then given a diagnosis of it really didn’t have it. The condition was written about in newspapers and magazines, and dire consequences were ascribed to it.

Now, with new knowledge of how this valve works and with new equipment such as echocardiograms (sound-wave pictures of the heart), a clearer picture of the mitral valve is obtainable. Most people who have a ballooning valve are not considered to have a serious medical condition. In only a handful of these people does a significant leak of blood occur. Those are the people who require treatment, and those are the people who take antibiotics before certain dental procedures.

Your doctor wasn’t wrong. He was a victim of the inadequate knowledge of that era.

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