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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Volume XIX, Number 237

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?..It is unlawful to pick up any debris/scrap lying along the streets, roadways, or private property without authorization. If you are found doing so, you may be arrested for stealing.

today's laugh

There’s a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for & why, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre & inexplicable.

There’s another theory which states this has already happened.

An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.

"Let’s have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let’s kill a pig."

The farmer scratched his grizzled head.

"Gee, Ethel," he finally answered, "I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago."


"My son has taken up meditation - at least it’s better than sitting doing nothing."


"Half this game is ninety percent mental."


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

I. D. Davis, a Farmer North of Town Severely Injured.

I. D. Davis a farmer who lives on the Chas. Myers place three miles north of Carthage, was kicked by a horse yesterday and his leg broken above the knee. Mr. Davis was engaged in feeding the stock in his barn and was passing behind the horse when he was kicked. He slapped the horse lightly on the hip and spoke to him at the same time but the animal probably mistaking him for another horse kicked with the above result. Dr. F. W. Flower was called and reduced the fracture. Mr. Davis is well along in years and the hurt will probably cause him a great deal of trouble.

Chas. Huth and Wesley Bruffett will leave tomorrow morning over the Frisco for California where they expect to locate.

Walter Wood, who now holds a position as train news boy running out of St. Louis, is in Carthage for a short visit.

  Today's Feature

Storm Victims Receive Free Legal Help.


A toll-free telephone number 1-800-829-4128 -- has been established at The Missouri Bar to receive requests for legal help from storm victims. Callers will be asked for a brief description of their problem or question as well as a return phone number. Within 48 hours a volunteer attorney will return the call and provide free legal help. The volunteer attorneys cannot represent callers in court or accept the caller as a paying client. After talking with a volunteer attorney, callers may be referred to their local lawyer referral service if they decide they would like a lawyer to represent them.

After natural disasters, storm victims typically have many questions about insurance matters, mortgage or rent issues, contracts for repair work, lost legal documents and government financial assistance. "The lawyers of Missouri want to help ensure that storm victims have the legal information and advice they need for rebuilding their lives and communities," said John S. Johnston, president of The Missouri Bar.

Jasper County Jail Count


Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

It must be somethin’ in the stars.

I get ta feelin’ that sometimes that ever’thing mechanical is bein’ influenced by the whims of the moon, like the wives tales about plantin’ potatoes and such. These minor aggravations are not much when they come ever’ now and then, but it seems that durin’ certain phases they pile up and become all consuming.This is the time when the lawn mower, automobile, remote control, light bulbs, telephone, and other various and sundry items become contrary. Shoe laces break, ball point pens run out of ink and the pocket calculator battery runs down.

The only solace is the faith that at some point ever’thing that can break will break and it will finally be over till the next lunar intrusion.

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.

Fibromyalgia Is an Elusive Ailment

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 43-year-old mother of three children, and I also teach school. Since last spring, I have lost all energy, and my muscles seem to hurt all over. I have consulted three doctors. None has found anything wrong with me or my tests. The last doctor has suggested fibromyalgia. I am scheduled to see him again in three weeks. I know nothing about this illness, and I wonder how it’s treated. Please summarize for me. -- L.J.

ANSWER: Fibromyalgia is an elusive condition. It’s defined as widespread body pain, an ache-all-over feeling, just like you describe. Accompanying symptoms include disturbed sleep and fatigue. No lab test, X-ray or scan discloses anything amiss. One aid to diagnosis is tender points -- specific body sites where finger pressure elicits pain far out of proportion to the pressure applied.

No one has a definite answer about what’s going on. One popular explanation is that people with fibromyalgia perceive pain with heightened sensitivity because of an imbalance of brain chemicals and a misfiring of brain nerves. Disturbed sleep is another consequence of these disorders.

Often the first treatment for fibromyalgia is an antidepressant. It’s given not so much to relieve depression -- although fibromyalgia is a depressing situation -- but to restore normal brain-cell communication and normal brain chemistry to dampen the brain’s magnified perception of pain. Savella and Cymbalta are such antidepressants that are approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Another medicine often prescribed is Lyrica, a drug whose primary purpose is seizure control. Heat and massage might decrease pain.

Exercise is an essential part of treatment. It sounds absurd to ask someone in pain to exercise, but a carefully graded exercise program goes a long way toward restoring normal feeling. You can start with something as simple as a walk. Increase the time, the pace and the frequency of walking until you are finally doing 30 minutes a day.

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