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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Volume XX, Number 116

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...City-wide leaf pickup program will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 30. Call the Street Department at 237-7020 to be placed on list.

today's laugh

Railroad Agent-"Here’s another farmer who is suing us on acount of his cows."

Official-"One of our trains killed them, I suppose?"

Agent-"No, he claims our trains go by so slow that the passengers lean out the windows and milk the cows when they go by."

"I guess I’ll hit the hay," said the farmer, as he slipped off the barn.

Two men robbed a bank and ran out to escape. But they were caught right away. While they were inside robbing the bank, the bank had repossessed their car.

I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked "brightness," but it doesn’t work, does it? — Gallagher

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

— Johnny Carson

Iiceberg: a kind of a permanent wave.


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

Boy Killed Two Dogs.

Oren Irwin Has Bad Luck Hunting with Setters.

While out hunting on Dry Fork Saturday evening Oren Irwin got cold and as a result his fingers grew a little too stiff to manipulate the gun trigger and hammer skillfully. Accordingly, when he went to crowd through a barb wire fence his shotgun went off and killed a fine black Gordon setter, for which T. K. Irwin, the boy’s father, had just paid $25.

Less than two weeks ago the boy was out hunting with another good dog, which had cost $20, and it was accidentally killed in the same manner. Neither dog had been in possession of Mr. Irwin more than a week.

The Century club met yesterday with Miss Cora Mayerhoff and enjoyed looking at pictures of the club taken last week by Mrs. Laughead.

  Today's Feature

Three Fatalities Over 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports three people died during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2011 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2011. The Highway Patrol investigated all three fatality traffic crashes. Troopers investigated 365 traffic crashes, which included 125 injuries. In addition, troopers arrested 126 people for driving while intoxicated. [During the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday, troopers investigated 364 traffic crashes, which included 114 injuries. Statewide, there were seven fatalities over the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend. Troopers arrested 144 people for driving while intoxicated in 2010.]

Of the three fatality traffic crashes investigated by troopers, one each occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring area; in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff area; and in the Troop H, St. Joseph area.

There were no boating incidents reported during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

Jasper County Jail Count

166 November 23, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'


It’s always tough ta get back ta work after the long weekends. Seems like the day or two off just piles up more ta get done in the short week.

With the holidays over, I’m guessin’ that most are lookin’ forward to gettin’ back to some sort of regular schedule.

Most folks seem to function better with whatever "routine" they are used to. Even the ones who don’t like the idea of bein’ routine actually are a lot more predictable that they may like to appear. Creatures of habit.

It must be one a those tools of survival we have inherited ‘cause it seems so ingrained. Fortunately we have also kept our ability to have a little flexibility from time to time, at least for the holidays.

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.

Are Sleeping Pills Worse Than Insomnia?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am on Lunesta, a prescription sleeping pill for insomnia. The nurse practitioner wanted me to take half a pill every third night, but that didn’t work for me. I have to take half a pill every night. Now she wants me to take half a pill every other night because she’s afraid that it will become habit-forming. What do you think of this medicine? -- S.S.

ANSWER: All sleeping pills should be taken for as short a time as possible. "As short a time as possible" implies that the person recovers from whatever it is that’s preventing him or her from falling asleep. In the real world, a correctible cause for insomnia often isn’t found, and then a person is faced with having to stay on a sleeping pill or stay awake for most of the night. I would choose option one, as long as the sleeping pill isn’t causing any trouble, like daytime sleepiness. From time to time, it’s in your interest to try and stop the pill. You might find that sleep isn’t as elusive as it was when you started taking it.

Lunesta is one of the newer sleeping pills, tolerated well by most. It starts to work in 10 minutes, so it’s useful for those who find falling asleep difficult, and it has extended action to prevent waking in the very-early-morning hours.

Lunesta has caused some users to behave differently. A normally reserved person might become quite aggressive. It also has caused a very few to do things they have no recollection of doing. A very small number of people have driven a car under the influence of Lunesta and have not realized that they did it. If a person has such experiences, then immediately stopping the pill is common sense.

Have you tried nondrug approaches to falling asleep? Go to bed and wake up at approximately the same time every day. Relax before bedtime. If you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes of lying down, get up and read or listen to music. Keep daytime naps to 20 minutes or less. Don’t use caffeine within six hours of bedtime.

You can become dependent on Lunesta, as you can on most sleeping pills. Dependence means it’s hard to stop the medicine. Gradually tapering the dose can usually allow people to break any dependence. I believe that sleeplessness is worse than the prospect of dependence.

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