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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Volume XX, Number 65

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. There will be a pet blessing on Sun. Oct 2 in the Barking Lot of the Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Chestnut & Howard. at 5 p.m. All animals and friends welcomed.

today's laugh

Recently reported in the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, questions and responses given by insightful witnesses:

"Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?"

"The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?"

"Were you present when your picture was being taken?"

"Were you alone or by yourself?"

"How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"

"You were there until the time you left, is that true?"

Q: "You say the stairs went down to the basement?"

A: "Yes"

Q: "And these stairs, did they go up also?"


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

A Hot Place.

While citizens are sitting around in easy chairs fawning themselves complaining of the hot weather, few, if any perhaps, give a thought to the prisoners in the county jail who sweat and swelter in a genuine sweat box. The hot afternoon sun beats in through the bars of the west widows, making the old sandstone as warm as a bake oven.

The prisoners, in scanty attire, sit around the corridors fanning themselves and wishing for a cold wave. Some of the more fortunate ones who have money send out for cooling things and ice and watermelons are in great demand.

Jasper county needs a new jail worse than anything else. It is a shame to pen men up in such a cage as the present jail during this weather. The jail officials are doing everything within their power to alleviate the sufferings of the prisoners, but with all their efforts little can be accomplished.

  Today's Feature

New Motorcycle Driving Test Implemented

Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to inform the public of changes in the motorcycle driver testing program. Effective September 1, 2011, the Patrol implemented statewide changes to both the written and skills test for motorcycle drivers.

The Patrol is now testing motorcycle drivers according to the latest version of the motorcycle skills testing developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. This updated testing includes a new obstacle swerve test to measure a driver’s ability to use proper avoidance maneuvers. Other test exercises will better measure skill level. In addition, motorcycle styles have changed over the years, and the new testing standards better accommodate those changes. The new testing includes both two- and three-wheel motorcycles.

"Our mission of traffic safety includes all vehicles," said Colonel Ron Replogle. "It is our goal to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities through an updated, more comprehensive testing standard. I am sure the motoring public will benefit from this new testing program."

Jasper County Jail Count

181 September 19, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I grew up workin’ ‘round farm country most of my childhood. I always figured I was pretty well educated on the various nomenclature for animals associated with the midwest. I can’t for the life a me think of what ta call a bunch a pigs.

I don’t think they aren’t a flock, or a covey, or a heard. The only thing I ever heard ‘em call a lot of the animals was "the pigs."

I’m thinkin’ pigs are too independent to be lumped into a group. Even humans are sometimes referred to as a clan, or a tribe, or a community. Pigs seem ta be just pigs.

Don’t know much about wild pigs, maybe they don’t gather in bunches. The man made pig pen may be the only social structure able to confine their yearnin’ for self sufficient, independent expression.

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.

Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Attacks

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What is the difference between anxiety and panic attack? I am claustrophobic, and I need to fly from the West Coast to the East Coast and back. I can’t do so because of my problem. I have tried therapy several times, but it did not help. I do not want to go that route again. Can you give me some suggestions on how to be able to fly with this problem? Is there a medicine I could take before I get on the plane? -- Anon.

ANSWER: Anxiety is excessive worry. In some cases, worry is appropriate. But with pathological anxiety, the worry is about things that don’t merit worry or about imagined things that truly merit no concern. Under "anxiety disorders" are many different conditions, each with a slightly different set of symptoms. They all share some things in common.

Panic attacks are the sudden onset of terror in places where such terror is inappropriate. The attack builds to a high point in a matter of 10 minutes or less. The attack can take place in a perfectly neutral situation, like shopping in the grocery store. During an attack, the heart beats fast, people become short of breath, and they often sweat and fear they are at death’s door.

Phobias are unreasonable fears of people, places and things that don’t engender fear in others. Claustrophobia is the fear of being in an enclosed space, like an airplane. Phobias can bring on a panic attack. Maybe your phobia is not so much a fear of enclosed space but a fear of flying.

I’m not certain these distinctions are of importance to you. The important thing for you is to uproot whatever it is that paralyzes you when you must board an airplane or to blunt it so you can function. Mental health professionals can get you over anxiety, panic attacks and phobias. I’m not positive what you mean by "going that route" again. Do you mean a detailed probing into your childhood and such matters? That isn’t usually necessary. The doctor might prescribe a medicine that calms you and that you take only when needed. You won’t become dependent on that medicine every day of your life. You use it only for the situation that throws you into such high anxiety.

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