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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Volume XX, Number 70

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

Joe had asked Bob to help him out with the deck after work, so Bob just went straight over to Joe’s place. When they got to the door, Joe went straight to his wife, gave her a hug and told her how beautiful she was and how much he had missed her at work. When it was time for supper, he complimented his wife on her cooking, kissed her and told her how much he loved her.

Once they were working on the deck, Bob told Joe that he was surprised that he fussed so much over his wife. Joe said that he’d started this about six months ago, it had revived their marriage, and things couldn’t be better. Bob thought he’d give it a go. When he got home, he gave his wife a massive hug, kissed her and told her that he loved her. His wife burst into tears.

Bob was confused and asked why she was crying. She said, "This is the worst day of my life. First, little Billy fell off his bike and twisted his ankle. Then, the washing machine broke and flooded the basement. And now, you come home drunk!"


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


The Athletic Exhibition Did Not Come off Last Night.

An entertainment advertised as "Cherokee Tom’s Big Athletic Carnival" was announced to be held at the opera house last night. There was an elaborate program of glove contests, four round goes, and bag punching exhibitions interspersed with minstrel performances, all to be participated in by many talents.

But a number of citizens protested against such an exhibition, and as soon as the doors of the opera house opened last night the officers informed the management that complaint had been entered against their show. They at once closed the doors and let the exhibitions go by default. Several people put in an appearance at the entrance later and were evidently disappointed at not seeing this show.

  Today's Feature

Three Minutes of Fame Lip-Sync Competition

The "Three Minutes of Fame" competition will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Carthage R-9 Auditorium located at 714 S. Main St..

Teams from businesses, organizations and groups will compete against each other in a family-friendly lip-sync contest. More than one team from each business or organization is encouraged. Winners and runner-ups will receive cash prizes plus bragging rights among their peers.

Each team entered will be given three minutes to lip sync to the music of their choice. The music and skit should be suitable for all ages as the audience includes a wide variety of people.

There are three age brackets this year. There will be divisions for Youth (ages 2-8), Juniors (ages 9-17), and Adults (18 and older). Cash prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division! Performances will be judged on stage presentation, costumes, and lip sync ability.

All entry forms are due at the Chamber office by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 11..Forms are available at the Chamber 402 S Garrison or

Jasper County Jail Count

? September 26, 2011

Total Including Placed out of County

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve had the opportunity to see the ruts left by the settlers crossin’ the Santa Fe trail. Curious thing those records of passage. Years after any horse drawn implement has been moved over, they still sit as a monument to the traffic. The comin’ of the railways no doubt changed the patterns of growth and the survival of small communities along the once popular trail.

If you stand in the silence, you can almost hear the braying of some lonesome old mule still searchin’ for the good old days when four legged creatures dictated the path to the future. It is a romantic time to read about in some book, but the current realities of transportation and the fluid changes in economic factors make the horse and buggy days a lot less appealing.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column

Three Ways to Treat

Overactive Thyroid

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter was diagnosed recently with a mildly overactive thyroid gland. She is going to have another test in one month. What can be done to bring her thyroid readings to normal without taking medicine for it? What health problems are caused as a result of an overactive gland? -- M.M.

ANSWER: The thyroid gland -- located in the neck -- produces thyroid hormone, a hormone with many functions. At young ages, it fosters growth. It enhances brain activity. It’s involved with the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. It keeps body weight on the lean side. It prevents the heart from slowing down. It’s involved with the production of body heat. It keeps cell chemistry perking along at the optimum rate.

Hyperthyroidism, an overactive gland, pushes all the above functions into overdrive. People lose weight in spite of eating more food. The heart races even when people are at rest. Hands tend to shake. At a room temperature comfortable for most, affected people feel hot. The eyes often bulge. Menstrual periods are thrown off their normal cycle.

One of the major causes of an overactive gland is Graves disease. In this condition, the body makes antibodies that stimulate the gland to produce excessive amounts of its hormone. The gland enlarges -- becomes a goiter.

I don’t know of a way to treat the gland reliably without resorting to medicines or surgery. Medicines for hyperthyroidism are methimazole or PTU. The medicine chosen is taken for six months to two years and then stopped. If a person relapses, the medicine has to be restarted. Radioactive iodine is another treatment. When people hear the word "radioactive," they cringe. In the decades and decades of its use, radioactive iodine hasn’t been responsible for cancer. The iodine makes a beeline to the gland and puts it out of commission. It’s similar to having surgery without a scalpel.

Surgical removal of all or part of the gland is the third option for this condition.

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