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Tuesday, December 10, 2002 Volume XI, Number 123

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society’s Gift Shop for Pets and Pet Lovers will be open from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th. A mini "Flea Market" will also be featured. Santa arrives at 11:30 for pictures. Proceeds help Carthage’s neediest animals. Vendors may call 358-6808.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will have a special guest at the regular communication at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 12th. RWB Larry Ross will be making a short presentation on the 10-4-10, the Endowment, and Masonic license plate programs from the Grand Lodge. All area Masons are encouraged to attend.

today's laugh

You know you’re getting older when...

... there’s too much room in the house and not enough in the medicine cabinet.

... you reach the top of the ladder and realize it was leaning against the wrong wall.

... your grandchildren study things in history that you studied in current events.

... your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.

... your knees buckle but your belt won’t


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

HERE’S A $50,000 PANAMA.

Carthage Telephone Man and Son Buy a Town.

J. W. Layne, the Carthage telephone man, and his son, Geo. Layne, of Joplin, have bought a $50,000 Panama. But their Panama is not a hat, but a town, an Indian Territory town, down near Ft. Smith, Ark., eighteen miles west of that city over the line in the Cherokee nation. The deal for the town was closed Saturday, and the property bought was that of the Ozark Coal & Railway Co., capitalized at $50,000.

The property includes the mining lands and some of the best looking coal Mr. Layne says he has ever seen both surface and deep. It is worked by an incline and the mines are covered by a lease which has till next April to run. Besides the mines there are fifty houses occupied by the miners, one store, one hotel, and one mile of railroad, all now the property of the Laynes.

  Today's Feature

Blunt Swing Through Southwest Missouri.

Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt, the newly elected Majority Whip, will visit eight communities in the Seventh Congressional District during the second week of December.

Blunt's itinerary includes stops in Bolivar to discuss homeland security preparedness in rural areas like Polk County and delivering an export achievement certificate to the Springfield Small Business Center. Blunt will deliver a grant to a women's shelter in Taney County. The Congressman will cut the ribbon on a new federally-qualified dental clinic in Anderson and a federally-supported medical clinic that will expand services in Cassville.

In promoting his annual end of the year voting report, Blunt will visit with a Spanish class at Springfield Central High School to discuss the first publication of Blunt Facts in Spanish. Blunt will meet with Spanish language proofreaders on the project at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin later on Wednesday.

The Latino population in Southwest Missouri increased by 400% during the last decade, becoming the largest minority population in the Ozarks. "Our Hispanic population is growing, and with it, interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture," Blunt said. "Spanish classes in Southwest Missouri high schools attract the largest following for a second language. Spanish fluency is a critical skill in establishing business and cultural ties abroad."

Just Jake Talkin'


I suppose ever’one has a Christmas or two that particularly sticks out in their mind. One I seem to always recall is when my brother and I got matchin’ used bicycles. We were told Santa was havin’ trouble comin’ up with new bikes that year.

‘Course we had ta get out and try ‘em out. The sun was shinin’ but a recent snow had left the gravel roads in our rural town more than a little wet and before long we were spendin’ most of our first day cleanin’ mud from between the fender and the tire. Ride again ‘till the mud caked so tight the wheel wouldn’t turn, and stop and clean.

A couple a brothers down the block got new bikes that year, but they couldn’t ride that day for fear of gettin’ their machines dirty. I wonder if they have a Christmas they remember.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I dread coming down with osteoporosis. I dread the thought of taking female hormones. I don’t want to take any chances when it comes to breast cancer. What can I do to keep my bones strong? — R.T.

ANSWER: Start by taking a route that does not entail any medicine. Weight-bearing exercise is a cheap and effective way to prevent osteoporosis. "Weight-bearing" means the body’s bones must support body weight during the exercise. Walking is a weight-bearing exercise. Lifting barbells and dumbbells is weight-bearing exercise.

Be sure to get your share of calcium (1,200 mg to 1,500 mg) daily along with 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D.

There’s no shortage of medicines that can replace estrogen, the female hormone whose diminished production after menopause weakens bones. Evista, for example, is an imitation estrogen. It has estrogen’s bone-strengthening benefit but does not foster breast changes that could become cancer.

There is a family of drugs called bisphosphonates that slow down bone-eating body cells. They are effective in osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Names of two such drugs are Fosamax and Actonel. A new form of Fosamax requires taking the tablet only once a week.


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