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Tuesday, December 17, 2002 Volume XI, Number 128

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will have a Christmas Party from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20th in the McCune-Brooks hospital cafeteria. There will be music, entertainment and snacks.

Did Ya Know?. . .Auditions for Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre’s next production, "Sylvia" by A. R. Gurney will be on Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre, 796 South Stone Lane, Carthage. Call 417-358-9665 or 417-358-7268 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Wednesday morning storytime at the Carthage Public Library will have a familiar face on Wed., Dec. 18th. Chuck Surface will be there to participate and be a "book Santa."

today's laugh

People seldom think alike until it comes to buying wedding presents.

Coach (to referee): You stink!

Referee (who picked up the football, marked off another 15-yard penalty, and turned to the coach): How do I smell from here?

The other day I was driving under the influence of my husband. He talks and talks. He gets two thousand words to the gallon.

A babysitter is a teenager who gets $2 an hour to eat $10 worth of food.


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


The beautiful home of Barney Hanel, on South Grand avenue, one of the handsomest residences in Carthage, was purchased this morning by A. F. Carmean, of Carterville, newly elected circuit clerk. The purchase price is give at $7,500, which is remarkably cheap, as the house alone cost over $8,000 to build a few years ago and the lots have a ninety foot front on Grand avenue and are 200 feet deep. Ed Lanyon made the deal.

Mr. Hanel will give possession within thirty days, when he will move to Virginia. Mr. Hanel has been a resident of the southwest many years and of Carthage about five years. He has been successful in mining and has accumulated a fortune from his investments. He has been a public spirited man and has been prominently identified with many public enterprises. It is with regret that Carthage loses so good a citizen. Ill health prompts Mr. Hanel’s change in location.

  Today's Feature

Free Attractions at Precious Moments.

The Precious Moments Chapel Center is celebrating the Christmas season by offering all of the attractions for no charge from Friday, December 20 through Saturday, December 31, 2002.

"This free admission is offered by Precious Moments as our way of saying thanks for a great year and passing on our wishes of a blessed holiday season," said Public Relations Manager Lynn Iliff Onstot.

The promotion will include a free concert by the Christian organization "young Life" at 6:30 p.m. in the Fountain of Angels Theatre prior to the regularly scheduled 7 p.m. performance. Following the Fountain of Angels show, a goodwill offering will be accepted to support the Young Life organization.

Other Precious Moments attractions include the Fountain of Angels show; the Victorian Wedding Island Tour; the Studio, featuring Mary’s Miniatures and Debbie’s Dollhouse; and the Precious Moments Chapel.

Chapel hours during the holidays are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Just Jake Talkin'



I’m an open minded guy. If someone comes up with a better idea, I’m willin’ to give it respectful consideration. After careful deliberation, I’ve come to the conclusion that the gal who writes the "This is a Hammer" column featured in the Mornin’ Mail on Monday has entirely too much time on her hands.

Last Monday’s column was about what ta do if a Christmas tree is too tall. She went through an elaborate explanation of how to cut off the top, take branches from the bottom and tie ‘em to the top to make it look more realistic. I know some solutions appear to be too simplistic, but how ‘bout just cuttin’ off the bottom of the tree?

I’ve always heard of trimmin’ the Christmas tree, but this one takes it just a little too far. It’s a classic.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I couldn’t lower my cholesterol by eating an almost completely vegetarian diet. The doctor has put me on Zocor. After using the medicine, the doctor had me go to the lab to check my blood for liver "enzymes." They were a bit higher than they should be.

I was instructed to continue taking the drug and have my blood checked again in two months. I am having second thoughts about using this medicine. Is it safe for me to continue in the face of abnormal blood tests? — I.K.

ANSWER: Zocor is one the statin drugs, so named because their generic designations end with "-statin." Zocor, for example, is simvastatin.

All the statin drugs lower cholesterol by reducing the liver’s production of it. People are surprised to learn that most cholesterol comes not from the diet but from our own liver manufacturing it.

The statin drugs are among the most potent cholesterol-lowering medicines available. They all have the potential for harming liver cells. A rise in blood levels of liver enzymes indicates liver cell damage.

If the rise in liver enzymes is less than three times normal, it is quite safe for a person to continue the drug and have a repeat blood test in a matter of months. For most people, enzyme levels stabilize, and they can continue their statin treatment.


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