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Tuesday, November 26, 2002 Volume XI, Number 114

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .On Monday, Dec. 2nd a new McCune-Brooks Hospital Support Group will meet from 6-7 p.m. in the Skilled Activity Room, 3rd Floor. The topic is "Holiday Stress." Discussion will include depression, feeling overwhelmed and financial stress. Call 359-2316 for more info.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will close at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 27th and be closed for Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Friday, Nov. 29th.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Salvation Army will be accepting applications for bell-ringers. Applicants should be able to stand for long periods of time and withstand cold weather. Applications will be taken Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. starting Mon., Nov. 11th at 125 E. Fairview. For more information please contact Crystal Thompson at 417-358-2262.

today's laugh

"I’ve finally got him trained ," said the first lab rat to the second. "Every time I go through the maze and press the bar he gives me a piece of cheese."

"It’s cruel," said the papa bear to his family on seeing a carload of humans, "to keep them caged up like that."


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


A Few Bubbles in a Drill Hole Started the Usual Exaggerations.

A report reached Carthage this morning that a gas strike had been made on the farm of Abraham Teeters, near Jasper, that water was shooting high in the air, accompanied by a steady roaring sound; that the stench from the gas was so offensive that families were deserting their homes for a half mile in each direction, and that the column of gas impregnated water was to be set on fire just as soon as a man with nerve enough to light it could be found.

It was a good story and pity ‘tis ‘twas not true. The fact is Mr. Schott, who is drilling prospect holes for mineral on the Teeter’s place, reported Saturday night that he noticed a lot of air bubbles on the water in the drill hole and wondered how they got there. Someone said maybe he struck gas — away went the rumor on wild wings.

  Today's Feature

SBA Seeks Nominations for 2003 "Small Business Person of the Year."

In recognition of the small business community’s contributions to the American economy and society, the President of the United States designates one week each year as National Small Business Week. The highlight of National Small Business Week is the presentation of awards spotlighting the outstanding contributions of small business persons and advocates.

Nominations in the Small Business Person of the Year, Advocates of the Year and special Small Business Week award categories can be made by any individual, or organizations such as professional and trade associations, business organizations, chamber of commerce, banks, or small business employee.

All nominations must be received by the Springfield Branch Office no later than December 13th, 2002.

To obtain information on completing a nomination package, contact Janice Bowman, at the Springfield Branch Office at (417) 890-8501, ext. 203.

Just Jake Talkin'


I guess if folks understand what you’re talkin’ about, it doesn’t really matter that what your sayin’ doesn’t actually make any sense.

I’ve always thought the term cat fishin’ was a little misleadin’. ‘Course the same is true for ice fishin’, and pond fishin’ I suppose.

Then there are those expressions like sky high and low down. I guess just one word isn’t sufficient to express the extreme of high or low.

It’s prob’ly not reasonable to assume that we humans would always say exactly what we are thinkin’ or really mean, ‘specially considerin’ how much most of us talk. We all take short cuts like "cat fishin’" when we know they’ll be understood. ‘Sides, if ya have to explain it, you’re prob’ly in the wrong conversation.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Do Supplements Really Build Muscle, Memory?

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a friend who lives on health foods and health food supplements.

She is after me to try choline. She claims it improves memory. I will take it if there is any chance it can improve my memory. — B.B.

ANSWER: Choline is part of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that transmits information from one brain cell to its neighbors.

In the fetus, choline is important for normal brain development.

In adults, it is reputed to improve short-term memory, the kind of memory lapses that older people worry about.

It’s premature to recommend choline as a memory enhancer. Not all the facts are in.

Natural choline sources are: liver, eggs, milk, meat, peanut butter, cauliflower, tofu and other soy products. Offer your friend a peanut butter and cauliflower sandwich. That ought to send her into rapture.

Readers often write to me with questions on salt, sodium, potassium and other diet minerals. I would like to answer those questions frequently. I cannot.


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