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Tuesday, April 8, 2003 Volume IX, Number 206

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .A Free Friends & Family CPR class will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital cafeteria. Free to the public. Register by calling 359-2452 or 359-2432.

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now make a deposit at Hometown Bank to go towards an addition to the cat room at the Carthage Humane Society.

Did Ya Know?. . .April 6th-12th is National Library Week 2003. Young adults can enter a drawing for a canvas bookbag and children ages 2-11 may begin a short reading program to earn a ticket to the Carthage Lions Club sponsored Carson and Barnes 5 Ring Circus. Sign up at the Carthage Public Library YPL desk.

today's laugh

Why is the word abbreviation so long?

How do you make a Venetian blind?
Poke him in the eye.

I used to work in a muffler factory, until I got exhausted.

Q: How do you get a man to do sit-ups?
A: Put the remote control between his toes

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


Wants Jasper Peacock Bonded for Offering to Assault Him.

James Potts went before the officers yesterday wanting Jasper Peacock put under a bond to keep the peace.

He stated that while out driving on his wagon yesterday morning he had met Peacock who drew a knife and offered to carve him into convenient pieces, but that he, Potts, lifted his whip and said: "Jasper, don’t you do that!" It seems that Jasper didn’t do it then, but that James fears for the future. Their troubles recently started in the justice courts when Peacock sued to have Potts ousted from a house. The suit was thrown out of two courts, however.

Another gang of 100 railroad laborers was in Carthage yesterday enroute to the White river grade in Stone county.

  Today's Feature

Route 571 Roundabout.

Missouri Department of Transportation says the roundabout being installed at the junction of route 571, Grand Avenue and Airport Drive will simplify the intersection and reduce traffic delays. A roundabout is an intersection that accommodates traffic flow in one direction around a circular island.

City Administrator Tom Short reported to the Public Works Committee at their last meeting that the work on the roundabout was about a week behind due to a late start and weather.

"However," said Short "it seems to be coming along at a good pace."

The completion date for the roundabout is set at July 15. (See inside page for construction stages and schedule)

Missouri Department of transportation plans to seed the interior island to grass if the city does not come up with an alternative plan.

The Public Works Committee discussed the layout of the interior island. The Committee discussed having a flag pole in the middle and something that says or represents Carthage in some way. Short noted that it should also be low maintenance and look nice but not draw crowds to the middle of the roundabout.

Missouri Department of Transportation also has guidelines that have to be followed regarding the interior of the roundabout. There are height limits for statues, trees and other objects chosen for the roundabout. Poles such as flag poles have to have a break away point.

The Public Works Committee discussed requesting ideas from landscapers, architects, engineers and anyone else interested in designing the interior of the roundabout. No final decision was made at the meeting.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve been seein’ that "Smart Trailer" sittin’ on the road some. If ya haven’t seen it, it tells ya how fast you’re drivin’. The Police Department has the trailer on loan from the Highway Patrol.

The couple times I’ve passed it I was amazed to see how accurate my speedometer was, ‘cept that one time when the dang contraption musta been on the blink. Said I was speedin’ by five or so miles an hour.

They say they’re checkin’ the thing ever’ day for accuracy, but the I’m gonna be watchin’. ‘Course my speedometer might need a little adjustin’ too, down at the foot level.

Mostly it’s fun ta watch cars adjust their speed when they notice it’s bein’ broadcast to all the other motorists. I say the indicator drop from 36 to 24 in a heart beat.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 67-year-old woman whose doctor tells her that she has asthma. At 67? I do become short of breath when I have to rush around, and I do wake up at night coughing. The doctor put me on inhaler medicine. Do I need medicine? Do you think it is reasonable? — J.E.

ANSWER: I think it is quite reasonable. Asthma can come on at any age. Asthmatics have airways (bronchi) that act like extremely nervous people. They react to minor incidents and irritants in a fashion out of proportion to the irritant. The airways narrow, swell and fill with mucus. That accounts for the wheezing, shortness of breath and cough of asthma patients.

You should be on medicine if symptoms interfere with your activities. You should also be vigilant for things that provoke attacks — pets, dust and pollens, for instance. A house that is too humid and warm promotes mold growth, and molds can touch off asthma attacks. Spray medicines that dilate constricted airways are used for acute attacks. Albuterol, Proventil and Ventolin are examples. Cortisone sprays calm inflamed airways, and their use prevents attacks. Vanceril and Azmacort are two such sprays. Oral medicines are also useful in blunting airway inflammation, examples being Singulair and Zyflo. The time-honored asthma medicine theophylline is still with us and still contributes to asthma control.

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