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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 Volume XII, Number 39

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutiest kittens at Central Pet Care Clinic. Stop by their office anytime during regular business hours or call 358-1300 for details.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Masonic Lodge #197 will hold an election of officers and regular business at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th at the Masonic Temple, located directly behind the Public Library. Will eat before. All Masons are invited.

Did Ya Know?. . .McCune-Brooks Hospital is having a Friends and Family CPR Class from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12th. The class will be interpreted for Hispanic friends and feature more hands-on demonstrations. Snacks and refreshments will be provided and mouth seals will be offered free to participants. No previous experience is necessary. Pre-registration is required; call 359-2452 or 359-2432. The class will be offered in the cafeteria at the McCune-Brooks Hospital.

today's laugh

Papa’s buying a dog to help him hitch hike.
What kind of a dog could help him hitch hike?
He’s buying a pointer.

The show was so down to earth the critics buried it.

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

Fourth Wedding Anniversary.

Last evening on the occasion of their fourth wedding anniversary Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Woodford entertained the following friends and relatives: Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Woodford, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Woodford, Mrs. L. J. Hufft, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Cristy, Mr. Albert Woodford, of Carthage; Mrs. Perry Scott from country, Miss Lucy Boggs, of Independence, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Woodford, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. J. W. Grissom and children, Kansas City, Mo.

An enjoyable evening was spent and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Woodford were the recipients of many presents suitable to the occasion.

One of the pleasurable events of the evening, was a graphophone serenade by Mr. and Mrs. Will McCormick. Light refreshments were served.

Miss Margaret Henly will be home tonight from a two weeks’ visit in Joplin.

  Today's Feature

A Withdrawl From Jerry Neil.

Jasper County Chief Deputy Jerry Neil will no longer be a candidate for the Republican party to run for Sheriff as announced Thursday with his withdrawl from the race.

A Committee meeting held August 4th declared Greg Dagnan the Republican candidate with 32 votes. Neil was close behind with 30 votes and Interim Sheriff Archie Dunn with 5 votes. After receiving information that the votes had to be a majority and not a plurality, another meeting has been set for this evening at the Courthouse at 7:00 p.m. for another vote.

"This was confusing from the get-go," Neil explained in an interview with the Mornin’ Mail.

"The first vote was enough," said Neil. "Why reinvent the wheel?"

"They had to do what they had to do," stated Neil. "But it’s torturous to be in the position of Greg Dagnan and be declared the winner and then just have it taken away from you."

Neil expressed that he will continue to vote Republican and that there were no deals made when he dropped from the race.

"A lot of people think in a position like mine that maybe a deal was struck," said Neil. "It’s not that way in this case, no deal at all."

Marian Days Death And Injuries.

Four people have been arrested after one death and three injuries that occurred on Friday morning, August 8, at the Marian Days celebration.

The death of Quoc Phu Pham was an apparent stabbing. The four suspects are Nguyen H. Nguyen of Oklahoma City, OK, An N. Pham of Tulsa, OK, Nhatduy Vingo of Oklahoma City, OK, and Khoa D. Nguyen of Yukon, OK. The four are being held in Jasper County Jail under a $250,000 bond each.

Police Chief Dennis Veach stated that the police department does know which one out of the four is guilty of the death but the name cannot be released until they are convicted of the crime and a court date has been set.

Veach reported that it will be up to the Prosecuting Attorney whether or not the charge will be risen to murder.

Currently, all four responsible for the death and injury are being charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action.

Just Jake Talkin'


Carthage has the unique honor of having the first building constructed for the purpose of housing a Laubach literacy center. The local organization that grew into the current Family Literacy Council saw the need for an adult leaning center and through the volunteer efforts of a faithful few, put together a nest egg for a building fund. The enthusiasm eventually attracted the attention and contributions from local businesses and private individuals. These funds, along with help from the Boylan foundation resulted in the purchase of property at 706 Orchard and the construction of the Francis A. Jones Neighborhood Center. Jones was an early and consistent force behind the fund raising efforts and the literacy program in Carthage.

The investment of effort, dollars and service for the Community continue to pay excellent dividends.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Please tell me something about potassium. I was told that a blood test showed mine to be slightly elevated. The doctor told me to take only half of the Atacand HCT that I use for blood pressure control. He also told me not to eat bananas or orange juice. Why? — K.M.

ANSWER: Potassium is royalty when it comes to its contribution in regulating many body functions. It has a hand in maintaining fluid balance and in maintaining the right amount of water in body cells. Nerves don’t fire without potassium. Neither do muscles contract. Without it, the heart stops beating. It also has a hand in regulating blood pressure.

Too little potassium is the more common potassium problem, and often the potassium deficit comes from taking diuretics for blood pressure control.

Too high a blood potassium level leads to muscle weakness, and, depending on how high it is, it can produce muscle paralysis. It can also disturb heart rhythm, and with super-high levels, it can spark a lethal heartbeat — ventricular fibrillation. A slight elevation of potassium is not dangerous.

Atacand HCT has two components. The Atacand ingredient sometimes causes a retention of body potassium. The HCT ingredient commonly lowers blood potassium. Your doctor believes that a lesser dose will straighten out the potassium imbalance.

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