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Tuesday, August 26, 2003 Volume XII, Number 49

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Supporters of 7th Grade Sports will have a Swim Party & BBQ for Junior High Students from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th at the Municipal pool. Small admission will be charged. Food will be available for purchase.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Youth Soccer League will be holding soccer sign-ups for the 2003-2004 Fall and Spring seasons from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, in the Fellowship Hall of the 1st United Methodist Church in the Lyon Street entrance. The fee is $45 for both seasons. Please bring a copy of player’s birth certificate with you.

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., Aug. 25th-29th. Your area will be sprayed in the evening of the day of your trash pickup between 8:15-11:15 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

today's laugh

Name five things that contain milk.

That’s easy. Ice cream, butter, cheese and two cows.

On what side of a goat is the most hair?

On the outside.

Not my goat. He just ate a hair mattress.

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


The house of Solomon Fry on Cedar street was entered yesterday morning before daylight, but the thief got only ten cents for his trouble and risk.

Mr. Fry is suffering from a severe attack of sore eyes and was in such pain that he got up yesterday morning sometime before daylight. His wife applied remedies and then went back to bed, but before she retired she opened up the house which had been locked during the night, and left a light burning low.

When after daylight, Mr. Fry started to dress, his trousers were gone and were afterwards found out in the yard. Ten cents, the only money in the pockets, was gone but a knife and a plug of tobacco were left unmolested.

The thief had stolen the trousers from under Mr. Fry’s very nose, taking advantage of his blindness.

  Today's Feature

Council Briefing on CW&EP Financing.

The City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation this evening by representatives of the financial firm of Kirkpatrick Pettis concerning proposed certificates of Participation for CW&EP. The presentation will take place during the regular Council meeting.

The proposed certificates would finance approximately $2.85 million for improvements of the utility. The project will include improvements to sub stations, a lift station, and a new well among others.

The recent rate increase for CW&EP customers was approved anticipating this financing and payments will be made out of revenue.

According to Kirkpatrick Pettis, the process to sell the certificates will be completed at the October 14 Council meeting with Council approval.

The Council is also scheduled to vote on an ordinance to modify the requirements for the installation of private sewer lateral lines to the Carthage sewer system.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in City Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve been hearin’ some say this is the longest dry spell they can remember. ‘Course some folks don’t remember too far back so I take it with a grain a salt. I’m guessin’ there are some who can tell of a worse dry spell, but some a them like to stretch the truth a mite.

My dad used ta define a thunder storm in western Kansas as three drops on a brick.

I’m sure the farmers are more concerned over the lack of moisture than us city folks. We still have a ready water supply and ‘bout the only real concerns we have is how ta tend to brown grass and payin’ the air conditioner bill.

With the end a August, cooler weather should be on its way, but I can remember when I was a kid, September could be the hottest month of the summer. Why back in...

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column



By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Before going to camp, my son had to have a physical exam. The only doctor who had examined him before this was his pediatrician, and that was 13 years ago. The new doctor told us he has a heart murmur that needs further investigation. How serious is this? — W.A.

ANSWER: Heart murmurs conjure up worries that often are not justified. A murmur is a whooshing sound heard between heartbeats. Often, by listening with the stethoscope, the doctor can determine if a murmur is an indication of trouble or not.

Many murmurs are innocent sounds. Children who are on the thin side often have innocent murmurs. There is little padding between the doctor’s stethoscope and the heart. Noises that would not be heard in someone with a larger chest can be heard in a lean child. Murmurs resulting from innocent causes are called functional murmurs.

Murmurs that result from structural changes in the heart often have such distinctive sounds that a definite diagnosis can be made on the spot. Structural changes are heart valve changes or holes in the partition that divides the heart into right and left sides.

When rheumatic fever was rampant, one of its most feared consequence was heart valve damage. That damage always produced a murmur. Now, with fewer cases of rheumatic fever, the incidence of murmurs has fallen.

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