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Tuesday, December 23, 2003 Volume XII, Number 132

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutest kittens at the Central Pet Care Clinic and Carthage Animal Hospital during regular office hours.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Kiwanis Club has launched a year long program to collect good used children’s and young adult books. The books are to be distributed to families in the Carthage area. Any organization wishing to become a collection station should contact Ivan Hager 358-8236.

Did Ya Know?. . .Justin Boot Factory will be shut down December 17th through January 5th, in observance of the Holiday’s.

today's laugh

"I can’t do a thing with Jones," said the manager. "I’ve had him in three departments, and he dozes all day."

"Put him at the pajama counter," suggested the proprietor, "and fasten a card on him with these words: ‘Our pajamas are of such superior quality that even the man who sells them can not keep awake.’"

Teacher- "Every day we breathe oxygen. What do we breathe at night,Willie?"

Willie- "Nitrogen."

Joking Customer - "How much are your four-dollar shoes?"

Smart Salesman - "Two dollars a foot."

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

A Fine Camera.

An unusually fine camera was on exhibition at Frank Edel’s drug store yesterday. It was one he had ordered for W.G. Reid, living five miles southwest of town. It takes a large picture, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, and is a Promo, long focus, special camera. It can be opened out to a length of thirty inches, but closes up to a compact form in a case only six inches thick. It cost $92, having an extra large fine lens.

The "Bonanza King."

E. O’Keefe and son, John, went out to Bellville this morning to see how Prof. Babboo is getting along with his noted mine, the "Bonanza King." This mine is on land leased from Mr. O’Keefe, but he has never met the lessee, nor seen the mine since it was fixed up in its present shape, and while having an outing today will see both.

  Today's Feature

"At Large" Discussion Continues.

The City Council will hold their regular meeting tonight in City Hall at 7:30 p.m. Council Member Jackie Boyer is sponsoring a purposed ordinance authorizing a ballot for the April 6th City general election. The question is "whether the municipality of Carthage shall elect five council members who reside in and be elected by the qualified voters of their respective wards and five council members at large to be elected by all the qualified voters of the City, in staggered elections."

Changing the manner in which City Council Members are elected was originally sponsored by Mayor Kenneth Johnson and was voted on at the last Council meeting. The Ordinance was rejected by a two to seven vote.

Council Member Claude Newport stated at the last Council meeting that he didn’t feel that the City Council should be the ones voting on the matter. Newport explained that he felt the matter should be voted on by the citizens in Carthage.

If the purposed ordinance is approved the question could be brought to voters in the April 6th general election.

Just Jake Talkin'


Looks like the discussion ‘bout the possibility of electin’ five council members "at large" will continue.

Puttin’ the question on the ballot in April would give the community the opportunity to push the Council one way or the other. From what I understand, the Council would still have ta put an ordinance in place that would actually change the current distribution of Council members. I’m assumin’ that any future Council could undo the ordinance just like they can any other. Just because there was a community vote would not make the ordinance itself any more bindin’.

The main advantage of the community vote would be to make it more palatable for Council members if they were undecided on the issue.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Oxygen’s Role in Emphysema

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am writing this to you while I am hooked up to an oxygen tank. It’s set at 2. Is 2 a good setting? Is oxygen doing anything for my collapsed air sacs? Just what is its purpose? — Anon.

ANSWER: You must have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — COPD. There are two varieties: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Most of the time, a person has a mix of both.

With emphysema, there is widespread destruction of the more than 300 million air sacs in the lungs. Through those sacs, oxygen passes into the blood, and carbon dioxide, a waste product, passes out of the blood. With emphysema, it is a constant struggle to get enough air.

Chronic bronchitis is airway inflammation. The airways — bronchi — are tubes that bring fresh air into the lungs and empty used air out of the lungs. Its hallmark symptom is constant cough with production of thick, yellow phlegm.

If readers would like to know how it feels to have COPD, grab a straw. Breathe in slowly. Then exhale through the straw — no cheating. Before you finish exhaling, you’ll feel the need to breathe again. You cannot empty your lungs of used air. That’s why people with emphysema take shallow breaths and never really empty or fill their lungs with air. It is impossible to do so.

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