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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 Volume XII, Number 136

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The VFW Post #2590 will have a New Year’s Dance from 7:30-11:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 3rd, 1 miles west on Oak St. $3 donation at the door. Semi formal, snacks, party favors, Country Express Band. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Edwin W. Wiggins Post of the American Legion will meet at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 8th, in the Legion Rooms of the Carthage Memorial Hall. They will not meet New Year’s Day. All members are invited.

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

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library monthly used book sale will be held from 8 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, January 3rd in the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Avenue.

today's laugh

"How’s your farm work coming?"

"Oh fine! Got the billboard and hotdog stand painted, and the filling station stocked full of gas."

She - "Daddy is so pleased to hear you are a poet."

He- "Fine. He likes poetry then?"

She- "Not at all. But the last friend of mine he tried to throw out was an amateur boxer."

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

Took Sick on the Car.

An aged man whose name could not be learned took suddenly sick on an incoming electric car this afternoon and for a time seemd to be suffering seriously. The other passengers assisted the old gentleman as much as possible and a doctor was called as soon as Carthage was reached. He grew very much better shortly after arriving here and was able to walk to his home in the east part of town. He said that he was subject to such attacks, which are a form of stomach trouble.

Dog Acted Strange.

A dog rolling over and howling as if in agony attracted attention this afternoon in the vicinity of the Frisco depot. It was feared the animal was mad, but wise ones prevailed on the rash to let the dog alone for a little while. Presently it got better and went quietly away, dragging its tail and showing every symptom of illness.

  Today's Feature

Rate Increases.

Cox Communications is increasing the rates on some services to customers effective with February’s billing statement. According to Cox Communications System Department the rate increase comes from updated inflation, franchise costs and programming fees.

The increase effects the following services, limited basic cable $14.04 will be $14.80 with a 5.4% increase, expanded basic cable $22.10 to $23.29 up 5.38%, digital converter box $3.35 to $4.15 up 23.9% and Cox Interact (lower speed of high speed internet) $29.95 to $34.95 up 16.7%. All other services are remaining at their current rate.

Customers will be provided advanced notice of the rate increase by the media, billing statement insert and the cable system.

Carthage Water and Electric Plant also provides phone internet access and wireless internet services. The current rate for phone internet service is $15.95 per month and wireless is at $39.95 per month.

CW&EP Advertising and Technical Department Supervisor Chuck Bryant reported to the Mornin’ Mail that they had no plans for a rate increase anytime soon.

Letter to the Editor

Opinions expressed reflect those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Mornin' Mail.

I have been reading on the internet that now David Mouton has ruled that Carthage does have a requirement that councilmen live in the ward they are elected from. My recollection is that last April, someone ruled that was not the case, and that the election of Mike Harris was valid. If you have to live in the ward, then his election was not valid, therefore his election should be delcared invalid, and his seat vacant.

How does that affect all the votes taken in the past year when he voted? If he was not legally elected, then his votes should be nulified, and appropriate changes made to any ordinances adopted where he voted in the affirmative, if the total votes in favor was only 6. This would mean the legal votes in favor were only 5, and therefore not enough for passage. I hope this is not the case, but someone should look into it.

— Bill Putnam

Just Jake Talkin'


Had a friend who wanted to invest in a business. His idea was to create the perfect system where there weren’t any decisions to be made and therefore all that was necessary was "warm bodies" to carry out the routine tasks.

Now such a system may be possible, but my friend soon discovered in the venture he got involved in could not be made that simple.

Any project needs check points to gauge progress, but feelin’ the necessity to plan every minute detail can spell doom to whatever good might come.

Sometimes even movin’ in the wrong direction is better than sittin’ still.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Cold Sores Caused by Herpes-2 Virus

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am plagued with cold sores, especially after being exposed to the sun. Why? Is there anything I can do to prevent this? I understand that cold sores are the byproduct of the herpes virus, and a person carries the virus for life. I use a product called l-lysine, and it dries them. I am leery of it because it might not be a regulated medicine. How does it work? — M.L.

ANSWER: By the age of 25, 50 percent of the population, both here and throughout the world, is infected with herpes-1 virus. By age 70, 90 percent is infected.

Once infected, a person stays infected for life. The virus takes up permanent residence in nerve cells, and it is impossible to evict it. It hibernates. Occasionally, it wakes from sleep, lumbers down the nerve roots to the skin and bursts forth as a cold sore ("fever blister" is another name).

Ultraviolet light definitely wakens the virus. Don’t go out in the sun without protecting your lips and face with sunscreen that has an SPF of 15 or higher. I don’t know what it is about sunlight that activates the virus. Lack of sleep, both mental and physical stress and even some food allergies can also rouse the virus.

Denavir and Abreva creams are two products that hasten healing. Famvir, Zovirax and Valtrex are oral medicines that shorten the duration of a cold sore.

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