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Tuesday, February 4, 2003 Volume XI, Number 161

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections will meet for morning coffee at 10 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 5th in the McCune-Brooks hospital cafeteria. Come join the fun and play "HEART" racing. See how strong your heart is. Snacks and prizes. Call 359-2355 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Sanctuary Choir and friends will present "God In Us" at 8:00 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on Sunday, February 9th at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand and Fairview.

today's laugh

Lady- "How were you wounded, my kind man?"
Soldier- "By a shell, lady."
Lady- "Did it explode?"
Soldier- "No. It crept up close and bit me."

A young mill hand was sent to a state asylum. After he had been there a few weeks, a fellow worker visited him.
"Hello, Jim!" he said, "How are you getting along?"
"I’m gettin’ on fine," said the patient.
"Glad to hear it. I suppose you’ll be comin’ back to the mill soon?"
"What!" exclaimed Jim. "Do you think I’d leave a big, fine house like this and a grand garden to come back and work in a mill? You must think I am crazy!"


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


Carthage has caught the Thunder mountain gold fever, and a company of local capitalists has already invested in that famous new Idaho Eldorado, and reports good prospects.

A. A. Cass of Carterville is president, J. W. Ground is treasurer, and W. S. Crane, W. E. Hall, E. O’Keefe and others who can not just now be named, are members of the Missouri Gold Mining, Co. They have two mines on Thunder mountain, and one of them is prolific. It was started just last year along with the boom, and a force of about 15 men are now at work. They are developing seven leads on one of their claims, and report the finest stuff on earth. These encouraging returns are made by their expert, Jeff Bennett, an old gold miner from Cripple Creek, who has been for a long time with Mr. Cass at Carterville. He was sent out as superintendent and says that the mine he is now working is better than he ever saw at Cripple Creek. It is a tunnel mine.

The Carthage men have never seen their mine, but are planning to go out in a crowd as soon as the snows melt off the mountains in the spring. The trail to Thunder mountain from the nearest railroad is over the most dangerous passes and steepest mountain sides to be found, and most of it will be made by burro.

The party will take guns and fishing rods prepared for an outing as well as a business inspection.

  Today's Feature

Board Appoints New Directors.

Last Thursday the Carthage R-9 school Board held a special meeting. At the meeting the board members appointed two new directors for the 2003-2004 school year.

Patty Laney is the new Director of Special Services. According to a news release from Superintendent Gary Reed, Ms. Laney has a bachelors degree in special education and a master’s in educational administration from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. She has been involved with the school system for 12 years.

Reed also stated that Debbie Knight is the new Food Services Director. Mrs. Knight has a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas and has served as an instructional assistant in the Carthage R-9 School District for the past 7 years.

Public Works Meeting.

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. the Public Works Committee will meet in the Council Chambers. The agenda includes discussion on the engineering position and landscaping for the new roundabout at highway 571 and Airport Drive.

Just Jake Talkin'


Got another one a those letters from Nigeria the other day. I suppose I could get into real trouble, ‘cause the letter says the "deal" is confidential. The letter looks like it was run on a copy machine.

After readin’ it several times I still don’t know for sure what it says or means.

I do understand that they want me to fax ‘em my bank account number and this has somethin’ to do with some $31.5 million created by the "over costing of job/services done to our ministry by foreign companies."

The letter also assures me that this "deal is 100% covered from any form of probe. Thus this transaction is a hitch free one, now or in the future."

I think I’ll pass on this one. I’m still gettin’ those vitamins I committed to when I ordered a "free" pen set as a kid.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My husband died at age 62. He had been treated for emphysema for a number of years. An autopsy showed that he did not have emphysema but pulmonary fibrosis. Would he have lived longer if this condition had been discovered and treated? — K.S.

ANSWER: Pulmonary fibrosis is a strange illness whose cause is not known. It usually surfaces between the ages of 50 and 70. Its hallmark symptom is struggling to get enough air. Breathing is labored. A dry cough is another prominent symptom.

It behaves enough like emphysema that it is often mistaken as that more-common lung problem.

Scar tissue ("fibrosis") fills the lungs. Oxygen cannot pass through the barrier of scar tissue to reach the blood. That is why patients are breathless at all times.

The treatment of pulmonary fibrosis is as vexing as not knowing why it occurs. Cortisone drugs are often prescribed, but they have far less than 100 percent effectiveness. Colchicine, a gout medicine, has helped a few patients. New treatments that hold promise are under evaluation.

I understand how upsetting it is to learn your husband had a condition for which he was not treated. I doubt that if the diagnosis had been made during his life, it would have given him any more years of living.


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