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Tuesday, January 14, 2003 Volume XI, Number 146

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Golden Reflections "Wintertime Blues" program, offered by McCune-Brook hospital Generations will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th in the mbh cafeteria. Call 359-2452 for more information.

Did Ya Know?. . . "An Evening With The Signature Quartet" will be presented at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 19th at the Grace Baptist Church, 32nd & Wall St., Joplin, MO. Admission is free. For more information please call 417-623-1924. The Signature Quartet is based in Carthage, MO.

today's laugh

If ignorance is bliss, then tourists are in a constant state of euphoria.

If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.

Two dachshunds were chatting.
"I can’t figure it out," said the first dog. "I’m in perfect physical shape but I’m constantly anxious."
"Why don’t you go to a psychiatrist?" said the second. "How can I? I’m not allowed on the couch.

Energizer Bunny arrested; charged with battery.


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

Owl Banquet Next Week.

The Owl club of young men are in training for a banquet and dance which they propose to give to their young lady friends Wednesday of next week at the Elk club house, having engaged the hall and banquet rooms for the occasion. Some $25 is said to have been made clear by the Owls out of their big holiday dance. This trifle will be applied toward the expense of the banquet ball. Some of the young ladies are said to have been worrying immensely over a rumor that the affair was to be a stag event, but the newspaper is confidentially advised that the Owls are not so ungallant as that.

Pond Laundry Company.

The Pond Laundry company has out a neat new wagon. The firm name is now Pond, Hobbs & Mohr — J. W. Pond general manager, B. H. Hobbs sorter and Bert Mohr washer.

  Today's Feature

Carthage R-9 Bond Issue.

The Carthage School Board met Thursday January 9th at the administration office to discuss the $11,422,490 bond issue that if approved would be on the April ballot.

The discussion was geared towards how much improvement to do and when to do it. There was a three phase proposal for "long range planing" in the Carthage R-9 School District. The first phase is purposed for the April ballot.

Phase one consists of remodeling and expanding of the high school cafeteria to create enough seating to allow a closed campus lunch. The science lab and chemistry lab would be remolded and upgraded. The current chemistry lab was referred to as " a great museum, but not much of a chemistry lab" by Gary Jackson, the school’s architect. Other improvements in phase one involved improving the football facilities, an elevator at the high school, and adding a early childhood education center at the intermediate school. Superintendent Reed noted the tennis courts also need improvements. If they get any worse "other teams will refuse to play there" said Dr. Reed.

Phase two and three have ideas for improvements to the intermediate school, which includes space to add additional classrooms when needed to accommodate growth and someday a new high school.

The meeting ended with a nod of the heads all agreeing to put the phase one bond issue on the April ballot, however a final vote was not taken.

Letter to the Editor

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

Dear Editor,

We love Carthage! My wife and I made a short, unplanned trip down to your fair city just after Christmas. It was not our first time down. We are always impressed with the beauty and charm of your town. The care taken by many to keep the historical aspect of it intact while keeping an eye on the future is also impressive!

While we were there we were able to tour the Christmas light display at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix and have to say it was the best light display we have ever seen!! On Sunday we attended church at First Christian Church and were warmly welcomed to the point it felt like we belonged there!

We certainly look forward to another trip to Carthage, Missouri in this new year.

Scott & Kathy Hunt

1110 East Main

Knoxville, Iowa 50138

1963 Carthage Classmates.

The Carthage Senior High Class of 1963 is planning their 40th reunion for June 6-7, 2003. We are unable to locate some classmates. If you have their address or know of someone we could contact, please write or email us so we can contact them.

List of Classmates: Ron Carnes, Lana Couch Gains, Vivian Cunningham Auldridge, Stan Davis, Ron Ferguson, Linda Griffen Shafter, Charlette Grigg Turner, Gloria Gundlock, Linda Higginbotham Smith, Barbara Hill Smith, Marge Hunnell Shifferd, Lonnie Kelley, Edwin Kephart, Jerry Lindsey, Beulah Luney Cassidy, Patty McClintock Gillman, Joyce Martin Gatlin, Patsie Sue Melugin, Karla Mitchell Hart, Betty Montgomery, Linden Morehouse, Marilyn Morgan Stafford, Jimmy L. Norman, Raymond Ralston, John Renner, Johnny Robinson, Lynn Schooler, Lena Swope Jones, Gary Tatum, Jean Todd, David Utter, Richard Woolsey, Carolyn Wooten Martin, Wilma Young.

Please contact Don/Kathleen Davis at 359-5640 or, Judy Hill at 358-9688, or David Howard at 358-3531 if you know of any classmates.

Just Jake Talkin'


With the Super Bowl on the horizon, I’m startin’ to pay a little attention to the playoff games.

I played a lot a football as a kid, but after high school, the actual playin’ of the game has been pretty much off my list of priorities. Mainly ‘cause I’ve grown more sensitive to the prospect of broken bones.

I have no doubts that participatin’ in the sport for four years of my youth taught me a lot of lessons. I never, however, was under the impression that the small town where I grew up was dependant on the football team as the sole source of pride for the community. The folks took pride in the kids that participated in band, basketball, track, and football. The participation was the source of the pride, not necessarily the outcome of the season.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: About a year ago, my feet started swelling badly. My doctor put me on a water pill. The swelling has now spread to my ankles. I am 86. I am praying you might have some suggestions. — L.P.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have a 50-year-old son who has put on excess weight and has done some heavy drinking. He has swelling in his ankles and feet. He refuses to see a doctor. I would be extremely grateful for any advice. — E.C.

ANSWER: Fluid oozes out of blood vessels and percolates through and around all body organs and tissues. Lymph channels, similar to blood vessels, are long tubes with open ends that vacuum up the fluid and return it to the circulation. When everything is in working order, the amount of fluid vacuumed equals the amount of fluid oozing from blood vessels.

Too much fluid leaking from blood vessels or too little fluid vacuumed by lymph channels creates swelling — edema. The feet, ankles and legs are the usual places for fluid accumulation.

Heart or kidney failure leads to swollen feet, ankles and legs. So does cirrhosis of the liver. Infections or radiation can damage lymph channels — two more possibilities. An underactive thyroid gland can be implicated as a cause. So can as benign a condition as varicose veins.


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