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Tuesday, January 28, 2003 Volume XI, Number 156

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at the Carthage Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple. Eileen Johnson District Deputy Grand Matron 44th District will make her Official Visit.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used booksale from 8 a.m.-Noon on Saturday, February 1st at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?. . .Oak Street Health & Herbs, 431 Oak St., will present an informational program from 5-7 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 28th by Pamela Harmell on "Digestion & Detoxification" followed by a question and answer session. This is a FREE presentation.

today's laugh

Mother was warning little Nancy about being careful crossing streets.
"Oh, don’t worry," the child assured her mother. "I always wait for the empty space to come by."

Frosh- "Professor, I can’t go to class today."
Prof.- "Why?"
Frosh- "I don’t feel well."
Prof.- "Where don’t you feel well?"
Frosh- "In class."


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


Tom Wickham, at Keim & McMillan’s this afternoon received a telephone message from Dr. T. D. Miller, of Kansas City, stating that Joe Abbott, a former Carthage young man, had been shot and instantly killed in that city this morning. No further particulars were obtainable.

Joe Abbott was reared in Carthage and learned the printer’s trade in the old Banner and Patriot offices. In June, 1885, he was married to Miss Mattie E. Burge, daughter of T. M. Burge, living at Meridian and Mound streets. He and his wife went to Kansas City in 1889, where he secured employment as typesetter and was retained after machines were adopted. After ten years on the Journal he went to the Star, where he was employed at the time of his death.

Joe’s mother, Mrs. Donovan, who was married a second time, lives on Meridian street adjoining the transfer barn, and keeps a boarding house.

  Today's Feature

Scheduled Rezone Vote.

The Carthage City Council agenda for this evening’s 7:30 meeting includes a scheduled vote on a request by Jim Williams to rezone property located at 906-910 Garrison.

Williams has operated Williams’ Auto-Sport used car lot at the 910 Garrison address for the last several years under a nonconforming variance. The variance was allowed because the property has been used for business purposes (see photo inside) since before Carthage adopted zoning regulations in the 1950’s. Williams wants to permanently rezone that property and also his adjacent property at 906 Garrison.

City Administrator Tom Short, in a memo to the City Council, noted that the rezoning does not fit the City Comprehensive Plan guidelines and may be considered "spot zoning."

Williams says his neighbors do not object to the rezoning and his property is only 100 feet from other commercial properties. He is expected to address the Council during the meeting.

The Council is also scheduled to vote on ordinance 03-01 which would clarify political activity for City employees.

Just Jake Talkin'


A letter to the editor in last Saturday’s evenin’ paper started with disappointment that the City did not spend $20,000 on a Park System Comprehensive plan.

The letter continued by listing several areas of the system that needed improvement. I thought it was a well thought out presentation that equals most professional consultant’s work. I’m figurin’ the City should take this lady’s advice, and just give her the twenty grand.

I’m guessin’ many of those who oppose hirin’ a consultant just would rather the money be spent on things that would actually improve the obvious needs, not just to write down a list of ‘em.

Twenty thousand will not start to fix the ones listed in the letter, but it would be a start.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Options for Varicose Veins Are Many

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have varicose veins really bad. They hurt a lot. Do you think I should have surgery? If so, whom do I see? My doctor says insurance won’t pay and any surgeon is OK. — M.C.

ANSWER: Varicose veins are dilated, stretched-out-of-shape leg veins. If we walked on all fours, we wouldn’t have them. The pull of gravity on vein blood when we walk upright is great. Blood pools in leg veins and stretches them. To overcome this, veins have valves. Once blood begins its journey back to the heart, leg vein valves close and thereby overcome gravity’s pull. People with varicose veins have incompetent leg valves. And the final ingredient in the varicose vein recipe is a family history of such veins.

Have you tried self-help measures? Elevate your legs when sitting and lying down so blood can drain out of them. When standing, move around. If you cannot move, contract your leg muscles. The squeeze of leg muscles on veins pushes blood upward toward the heart. If you are carrying too much weight, you must reduce. Wear compression hose — elasticized hose whose pressure stops blood from pooling in the legs. Don’t wear anything that constricts the legs, such as garters. If the veins are giving you grief, that is an indication for surgery. General surgeons and vascular surgeons perform the operation.


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