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Tuesday, May 13, 2003 Volume IX, Number 231

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Shrine Burn Crew will have a fish fry at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th. The public is invited. North of Carthage on M Hwy, 71 Hwy to M Hwy, 1/4 mile west. $8 per person.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter # 93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th, 2003, at the Carthage Masonic Temple, 7th and Maple. There will be a regular meeting.

Did Ya Know?. . .Carthage Humane Society needs your community club, church group or family to help with upcoming adoption events. To volunteer call 358-6808. You can now make a deposit at Hometown Bank to go towards an addition to the cat room at the Carthage Humane Society.

today's laugh

What’s the difference between a sewing machine and a kiss?

I don’t know — what is the difference.

One sews seams nice and the other seems so nice.

I have a new job now.

What are you doing?

I’m working down at the Eagle Laundry.

Eagle Laundry?


I didn’t know they washed eagles.

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


Last evening’s newspaper says: "after spending the day in Carthage, Mrs. D. Wrightman, of Smelter Hill, returned to her home last evening, in time to save her 8-year-old son Harry, from being devoured alive by hogs.

During his mother’s absence, Harry, and a little companion, indulged in the pastime of sinking a play shaft in a vacant lot immediately adjoining the Wrightman home. According to the lad’s story, he had continued to dig the hole deeper after his playmate had left him. It was while on his hands and knees at the bottom of the hole that the earth caved in, burying his entire body and leaving his head only, protruding above the surface. In vain he called for help and fruitlessly did he struggle to free himself. A drove of half a dozen hogs that had been grunting around the premises, approached the helpless boy, and if what he says is true, they put their noses against his face and rooted their heads against his with such violence that his head was almost twisted from his shoulders.

"When Mrs. Wrightman reached her front gate she heard agonized groans coming from somewhere, but at first she did not recognize her son’s voice. However, after she had entered the house and failed to find her boy, she hastened to the spot from whence the screams were coming. The sight that met her eyes, would have prostrated a more nervously inclined woman. In the center of a group of rooting, grunting hogs, with his face besmeared with a reddish clay that resembled blood, was the head of her son.

"Only for the screams to which the lad was giving, vent, the head might have been severed from the body. His body was completely covered with dirt. The frantic mother succeeded, after much difficulty, in driving the herd of swine away from her boy. Then securing a spade, she worked with might and main until the youth was uncovered. Other than the awful ordeal through which he had passed, the little fellow was uninjured."

  Today's Feature

Tonight's Council Agenda.

The City Council will meet Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Council chambers.

Under new business is discussion about an agreement with Blevins Asphalt for the annual asphalt paving contract for the year 2003, an agreement with the Jasper County Youth Fair Board for use of the fair barn located in the Carthage Municipal Park, an agreement with Carthage Kiwanis for use of the area in Carthage Municipal Park known as Kiddieland, and discussion reguarding amending the annual operating and capital budget for Carthage’s lodging tax and civic enhancement fund for the 2002-2003 fiscal year.

Under old business a vote is scheduled for Council bill 03-24 authorizing a contract with Carthage R-9 school system for use of city facilities, 03-25 authorizing a contract with American Legion Baseball for use of Carl Lewton Stadium during the 2003 season, Council bill 03-26 authorizing a contract with Mark Peterson for management of Carthage Municipal Golf Course, and Council bill 03-27 repealing ordinance 03-22 passed April 8,2003, to correct error in ward boundary description.

Just Jake Talkin'



I was surprised to learn a few years back that the United Way isn’t just active durin’ the annual fund raiser. The allocation of those funds involves a lot more volunteer hours.

The 2003 United Way review team recently completed their review of all seventeen United Way agencies. Each member of the team visits their assigned agency and goes over a budget for the upcomin’ year. The team member then accompanies agency representatives that present the budget to be considered by the United Way Board of Directors.

The budget process and the recommendations of the review team members input helps define the goals for the fall fund raiser. The volunteer effort assures that your United Way donations are maximized.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Oh, My Aching Back

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have been told I need surgery for something I have never heard of — spinal stenosis. I have low back pain, but I am able to get around. The doctor tells me that if I don’t have surgery, I will be paralyzed. Please enlighten me. — T.S.

ANSWER: The spinal cord is a mass of nerve cells and nerve cables sending messages to the brain and receiving messages from the brain that it transmits to muscles and organs throughout the body. It is a delicate structure with a diameter no larger than the little finger. Drop a soft eraser on an exposed spinal cord from a height of three feet, and the eraser would shatter the cord. To protect the spinal cord, Nature encased it in a canal that runs through all the vertebrae (backbones).

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. Bone spurs, arthritic changes and thickened spinal-column ligaments can constrict the spinal canal and compress the spinal cord and the nerves that sprout from it. The result is back pain that often shoots down the legs. People with a narrow spinal canal frequently stand in such a way that they look like they are leaning forward on a grocery cart.

In some cases, surgery is the answer. If your doctor is correct and you are on the brink of paralysis from the narrowing, before submitting to surgery, get a second opinion.

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