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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 Volume IX, Number 236

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society is still overflowing with victims of the May 4th tornado disaster. We need permanent or temporary homes for good pets. Most are spayed or neutered. Please help save these pets. Call 358-6402 for info.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Train Crew will have a fish fry at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., May 21st at the Train Barn, west Mound St. Road (across from the Old Cabin Shop). 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?. . .An Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social will be held from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on May 23rd, 2003 in Central Park, Carthage. Live music entertainment and games will be featured. This is a fundraiser for our area Girl Scouts.

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes this week, Mon.-Fri., May 19th through 23rd. Your area will be sprayed the evening of your trash pickup, between 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. You may want to turn off any attic or window fans while the sprayer is in your area.

today's laugh

Youth thinks nothing of health, and age thinks of nothing else.

When a man has only himself to blame, he is probably a bachelor.

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


In Division No. 1 of the circuit court this morning the suit of J. M. Buck, of Carterville, against the Frisco for the loss of a tent and photographic fixtures valued at $75 was tried. Buck had shipped the goods named from Monett to the territory and they were lost. The jury which heard the evidence gave Buck a judgement for $65.

The evidence in the suit of J. D. Vaughn vs. McNerney Bros. & Co., in which about $60 worth of graders time checks were involved, was heard by Judge Perkins. The case will be argued later.

This afternoon the suit of the Exchange Bank of Webb City vs. the Thuringia Insurance Co., is in progress before a jury. The bank is seeking to recover $1,500 for the loss of the Ball tailing mill between Carterville and Webb City, the same having been destroyed by fire. This same case was begun at Joplin some time ago, but was thrown out of court on a demurrer.

  Today's Feature

Public Works Agenda.

The Public Works Committee will meet for their regular bimonthly meeting at 4:00 p.m. in Council chambers Tuesday the 20.

Under old business the committee will discuss the road over the lake dam in the future Breckenwood addition. The purposed location of the road is not a part of the city however the owner is requesting information about any requirements needed to build the road due to the possibility of the road being annexed in to Carthage in the future.

Under new business the Committee will discuss bids for the landscaping of the center island of the roundabout at highway 571 and Airport Drive.

The Committee will also discuss plans for a volunteer clean up group.

The new Director of Engineering Sam Proffer will be at the meeting.

Spraying for Mosquitoes.

The Street Department announced that they would be spraying for misquotes the evening of the day trash is picked up May 19- 23. During that time they recommend that all attic and window fans are turned off.

Just Jake Talkin'


I see the girls softball league scheduled their season openin’ ceremonies for last night. Looks like the group will have even more folks enjoyin’ the fields at the Fair Acres Sports Complex.

‘Course as a kid I was never around a soft ball much, always playin’ baseball. Later on I learned to appreciate the shorter distance between bases and a ball that was a little bigger to hit. The ball also hurt a little less when it hit me.

Although the basic lessons of fair play, team play and learnin’ skills are reasons enough to participate in organized sports, the main reason for playin’ is that it’s just fun. It’s good ta see the support given by coaches, umpires and organizers and sponsors, just for fun.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brook Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I saw the family doctor for a knee that had suddenly swollen, turned red and hurt so much that I was on the verge of tears. He said it was gout. The medicine he gave me did not work, so I saw another doctor who drew fluid from the knee and told me I had pseudogout. His medicine worked. What’s the difference? — C.Y.

ANSWER: Uric acid is the troublemaker in gout. Uric acid comes from the daily turnover of body cells. In blood, uric acid is in a dissolved state. In joints, which it infiltrates when blood levels are high, it solidifies to form needle-shaped crystals that irritate, inflame and cause pain in the joints.

The first attack of gout often takes place at the base of the big toe, but it doesn’t follow that script all the time. It can strike the arch of the foot, the ankles or the knees.

Indomethacin is a drug often chosen to relieve the pain of a gout attack. Colchicine is another drug used for an acute attack. It has been around for a long, long time and does a pretty good job in quieting gout pain.

Once the attack is over, medicines that either slow down uric acid production (Zyloprim) or enhance its excretion into the urine (Benemid) save people from having multiple recurrences. Pseudogout ("pseudo" signifies "false") shares many attributes with gout. In pseudogout, the crystals that deposit in and around the joints are calcium pyrophosphate.

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