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Tuesday, May 27, 2003 Volume IX, Number 240

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will have a Bicycle Safety and Registration event conducted by the Carthage Police Department at the Library Annex starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 29th. Call 237-7040 for info or sign up at the YPL desk.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Knights of the Pythias Fish Feed will be held on Tuesday, May 27th. Social hour starts at 6:00 p.m. with the meal at 7:00 p.m. It is family night, and bring a guest.

Did Ya Know?. . .If you would like to make a donation for a luminaria at the Relay For Life, go by The Wright Gift & Antique Place, 2303 South Garrison, Tuesday - Saturday and complete a form. Each Luminaria is a $5.00 donation. All money goes to the American Cancer Society.

today's laugh

"I hear the price of bread is going to drop."
"I would like to contradict you. I saw a sign in a bakery window the other day saying ‘Raisin Bread.’"

Patient - "The size of your bill makes my blood boil."
Doctor - "That willl be fifty dollars extra for sterilizing the system."

Money is all right, but you have to waste a lot of time making it.

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


In Judge Perkins’ court S. A. Ott, charged with felonious assault was found guilty by a jury and fined $100. To this Ott’s attorney objected and filed a motion for a new trial. Judge Perkins said he would sustain the motion but advised against it, as the evidence in his opinion, was strong enough to send Ott to the penitentiary and the Judge thought he was getting off light with a fine. The attorney persisted so a new trial was ordered.

Burt Mitchell who was found guilty of felonious assault, was brought into court this morning and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary.

H. C. Spellmyer vs. Thomas Seal, ejectment change of venue granted and case sent to Newton county.

Dorinda P. Randall vs. Al Parker damages for selling liquor to her husband, R. O. Randall now deceased, cause dismissed for failure to file additional cost bond as ordered by the court.

  Today's Feature

Hard Cash vs. Soft Cash.

The Jasper County Commissioners have been trading other counties hard cash for soft cash. The past month over $300,000 of Jasper Counties soft cash has been traded for over $180,000 of their counties hard cash.

Soft cash is federal credit earned by building bridges 20 feet long or longer. Soft cash can be used to build up to 20% of a new bridge. Soft cash funds have to be matched with either cash or hard cash. Soft cash accumulates every time a county builds a bridge.

Hard cash is federal grant money given to counties with deficient bridges. Hard cash can be used as cash for up to 80% of the cost of building bridges.

Jasper County has been building bridges so their soft cash account has been accumulating. Other surrounding counties have not been building bridges so their soft cash is low. By trading with these other counties Jasper is building its hard cash account which will give them enough funds to match their soft cash with 80% hard cash. With the right amount of hard cash and soft cash a county can build a bridge that is 100% funded by federal money.

Just Jake Talkin'


A typical phone call at the office:


"Hello, this is Maria from the psychic benevolent support group for the organization of united brotherhood of unicorn revivalists."

"That’s amazing," I respond, "I was just thinking of your work."

"We have been receiving mental inquiries from your office and are calling to open the channels of telepathy for your convenience and contribution to our cause."

"That’s unreal," I continue, "I’m sitting here with $10,000 burning a hole in my pocket and was just wonderin’ where I could spend it. I’m elated that you took the time out of your busy day just to contact me."

"This is a recorded message," I hear. "For more information press pound."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had ulcers around my ankle for six months. They are painful and seep through their wrappings. I have read your columns and think it might be peripheral vascular disease. How long does it take for a cure? — C.D.

ANSWER: Peripheral vascular disease often is the cause of leg ulcers. It encompasses problems with arteries or veins in the periphery — the legs or arms. The trouble can lie with clogged arteries or with incompetent, dilated veins. Nerve problems are another contributor to such ulcers.

The most common cause is vein incompetence. Flabby, dilated leg veins leak fluid into the surrounding tissues. That’s the swelling invariably seen with such ulcers. As swelling grows, circulation to the skin diminishes due to compression of the small arteries that nourish the skin. A deficient blood supply leads to skin breakdown and ulcer formation. If people with leg ulcers are overweight, weight loss aids healing.

Treatment of these ulcers is time-consuming. Leg elevation is a must. Leg elevation does not mean resting the legs on a stool while you sit. It means lying down with legs elevated above heart level for 30 minutes four times a day. During the night the bedposts at the foot of your bed should be propped up on wooden blocks, or pillows should be placed under your feet and legs so they are lying in a plane above chest level.

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