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Tuesday, November 11, 2003 Volume XII, Number 103

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage City Landfill will be closed Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 19th in the McCune Brooks Hospital dining room. The topic is "Form-Fitted Shoes: Fantastic Footwear Paid by Medicare."

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Kiwanis Club has launched a year long program to collect good used children’s and young adult books. The books are to be distributed to families in the Carthage area. Any organization wishing to become a collection station should contact Ivan Hager 358-8236.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage City Council will observe Veteran’s Day and meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12th in the City Hall.

today's laugh

What kind of stories do you write?
Oatmeal, Bran and Farina.
What kind are those?

Where is my hat?
On the oven.
On the oven? I wonder what ridiculous thing I shall find it on next.
On your head, dear.

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

Another Postal Convenience.

Postmaster Tuttle is sending out notices providing for registering letters at residences through the medium of the carrier. Heretofore anyone registering a letter has had to go in person to the postoffice to do it. In order to avoid delaying the carrier the regulations under the new arrangement are very strict to the effect that a letter must be fully prepared for registration before it is presented. If it is lacking in any way the carrier simply refuses it and passes on.

In these days of money orders, drafts and checks only a small per cent of letters have occasion to be registered, but when they do this system will prove convenient.

The Carthage postoffice will always be found taking full advantage of all accommodations the department may place at the disposal of postmasters.

Thos. Henley, the up-to-date tailor, now has his stock for the spring trade all in.

  Today's Feature

Resignation Turned In.

The Carthage Director of Engineering Sam Proffer resigned last week. He was unable to move to the Carthage area, if at all, in the time frame specified in his contract. Proffer resides outside of Aurora and his land was hit by the May 4th tornado. Proffer was scheduled to start his work in Carthage on May 5th and was delayed by the tornado.

"Carthage has great people and is a beautiful city," said Proffer. He stated he hated to go but he was not going to be able to meet the requirement for his job with the City of Carthage.

Proffer’s 20 acres along with the barn, house and vehicles were hit by the tornado and still requires alot of time to clean up.

Carthage Christmas Parade.

The annual Carthage Christmas Parade is scheduled for Monday December 1st at 7 p.m. This years theme is "Grand Ole Christmas." The Carthage Chapter of Skills USA-VICA is again the sponsor of this years Christmas Parade.

The deadline for entries is Friday November 14th. For more information or entry form application call 359-7026.

Just Jake Talkin'


I suppose the traditional spring and fall elections were scheduled around the country’s agricultural schedule. Like the traditional school year, today’s life style is less dependent on the seasons.

It still seems strange to me to have an election in the middle of winter. I’m sure that Missouri will get some publicity out of the early vote for the presidential primary, I just don’t know if that should be a high priority when it comes to settin’ a date for votin’.

I suppose eventually folks will get used to the midwinter vote and not think much of it. Maybe, if the competition for earlier dates continues among the states, we will be able to vote in the November election a year ahead. Be a lot simpler and save some costs too.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Poor Circulation Often a Pain in the Calf

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Lately whenever I take a walk, I get such pain in my calves that I have to stop until it goes away. Is this a muscle problem or arthritis? — M.S.

ANSWER: Most likely it is a circulation problem — peripheral vascular disease. "Peripheral" indicates that arteries in the body’s periphery — arms and legs — are partially blocked by a buildup of plaque. Plaque is a mound of cholesterol, fat and blood proteins clinging to the artery wall. It’s a problem that comes with growing old. About one in six people older than 55 suffers from it.

Calf pain while walking is a hallmark symptom. The calf muscles require more blood, but the plaque on artery walls obstructs the needed extra blood flow to the muscles. Muscles, lacking the oxygen and fuel brought by blood, cry out in pain. Pain can also be felt in the thighs or buttocks if arteries to those muscles are filled with plaque.

A person can tell, almost to the inch, the distance at which pain will develop. Resting relieves the pain, and the walking can continue until the next onset of pain.

A doctor can confirm the diagnosis by taking the blood pressure in the arms and comparing it with the blood pressure in the ankle region. The two should be similar. In peripheral vascular disease, the ankle pressure will be lower than the arm pressure.

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