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Tuesday, November 25, 2003 Volume XII, Number 113

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .There will be a public hearing on the 2004 County Budget at 10 a.m. today in the County Commissioners office.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eminence Chapter #93 Order of the Eastern Star will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 at the Masonic Temple, 7th & Maple.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Recycling & Composting Center, 1309 Oak Hill Road, has available (FREE to the Public) compost and mulch. Tues.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Thurs., Nov. 27th and Fri., Nov. 28th in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Did Ya Know?. . .The 4th Annual Four-State Thanksgiving sing is Saturday November 29th at 6 p.m. It is being held at First Baptist Church, west Highway V Diamond, MO. Admission is free.

today's laugh

"Freddie, you mustn’t laugh out loud in the schoolroom."
"I didn’t mean to do it. I was smiling, and the smile busted."

"It’s cruel," said the papa bear to his family on seeing a carload of humans, "to keep them caged up like that."

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

A Day in the Country.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Westminster church spent yesterday in the country at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Campbell seven miles northeast of town. There were fifteen ladies present. The dinner was an elaborate affair, after which quite a musical programme was enjoyed.

Mrs. Campbell presented the society a handsome quilt, which the ladies appreciated. The day was not wholly given up to recreation but numerous plans were proposed and discussed looking to the advancement of the church. At a late hour the ladies reluctantly took their leave.

A pretty water spaniel was humiliated this afternoon by chasing across the east side of the square with a tin can dangling to its tail.

  Today's Feature

City Council Agenda.

The City Council will meet for a special work session tonight at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall. The session is to discuss changing the current method of electing Council Members. The proposed Ordinance would allow electing members at large. Also scheduled for discussion is a name change for the Department of Engineering.

The Council will also hold its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Members are to vote on an Ordinance amending the Annual Operating and Capital Budget of the City for the fiscal year 2003-2004.

Members are scheduled to discuss an Ordinance amending Chapter 13 of the Carthage Code. The proposed Ordinance is to add new sections pertaining to firearms in City facilities, the unlawful use of weapons, and fixing the time when this Ordinance should become effective.

Scheduled under first readings is an Ordinance evidencing the decision of the City Council to opt-out of the "Sales Tax Holiday."

The State of Missouri passed a No-Sales Tax weekend for August 13th thru 15th, 2004. Items that are exempt from tax that weekend are computers, clothing and school supplies. Cities and Counties that do not wish to adopt the no sales tax have to have an Ordinance in place in order collect local taxes.

Members are scheduled to vote on a resolution concerning the annexation of sixteen lots in the eighth addition in Breckenwood.

Just Jake Talkin'


There is nothin' much worse than havin' to deal with a problem that shouldn't a been a problem in the first place.

It goes back ta one a Murphy's observations: "Why is there always to fix somethin' when there wasn't time ta do it right the first time?"

I learned as a youngster to always close the gate. Nothin' worse than tryin' to round up a stray cow that wandered out of a gate ya left open. Ya not only waste the time, typically ya fall in a ditch and skin your shin while endin' up in a pile a gresh manure. More problems.

Then ya forget and climb in the farmer's truck and have to smell your mistake all the way home 'fore ya end up cleanin' up the mess ya made tryin' to solve the original problem. The importance of gate closin' is a lesson to remember.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Fibromyalgia Sufferers Ache All Over

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had fibromyalgia for more than one year. I have tried a number of medicines, but nothing seems to work for me. I could cope with this affliction except for the pain it causes. I ache without any letup. Can you suggest anything that might bring me some relief? — W.B.

ANSWER: Fibromyalgia is a condition that was not known until a few short years ago. It’s an illness that causes its victims to ache all over, and it can produce widespread muscle and joint pain. In addition, the normal sleep cycle is disrupted, and that leaves fibromyalgia patients with an overwhelming fatigue. Its cause has eluded discovery, but it might be that the pain centers of fibromyalgia patients’ brains are inordinately sensitive to pain signals.

No single test proves the fibromyalgia diagnosis. Doctors have to rely on what patients tell them and what physical examinations can disclose. Tender points (also called trigger points) provide doctors with reliable information on fibromyalgia-caused complaints. These points consist of 18 body sites where pressure from the doctor’s probing finger elicits pain far out of proportion to the pressure applied. The list of treatments is long, and no one treatment has proven useful for all patients.

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