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Tuesday, September 2, 2003 Volume XII, Number 53

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .Supporters of Carthage 7th Grade Sports will have a Car Wash in the Wal-Mart parking lot starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 6th. Donations accepted. Cash donations continue to be accepted at: Carthage R-9 Foundation, 710 Lyon Street Carthage, MO 64836.

Did Ya Know?. . .The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours are Tues.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Humane Society is now open from 12 noon-
4 p.m. on Saturdays. You can now adopt some of the Carthage Humane Society’s cutiest kittens at Central Pet Care Clinic. Stop by their office anytime during regular business hours or call 358-1300 for details.

today's laugh

I come from a truthful family — a lie never passed my father’s lips.
How do you know?
He talked through his nose.

I went to the mind reader, but she said she couldn’t read me very easily.
Yeah — it’s very difficult to read blank pages.

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


The frogs and connections for the White River road to join the Missouri Pacific railway were placed in position yesterday and last night, the men working far into the night, catching favorable times between the passage of trains for pushing the work. The junction is near the south end of the Missouri Pacific bridge over Spring river.

Today the laying of steel from the junction point on the White River line was begun. There was no formality about driving the first spike.

It is the plan of the railroad company to lay steel as far past the woolen mill at least, and it is said that they may build a temporary bridge over Meridian street and push the track laying beyond that point. The permanent bridge at Meridian street can go in at leisure. The construction of the White River line will now be pushed at all points as fast as possible.

  Today's Feature


One hundred-forty-eight properties were sold at the tax auction last week of the 360 offered. According to Jasper County Collector Stephen Holt, the total amount collected for the property was $122,856.17. That compares to last year where 144 properties were sold for a total of $82,641.

Over 300 of the properties originally listed were removed after taxes were paid.

Musicians Invited.

The fall season will come in with a plink, boom and sizzle when the Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club holds its annual cookout and jam session on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:00 PM at the Park Plaza Christian Church, 3200 Indiana at 32nd Street, Joplin.

All acoustic musicians — and would-be acoustic musicians — are invited to join in the fun. Current members include players of mountain and hammered dulcimers, autoharp, penny whistle, harmonica, accordion, washboard, fiddle, guitar, and more.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets, a covered dish, and, of course, your instrument. Hamburgers will be sizzling on the grill. For information, call Christina at 417-358-9679.

Just Jake Talkin'


Looks like the lawn mowers will be back in action for a few more weeks. The long dry spell was keepin’ growth down to a minimum, but ever’one was wonderin’ if the yellow patches would survive. Yesterday it looked like the soaker over the last few days has sparked new life into the local vegetation.

I think my tomato plants are way past any rescue, but most ever’thing else seems to have perked up some. It always amazes me how plants seem to react better to rain than processed water. I’ve wondered ‘bout puttin’ rain barrels under the downspouts and then runnin’ a test usin’ on two locations between rain water and tap water. Puttin’ the exact same amount on both growths and seein’ if there is any difference. ‘Course I’ve frequently considered jumpin’ out of a plane with a parachute, but that one hasn’t got off the ground either.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column


By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For two days my son complained about a bad headache. I thought nothing of it and told him to take Tylenol. On the third day, he couldn’t get out of bed, and his temperature was quite high. We rushed him to the hospital. After doing a spinal tap, they said he had encephalitis. Does this cause permanent brain damage? — H.D.

ANSWER: Encephalitis (IN-sef-uh-LITE-us) is an infection of the brain, and quite often it is a viral infection. The roster of possible viruses is large. It numbers more than 100. Quite often, it is impossible to identify which of the 100 viruses is responsible for a particular case.

Mosquitoes can carry some encephalitis viruses. Contaminated food and water are two other sources of infection and spread. The peak season for viral encephalitis is late summer and early fall. The mosquito population is at its height, and family picnics are often the setting for food and drink to become contaminated with encephalitis viruses.

Headache is a universal symptom of encephalitis. So is a fever. Sometimes patients become stuporous.

There are specific medicines for only a handful of the viral-caused encephalitis infections. For the others, intensive nursing, pain relief and intravenous feeding can generally permit a patient to weather the storm.

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