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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 Volume XIII, Number 225

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Edwin W. Wiggins Post 9 of the American Legion will meet Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Legion Rooms of the Memorial Hall. All members are invited to attend.

Did Ya Know?... Crossroads Chapter 41 and Auxiliary will hold their annual Forget-Me-Not Drive May 2-7. The proceeds of the drive are to aid Veterans in Veterans’ homes and those in hospitals.

Did Ya Know?... The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used book sale on Saturday, May 7, 2005 in the Library annex from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Low prices on books of every genre, CDs, old LPs and videos.

Did Ya Know?... The Salvation Army of Carthage Computer Lab will begin a Microsoft Excel Computer Class, beginning Monday, May 8. Classes meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays for a period of 4 weeks. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 358-2262 to sign up.

today's laugh

A farmer visited his son’s college. Watching students in a chemistry class, he was told that they were looking for a universal solvent.

"What’s that?" asked the farmer.

"A liquid that will dissolve anything."

"That’s a great idea," agreed the farmer. "When you find it, what are you going to keep it in?

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

An Old Document.

Judge A.A. Lamkin, who resides eight miles northeast of Carthage, has an interesting relic in the shape of an old Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad "time table No. 3," dated to go into effect March 21, 1859. This was the first time table printed after the through line was completed for the whole 206 miles. The work on the road was begun at both ends, and built towards the middle. The time table mentioned above provides for one passenger train, one way freight and one express freight - one each way each day.

Teachers Examined.

County Superintendent E.B. Denison yesterday afternoon held his first examination of teachers under the new institute law which went into effect this month. Those taking the examinations were Frank R. and W.O. Burns, of Medoc; Joppa Mason, of Webb City; I.F. Nickell, of Carthage, all for first class certificates.


Today's Feature

Beginning Smaller Fountain Repairs.

Following an unexpectedly high bid for the repair of the Central Park Fountain which was rejected due to a lack of funding, Parks Director Alan Bull and City Administrator Tom Short developed a plan to begin preliminary repairs for the fountain using City employed staff. Bull informed City Council of an intention to begin these repairs as soon as possible at the last Council meeting.

According to Bull, there are several repairs in the concrete which need to be done whether they are contracted or done in-house. Bull said that these repairs can be made as easily by City employees as by an outside company and until another bid process is begun this smaller work can be done to start the process of repairs.

The majority of the work to be done on the fountain pertains the sealing of the concrete in areas where it is cracked or crumbled. The statue has been removed and placed in storage so that it will not be damaged or get in the way during the repairs.

The Public Works Committee meets this evening at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Just Jake Talkin'

I haven’t heard of any real damage yet, but several I’ve talked to have been concerned about their tomatoes gettin’ frost bit.

Others are more concerned with coverin’ flowers than other plants.

The thing ya don’t hear much is folks sayin’ it’s a really unusual year for weather. As is typically the case, it’s never what ya might expect. This part of the country you can expect ‘bout anything and be right or wrong most of the time.

This time a year ya might as well figure on keepin’ an umbrella, a jacket, a pair of mittens and earmuffs in the car at all times. That along with a swim suit and a t-shirt should just about keep ya covered in all circumstances.

The old timers still think summer is comin’, so I’ve got faith it’ll happen.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Column
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Cause of Swollen Ankles Dictates Treatment

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My feet and ankles can swell so badly that I have trouble getting my shoes on and off. My doctor shrugs when I ask why they’re swollen. All he says is to stop using salt. Can you tell me what causes it and what to do for it? — M.E.

ANSWER: Such swelling is called edema (uh-DEE-muh), and it comes from tissues that are soaked with fluid. It takes several quarts/liters of excess fluid before swelling is even noticeable, so when a person has swollen ankles and feet, that person has retained a considerable amount of fluid.

Causes are many. Heart failure is a prominent one. Untreated high blood pressure is another common cause. Failing kidneys make the body retain fluid and produce swelling. Liver cirrhosis is another cause. Obstruction of leg veins makes leg blood vessels leak fluid into tissues. So does keeping the feet dangling down when sitting for prolonged periods of time.

An often-underappreciated cause is commonly used medicines. Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen can do it, as can cortisone drugs. Calcium channel blockers are a family of popular medicines for blood pressure and angina. They can give rise to swollen ankles. Some names are Calan, Procardia and Cardizem.

The only approach to treatment is finding the cause. Some general measures can help you reduce swelling. Do go easy with your use of salt. When you sit, prop your legs up, and the higher and the longer you prop them, the better.

By Larry Cox


Q: I have a small collection of autographs. They include mostly popular entertainers such as Keely Smith, Bobby Breen and Kay Starr. Where can I market them? — Jeanie, Bradenton, Fla.

A: You need the services of a good autograph dealer. Be forewarned, however, that the three you listed are probably worth no more than $10 to $25 each. They are fairly common, and like all collectibles, prices are generally driven by three major factors: condition, scarcity and demand.

Ed Serfanik buys and sells celebrity autographs and might be able to help you. Write to him in care of Autographs Plus, P.O. Box 2558, Fall River, MA 02722. For a second opinion, contact Robert Jones, c/o Autograph World, P.O. Box 254, Durham, NH 03824.

Q: I have an old $100 bill issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1862. Does it have any value? — Mary, Belvedere, Ill.

A: You might be able to find your currency referenced in the latest edition of Blackbook Price Guide to United States Paper Money, by Marc and Tom Hudgeons (House of Collectibles, $6.99). It has a section on Confederate bills and has been updated to reflect current prices in the marketplace.

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