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Tuesday, May 3, 2005 Volume XIII, Number 225
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
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.
A farmer visited his sons
college. Watching students in a chemistry class,
he was told that they were looking for a
asked the farmer.
"A liquid that will
"Thats 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.
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
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.
I havent heard of
any real damage yet, but several Ive talked
to have been concerned about their tomatoes
gettin frost bit.
Others are more concerned with
coverin flowers than other plants.
The thing ya dont hear
much is folks sayin its a really
unusual year for weather. As is typically the
case, its 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
The old timers still think
summer is comin, so Ive got faith
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
McCune- Brooks Hospital
To Your Good Health
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 theyre swollen. All
he says is to stop using salt. Can you tell me
what causes it and what to do for it? M.E.
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
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.
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
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,
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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