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Tuesday, April 3, 2007 Volume XV, Number 203

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Life Church is having an Easter Egg hunt Sunday, April 8th at 10:00 AM for all children ages 3-12. We will also be drawing for a BBQ grill and other prizes on Easter Sunday. Life Church is located at 2965 Chapel Rd. Call 358-6100 or 499-1573 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 & Ladies Auxiliary will host an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7th at 12 noon. Shrine Train Rides, Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m., No adults allowed on the field, Free popcorn, coffee, koolaid. 50 Candybars, Hotdogs and soda. Everyone invited. VFW Post 2590, Carthage, MO.

today's laugh

A sailor was called into the witness box to give evidence. "Well, sir," said the lawyer," do you know the plaintiff and defendant?"

"I don’t know the drift of them words," answered the sailor.

"What! Not know the meaning of ‘plaintiff’ and ‘defendant’?" continued the lawyer. "A pretty fellow you to come here as a witness! Can you tell me where on board the ship it was the man struck the other?"

"Abaft the binnacle," said the sailor.

"Abaft the binnacle," said the lawyer. "What do you mean by that?"

"A pretty fellow you," responded the sailor,"to come here as a lawyer, and don’t know what ‘abaft the binnacle’ means!"

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

Bankers Meet At Webb.

Resolve to Uniformly Observe the New Revenue Law Regarding Checks

Some fifty bankers of Jasper County and Galena, Kansas, met last night at the Commercial club rooms ion Webb City for the purpose of taking action and adopting a uniform system for properly observing and putting into operation the late revenue law as it applies to banks and bankers.

The New law which goes into effect on May 1 requires that a revenue stamp costing 2 cents to placed on every check. For their own protection and for the protection of their patrons, the bankers decided to receive no checks unless bearing the required stamp which shall be cancelled by the maker of the check. Otherwise trouble and confusion would surely result.

J.A. Mitchell, of the Bank of Carthage, and J.L. Moore, of the Carthage National Bank, were present last night at the meeting.


Today's Feature

Trivia Night Results.

News release

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce, and event sponsor Southwest Missouri Bank, held its 3rd Annual Trivia Night on Thursday, March 29 at the Carthage Memorial Hall. Thirteen teams competed in ten rounds of trivia for a variety of round prizes, with one team walking away with the Grand Prize of $200 in cash.

"Local residents and business leaders enjoyed an entertaining evening," said Debra Schow-Smith, Director of Member Services for the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. "We spiced up the night by offering a few games including our Heads-N-Tails intermission and an Individual Bonus Round. Overall TRIVIA Night was a great event for the Chamber, raising monies to underwrite the numerous services and programs offered to members and the community by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce."

Each round was sponsored by a Carthage Chamber member who also picked the category their round’s trivia questions were to highlight. Round sponsors and categories included:

Biblical in Nature sponsored by A Little More Pizzazz; the Letter "E" sponsored by C&M Electric; The 50s, 60s and 70s sponsored by Carthage Health & Rehabilitation Center; "Curve"tastic sponsored by Curves; A Little About Everything sponsored by Main Street Wireless; The World of Disney sponsored by Maple Tree Terrace; Medical Mayhem sponsored by McCune-Broks Hospital; On The Road Again sponsored by Mid America RV; The Number Game sponsored by Schmidt Associates; Land Measurements sponsored by The Title Place.

Team standings at the end of the night were as follows: 1st Place, The Wireless Wizards sponsored by Carthage Water & Electric Plant; 2nd Place, Grace Notes sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church; 3rd Place, Brain Surges sponsored by McCune-Brooks Hospital; 4th Place, Boisterous Barristers sponsored by Flanigan, Lasley & Moore; 5th Place, Smith Midwest; 6th Place, Carthage Fire Department; 7th Place, Hometown Bank; 8th Place, Beimdiek Insurance Agency; 9th Place A$$ET Liabilities sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank; 10th Place The Number Knockers sponsored by Schmidt Associates; 11th Place Barrister Bratz; 12th Place Charles Burt Homefolks.

An Individual Bonus Round was held at the conclusion of the team event. The 10 questioned round focused on Advertising slogans and was won by Steve Schneickert. The prize for the round was a Dinner and a Movie basket featuring a movie, candy, popcorn and a $20 gift certificate to Lucky J Arena & Restaurant.

The 50/50 drawing winner was Martha Trowbridge of the Number Knockers. Her prize was half the loot collected by drawing participants. Martha walked away with an extra $65 in her pocket for playing the game.

Martha was also the winner of the Heads-N-Tail intermission game. The prize was a gift basket donated by the Lily Pad Gift Shop.

Public Works Meeting.

The City Council Public Works Committee will meet this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include the discussion of the Street Department Operating Budget, Public Works Operating Budget, and the bid openings for the Street Paving Contract.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve often wondered if anyone actually sends in to get a replacement for those "two year" guaranteed light bulbs.

The typical setup is they send ya a free bulb, but ya have ta pay two or three bucks for shipping and handling, plus ship the bad bulb back to ‘em.

The real sellin’ point, of course, is the fact that ever’one would love a bulb that lasts even a year, even one that is supposed ta last two years. Only half bad.

My understandin’ is that Edison experimented with several thousand elements before he found one that would last more than just a few minutes. I’m sure there have been major advances in the technology of light bulbs over the last hunderd years or so, mostly, it seems, in the field of marketing.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

To Your Good Health
By Paul G Donohue. M.D.

COPD Affects Millions of North Americans

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: On the printed report of my chest X-ray it says "suggestive of COPD." Do I have it, and exactly what is it? I feel good. I’m 36 and haven’t had a sick day in the past 15 years. -- L.R.

ANSWER: COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The two big COPD illnesses are emphysema and chronic bronchitis, both most often caused by cigarette smoking. There are exceptions to that rule. COPD is one of the leading causes of disability and death in North America. More than 16 million North Americans suffer from it, and more than 80,000 die of it yearly.

With emphysema, the lungs’ air sacs are destroyed. It is through those delicate structures that oxygen passes into the blood and carbon dioxide passes out of it. The principal sign of emphysema is breathlessness when taking even a few steps.

Chronic bronchitis is airway (bronchus) inflammation with an exuberant production of mucus. A constant cough with expectoration of thick mucus is its predominant sign.

You’re 36. You didn’t say if you are or have been a smoker, but I’m assuming you never smoked. The likelihood that you have COPD isn’t great. The X-ray diagnosis says "suggestive," and that is something that can be said of just about everyone.

A physical exam coupled with breathing tests is the way to detect COPD. Breathing tests demonstrate the "obstruction" to airflow and quantitate how bad the obstruction is.

How did you get a chest X-ray without having a doctor? If you do have one, that is the person who should interpret the X-ray for you. If you don’t have a doctor, get one.

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