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Tuesday, February 13, 2007 Volume XV, Number 168

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Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, February 15 from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, February 16 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the First Nazarene Church, 2000 Grand Ave. Donor card or photo ID required. Refreshments provided to donors.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Recycling Center and Compost Center will continue accepting branches and limbs free of charge until February 15.

Did Ya Know?... Volunteers are available to assist with Missouri Property Tax Credit Claims at the C.A.N. D.O. Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd. Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Men’s Auxiliary will host a shuffleboard tournament Sunday, February 18 to begin at 12 noon. West of Carthage at intersection of 96 & 171, Southeast corner. Draw for partner $5.00 per person, public invited Male & Female. Players need to bring a covered dish for a family chili dinner at 4:30 p.m.

today's laugh

We have so many appliances in our kitchen that when we have breakfast, all the traffic lights in our town stop working.

For my birthday I got a humidifier and a de-humidifier... I put them in the same room and let them fight it out. - Steven Wright

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

Specimens of Oil Rock.

Frank Griffith who lives 2 miles north of Carthage left at the newspaper office today specimens of oil rock found on his father’s place. It is limestone but is thoroughly saturated with oil and has an oily smell. The rock was found in digging a well 25 years ago and has lain exposed to the weather a quarter of a century without losing the oily smell. It was found at a depth of 16 feet and the water in the well was for a time so oily that the stock refused to drink it.

George M. Turner of Springfield, and M. M. Beck were in Carthage yesterday selling silks and carpets for a St. Louis carpet company. They informed a representative of this paper that while here and at Joplin they have sold $5,500 worth of goods, as follows;

Pat Murphy, $1,500; W.H. Phelps, $2,000; Dr. J.A. Carter, $1,000; Mr. Payton, $1,000. Mr. Turner is a brother to Dan Turner, the well known type-setter.


Today's Feature

CID First Reading.

The Carthage City Council will meet this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Items on the agenda include the first reading of an ordinance approving the Peachtree Village Community Improvement District (CID).

The CID allows the Peachtree development to add an additional 1 per cent sales tax inside its own property to be used for improvements to streets, sewers and electrical in that area.

The ordinance comes with the recommendation of the Public Works committee where the agreement has been under review for several months.

Valentine’s at Stone’s Throw.

Stone’s Throw Theatre, of Carthage will present its Valentine’s Day Special, "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney on February 14, 2007. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; dinner served at 6:30 p.m. $25. per person. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Stone’s Throw Theatre at 417-358-9665 or 358-7268 or by e-mailing to

Tracing the lifelong correspondence between the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner, the story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written - and what is left unsaid - in their letters. From book jacket Love Letters, a Plume Book- Penguin.

The play will be directed by Alesha Lindeman and will star Linda Bailey and Kelly Peterson.

Stench Report:


Stench Reported 2/9 In the Evening

Just Jake Talkin'

Growin’ up we always had a dog around. Betsy was a Collie that was scared to death of thunder storms. She’d hide behind the curtains under the kitchen sink. She’d also have "fits" ever’ now and then and just lay down and shake. At the time I had no idea what epilepsy was and didn’t realize until years later that was the reason for this strange behavior.

After Betsy came Smokey who was supposed ta be a Collie but never grew into the part. She started her stay by relievin’ herself under the Christmas tree where she was placed by Santa. Bein’ an outside dog, as she matured she began chasin’ a phantom intruder whenever we’d pull in the driveway. She’d run just to the edge of the yard and then come to the car for congratulations.

The Great Dane is another story.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Scoliosis Shouldn’t Preclude Pregnancy

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am the mother of an only child. She is 31 and has been married for one year. My daughter is afraid to become pregnant because she believes she’ll have difficulty carrying a child due to her spinal curvature. She’s also afraid that carrying a baby will make her scoliosis worse. An orthopedic doctor followed her in her teens and didn’t suggest treatment since her scoliosis was "borderline." I know she wants to be a mom, and I want to be a grandmom. What do you say? -- A.A.

ANSWER: Scoliosis is a curving of the spine to one side. The curve can be in the upper back, the lower back or in both upper and lower back. The degree of curvature correlates with the severity of symptoms and with the limits of physical activity. The degree is assessed through X-rays.

Your daughter had mild scoliosis as a teenager. Her curvature didn’t require a brace. It’s not too likely that the curvature increased so much since then that she can’t have children. Rarely, if ever, does scoliosis prevent a woman from having children, and pregnancy doesn’t aggravate scoliosis. Your daughter isn’t complaining of back pain, is she? She does everything she wants to do, doesn’t she? Then there’s no indication of severe scoliosis.

Have your daughter talk to a family doctor or to an orthopedic doctor. I believe she will be surprised to learn that her scoliosis isn’t a contraindication to her having a family.

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