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Wednesday, February 21, 2007 Volume XV, Number 173

did ya know?

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. Mon. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday, February 20th in observance of Presidents Day.

Did Ya Know?... The McCune-Brooks Hospital Blood Pressure Clinic is open M-W-F from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clinic is located at 2040 S. Garrison in the mbh Wellness Center. Call 358-0670 M-W-F. BP Logbook available.

today's laugh

How many Californians does it take to change a lightbulb?

Six: One to turn the bulb, one for support, and four to relate to the experience.

How many Oregonians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

Five. One to change the bulb, and four more to chase off the Californians who have come up to relate to the experience.

I have fish for pets. That’s what I have. Goldfish. It was originally for the stress thing. They say if you watch fish, it helps you relax, to fall asleep. Which explains why I always doze off when I’m snorkeling. - Ellen DeGeneres

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

John Jersezy Fined $25.

John Jersezy was found guilty of petit larceny by a jury in circuit court at Joplin at 11:30 o’clock last night, and his punishment fixed at a fine of $25. The trial lasted all day and the case was given to the jury at 6 o’clock. The defendant was indicted for burglary, but under their instructions the jury could find him guilty of petit larceny and they did so.

The verdict is somewhat of a surprise here, as nearly every one expected to see Jersezy go to the penitentiary. His fine and costs will amount to 32 days in the county jail, in case he fails to pay. Warren Woodward defended him.

Misses Anna Newell, Winifred Whitsett, Margretta Newell and Messrs Allen McReynolds and Mahlon Caffee of this City are mentioned by the Joplin Globe as having been in attendance at a dance given by Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Waite last week at the Elk club house in Joplin.


Today's Feature

More NAO Discussion.

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 a proposal to add a Nuisance Abatement Officer (NAO) within the Public Works Department. This item was discussed in a previous Public Works committee meeting and during a Budget committee discussion of goals and priorities for the 2008 budget.

This position would be new to the department with a goal of increasing the enforcement of City codes for weeds, grass height and trash. The committee agreed that if the position was approved, a full time officer would be needed to do the job.

Currently the Carthage Police Department Animal Control officer shares the duties of nuisance abatement enforcement. This job employs one full time officer and one part time officer. If the change is approved, the Police Department would still oversee the animal control duties.

The Public Works committee during its earlier discussion had requested information showing projected budget impacts to the Public Works department as well as the Police Department.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected on Carthage Square.

Just Jake Talkin'

When I was eight or ten, my parents loaded me on a train and sent me on my way.

Ya feel pretty important when ya plunk down the thirty-five cents for a ticket and the whole train is flagged down. Typically the train came through our small town without even slowin’ down. ‘Course I was only goin’ the thirty miles or so to stay with my cousin’ for a few days, but I was feelin’ pretty "grown up" for the duration of that afternoon trip.

Onea the best parts of a train ride is when ya arrive and folks are waitin’ at the station and makin’ a big fuss. After thirty or forty minutes on a passenger train you aren’t exactly exhausted by the experience. By the welcome from my aunt you’d have thought I’d been sittin’ on that train for days. But then, I didn’t let on any different.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
To Your Good Health
By Samantha Mazzotta

Jerking Legs Interrupt Sleep

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Something funny is happening to me, and I’d like to know what it is. When I lie in bed at night, my legs feel like they’re getting electric shocks. I have to get up and walk around to get the shocks to stop. When I finally get to sleep, my husband says my legs jerk during the night. What’s going on? -- L.B.

ANSWER: You’re the victim of two separate but often linked conditions -- restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movements of sleep. More than 12 million Canadians and Americans contend with the same problems.

Restless leg syndrome consists of peculiar sensations in the legs when they are resting, mostly at night in bed. Some describe the sensations as insects crawling under the skin. Others feel them as shocks or burning pain. All must get up and move about to get rid of the sensations. Most people with the syndrome are in good health. However, iron deficiency can be part of the picture. Pregnant women also come down with restless legs. It goes once they deliver.

Periodic limb movements of sleep are jerking movements of the legs that last from minutes to hours. The bed partner is more aware of them than is the person whose legs are jumping about.

One new medicine for the treatment of both is Requip. It restores the normal amount of the brain chemical dopamine. If you smoke, stop. If you drink alcohol, don’t, or at least don’t drink after dinner. Don’t drink caffeinated beverages after 12 p.m.

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