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Tuesday, February 6, 2007 Volume XV, Number 163

did ya know?

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 Jasper County Health Department, 105 Lincoln Street in Carthage still has flu vaccine available for children and adults. Jasper County residency not required. Call 358-3111 or 1-877-879-9131 for an appointment. Vaccinations also available on walk-in basis. Medicare and/or Medicaid card holders should bring their cards.

Did Ya Know?... Beginning February 5, volunteers will be available at the C.A.N. D.O. Senior Center, 404 E. 3rd to assist with Missouri Property Tax Credit Claims. Mondays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... MBH February 6th: Friends and Family Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Class: FREE to the public from 6-9 p.m. in the mbh cafeteria. No previous experience necessary. DO IT for your family and friends, DO IT for yourself. Registration Required. Please call 359-2452

today's laugh

I think the judge was slightly biased. He told the jury, "Remember, this criminal is innocent until proven guilty."

I have a friend who’s very cautious. He’s so afraid of flying he refuses to ride the train. He’s afraid an airplane will fall on it.

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on far too long. - Ogden Nash

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

A Hungry Burglar.

Yesterday while the family of H.H. Paulding, living four miles northeast of this city, were all away from home attending church, a thief entered the house through a window and took a pair of new shoes, some bread, two pounds of butter, a stomach full of milk, jelly, and pickles.

Had Good Time at Webb City Shoot.

The Carthage sportsmen who attended the Webb City shoot yesterday report and exceedingly good time. About a dozen and a half shooters participated. The leader of the score of the day was C.S. Bahney, of this City.

Miss Estella Farris has returned from Carthage where she has been residing with her aunt Mrs. Connell and receiving additional instruction in music, in which she manifested ability. - Lockwood Luminary.


Today's Feature

Possible NAO Officer.

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 possible addition of a Nuisance Abatement Officer (NAO) position within the Public Works Department. This officer would attend to situations involving excessive weeds, overgrown grass and trash in yards.

Other items of discussion include the continuation of a discussion concerning trash exemption letters. The committee during a meeting in December of last year heard from a citizen wishing to discontinue trash service. Public Works Director Chad Wampler advised against the waiving of fees citing a section of City Code. Committee Chair Tom Flanigan requested more time to allow the committee to study the code as it pertains to trash collection.

The committee will also continue its discussion concerning the Peachtree Development agreement. Development owner Dr. Michael Woody at a previous meeting presented the committee with updated construction figures to assist with the finalization of figures for a Community Improvement District agreement.

Stench Report:


No Stench Detected Near the Carthage Square

Just Jake Talkin'

I was never enthused about playin’ card games where the joker, or sometimes multiple cards, were wild.

In pitch, the joker is simply an additional card in the deck. It has a set value between the jack and the ten.

‘Course in games where the joker is wild and it ends up in my hand, I take ever’ advantage of the situation. That’s the rule of that particular game and if I’m playin’, I make the best of it.

The main consideration is that all players agree on the rules, no matter how unorthodox they may be, and the rules apply to all participants.

‘Course there are always those who want to modify the rules to fit their particular situation. Rules should be changed at the beginnin’ of the game, not in the middle.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
To Your Good Health
By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Inflammation of Nerve Triggers Dizziness

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: One morning this past week, I woke up with such dizziness that I can’t describe it adequately. It made me sick to my stomach, and I threw up. I went back to bed and lay there for an hour before I could get up and navigate at all. I have never been seasick, but I think this is the closest I’ll ever come to it. What causes this, and what can I do for it? -- M.M.

ANSWER: The causes of dizziness are dizzyingly numerous, but if you insist I take a stab at the diagnosis, I would choose vestibular neuritis. The vestibular nerve is the nerve that takes balance signals to the brain from the inner ear. Inflammation of that nerve makes people feel like they’re aboard a ship that’s rocking and rolling in gigantic waves.

The inflammation is often due to a viral infection. It comes on quickly, the way you describe what happened to you. Nausea and vomiting are almost always part of the picture.

I’d like to tell you that things will be well in short order, but the nerve inflammation can last a long time. Symptoms lessen, but lingering dizziness can remain. Cortisone drugs quicken recovery. At least, studies have shown that people who take those drugs regain their equilibrium faster than those who don’t. Motion-sickness drugs like Antivert can also be tried.

What you must do is see the family doctor. I have briefly outlined one common cause of dizziness, but vestibular neuritis is only one of many causes. Treatment of those conditions is quite different from treatment of vestibular disturbance.

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