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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 16

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Spare Cat Rescue will help pay for the spay or neuter of your cat. Call for details. 417-358-6808.

Did Ya Know?... The 2nd Annual Car & Bike Show originally scheduled for June 30 was postponed due to inclement weather. The show will now be held on Sunday, July 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carthage First Nazareth Church, 2000 Grand Ave.

Did Ya Know?... A "Freedom from Smoking" series will begin July 12 at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. $60.00 registration fee covers all materials, or bring a friend and pay $45. Registration required, call 359-2432

today's laugh

Mary, why do you yell and scream so? Play quietly like Tommy. See, he doesn’t make a sound.
Of course he doesn’t. That’s our game. He’s papa coming home late, and I am you.

How do you get to Doakesville from here?
Well, I believe I would go back about a mile and take the first right hand road. No, I believe I would take the left hand road. Come to think of it, stranger, if I were trying to get to Doakesville I wouldn’t start from here at all.

How far are we from land?
Ten miles.
What direction?
Straight down.

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

Ten Years Ago.

Eles Fetty, aged 24 killed himself by taking poison. His widow was a girl 13 years old to whom he had been wedded but five weeks before. The Fettys had moved here from Neosho two weeks before and Eles had been unable to find employment. Despondency for that reason caused him to suicide.

Dr. Cos was persuaded to endorse a worthless check for $115 by two bunco men. The doctor discovered his mistake and trailed the imposters to Galena, Kan., where he nabbed them and made them return his money.

Seven young artillerymen were killed and two others fatally injured by the bursting of a cannon which they were firing as a salute at the G.A.R. encampment.

Franklin Greenwood, who had been for several years employed at the B.F. Thomas lumber yard bought the Hamilton & Burch yard on second street.


Today's Feature

Amendment for Lodging Tax.

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 second reading of an ordinance amending the 2006-2007 fiscal year operating and capital budget. City Administrator Tom Short noted during the first reading of this ordinance at the previous Council meeting that the lodging tax funds had been received and were higher than anticipated. This amendment would allow for the acceptance of the funds.

The Council is also scheduled to hear an ordinance for annexation at 3133 South Grand Avenue as requested by Patrick Worley and as recommended by the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation committee.

Auditions at Stone’s Throw.

Audition dates for the Musical "The Fantasticks" will be held Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Stone’s Throw Theatre. Needed are 7 men (ages ranging from teenage to 60’s or 70’s) and 1 teenaged girl. Requirements are a prepared song from the shows. Recorded samples are available at

Cold readings from the script will be conducted in small groups. A choreographer will teach a simple routine to be repeated by each individual as a dance audition. The show is scheduled for September 6 through 9 and 13 through 16.

Scripts for "The Fantasticks" are available for checkout during regular office hours at the theatre. The box office is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve been to a state fair or two.

My best recollection of a fair attraction is the clown at the water tank.

"High and dry, I’m sittin’ high and dry," he would heckle passersby. If he happened to get someone’s eye he would really turn on. He would then publicly ridicule the unfortunate dupe until he’d have ta plunk down a dollar or two just to show his girlfriend how ta deal with loud mouth clowns at the State Fair. Typically after five or eight dollars worth, the guy would walk away with the assurance the clown wouldn’t be wantin’ any more a that.

Climbin’ out of the tank, the chatter would start all over. A little soggy, but eight or ten dollars richer, the Clown looked for his next victim. "High and dry, I’m sittin’ High and Dry."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Approaches to Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am writing about spinal stenosis. Do many people have it? I am 74. I understand it comes from calcium deposits. Is this correct? Is the process stoppable or reversible? Can glucosamine can reabsorb the calcium. -- A.B.

ANSWER: Our backs are a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked one on the other like a tower of building blocks. A tunnel -- the spinal canal -- runs through the middle of those bones. In it is the spinal cord, which connects with the brain in the back of the head and continues to stretch to the lower back. It ends about the middle of the lower back. Throughout its course, it sprouts nerves. It looks like a potato that’s sprouting eyes, but the spinal nerves come off in a regular pattern and they continue to emerge from the backbones almost to the end of the spine.

Anything that narrows the spinal canal (spinal stenosis) or that narrows the exit passages for spinal nerves presses on the cord or nerves and causes pain. The pain often intensifies with walking. Bending forward at the waist opens the canal and the passages for spinal nerves, dampening pain.

Calcium spurs and calcium deposits are one kind of spinal stenosis cause. Thickened back ligaments are another cause. So are bulging discs -- the shock absorbers between adjacent backbones.

Not all spinal stenosis gets worse. Many people with the condition either improve or stay the same. I have not heard of glucosamine as a treatment. I am skeptical about that. Injections of numbing agents together with a cortisone drug -- epidurals -- can lessen pain. If pain interferes with life, surgically widening the spinal canal and the nerve exits can solve the problem.

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