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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 Volume XV, Number 228

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 Seventh Annual Ozark Master Gardener plant sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Powers Museum, 1617 Oak St., located across from Municipal Park in Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Hospital will offer a free skin screening clinic on May 9 from 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Appointments will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Register in the ER/Outpatient lobby beginning 8:45 a.m. 359-2452 for more info.

Did Ya Know?... The "Emma Sanders Memorial Fund" has been established at Southwest Missouri Bank by friends of the Sanders family. This is to give those showing concern for the family an opportunity to help. Contributions to the fund can be made at any Southwest Missouri Bank.

today's laugh

Aren’t you going to tip the waiter?
Not me.
Even the champion tightwad tips a nickel.
Shake hands with the new champion!

I got big-hearted this morning and gave a bum five dollars.
What did your husband say?
He said, "Thanks!"

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

Wants Damages.

Dr. R. M. Cohen, who lives on Garrison avenue in this City has commenced suit through his attorneys, McReynolds & Halliburton, against the Frisco Railway company for $2,500 damages. The petition sets forth that the plaintiff was going from Vinita to Clairmore, in the Indian Territory, on the 18th of last month, riding in the caboose of the freight train. The freight ran into a switch to allow a passenger train to pass, and the doctor was standing in the door of the car looking at the passing train. Suddenly the freight started up with a buck and a jump, which precipitated the unfortunate man fully ten feet, throwing him against the stove and crushing and bruising his leg and hip severely.

It is claimed that the violent motion of the train was rendered unnecessary by the absence of air brakes, which are distinctly provided by law. The railway secured a change of venue to Barton county, and it is not known yet when it will come up for a hearing.


Today's Feature

Council Meeting Tonight.

The Council will hear first readings for several ordinances during its meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Among the ordinances is the ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with Planning Works of Kansas City for a comprehensive plan. This item comes with a recommendation from the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission. The commission originally expressed concerns because only one bid was submitted to the City for this service. After conducting an interview with a representative from the Planning Works the commission changed its stance and recommended the approval of the bid.

The fee for the comprehensive plan is not to exceed $85,176. Planning Works’ bid for the comprehensive plan includes 6 workshops with the public and with City officials. It is estimated that the project will take one year to complete.

Other items on the agenda include the first reading of the ordinance authorizing an application to the Missouri Department of Economic Development for an enhanced enterprise zone (EEZ) Designation and a resolution entering into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding Joplin’s EEZ.

This item was discussed at length during the April 10, 2007 Council meeting. Joplin’s proposed EEZ extends outside the boundaries of Joplin to other communities, of which Carthage is one. Areas within this zoning will be eligible to receive tax credits or tax abatement as incentives for the creation of new industry and the expansion of existing industry.

For the zoning to be approved, Joplin must submit to the Department of Economic Development resolutions of support for all the communities included in the proposed zoning.

Just Jake Talkin'
I learned early in the small sundries store my folks owned that ever’one is connected by the ebb and tide of the economic well bein’ of any particular part of the community’s economy.

Sometimes I’d hear the older folks gripin’ ‘bout this farmer or another, how they seemed ta be makin’ all the money. The fact was, the better the farmers did, the better off the rest of us in the community were.

Some folks just don’t understand that when business is good in a community, it makes things better for ever’one. Even down to the kid that can’t mow the lawn when it rains. That’s a gallon a gas he doesn’t buy, a blade that doesn’t get sharpened, and a spark plug purchase that gets delayed. A strong business community makes a better community as a whole.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Some Strokes Are Always Fatal

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: A few months ago, my husband passed away. He had been in reasonably good health, took care of himself, ate sensibly, watched his weight and exercised religiously. He had an irregular heartbeat and was on Coumadin, and he took high blood pressure medicine.

Out of nowhere, one day, he said something was wrong, and he asked me to call 911. I did. At the hospital, they told us he had a massive brain hemorrhage in the worst possible place. They inserted a breathing tube and then disconnected it to see if he could breathe on his own. He could take only two breaths in one minute. We let him go in peace. Should I have insisted they leave the breathing tube in? I know he didn’t want to live in a vegetative state. Could something have been done? The death certificate says the cause of death was a pontine hemorrhage. -- L.V.

ANSWER: There are two major kinds of stroke: ischemic (is-KEY-mick) and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is a blockage of the blood supply to the brain due to a clogged artery. It’s the common kind of stroke. A hemorrhagic stroke is due to a broken brain blood vessel. Your husband’s broken vessel was in the pons, a part of the brain through which nerve cables, essential to life, pass.

Disruption of the pontine nerve cables produces a deep coma and paralysis of both right and left arms and legs. Such strokes result in death or severe impairment. Your husband probably bled more rapidly because he had to take the blood thinner Coumadin.

Sudden deaths are devastating, because they are so unexpected. You made the right decision, one your husband would have wanted. You have my deepest sympathy.

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