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Tuesday, November 6, 2007 Volume XVI, Number 100

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage City Council will meet Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. A public hearing will be held during the meeting seeking public input on an ordinance that would legalize the discharge of fireworks within the City limits on New Year’s Eve and the week of July 4th.

Did Ya Know?... Magic Moments Riding Therapy, an accredited provider of therapeutic horseback riding, is currently accepting applications from people with special needs, age 3 years and up, to participate in our program. For applications or information call 417 325-4490. The center is located just a few miles south of Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... A meeting will be held in the Rose Garden Tea Room (in the back of Pizzazz, 319 S. Main) on Wednesday, November 7th at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the formation of a Downtown Merchants’ Association.

today's laugh

This is my latest painting. Builders at work. It’s very realistic.
But they aren’t at work.
I know. That’s the realism.

Isn’t writing a thankless job?
On the contrary, everything I write is returned to me with thanks.

He’s so dumb he can’t count to twenty without taking off his shoes.

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

Five Carthage Teachers to Speak.

Five of the teachers in the Carthage schools have been put on the program for papers at the Thanksgiving meeting of the Southwest Missouri Teachers’ association to be held at Clinton. There are as follows: Prof. Edwin Gray, who has the subject, "High School Electives"; Miss Lee M. Cate, of the Benton school, who is to have a paper on "Pupil Government"; Prof. J. N. Whybark, of the High school, "Influence of Music in the High School." Misses Mabel Dow and Winifred Bryan, both of the High school, and having charge, respectively of the physical culture and manual training departments, will each have a paper on a subject appropriate to her work.

This is an unusual number to put on the program from one city, and there is no accounting for it except as an unconscious tribute to the merits of the Carthage schools and the excellence of the local teachers.


Today's Feature

Public Works Meets Today.

The City Council Public Works Committee will meet this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in the Public Works Department, 623 E. 7th Street. Items on the agenda include the discussion of a Recycling Center site plan, and the discussion of trash pick-up on alleys.

Previously these committee meetings have been held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, however the Public Works Department building has been modified to allow for a conference room and the committee agreed that it would be an ideal place to meet.


Possible Drive-By Fruiting on Square.

Over the past few months, reports have been received by the Mornin’ Mail concerning the recurring deposit of banana peels in the entryway of a business on the South side of the square. The banana peels are most often seen on Sunday evening, and the occurrence has been documented by several different citizens. Photo documentation was recently provided.

Just Jake Talkin'
It’s definitely time ta get out the rake and begin the annual ritual of harvestin’ the bountiful crop of maple leaves. This year seems to be an especially good one for the foliage.

I see those covers they sell that are supposed ta keep the gutters clean. I suppose they must deflect some of the debris, but I’ve gotta wonder if they’re worth the effort. I suppose like most things, when ya think about ‘em is after you’ve already cleaned out the gutters for next year. Don’t need ‘em ‘till next fall, never get around to it.

I’ve often wondered if there is an equitable distribution of leaves among all properties. It seems there is a disproportionate number of red leaves in my yard. ‘Course those who have no Maples get to also assist in rakin’ up some from the neighborin’ trees. It’s all part of the shared responsibility.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

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

Small Strokes Warn of Big Trouble

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I’ll make a long story short. About five weeks ago, my right hand went numb and I couldn’t talk. My husband believed I was having a stroke and called an ambulance. By the time I got to the hospital I was back to normal. The doctor said I had a ministroke and told me I should see my own doctor. I did. He examined me and didn’t find anything wrong. Should I be on some sort of medicine? -- W.K.

ANSWER: What you describe was a transient ischemic attack, a TIA. Some call it a ministroke. Ischemic means a cutoff of blood supply. Transient denotes short duration. In the case of a TIA, symptoms last less than 24 hours, but most last five to 10 minutes. Even though the episode is short-lived, some brain cells die, but not enough to cause permanent loss of function.

The great danger is that between 4 percent and 20 percent of people who have had a TIA will have a full-blown stroke within the next three months.

Symptoms of a TIA are the same symptoms as those of a stroke: numbness, weakness, dizziness, an inability to speak, trouble walking, loss of balance or a vision defect. They disappear when blood flow is re-established.

You definitely need to do something to prevent suffering a stroke. The problem is an obstruction in a brain artery. Either the obstruction is a buildup of cholesterol on an artery wall or it’s a piece of clot (an embolus) that has traveled to a brain artery from a distant site like the heart. Determining the exact problem dictates what the therapy should be. See another doctor. A neurologist would be a good choice.

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