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:i by Karen Oiler, RN, Com. Co Health Nurse The Comanche County Health Fair, sponsored by the Comanche County Health De- partment, will be from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday morn- ing, at South Central High School. Participants for the fair will need to enter through the double door on the east side, which will not be opened until 7 a.m. sharp. Volunteers will be arriving ear- lier going into the east (gym) door. The health fair is a great 0p- portunity to learn more about the state of your health. A highlight that most folks take part in is obta'ming blood work for a low cost. The testing includes a blood chemistry which cheeks choles- terol, liver enzymes, electrolytes, blood sugar, kidney functioning and much more. The Hemagram checks for white blood cells that fight infection and hemoglobin and red blood cells which, if low, may show anemia. The TSH (thyroid function screening test) will also be included. All of this for only $30. We strongly recommend a 12-hour fast for the lab work so it wiU be the most accurate. This testing is only for those 18 and over. The PSA (prostate specific antigen) will he available for an additional $25 for men 50 and over, or those younger but con- sidered being hi-risk for prostate cancer. Both the "good" and the "bad" cholesterol will be ana- lyzed. Everyone needs some cholesterol. It is a fat substance that helps your body digest food, make certain vitamins and other important jobs. However, hav- ing "high" cholesterol is a ma- jor health risk and increases your chance of: 1. Heart disease 2. Narrowing or blocking Of blood vessels 3. High blood pressure 4. Strokes (brain attacks) High cholesterol can be con- trolled by working with your health care provider The key is having a treatment plan specific for you. Some people need medication to lower their choles- terol and others can manage it with a healthy low-fat diet, regu- lar exercise, and weight control. (It is important to note that not Date High Low Precip. 4-12 82 45 0.00 4-13 100 60 0.00 4-14 96 68 0.00 4-15 89 69 0.00 4-16 91 -55 0.00 4-17 93 56 0,00 4-18 93 54 0.00 iF all people with elevated choles- terol levels are overweight.) Following the blood work, the Comanche County Hospital Auxiliary will be serving break- fast items (free will donation). It will be delicious. Six screenings will be offered this year: 1. Blood Pressure bythe Co- manche County Ambulance Ser- vice 2. Pulse Oximeter by the Co- manche County Hospital 3. Fat analysis by Melanie (continued on page 12) 50 Vol. 122 No. 38, April 20, 2006 (USPS No. 679-660) Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche County Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 Hope to See Matter Settled by Voters entF Comanche County Commis- sioners met for a half-day ses- sion Tuesday afternoon o( this week, again facing a rather short agenda. The most lengthy discussion on the agenda was that of a county-wide mil levy for eco- nomic development. The commissioners earlier turned down a request by the Comanche County Economic Deve nt Foundation for a mil in ding for this year. That would have amounted to $42,159.48. Instead, they gave the foun- dation about half that amount from the county general fund -- but did not designate any mil levy specifically for economic development. In the past 25 years, the amount of money raised by a mil-has varied from around,S50,000 to as little as $23,000 -- depending on the fluctuating county-wide valua- tion. . Tuesday, commissioners also met with Ronn Lyric who had some questions about the reso- lution to raise one mil to fund economic development in the county. Commissioners said that their intent was to see a petition come before them to bring the matter to apubt vote. "We want the constituents to decide this," Commissioner Chairman Duane Huck said. "Does this county (the pub- lic) want it, or don't they?." Com- missioner Velma Basnett added. "Our goal is not to get this passed by us, it is to get it de- cided by the voters," Commis- sioner Chairman Huck said. Commissioners said that if the economic development is mil is voted down, future fending of the group by the county would be up to the commissioners and decided at that time -- as it is currently handled. Lytle questioned whether or not a comprehensive county eco- nomic development plan had ever been developed and ap, proved by the county. He pointed out that according to the statute enabling such a vote and mil levy, a plan such as that must either be under development or raise the one mil to be used as meeting Tuesday. already adopted, the commissioners saw fit --- not The last question that Lyric Commissioners weren't sure necessarily all to the economic had of the commissioners was about such a plan, but later got a development foundation. The how such a mil levy could be dis- copy of the official plan devel- commissioners, however, said continued in the future, if things oped from a study done here a they felt the funds would be ear- changed and the decision was number of years ago. marked for the foundation,made to do so. Thecommission- Lyric also asked whether the Another thing which Lytle ors responded that they felt a mil, if approved by the voters, asked about was the reports vote of the people would be nee- was to go to economic develop- which the foundation was to pro- essary to eliminate a levy autho- merit in general, or specifically vide the commission as part' of rized by a vote of the people. to the foundation. County Attor- their current funding agreement. The county attorney said that hey Skip H .erdsaid-il ,thereso- Cogami dhim they while he wasn't positive, he lution proposed at this point had received ose reports from agreed that another vote of the dealing with the matter would the foundation earlier in their (continued on page 10) And there's another one A good-sized group of kids, from toddlers on up, gathered in the Coidwat- er city park last Saturday for the annual Easter egg hunt there. All were smiles as they found plenty of Easter eggs, and collected their candy and prizes.