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Thursday, April 10, 2008 Volume XVI, Number
Did Ya Know?... A
"Poor Mans Lunch" Spaghetti meal
will be served on Friday, April 11 in the Church
of the Nazarene, corner of Fairview & Grand.
Lunch 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dinner 5-7 p.m. $4
for adults, $2 for children. Call for carryout or
Did Ya Know?...
Auditions for the upcoming show at Stones
Throw Dinner Theatre for "The Curious
Savage" by Jon Patrick will be Monday, April
14 and Tuesday, April 15 from 7:00 until 8:00
p.m. at Stones Throw Theatre in Carthage.
Call (417) 358-7268 for more information.
Did Ya Know?... Minnie
Pearl, The Queen of Country Comedy, A One Woman
Show, Presented by Marlene Katz will be at the
Carthage Public Library Community Room at 612 S.
Garrison Ave., on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at
2:00 P.M. This is the second part of a three
-part series and acts as a prelude to Thats
Entertainment! Chautauqua June 26 - 29. Call
(417)237-7040 for more information.
Last week was his wifes
birthday so he gave her fifty dollars. Five
dollars for every year she has been thirty.
"I saw the doctor you told
me to see."
"Did you tell him I sent you?"
"Yes, I did."
"What did he say?"
"He asked me to pay in advance."
Hangover: the wrath of grapes.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Canning Factory to
J. H. Magee has made all
arrangements to start up the canning factory at full
blast on next Monday. Corn and tomatoes will be the first
things to be canned.
FOR SALE - Fine corner lot
100x150 close in, 6 room house, cellar, cistern, city
water, shed and barn. $2,600. Samuel J. Barber.
He Wasnt the Man.
The man recently arrested
in Kansas City suspected of being the murderer of the
Joplin policeman, has been released as it was proven he
was not the man wanted.
Box Supper and Watch
The Court of Honor watch
meeting and box supper to be held Monday night will have
some unique features and it is hoped to make it an
enjoyable event for a large crowd.
The Carthage City
Council during Tuesdays meeting appointed
Greg Dagnan as the new Carthage Police Chief.
Mayor Jim Woestman spoke to the Council about the
salary for the chief prior to the appointment.
Woestman said that
the position had been temporarily filled by
Lieutenant Barry Duncan since November of 2007,
when former Chief Dennis Veach left Carthage for
a job as chief in Sachse, Texas. According to
Woestman, the City received 78 applications for
the position, of which 9 were initially selected
by the Mayor. The Police Committee narrowed that
selection down to 6.
Woestman said that
those 6 were contacted and that three of them had
already taken different jobs and so the remaining
three were interviewed. The salary during
Veachs term was $56,000. The first choice
for Chief, Greg Dagnan, was making a higher
salary training police officers at Missouri
Southern State University, but had said he would
accept the position for $64,000. Woestman said he
asked Dagnan if that amount could be lowered, to
which Dagnan replied that $62,000 would be
Woestman said that
he had twice asked Council to increase the salary
to $62,000, but the increase had not been
approved either time.
that he had been waiting on the results of the
Comprehensive Salary and Compensation Study being
conducted by Kaatz & Associates LLC to verify
that the increase was justified, however, the
Mayor said he feared it would be as late as July
before the study was finalized. Kaatz &
Associates provided preliminary numbers according
to Woestman, which showed the median pay scale
for 16 local cities at $62,825 in one draft. A
second draft showed the median salary at $62,056.
seen another draft, and there could be
another," said Woestman. "Im
thoroughly disgusted with our source of
Woestman asked the
Council to approve an increase of the salary to
$62,056.14 annually so that Dagnan could be
an above average City," said Woestman.
"I think we should pay above average.
Someone please make a motion."
Mike Harris made the motion to allow the increase
and repeal the portion of the Comprehensive study
relating to the Police Chief.
The vote to
increase the salary was approved in a 5 to 4
vote. Those in favor of the increase included
Council members Scott Giett, Mike Harris, Bill
Johnson, Bill Welch and Tom Flanigan. Those
opposed included Bill Fortune, Cyndi Curry, Diane
Sharits and Dan Rife. Council member Claude
Newport was not in attendance of the meeting.
vote the Council proceeded to consider the
Mayors appointment of Greg Dagnan. There
was no discussion by the Council but the vote to
accept the appointment was approved in a 7 to 2
vote. Those in favor of the appointment included;
Council members Scott Giett, Mike Harris, Cyndi
Curry, Bill Johnson, Bill Welch, Tom Flanigan and
Dan Rife. Those opposed included Council members
Bill Fortune and Diane Sharits.
comments Council member Harris noted his approval
of the selection.
"I know in my
heart of hearts that we got the right Police
Chief," said Harris.
The Council also
recognized the appointment of new Police Captain
Randee Kaiser. Kaiser received a plaque from the
City and a standing ovation from those in
attendance for his promotion.
I guess ya just expect it.
I looked up ta see what time it
was a couple a days ago and couldnt believe
it. The clock at SMB had gone blank. Like all
electromechanical contraptions, I suppose it
happens from time to time.
I didnt bother to check
both sides, just the one. I guess I was so
dismayed at not knowin the SMB time, my
mind just wandered.
I heard on Wednesday that
its still not fixed yet. Hopefully
theyll get it back on track soon. Lots of
folks use it as a reference when theyre
I dont suppose there is
any steadfast rule that a bank has ta provide
this particular service, but goin without
it for a couple a days makes ya appreciate it a
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
& Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray
Last year a friend gave me a
nearly new set of tires for my Toyota Tacoma 4x4.
Im a cyclist who puts about 14,000 miles a
year on my bicycles, so I drive very little. At
the rate I drive, it might need to be five years
or more before I need to install these tires on
my truck. Is there anything I need to do in terms
of storage and preservation so these tires are
safe to use in the future. Or should I sell them
now, while theyre still in usable
condition? - James
RAY: All you need to do is
store them in your hyperbaric nitrogen chamber,
TOM: Even if tires arent
worn out in the traditional way - by leaving
tiny, rubber pieces of themselves on 40,000 miles
of roadway - they still get old. The rubber can
dry out and crack, due mostly to ozone
thats in the air.
RAY: So, a number of
manufacturers now suggest that we all put
expiration dates on our tires. Ford, for
instance, suggests that you get rid of a set of
tires after six years of use, due to atmospheric
degradation of the rubber.
TOM: And while cynics would say
theyre just trying to sell more tires (and,
of course, that is a happy side benefit), there
is a good body of evidence to back up their
RAY: So, if your tires have
been on your truck for six years or more (and
yours may have been, since you drive so little),
you may want to put those newer tires on right
TOM: And if not, sell them to
someone who can use them now, and use the
proceeds to buy yourself some extra-heavily
padded bicycle shorts. About 14,000 miles? Ouch!
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