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Thursday, August 21, 2008 Volume XVII, Number
Did Ya Know?... The City
of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes,
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 25th - 29th. Your area will be
sprayed in the evening of the day your trash is
picked up, between the hours of 8 pm and
Did Ya Know?... The
Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, is
having a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 28th from
11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call Caroline at
417-388-1361 for more info.
Lets dance Scotcher.
Hello! City Bridge Department?
Yes. What can we do for you?
How many points do you get for a little slam?
Why do you say he is
Hes so shy in his payments.
Why did you call the hero of
your story "Adam"?
You said to write it in the first person.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
ORE MARKET STRONG AT
The zinc ore market this
week has started out strong at $37 bid for 60 per cent
ores. All the companies in the field so far have been
offering the same base, although one company has been
buying up some small lots of hand jig ores at $35 to
$36.50. The buying has been limited, however, and the
only thing reported is the offers.
One smelter agent had
received no orders to buy up to this afternoon and its
not known whether he will be permanently out of the
market or not for this week.
The bidding in the
different camps has been more uniform this seek, $37
being offered in all the camps from which reports came.
There seems a disposition on the part of many of the
operators to hold their ore until the latter part of the
week in the hope hat the present strong tendency will
shove up the price another 50 cents or $1 per ton. There
is a strong probability that there will be some lots of
ore secure $37.50 before the week ends, as it will take
very strong inducements to get the ore.
The most activity so far
shown has been among the buyers of high grade ores. They
were the first in the market and have been offering $37
from the very start.
Penalty Rate Structure.
The Public Works
Committee met Tuesday evening and approved a
motion to forward to Council a recommendation to
approve a penalty fee rate structure for
contractors working without a construction
Director Chad Wampler told the committee that he
had checked with City Attorney Nate Dally
concerning the ability of the City to revoke
contractors licenses as a penalty for
four-time offenders. Wampler said that Dally
pointed out another instance in City code where
license revocation is used as a penalty, proving
that it is an option for the City.
"It is within
the capability of the City to do that," said
Dally was reported
to be in the process of determining the necessary
wording for an ordinance which, according to
Wampler, should be complete before the next
approved a motion to recommend the changes to
Council, contingent on the wording for license
revocation. The recommended penalty fee rates are
as follows: 1st offense, $25; 2nd offense, $100;
3rd offense, $250, 4th offense, license
The committee also
approved a bid for the City hazardous material
drop-off event. Wampler said that only one bid
had been received for the event, from Haz-Mert,
the company that has conducted the collection
previously. The date for the hazardous waste
disposal day will be either September 13th or
September 20th, according to Wampler.
Commissioner Tom Shelley also gave an update on
the City contract paving situation. At the
previous meeting, Derrick Stokes with Blevins
Asphalt Paving told the committee that Blevins
would be unable to honor its contract for paving
in the City, due to increased cost of oil.
Stokes said that
the companies from which Blevins obtains oil to
make asphalt had recently notified the company
that they would not be honoring their contracts,
and that the rates for oil would be increasing by
approximately $24 per ton.
There were 6
street projects on the Citys contract list,
and when the increase was announced, Shelley told
the committee that the options included reducing
the number of streets for the project, or waiting
and rebidding the projects next year.
Tuesdays meeting, Shelley said that the
contract would have to be re-bid regardless of
the time frame, and he recommended waiting until
spring. Shelley noted that doing the projects in
the spring would still be within the Citys
fiscal year. The committee agreed to wait and
rebid for the projects next year.
Director Wampler also showed the committee a
tentative design for a Public Works Department
website, which would allow citizens do download
permit forms online and resubmit them to the
Department in the same way. City Administrator
Tom Short noted that the site should be included
as a division of the Citys official
With all the fuss over
warnin label, its obvious that the
toothpick industry has a savvy lobbyin
organization at work.
I cant believe that such
a dangerous implement is allowed on the market
without the appropriate caution bein
spelled out in detail for the protection and
safety of the consumer.
They obviously dont
belong in the hands of minor children. No
tellin what the imagination of an eight
year old could devise. Sure they can be carefully
molded into innocent objects for the creation of
small toys or crafts, but that only leads to a
false sense of security. They should be only
distributed in a child proof box with an
appropriate warnin, "Only For Use in
Your Mouth." They also need adequate
instructions on teeth pickin.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have a huge rust spot on my
car, a "95 Subaru. It is not really a rust
spot, but rather a missing part of my car that
has rust around it. I tried to sand it down and
put Bondo on it and repaint the car, and it
actually looked pretty good for a while! As
impressive as my Bondo job was for a first-timer,
the Bondo soon fell off, and now the huge rust
hole is back. I am wondering if there is any
other option besides replacing the whole part of
the car.-- Shannon.
TOM: The first mistake you
probably made was not removing the rust
completely. Bondo is pretty amazing stuff, and
itll stick to just about anything. But if
you left some rust around the edges, the edges
would continue to corrode, and the patch job
would eventually fail, as it did.
RAY: You have to sand the area
surrounding that hole down to bare, shiny metal.
Then, what body shops will do is theyll
tack-weld a piece of sheet metal over the hole
and hammer it in so its somewhere between
flush and concave. Then theyll grind down
the welds so nothings sticking up. An
theres actually some BODY there to do WORK
TOM: Thats what body
shops do for old heaps like yours, Shannon. If
this were a 2005 Subaru, theyd replace the
RAY: You dont need it to
look perfect. Its an old car. You want to
keep it from looking decrepit.
TOM: You might be able to find
a local body shop thatll weld on the metal
for you, then you can do Bondo.
RAY: You can also take a larger
piece of sheet metal and rivet it right over the
whole area. Then paint it.
TOM: The rugged, armor-plated
look is in these days.
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