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Monday, December 1, 2008 Volume XVII, Number
Did Ya Know?...
Stones Throw Dinner Theatre will
present "Uh-Oh, Here Comes
Christmas" December 3-7 and 12-14.
Reservations are required at least 24 hours
in advance, and may be obtained by calling
358-9665, 358-7268, or by e-mailing
Did Ya Know?...
McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital will hold its
Annual Memorial Service for those who have
lost loved ones December 4th at 5:00 p.m. in
the hospital chapel across from the
cafeteria. For more information call
A father, whose looks are not
such as to warrant the breaking up of all
existing statues of Apollo, tells this on
"My little girl was sitting on my lap facing
a mirror. After gazing intently at her reflection
for some minutes, she said: Papa, did God
"Certainly, my dear, I told her.
"And did He make me, too? -
taking another look in the mirror.
"Certainly, dear. What makes you
"Seems to me Hes doing better
"Is this my shirt?"
asked Brown. "This shirt is so tight I can
"Yes, its your shirt alright,"
replied his wife, "but youve got your
head through the buttonhole."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
It is reported that Lon
Blanton shot a young man at a dance west of Webb City one
night last week. The row was over a girl, and Blanton
fired two shots at his rival, one bullet entering the
shoulder. The scrape has been kept very quiet for some
cause, and we have been unable to get particulars, not
event he name of the party shot. Blanton has skipped the
A lively party was given
at the home of Charlie Cline Friday night. Those present
were as follows; Misses Lottye Crutcher, Jessie Crutcher,
Blanche Gross, Myrtle Cline, Lillie Azbum, Rebecca Luman,
Frank Gross. The evening was spent in games.
Mrs. Smith and family gave
a singing Wednesday night in honor of Mrs. Smiths
brother, Mrs. Evert, of Iowa. Those present included Roy
Cline, Walter Cline, Clint Azbun, Willis Green, Dan
Shriver, Mrs. Shriver and children.
The 36th Annual
Carthage Christmas Parade, hosted by the Carthage
Technical Centers SkillsUSA Chapter will be
held this evening, Monday, December 1 at 7:00
p.m. The theme for this years parade is
"Rockin Around the Christmas
The parade will
follow its identical route of years past. The
route will originate at the corner of Chestnut
and Main (in front of the First Christian
Church), proceed north on Main, circle the
Historic Carthage Square, and then direct south
on Grant street to end at Chestnut and Grant.
Trophies will be
awarded to first place winners in each category
immediately following the parade on the steps of
First Christian Church. Bands will be divided
into sub-groups based upon their size/numbers and
trophies will be awarded accordingly. Trophies
will also be awarded for Mayors Choice,
Directors Choice, Best Interpretation of
Theme, and Best Use of Lights.
SkillsUSA is a
youth organization, made up of high school
students who are enrolled in classes at the
Carthage Technical Center. These classes cover a
wide range of interests such as Electronics,
Health Services, Computer Maintenance, Carpentry,
Drafting, Auto Mechanics, and Precision
Machining. The 2007-2008 year was very successful
for the Carthage Chapter. The organization is 100
members strong and participated in several
activities throughout the year. Last year the
Carthage SkillsUSA took the largest group ever to
participate in state competitions with nine
individuals qualifying for nationals. The main
community service project of the Carthage
SkillsUSA chapter is the Carthage Christmas
Parade. SkillsUSA has been part of the Carthage
Christmas Parade since its beginning. The
SkillsUSA creed is "We believe in the
dignity of work and the American way of
Well, its officially Christmas season. I
know there is a lot of concern bout
Christmas bein too commercialized. And it
probly is, but I dont let that bother
me too much. Its always the customer that
ultimately dictates what sells and what
doesnt. The main thing is for each
individual to make the holiday represent what
they feel is its true meanin.
Sure, Christmas is a major
religious holiday. But religion as I understand
it goes way beyond the confines of he church
walls. It is a spirit of giving and forgiving.
That is the spirit of Christmas. So, if we seem
to stretch the season a little, it only means we
are tryin to keep that spirit alive a
Course, with credit
cards, most of us keep it alive all year long.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
|This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Open Door Policy
Q: I read
somewhere that when getting a home ready for
sale, a person should balance any doors that
wont stay open. How does one balance the
doors? When I contacted a handyman and asked if
he would give me a price to balance three doors,
he didnt seem to know what I was talking
about. Please help. -- Edna and Jim, via e-mail
"Balance" probably means shimming up
the doors so that they hang straight on their
hinges, allowing them to open and close freely.
But that doesnt guarantee that the door
wont swing shut on its own. Houses
sometimes settle onto their foundations at a very
slight angle, just enough that doors opposite
that angle will slowly swing shut on their own.
A balanced door is
a nice touch, but personally, as a home buyer, a
door that swings shut by itself is not one of the
"big things" I would look for. I would
be more interested in how well-cared for the
interior and exterior look, and if the house is
right for my needs, because I can fix a poorly
hung door anytime.
If you must have
balanced doors, though, you can adjust their
angle by a few degrees using shims. A shim is
just a thin piece of wood or cardboard inserted
behind one or both hinge plates in the doorframe.
The difference in thickness repositions the hinge
angle just slightly to either lift or lower one
corner of the door.
To match the angle
of the door to the angle of the house, use a
level (a straight measuring tool with bubble
indicators, ideally). Mark the bubbles
balance point on both the wall next to the
doorframe, and on the hinge end of the door
Using a helper,
unscrew the hinge plates from the frame and
insert a shim (same size as the hinge) in either
the top or bottom inset, depending on whether the
doors angle needs to go up or down. Screw
the plates back on and check the level again.
Balancing a door
to match the angle of the house this way will
take several attempts, which is why Im not
sure its worth the time spent. But if
its worth it to you, thats what is
HOME TIP: To
remove paint or grime from door hinges or window
handles, remove the parts and place in an old
saucepan filled with four tablespoons of baking
soda to one quart water. Heat until the water
reaches a simmer, then turn off and let the
hardware soak for 20 minutes. Remove and scrub
with a soft brush.
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