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Monday, December 29, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 134

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will be closed December 31 and January 1 for New Year’s Day.

Did Ya Know?... A retirement party for Carthage Police Detective LaVerne Williams will be held on December 31 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Public is welcome.

today's laugh

There’s a study in Maine that found if you marry someone who doesn’t appreciate you, tries to control you, and always has to be right, you may be unhappy. They also discovered that going without water for long periods of time makes you thirsty. - Caroline Rhea

Last week I helped my friend stay put. It’s a lot easier than helping someone move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load stuff into a truck. - Mitch Hedberg

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be. - Douglas Adams

What a world. It could be so wonderful if it wasn’t for certain people. - Woody Allen

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

Pastor Makes Quick Time.

Leaves Funeral Procession, Performs Wedding and Returns.

That Dr. S.A. Northrop, pastor of the First Baptist church, is a hustler and a man of energy has long been suspected by his many friends here, but the pastor accomplished a feat Thursday which establishes him undisputedly in that reputation forever.

Dr. Northrop was being driven to Park cemetery in a funeral procession Thursday afternoon when he was met by two young men who informed the pastor that he was wanted at once at his home The minister thought that something had happened to his young daughter, Miss Irene, so he hurriedly left the carriage and rushed to the Baptist parsonage. His fears were groundless, however, for instead of an accident victim, Dr. Northrop found Earl Lloyd and Miss Lottie York, both of Kendricktown, anxiously waiting to be married at once, in order that they might catch the train. Frank L. Lloyd, a brother of the groom, was present and witnessed the ceremony.

When the wedding had been duly performed, the bridal couple sped away to catch their train and R. Northrop rushed to catch up with the funeral procession reaching the cortege before it arrived at the cemetery.

When Dr. and Mrs. Northrop returned from the funeral an hour later, they found that during their absence some of their flock had broken into their home and had left an elegant velvet rug and an envelope of bank bills representing a total value of $50. This was a complete surprise to the minister and his wife and a very agreeable one.

Dr. and Mrs. Northrop and Miss Irene Northrop were also profusely remembered on Christmas by their church friends in Los Angeles, Cal.; Kansas City, Mo.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Detroit, Mich.


Today's Feature

Former Hospital Work Continues.

City Administrator Tom Short last week gave an update on the status of the former McCune-Brooks Hospital Building. The City is in the process of looking for tenants to occupy the building.

The Jasper County Highway Patrol Department Crime Lab has agreed to purchase a portion of the building, the former emergency room area, for use as a lab. Contracts are still in the review process between the City and the Missouri Office of Administration. Short said that the departments are currently working on a memorandum of understanding, touching on finer details like lawn maintenance and snow removal.

Short also noted that another portion of the building recently sustained a substantial water-line break, and that cleanup efforts had already taken place. Following the break, the waterlines were turned off and drained, to ensure safety for the colder weather.

Several prospects have been in contact with the City regarding the building, according to Short, but nothing has been finalized. Short stressed the importance of finding occupants for the remainder of the building.

"If we don’t put it to use pretty soon, it’s going to deteriorate fast," said Short.

Just Jake Talkin'

I don’t pay much attention to those end of the year/beginnin’ of the year things ya see this time a year. I suppose there needs ta be a day or two ever so often that we allow ourselves to do a little reflectin’ ‘bout how things are goin’, but it seems that usually writers get sappy and what they’re talkin’ ‘bout isn’t of much consequence to me.

I think the new year thing is mainly an excuse to let the hair down a little after the holiday rush anyway. More of a reward for makin’ it through Christmas than a celebration of the comin’ of a new year.

I suppose ta some the new year has some significance. Pushin’ out the old, bringin’ in the new. And the realization that another year has slipped by and that clock that didn’t work last New Year’s Eve still hasn’t been fixed. Oops.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Backhand Safety Tip

Q: This might be a good tip for those do-it-yourselfers who feel they are ready to tackle electrical repairs. We recently had an electrician come in to update the wiring in our kitchen as part of a remodeling project. During a break we were chatting, and the electrician told us an important safety tip. Anytime you touch a wire, you should touch it with the back of your hand -- not your fingertips!

The reason for this, he explained, is that the hand naturally closes around things. If you touch a wire with the fingertips and the wire is live, your hand may reflexively grip closed around the wire, leaving you unable to pull away. If instead you touch the wire first with the back of your hand, and it is live, you will be able to pull your hand away.

I thought this would be a useful safety tip for your readers. -- Margie L., Kennebunk, Maine

A: That’s a great safety tip, Margie, and thank you for sending it!

One must always shut off the circuit to the electrical outlet or switch being worked on, and test it using a voltage tester before commencing work. This step -- touching the wire with the back of the hand first -- provides an added layer of safety and costs nothing more than a few extra seconds of your time. But it should only be done after you have made certain the circuit is open (off) -- it’s the last step before going ahead with wiring work.

HOME TIP: Taking down holiday lights? Now is the time to inspect all light strings and extension cords for exposed wiring, broken plugs or loose connections. Discard and replace cords that show this sort of damage.

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