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Wednesday, December 31, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 136

did ya know?

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.

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

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and remain closed for New Year’s Day. Regular hours will resume January 2, 2009.

Did Ya Know?... The City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off Center and Composting Lot will be closed Thursday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

today's laugh

At 330 pounds, William Howard Taft weighed more than any other President. One day the President was swimming off the North Carolina coast. A boy who lived nearby was about to jump into the water, but he turned away. "I can’t go in. The President is using the ocean," he explained.

Bill Gates is in India for four days, because sometimes he just likes to feel even richer. - Conan O’Brien

Don’t you love looking at your friends’ vacation pictures? Especially when they owe you money. - J. Chris Newberg

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

Sues Carthage Foundry.

A suit in the United States circuit court at Joplin for $345.50 was filed yesterday by Fred B. Small, trustee for the Premier Lead and Zinc. Co., a bankrupt mining company, against the Carthage Foundry and Machine Co.

The basis for the suit is the contention that the defendants recovered judgment for the amount in question by prosecuting a claim in the Jasper county circuit court and thereby secured an "unfair preference" in the matter of their claim over the other accounts owed by the bankrupt mining company before its failure.

A curious legal tangle, involving the respective jurisdictions of the federal and state courts, is involved in the case, which will be tried at the term of federal court beginning January 25 in Joplin.

Everett Powers, M. D., Central National bank building. Practice limited to eye, ear, nose and throat 301-7


Today's Feature

Officials Sworn In.

Jasper County Eastern District Commissioner Jim Honey, Western District Commissioner Darieus Adams, Public Administrator Angie Casavecchia and Coroner Rob Chappel were sworn into office on Tuesday morning, December 30.

County Clerk Bonnie Earl officiated the ceremony and was responsible for swearing in the officials.

Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn and Treasurer Wilma "Jeannie" Wells are to be sworn in today in Circuit Court.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve always heard the theory, and take to be true, that kids who aren’t allowed to play in the dirt ever’ now and then never get exposed to small amounts of bacteria and other goodies that help the body build its immune system. Now there’s nothin’ wrong with a little soap and water, but the fact is a parent can become so concerned with a little common dirt that they actually harm the kid’s health.

Same goes for bein’ over cautious ‘bout those childhood bumps and bruises. There could be a legitimate safety related argument against lettin’ a kid ride a bike, a skate board, or even climbin’ a tree. Most feel that the positive aspects of self esteem and confidence learned by these activities are worth the risks involved.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• Got leftover alcohol from holiday parties? Get the musty smell from wool items by spritzing them with straight vodka. It kills the bacteria and mold without leaving behind any smell.

• "I keep a stack of brown paper bags that I will use on nights when I expect the weather to ice over. I put them on my windshield, and I can pull them right off in the morning. I try to shake them off and let them dry so that they can be reused as well. It beats scraping ice early in the morning, that’s for sure!" -- A Reader in Montana

• Here’s a fireplace reminder: Don’t burn magazines or colored, glossy advertising inserts. When you think of newspaper to get a fire started, you should be thinking of the black-and-white, front-page newsprint variety. The others are not safe.

• "I was rushing to put up some photos on the wall in my apartment when my parents came for a visit. I messed up a couple of spots, and I needed to fill the holes. My roommate suggested we use toothpaste. It totally worked. We can go back later and patch them with spackle -- if we can find them, that is." -- T.C. in Texas

• Need to get a grip -- on a jar lid? Try putting on a pair of dishwashing gloves. They give great traction even when the jar lid is slippery.

• To break in stiff jeans, wash them in a regular cycle to which you’ve added a half-cup of salt.

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