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Thursday, December 4, 2008 Volume XVII,
Did Ya Know?...
Winter Reading Clubs begin this week at the
Carthage Public Library with Garfield
programs "Some of My Best Friends are
Books" and "Top 10 Reasons to
Read" for ages 1-12 and the teen program
"Master the Art of Reading."
Did Ya Know?... VFW
Post 2590 will hold a Turkey Shoot on Sat.
and Sun, December 6-7 from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.
Splatter Board, Public Invited, Male and
Female. West of Carthage at intersection of
96 and 171.
Did Ya Know?... The
Family Literacy Center is located at 706
Orchard and holds classes in Spanish,
English, Citizenship, and Computers. There
are beginning classes for non-speakers of
English to those who want to learn more and
receive their high school GED. Closed from
Dec. 19 through Jan 5, 2009. Call
417-358-5926 for more info.
A judges little daughter,
who had attended her fathers court for the
first time, told her mother:
"Papa made a speech, and several other men
made speeches to twelve men who all sat together,
and then these twelve men were put in a dark room
to be developed."
Certainly Im satisfied. I have nothing but
praise for you."
Tailor: "Then I suppose its not much
good my sending the bill again, sir?"
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Royal Neighbors Met.
A meeting of the Royal
Neighbors lodge was held last night with the following
results. Mrs Flora Cassavan was selected to represent the
Carthage lodge at the state meeting to be held about the
middle of February in Moberly. Miss Hattie Richmond was
appointed her alternate. The business meeting was
followed by an oyster supper.
She Would Use
"Those Lazy Prisoners."
A Carthage woman on a
muddy street crossing was heard to suggest that the
crossing ought to be kept clean. "Some of those lazy
prisoners might be put to work," said she, "if
there is no other way."
It is an Interesting
Sign when so many persons
are giving our hand picked screened lump coal a trial.
Looks as though they have been waiting for a really good
thing. Phone 2. Missouri Pacific.
Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed
Wendi Douglas as the new Executive Director.
"I am honored
and thrilled to extend the hospitality of
Carthage to visitors in our area," says
Douglas. "We have such an amazing amount of
history and artistry in southwest Missouri and I
am proud to promote all that Carthage has to
offer. Our friendly citizens, beautiful
landscapes and traditional values make a
wonderful setting for a wide variety of
Wendi Douglas is
from Tulsa, Oklahoma and has lived in Southwest
Missouri for fourteen years. She has over ten
years of public relations and non-profit
experience. Additionally, she has appreciated
working in Carthage as a Membership Specialist
for the Girl Scout Council of the Ozark Area and
as Executive Director of the Carthage Area United
The Friends of the
Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly
used book sale on Saturday, December 6, at 510 S.
Garrison Ave. from 8:00 a.m. until Noon.
Probly nothin helps to get in the
Christmas spirit as much as the music ya hear
durin the season. Old familiar tunes that
bring back memories of the past and keep ya aware
of the deadlines associated with tasks scheduled
and details that need to be attended.
Seems like the season is full
of "dashing" and "harking,"
although Im not sure the lyrics coincide
with todays actual activities.
Ive personally never
roasted chestnut on any kind of fire. Dont
have any idea what that has ta do with Christmas.
Course as a kid we never had a fireplace,
so several Christmas traditions were rather vague
(we always left the back door unlocked on
Christmas eve to insure the lack of a chimney
wouldnt hinder timely delivery).
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
|Click & Clack Talk
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
You guys always make me laugh!
And now Im desperate for some car advice I
can trust. I have a 98 Volvo V70 with
112,000 miles. A mechanic just told me Im
on borrowed time, as I have not changed the
timing belt. He said it should have been done at
105,000 miles, and could break and screw up the
engine at any time. Also, he said I should
replace the water pump, as it would save the
labor cost later on. I am afraid to drive the car
at all... the quote was $600, which I just
cant do right now. I am a widow, so I
dont have a "hubbys car" to
drive instead. Thank you for your time, and keep
up the laughs! - Vicky
TOM: Unfortunately, Vicky, your
mechanic is absolutely right.
RAY: Your timing belt should
have been changed by now, and if it breaks, your
valves are going to be crushed like the ice cubes
in one of my brothers pineapple-salami
TOM: Hes also right that
you should change the water pump. That pump is
run by the timing belt. So if the pump seizes,
that can also break the belt. And youd hate
for that to happen after you went through the
trouble and expense of installing a new timing
RAY: The same goes for the
timing-belt tensioner. Thats a cheap little
device that keeps the belt tight enough. If that
fails, your engines a goner, too.
TOM: Unfortunately, this is one
of those times when you have to get creative and
come up with some cash somehow.
RAY: If youve been a
longtime customer of this garage, maybe they can
put you on some sort of payment plan.
TOM: But youre right not
to drive the car until you fix it. If you think
$600 is a lot to come up with, imagine having to
come up with $3,000 to rebuild the engine. Good
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