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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 178

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY, Saturday, March 8th, 6am to 12:00pm at the 1st United Methodist Church, 617 S Main St, Carthage. All the pancakes you can eat. For more info call 358-2577.

Did Ya Know?... 4th Annual TRIVIA Night, Friday Feb 29th, doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Auditorium. $100 per team, food & snacks incl., cash & prizes to be awarded. For more info call Carthage Chamber, ask for Amber at 358-2373

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-5:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-5:00PM. There is limited space so call Amber and register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

Mother- "Why did you strike your little sister?"
Young Bobby- "Well, we were playing Adam and Eve, and instead of tempting me with the apple, she ate it herself."

"Oh, mother," exclaimed little Gerald when he saw a snake for the first time," come here quick. Here’s a tail wagging without any dog!"

Small Child (who has repeatedly been knocked over by the sea)- "I don’t fink these silly waves want me in their sea, Mummy."

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

Depredation at D. R. Goucher’s Residence

On Tuesday night some one stole D. R. Goucher’s rain gauge, which he has had in use for years and which the press has mainly depended upon for its report of the rainfall from time to time. It is supposed to have been taken by some parties who were abroad in that part of town that night, but, if it was taken for fun, the parties are very slow to let its whereabouts be known.

This kind of interference with property, especially at a time when no one is on guard against such things, seems inexcusable. Mr. Goucher offers a reward of $25 for the arrest and conviction of the thief and the return of the stolen instrument.

It’s all in the make.

That’s why Henley continues to be the favorite tailor of good dressers. Not the cheapest, but the best. Ask any well-dressed man; he’ll tell you.
Henley’s Suits.


Today's Feature

Burning Deadline Extended.

Carthage Fire Chief John Cooper recently announced that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has extended the deadline allowing citizens to burn storm debris. The deadline for burning had previously been set for February 15th which was also the cutoff date for free drop offs at the City landfill. Cooper said that DNR was willing to give citizens more time to dispose of storm related debris.

March 15th is the new ending date for citizens to burn without needing to obtain a permit through the Fire Department. Citizens are still encouraged to call the Fire Department prior to burning.

Helpful Tax Filing Tips.
News release from the Department of Revenue

Tax Season is well underway and the Missouri Department of Revenue (Department is offering some helpful filing tips for all Missouri taxpayers to avoid delays in processing their tax return.

"The Department of Revenue continually looks for ways to make the Department more efficient and responsive to Missouri taxpayers," said Omar Davis, Director of Revenue. "This information will help in many avoidable delays in the processing of Missourians hard earned refunds."

Some items for citizens to be aware of would include;

Make sure the return is signed and if you are filing a combined return, make sure both spouses have signed the return.

Attach all necessary documentation. Examples; W-2 forms, 1099-R forms, MO-CR form along with a copy of the other state’s return, the MO-A if there are additions or subtractions to income, you are itemizing your deductions or you are claiming a pension/social security/social security disability exemption.

Check the correct filing status box for your filing situation.

Enter the number of dependents you are entitled to claim in the dependent box, but do not include yourself or your spouse.

Total the W-2 forms and enter on the Missouri tax withheld line, do not include any city earnings tax or other states withholding.

If you are claiming estimated tax payments, include any transfer of estimated tax from the previous year.

Attach the MO-TC form if you are claiming any miscellaneous tax credits.

Check the 62 through 64, over 65, and or disabled boxes on the front of the return if they apply.

Do not include in your federal tax deduction your federal earned income credit or self-employment tax.

Enter the correct standard deduction for your filing status.

Additionally, the Department has seven Tax Assistance Centers throughout the state to assist Missouri taxpayers in answering tax questions and completing tax returns. Customers may also call (573) 751-3505 for personal tax questions, (573) 751-2836 for business tax questions, or may e-mail specific tax questions to (income tax) (corporation tax), and (business tax.)

The Department’s web site at contains answers to hundreds of frequently asked tax questions.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’m still a little amazed that they actually have a "Mr. Tea" on the market. The idea no doubt came from the skit on "Saturday Night Live" several years ago. A satire on the inability of some to boil water and put in a tea bag.

I’m not meanin’ to embarrass anyone who has purchased such a contraption, I just think its pushin’ the time savin’ devices a bit.

There is admittedly some comfort knowin’ that the tea would more or less take care of its self, no need to watch or test to see if it’s strength is just right.

I suppose the main question I would have is why not just use the "Mr. Coffee" and put in tea instead? Like I said, I’m just a little amazed that there is a market, but this is the country that spent a fortune buyin’ packaged rocks.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

"If you use steel wool pads, you might make them last longer if you cut them in half. You get twice as much use from a box of pads, and it actually sharpens your scissors at the same time. I also split kitchen sponges in half or even thirds (I like to replace them often), along with those handy wipes that you can find for the kitchen AND paper towels. I get more use per box this way, and I don’t feel like I am overusing or wasting them." -- A.A. in Florida

Never burn a candle in a room you’re not in. It’s just not safe. Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep. There are an estimated 18,000 candle fires every year. Don’t be a statistic.

"If you think you are being followed, have 911 ready to send on your cell phone just in case you’re attacked." -- K.P. in New York

Are your eggs fresh? Here’s an easy way to tell: Immerse the egg in question in a glass of cool, salt water. Floaters likely are not fresh; sinkers are good to go. Also, did you know that super-fresh eggs are not recommended if you’re looking to make hard-boiled eggs? They don’t peel well. Save yourself some aggravation and let the eggs sit a week or so before boiling, especially if you are making devilled eggs.

Here’s a tip for removing antiperspirant stains that I haven’t heard yet -- aspirin! O.R. from Missouri added this tip: "Take a couple of aspirin tablets, the non-coated kind, and crush them up. Mix with enough hot water to make a paste, and rub it right into the deodorant stain. Let it sit a couple of hours, then wash as usual."


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