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Thursday, July 17, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 20

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Saturday, July 19th, the Missouri Veterans Home at Mt. Vernon will host their Fifth Annual Ride for Freedom to raise funds for the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home Assistance League Fund. For more information, call Deann at 417-466-7103.

Did Ya Know?...July 23rd, 4 p.m. Relationship Center at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. The Diabetes Support group will have Deloris Vandegrift, RN, Nurse Practioner speak on skin care. Refreshments and recipes will be provided

today's laugh

My father always carries a young horse pistol with him.

A young horse pistol?

Yeah, a colt.

Three men were repairing telephone poles. A woman passed by in her car and when she saw the men climbing the telephone poles, she said: Look at those darn fools, you’d think I had never driven a car before.

Affectionate pie: The crusts are stuck on each other.

I had a chance to make a cleanup, to make a lot of money on the horse race. I put a dollar on her head and a dollar on her tail, bound to win no matter how she came in.

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


James Kennedy, who works for Arthur Thacker and lives on East Highland Avenue, was hurt in a runaway on South Grant Street this morning. He was driving the Thacker team of gray mules, which took fright at an automobile and run up on a lawn near the Chestnut Street corner. There they collided with a small wood shed and turned it over. The wagon kept right-side-up but Kennedy was thrown off and one wheel of the wagon passed over his head.

The team was caught in the street beyond and held, and it was found Kennedy was able to walk to the office of Dr. Elizabeth Hall at 613 South Grant Street where his head was dressed.

He had a bad scalp wound, and the muscles of his neck were strained, but his injuries were found not to be serious. He was taken home in a carriage and someone else drove the team home.


Today's Feature

Powers Museum Summer Storyhour.

The Powers Museum, 1617 W. Oak Street, has several upcoming events beginning tomorrow with a repeat of last year’s popular Summer Storyhour Program. This program features storybooks from Marian Power’s childhood (1905 to 1915) and toys from the Powers collection.

At 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18 the storyhour will spotlight Robert Williams Wood’s nature analogues on flowers, birds and other animals. Coloring sheets adapted from his books will be available to all attending.

The museum will hold a special Sunday opening on July 20. As part of the "Entertaining Carthage Through the Years" exhibit, a silent movie originally featured at the one of the local theaters will be shown at 2:00 p.m. after a short presentation on movie theatres in Carthage’s history. The museum will open at 1:30 p.m. for this event.

Another storyhour will be presented on July 25th at 11:00 a.m. featuring play cooking and the "Mary Frances" books. A special recipe will be given to all participants during that presentation.

Just Jake Talkin'

I think one of the biggest breakdowns ‘tween generations is being bored. I hear frequently that a big problem with teenagers is this state of mind. I can vaguely remember a time or two when that thought may have crossed my mind, but it never was a lingerin’ problem. On the contrary, the "problem" I was faced with has always been havin’ enough time to do the stuff I thought was important at the time. ‘Course a lot of times that was prob’ly pretty’ borin’ stuff.

They say that a good portion of bein’ happy is based on expectations. If you expect to make a dollar and ya get two, you’re happy. If ya expect to make four and only get two you’re sad. ‘Course nowadays, if ya expect ta buy anything with two dollars, you’ve lost touch with the borin’ facts of reality.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto



Dear Tom and Ray:

I had my oil changed recently and now have been told by my mechanic that the oil change place stripped the oil plug and I need a new oil pan. I have a Lexus RX 300. The oil change people think they have adequately fixed it by putting a larger plug in, but the Lexus dealer tells me that is not adequate and I need a new oil pan because it is a vital part of the care and may leak again, especially with subsequent oil changes. I don’t know what to do. Help! --- Candace.

RAY: I’d side with the dealer in this case, Candace.

TOM: There are ways to "patch up" a stripped oil pan. An insert is probably what your oil change guy used.

RAY: There are different kinds of inserts. There are inserts that cut new threads into the pan, there are rubber drain plugs that expand once they’re in the hole, and there are self-tapping drain plugs that make their own new, threaded hole in the oil pan.

TOM: Most of those will work.

RAY: I’d have the Lexus dealer replace the oil pan. You don’t want to have to worry about your oil leaking out and your engine seizing.

TOM: It’s going to be very hard for you to demand that the oil-change place pay for it. Oil pans usually get stripped over time, particularly when mechanics overtighten the plug instead of changing the gasket and being judicious in tightening it.

RAY: Everyone’s afraid of undertightening the oil plug, with good reason. They tend to go too far in the other direction.

TOM: You can show them the receipt for the oil pan and ask if they will contribute toward the repair.

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