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Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 10

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...July 4th, Red, White and Boom at Carthage Municipal Park. Activities start at 7 a.m. with the 5 K Run. Carthage Boy Scout Troop #9 will open the evening activities at 5:15 p.m. with a "Presentation of Colors". A variety of entertainment will be performed following the Red, White and Blue Salute. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Food Concession provided by Carthage Lions Club.

Did Ya Know?...More pets become lost during the fireworks season than any other time of the year. If you are missing a pet please call the Carthage Humane Society at 358-6402.

Did Ya Know?...July 3rd, Carthage Health and Rehabilitation will hold its Annual 4th of July BBQ at 6 p.m. Call Ashley at 417-629-4345 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... July 3rd, 4th, & 5th, Carthage Crisis Center Firecracker Work Days. 100 South Main St., Carthage, enter and park on the East side of Building. Lunch, water, and drinks will be provided. Workers needed for general labor and carpentry. Call Brian or Marilyn Bisbee at 417-358-3533 for more information.

today's laugh

If I ate a gold fish would I swim like one?

That’s silly, it would kill you.

Well, it didn’t.

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

Petition and Remonstrance Filed.

A petition was presented asking for a walk on the north side of Cedar Street from McGregor Street to the railway, to be built at the expense of property owners, and a remonstrance signed by numerous residents of Water Street, and protesting against the contemplated grading and graveling of Water Street from Orchard Street to River Street were received. Both were filed.

Reports of the various city officers were read and filed. The street commissioner reported that the man who had fenced up and was using part of Robertson Avenue acknowledges the city’s rights to the street and that he has no right to the ground appropriated, but says that he would like a little time for removing the fence and other obstructions. He was given just 20 days, at the end of which time, if the street is not open, the street commissioner is to proceed to open the street himself without further delay.


Today's Feature

Firecracker Work Days.

The Carthage Crisis Center is requesting assistance from the public on July 3 through 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Assistance is needed with work on what will be the new Crisis Center building, 100 South Main Street, Carthage, MO.

Interested helpers are invited to attend for a few hours or a full day of work. Help is needed with general labor, cleanup, general carpentry, pulling weeds and cutting grass, hanging and finishing sheet rock, insulation, laying ceramic tile and grouting.

Water, drinks and lunch will be provided for workers. Those interested in participating are requested to call Brian or Marilyn Bisbee at 358-3533.

The Carthage Crisis Center is a faith based organization that assists homeless and needy people in their time of need with emergency housing, food, furniture and appliances, and emergency transportation.

Stone’s Throw Auditions.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces auditions to be held for the upcoming production of Neil Simon’s JAKE’S WOMEN.

Auditions will be held at the theatre on Sunday, July 6, and Monday July 7, at 6:30 p.m. The cast calls for one man in his 40’s - 50’s, six women ages ranging 20’s – 60’s, and one girl around 12. Rehearsals will begin on or about July 20. The production will be directed by Doug Dickey.

JAKE’S WOMEN is a romantic comedy by Neil Simon, to be presented by Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre of Carthage, MO. Additional funding assistance is provided by the Missouri Arts Council and Schmidt & Associates. Show dates are scheduled for Sept. 4-6, and Sept. 12-14.

Reservations may be made by calling the theatre at 417-358-9665 or Betty Bell at 417-358-7268 or on line at or at the Stone’s Throw website at

Just Jake Talkin'


We had a small woodworkin’ shop in the high school I attended. Learned a little ‘bout tellin’ one wood from another and how to clean a finishin’ brush.

We didn’t have any group projects, each individual worked on somethin’ over the semester. Time was a pretty relative thing in our shop class. As long as you weren’t disturbin’ anyone, a project could be as simple or complex as ya wanted.

‘Course operatin’ power tools was always part of the day. I personally learned how to gently move a sawed off end piece while the blade of the table saw was still runnin’ so as to remove a window pane. Happened quick with a bang and got ever’ one’s attention in the shop. I still remember that lesson ever’ time I turn on a saw, but I haven’t ever repeated the trick.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

"Summertime can be hard on dogs, especially here in the South. To give our dogs a cool treat, we make ice toys. Fill a small bucket with a little water, let it freeze, and then add a few dog treats. Add more water, then more treats as the layers freeze. When it’s done, it kind of resembles a Jell-O mold. Put it outside on a hot day, and dogs stay cool and occupied by licking the treats out!" -- S.A. in Georgia

"When we have our kids’ playgroup over to the house, we make a big batch of lemonade and keep it outside and handy. I make large ice cubes by freezing a portion of lemonade in muffin tins. I pop them out directly into the pitcher of lemonade, and it will keep the drink cold for several hours outside without watering it down like regular ice. They are fun, too!" -- C.F. in Colorado

"Dab clear nail polish on the threads of buttons. This will strengthen them and help to keep the button secured to the clothing." -- E.I. in Virginia

You can clean the crusty buildup of battery acid on car-battery connections with a can of Coca Cola. Pop the top, pour it on and scrub gently with a brush. You’ll be surprised what a can of Coke can do. Rinse the battery and the ground below with some water afterward, as the sugar can attract ants.

"Odd socks can be great cleaning tools, but they would sometimes get mixed back into the regular laundry. This was confusing, because I had to discover that they were odd socks all over again. I finally bought a fabric pen and now write a ‘C’ on all the odd socks. When I am sorting the laundry, it’s easy to tell which socks are cleaning socks." -- P.L. in Texas


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