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Thursdag, July 3, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 11
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.
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
Did Ya Know?...July
5th-11th, Jasper County Youth Fair. Go to
for a complete schedule of events and
I can cure you of walking in
your sleep and it will cost you only ten cents.
Buy a box of tacks.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Stone Work for
The street commissioner has been
directed to advertise for bids for the construction of
the stone walks and gutters which have been ordered in on
both sides of Grand Avenue from Eleventh Street to
Curbs and gutters were ordered in
between Maple Street and Garrison Avenue on the south
side of Fourth Street and on the north side of Fifth
Councilmen, Miller, Murdock, Black and
the street committee were appointed as members of a
special committee, with Black as chairman, to inspect the
streets leading to the heart of the city from the
northwest and to see how best they can be improved for
the benefit of farmers coming to the city by way of the
The city clerk was instructed to notify
the milk inspector to report monthly as the milk
Recycling Center Fees.
The City Council Public Works
Committee met Tuesday afternoon in a regular
session and discussed rates at the Carthage
Recycling Center. Public Works Department
Director Chad Wampler told the committee that the
cost to the City for removal of roll-off
dumpsters from the center has increased. Wampler
cited a recent bill to the City which shows an
increase in the service charge for removal of the
roll-off dumpster, as well as a 100% increase in
the fuel surcharge. Wampler said that the
increases are causing the Public Health fund to
be over-budget on the roll-off line item.
Two years ago the Public Works
Committee increased rates to minimize City loss
at the landfill due to increases in the cost of
roll-off removal. Wampler said that those changes
helped for a while, but that the costs have
The committee agreed that
changes should be made, and primarily focused on
the rates applied for General Trash and
Demolition/Construction. The following increases
were recommended in the General Trash section:
Barrel; increase from $5 to $20, Pickup; increase
from $25 to $75. Changes to the
Demolition/Construction section were recommended
as follows: Pickup; increase from $60 to $100,
4 x 8 Trailer; increase from $80 to
$130, 1 Ton or larger; increase from $300 to
$500. The committee approved a motion to
recommend a Council bill allowing these rate
Street Commissioner Tom Shelley
also noted that he had received a letter from
Blevins Asphalt saying that the cost of asphalt
per ton is increasing to $49.00. Shelley said
that in the last four months the cost has risen
from $38.50 per ton to $49.
Due to these increases the
committee also discussed possible changes to the
fee for utility cut repairs. The rate of increase
was discussed briefly, but no figures were
finalized. The committee voted to allow Shelley
and City Administrator Tom Short to submit a
recommendation for the new rates, which will be
presented to City Council for consideration.
Seems like the older I get ,
the less I know. At least I think I know less.
Id give anything to be
half as smart as I thought I was when I was
twenty. What Im afraid of is that Im
only bout half as smart as I think I am
Probly the worst thing
about gettin some a that mature experience
under your belt is ya start realizing just how
much ya really dont know about a lotta
So ta my way a thinkin,
the more ya know the dumber ya feel.
Course you can always go
outa your way ta find one a those smart
twenty-somethings that know it all. Usually
after a while ya start ta feel a little better
just knowin that in another ten or fifteen
years, they wont be as smart as you think
they are now.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
While on my evening walk, I
went past a small SUV with the engine running. On
the return leg walk, the engine was still
running. At the completion of my walk, I went
back to check the vehicle. It was still running,
so I went up to the house and asked the owner if
she knew her engine was running. She was charging
her cell phone! Question: How long can a modern
passenger car be left idling? How much does it
cost in gas? Can a cell phone be charged by using
just the battery? And safer? What is the wear and
tear on the engine?--Mike.
Tom: We can do the math. An
average car burns about 0.15 gallons of gas an
hour while idling. Thats 45 cents
worth of gas at $3 a gallon. Plus, in an hour you
create three pounds of carbon dioxide and who
knows how much nitrous oxide emissions? But we
dont need to do all of the math to conclude
that this is a wasteful way to charge a cell
Ray: Its like
air-conditioning your house down to 30 degrees to
keep the ice-cream cold, instead of just putting
it back in the freezer.
Tom: I assume the cell-phone
owner had lost her home plug in charger, and was
using the car adapter because that was the only
way she could charge her phone.
Ray: What she didnt know
was that she didnt have to run the engine.
If she had plugged the adapter into the power
point or cigarette lighter and then turned the
key to the appropriate position (on some cars,
the power point will work without the key in at
all, and on other cars the key needs to be in one
of the "on" positions), she could have
charged her cell phone using only the cars
battery, with no harm to the battery. The battery
would have completely recharged itself the next
time she used the car.
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