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Monday, June 16, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 256
Did Ya Know?..June 14th
and 15th VFW POST 2590 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION
DAYS, Public welcome. Saturday will be Adult Only
Day with a horseshoe tournament, Sloppy
Joes served at 4 p.m. and Karaoke at 7 p.m.
Sunday is Family Day from 1-5 p.m. serving free
hamburgers and hotdogs. Games for the kids, bake
sale, and craft show. Lots of fun for the whole
family. Call 358-1657 for more information
Did Ya Know?... June
16-20, 6-8:30 p.m., Carthage First Nazarene
Church, 2000 Grand Avenue in Carthage is having
Vacation Bible School for children 5 years
through sixth grade. Transportation is provided.
There will be a program on Sunday morning, June
22, followed by the Churchs 3rd Annual Car
and Bike Show, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Call
417-358-4265 for more info.
I couldnt spell.
My teacher was always changing
I just bought a nickel eraser.
Oh, I should think a rubber one
would be much better.
My son just received his B.A.
I suppose now hell be
looking for a Ph.D.
No, now hes looking for a
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
NEW STORE ON CENTRAL
C. E. Fenner broke ground yesterday
afternoon for a store building on the north side of east
Central Avenue, one block east of the city scales. As
soon as the building is completed he expects to open with
a stock of groceries and feed. He hopes to shortly rent a
house in that vicinity and move there.
A MOON FLOWER HEDGE.
The fence around the back yard of the
Harrington hotel is covered with vines of the moon
flower, and is converted apparently into a beautiful
living hedge. The vines continue to grow until frost
comes, and the apparent hedge in the meanwhile becomes
more and more massive, the solid board fence inside and
out being completely hidden. The flowers appear only at
night, the buds opening as twilight approaches. They are
white and shaped like a morning glory, but larger, and
the vines are covered with them, making a beautiful
Carthage Humane Society is
celebrating the American Humane
Associations national Adopt-A-Cat Month
this June. Its the perfect time to promote
cat adoptions because the spring and summer
months typically bring a surge of cats to the
"When cats are not
neutered or spayed, they easily reproduce, and
the spring and summer is that time of year when
cats are more active, resulting in more kittens
showing up at our doors," says Connie Shull,
Executive Director of Carthage Humane Society.
In an effort to help more cats
and kittens find homes, Carthage Humane Society
is having a special adoption event Friday, June
20 and Saturday June 21. There will be no
adoption fee for cats and kittens on both of
these days*. Certain specially marked dogs will
also be available for no adoption fee.
The shelter will be open Friday
noon until 6:00 P.M. and Saturday from 10:00 A.M.
until 3:00 P.M. The shelter is located south of
Carthage to Cedar Rd exit. We are on the east
outer road, by the Highway Patrol Station. Call
417-358-6402 with any questions.
*Adopters will be required to
pay a $30.00 -$35.00 spay/neuter deposit for each
Saw a blue bee floating around as
I sat on the back porch the other day. Not
bein partial to bees gettin too near,
I watched as the critter landed near a small
cobweb in the corner. I figured the bee could
escape the thin web, but thought it might be
interestin to watch the surprised look on
its face when the spiders trap was sprung.
The bee lightly touched the web
and began workin its way toward the middle.
I could see the little feet stickin a
little and figured it was just a matter of time.
To my surprise the bee grabbed
what looked like a gnat out of the web and flew
up to the porch rail. After a couple a quick
pricks with the stinger, the bug disappeared in
to the jaws of the bee. I bet the spider was
really ticked off he wasnt watchin
his nest better.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin
Sagging Ceiling Needs a
Q: Last spring, my roof sprang
a leak and water stained the ceiling in my
daughters second-floor bedroom. We fixed
the leak and repainted the ceiling. However, now
the new paint is cracked. Whats going on?
-- Laura L., Wytheville, Va.
A:The ceiling is starting to
sag downward, it appears. But all is not lost.
First, make certain that no other water damage is
occurring by checking the attic or crawlspace
above for dampness over or near the bedroom
ceiling. Always repair any leaks before fixing
To repair the sag, prop up the
wallboard with a T-brace. You can make this
yourself -- measure the distance from the ceiling
to the floor, and cut a 2-by-4 board to that
distance, plus one-half inch. Cut a second 2 by 4
to a length of 4 feet and attach it to one end of
the long board to make a "T." Set the
cross-piece (the top of the T) at the center of
the sagging ceiling, lengthwise. Place the bottom
of the brace atop a piece of plywood (to protect
the floor). Slide the bottom of the brace forward
until the brace is completely straight.
To secure the ceiling, place
new wallboard screws along the popped seam (or
joint), about 4 inches from the old screws. Be
sure to screw them into the ceiling joists, For
sagging sections that arent along the
joint, place screws through them and into a joist
(locate the joist by aligning the new screws with
Once the sagging is fixed,
repair the surface by scraping away chipped paint
and sanding rough areas. Place wallboard tape
over the repaired seam, then smooth compound over
the area and feather. Let dry, then repaint.
HOME TIP: Some wallboard
patching jobs will show through no matter how
much you try to disguise them. Consider using
textured paint and some creative brushstrokes to
create a stippled surface that will draw the eye
away from patch areas.
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