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Monday, June 16, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 256

did ya know?

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 Joe’s 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 Church’s 3rd Annual Car and Bike Show, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Call 417-358-4265 for more info.

today's laugh

I couldn’t spell.

Why not?

My teacher was always changing the words.

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 he’ll be looking for a Ph.D.

No, now he’s looking for a J-O-B.

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


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.


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 sight.


Today's Feature


News release

Carthage Humane Society is celebrating the American Humane Association’s national Adopt-A-Cat Month this June. It’s the perfect time to promote cat adoptions because the spring and summer months typically bring a surge of cats to the shelter.

"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 animal adopted.

Just Jake Talkin'

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 spider’s 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 wasn’t watchin’ his nest better.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

Carthage Printing

Sagging Ceiling Needs a Lift

Q: Last spring, my roof sprang a leak and water stained the ceiling in my daughter’s second-floor bedroom. We fixed the leak and repainted the ceiling. However, now the new paint is cracked. What’s 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 leak-related damage.

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 aren’t along the joint, place screws through them and into a joist (locate the joist by aligning the new screws with old fasteners).

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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