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Thursday, June 26, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 6
Did Ya Know?...June
27th, McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation 2008
Golf Tournament. All proceeds go to MBH
Foundation Pink Ribbon Crusade Mammogram Program.
Call 359-2657 for 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
Did Ya Know?...July 4th,
Red, White and Boom at Carthage Municipal Park.
Activities start at 7 a.m. Fireworks will begin
at 9:30 p.m.
Cheer up, Dame Fortune will
come to your door one of these fine days.
Shell have to knock then.
Her daughter, Miss Fortune, has wrecked the bell.
We have some very nice
alligator pears this morning.
How silly, why, we dont
even keep goldfish mister.
You should get a job in the
Youre an expert on wind.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Man and Son Buy a Town.
J. W. Layne, the Carthage telephone
man, and his son, Geo. Layne, of Joplin, have bought a
$50,000 Panama. But their Panama is not a hat but a town,
and Indian Territory town, down near Ft. Smith, Ark.,
eighteen miles west of that city over the line in the
Cherokee nation. The deal for the town was closed
Saturday, and the property bought was that of the Ozark
Coal & Railway Co., capitalized at $50,000.
The property includes the mining lands
and some of the best looking coal Mr. Layne says he has
every seen both surface and deep. It is worked by an
incline and the mines are covered by a lease which has
till next April to run. Besides the mines three are fifty
houses occupied by the miners, one store, one hotel, and
one mile of railroad, all now the property of the Laynes.
Budget - Contract Tabled.
Carthage City Council met
Tuesday evening in a regular session and approved
the City Operating and Capital budget for fiscal
Council also approved several
contracts with City agencies including the
Chamber of Commerce, the Over-60 Center and the
Convention and Visitor Bureau. An ordinance
approving the contract with the Carthage Humane
Society was tabled, following a motion from
Budget Committee Chairman Bill Fortune. Fortune
said that the contract is still in negotiation
and that the Humane Society would meet to discuss
it at an upcoming meeting. The contract renewal
was tabled until the negotiation is complete.
Following regular business the
Council adjourned to closed session to discuss
leasing or purchase of real estate. Budget
Committee chair Bill Fortune noted that the
scheduled closed session was related to the
proposed economic development sales tax, adding
that the Budget Committee had met on Monday in a
special session to discuss developments in the
Entertainment" Chautauqua, presented by the
Missouri Humanities Council began on yesterday
and will continue through Monday, June 30.
Todays events include an
educational program to be held in the Powers
Museum, 1617 West Oak Street, at 2:00 p.m. Museum
director Michele Hansford will explore the
history of the Carthage Chautauqua Assembly,
which was held 100 years ago. The program will
highlight some of the most important people of
the late 19th and early 20th centuries who
visited Carthage as Chautauqua speakers.
The events will continue at
7:00 p.m. on Thursday, with William Worley
portraying Walt Disney in the Carthage High
School Auditorium, 7th and Main street. The
musical guest will be ragtime pianist Susan
The Chautauqua is sponsored by
Powers Museum, Kent D. and Mary L. Steadley
Memorial Trust, Pat and Carolyn Phelps, Carthage
Convention and Visitor Bureau, Grand Avenue Bed
and Breakfast, the Carthage Public Library, the
Friends of the Carthage Public Library, the
Friends of the Webb City Public Library, the
Carthage Fund and the Dr. W. Russell Smith Family
Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of
Southwest Missouri, and is presented with support
from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Further information about
upcoming programs will be listed in
tomorrows Mornin Mail.
As a kid the idea was that there was
value in havin character. Course
character is built as we all know. Ever
time ya didnt get to do somethin ya
wanted, it created one more buildin block
Birthdays and Christmas always
contributed to the construction. Didnt get
that special toy, built a little more character.
Have ta mow the lawn while the
kids across the street were playin ball?
Another contribution. Im thinkin
its probly a good idea to accumulate
all the character ya can, if for no other reason
than to help offset those occasional flaws that
seem to linger through adulthood.
I suppose the greatest value of
gatherin a little character is the fact
that you might recognize it in others. Its
hard to define, but ya know it when ya see it.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
Yesterday I was driving my 1998
Honda Accord down the highway when I heard this
horrible noise, like the tire blew. So I pulled
over. All the Tires were fine, but the car was
still making a horrible noise. I lifted the hood
and discovered that one of the spark plugs had
blown right out of the engine, blown through the
insulation and left a huge dent poking up in the
hood. What would cause this? Shannon.
Tom: More like , WHO would
cause this? Whoever worked on your engine last,
RAY: Funny things happen at
garages. Youre putting four spark plugs
into a 98 Accord, and suddenly you get side
tracked. Then you come back, pop the wires on the
spark plugs and close the hood.
TOM: And, in your postprandial
stupor, you forget to tighten the spark plugs.
And since the explosions in the cylinders create
a tremendous amount of pressure, the loose spark
plugs immediately, if slowly, start working their
way out of their holes. When one gets completely
unscrewed, the pressure sends it flying upward,
like the cork on a bottle of champagne.
RAY: The first thing to do is
check your other three spark plugs.
TOM: If they were left loose,
tighten them back up and youre all set.
RAY: The other possibility, is
that whoever put in that spark plug overtightened
it or cross-threaded it and stripped the threads.
You will want to check for this.
TOM: If the threads in the
spark-plug hole are stripped, then you have to
put in an "insert," which is a metal
sleeve with new threads for the spark plugs.
RAY: But whatever happened, it
probably was caused by the last person who
removed your spark plugs.
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