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Monday, June 9, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 251

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...June 13-- Friday Morning Coffee, 7:00-8:00 a.m. at Kellogg Lake. What a great way to start your day!

Did Ya Know?... Avilla Baptist Church invites all children who have completed K - 8th grade to Vacation Bible School June 16 - 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supper will be provided each night. Kick off the fun Sunday June 15 at 6:00 for a free picnic and game night. Call 417-246-5568 for more information.

today's laugh

I’ve been sliding my cows down a rough plank---trying to raise my own planked steak.

Our hen kicked a porcelain egg out of her nest. She said they weren’t going to make a brick layer out of her.

My uncle fell into a ditch in Arizona and they never found him.

Fell into a ditch and never came out? That’s ridiculous!

You mean you’ve never heard of the Grand Canyon?

What do you call all the little rivers that run into the Nile?

The Juveniles!

Is your car an eight or a twelve?

Both. Eight cylinders--twelve payments.

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


The new mill on the Kane, Daughtery & Co. lease of the McGregor and Harrison land north of Carterville, has been started.

The lease comprises forty acres on which prospecting was commenced about a year ago. Ore is being taken out at a depth of 163 feet and is of a very fine quality. The mill was erected by Mr. Cass, of Carterville and cost $10,000. It is equipped with all the latest improved machinery and is of a 100 ton capacity. The present indications are that this lease will prove valuable and will make an extensive camp. Mill lots are all taken and offers of $6,000 have been refused. The new mill is christened The Argo.


The athletic football team last night divided up the reserve fun among thirteen players, each getting $3.25. Fram Moore and John Henkel, beside the regular eleven, shared in the receipts.


Today's Feature

Saddle Club Rodeo.

The Carthage Saddle Club will hold its 31st Annual ACRA/IPRA Rodeo on Friday, June 13th and Saturday, June 14th at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena in Carthage Municipal Park.

The event will feature Miss Rodeo Missouri 2008, Janell Schlobohm and the Old Fort Days Dandies. Kids 10 and under will be able to participate in a Boot Scramble on Friday and Saturday, and a Clown Contest on Saturday.

Admission costs $8 in advance, $10 at the gate for adults, and $3 in advance, $5 at the gate for children 6-12, with free entry for children 5 and under. Advance tickets may be purchased at Race Bros. Farm & Home in Carthage, Southwest Missouri Banks in Carthage, and H&H RV Service in Carthage.

Call 417-358-6107 or 358-3597.

Just Jake Talkin'


I was talkin’ to a guy the other day and he said for some reason it seemed his work load was gettin’ heavier. All the sudden he looked up and he was buried with things to do and not enough time ta get ‘em done.

I was amazed when someone pointed out to me that frustration isn’t the result of not bein’ able to do somethin,’ but the result of knowin’ you can do somethn’, but for some reason it’s just not gettin’ done.

Frustration is havin’ a handle break on your shovel ‘bout half way through diggin’ a hole. Or havin’ the computer crash just seconds before ya save those last few changes. Although throwin’ a broken shovel handle halfway down the block can relieve some of that tension. I wouln’t recommend the same remedy in the case of the computer.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

Carthage Printing

Loose Stair Tread Needs Repair

Q: I returned home from a business trip last week and, walking up the stairs, one of the steps actually lifted up from the back as I put my foot on it, then flopped back into place as I continued up. I put some wood glue along the back edge and tapped it tight against the vertical board behind it, but it has come loose again. Any tips? -- Edward F., via e-mail

A: If you can access the underside of the stairs, place sturdy screws through the riser (the vertical board between each step) and into the back of the step to make sure it stays in place.

Many staircases are enclosed, however, so you’ll have to make the repair from the topside. I’d recommend inspecting the step closely before securing it to make sure it’s not damaged. If you can pull the step away from the riser and stringers (the vertical bracing on either side of the step) without damaging the wood, do so. (A pry bar and hammer are helpful.) Inspect all surrounding wood for damage and scrape away old glue and paint from the contact surfaces.

If the step is damaged -- cracked, broken or rotted -- it should be replaced; measure and cut a new tread to size and test fit. If it’s not damaged, remove old nails and test fit.

Apply a bead of construction adhesive along the tops of the stringers, and set the step in place. To fasten it from the topside, drill pilot holes through the tread into the tops of the stringers (two or three each side) and drive screws through them. Countersink the screws and fill the holes with wood putty or plugs.

HOME TIP: While squeaky stairs are an annoyance, sagging or loose stair treads indicate more serious problems. Access the underside of the staircase to inspect the condition of the wood if more than two steps are in poor condition.


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