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Monday, March 10, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 186

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society is in immediate need of a foster family for a pregnant homeless cat. Call 358-6402 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The Girl Scouts now deliver their Girl Scout Cookies. Please call, fax or email your order in. Sales end March 23rd. Call Shenan 623-8277 X17, Fax 625-1261 or Email

Did Ya Know?... The First Assembly of God in Carthage will hold and Eggs & Issues on March 14th at 7:00 AM. Our state legislature representative will be there answering questions over breakfast.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Small Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-6:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-3:00PM. There is limited space so call Amber and register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

After looking over his son’s report card, father said:
"Bud, if you had a little more spunk, you’d stand better in your grades. And by the way, do you know what spunk is?"
"Sure, Dad. It’s the past participle of spank."

Wife- "I’m going to give you a piece of my mind."
Hubby- "Just a small helping, please."

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

Jury Awards $2000 Damages.

Plaintiff Wins in Suit in Joplin Circuit Court Against Consolidated Company.

The jury in the case of I. N. Day and others against the Consolidated Power and Ice Co. last night returned a verdict for the plaintiff, awarding his $2,000 on the first count and dismissing the second count of the suit. In the two counts the plaintiff had asked for $10,000 damages.

The suit was to recover damages for the death of an infant son of Day’s, who was killed last summer by a live wire. The child was playing on top of the building at No. 413 Main street, and it was here that it fell against the live wire.

The suit was opened in circuit court on Wednesday morning in division No. 1 and occupied two days. The case reached the jury late yesterday afternoon and a verdict for the plaintiff was returned shortly after 7 0’clock.


Today's Feature

DNR Well Received.

Citizens Welcome Department Efforts.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Doyle Childers and several department staff provided an update on their efforts to address stench during an open meeting at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce last Friday.

Mayor Woestman commended the department for its efforts so far and their commitment to bringing fresh air back to Carthage.

Several private citizens attended the meeting along with representatives of nearly every news media in the county. The general consensus of the group was that the stench problem was an illusive foe and although some progress has been made, more needs to be done.

Childers said that the department is continuing to work with the Texas company analyzing the chemical make up of odors. An initial Carthage testing last year yielded some results but further testing is needed. He says that the hope is to use Carthage as a site to verify the technology and use the findings and the process in other parts of the state.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve read where time is the real commodity of the 00’s. The old sayin’ that I’ve got the time, if you’ve got the money may be loosin’ all relationship to the real world.

‘Course the fact that only a couple a generations ago folks worked twelve or more hours a day just ta get by often gets forgotten. With 90% of the population livin’ in rural areas back then, most time was spent just tryin’ to keep food on the table.

I suppose the main difference ‘tween now and then is folks back then didn’t have a choice. The fact is, anyone wantin’ to live, as the pioneers did, in a home without runnin’ water or electricity, washin’ clothes in a tub, without phones, tv or computers, they wouldn’t prob’ly have lots a time.

Time isn’t a commodity, it’s a given. The choices come in how we spend it.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Carthage Printing Services

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

"Cleaner Logs" Are No Substitute

Q. My wife and I recently moved into a house with a nice fireplace, and we love to have a fire going almost every night. I want to make sure the chimney does not get too filled with creosote, however, so about once a month I burn a "cleaner log" that says it cleans the creosote from chimneys. A friend told me these logs are useless. What’s your take? -- Jamie T., Hartford, Conn.

A. While the cleaner log industry might argue with me, I’m inclined to side with your friend on this one. Burning matter -- wood, paper and so on -- creates ash, soot and other byproducts. Much of this floats up and out of the chimney, but some of it -- especially heavier particles -- drifts to the side and down and adheres to the inside of the chimney. It doesn’t matter how "clean" an item burns -- it still produces ash, soot, pitch and other residues. A "cleaner log" produces less of these items, but you’re still burning something in your fireplace.

A better way to maintain your fireplace for the long run -- and ensure nice, bright and warm fires for many years to come -- is to avoid burning items that contribute more creosote deposits than others. These include trash, food items, glossy magazines, "cheap" wood like many pine logs, and green wood (fresh-cut wood that hasn’t had time to season properly).

Once a year, in the late spring or summer, have a professional chimney cleaner inspect, clean and make any needed repairs to your chimney. He or she will check the system thoroughly -- including a look up on the roof at the stack -- and will scrub away creosote deposits. That’s the only sure way to have a clean fireplace system.


HOME TIP: Hardwoods like oak and birch that have been well-seasoned (allowed to cure outdoors for several months after cutting) are among the cleanest-burning materials for your fireplace.


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