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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 188

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 an 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

Betty was taken to the museum by auntie. They went into the Egyptian room, and there saw a mummy. Betty asked what it was.
"That’s is some one’s mummy, dear," answered auntie.
"Auntie," she confided, "I’m glad my mummy’s not like that!"

"What’ the matter, Roger - you look terrible."
"My wife’s on a diet."

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

Can’t Get New Books.

Library Postpones Proposed Purchase Because of Pending Claim.

Because the city council has ordered that the public library must pay for its electric light service for the past year Miss Alice Gladden, librarian, says the library must give up all hopes of securing any new books for a time. The bill amounts to $263.16, and therefore if it is paid it will make quite a hole in the institution’s funds.

Miss Gladden has been busy preparing a large list of late books which were to be added to the library, but the order of the council has caused her to indefinitely postpone the purchase of these volumes.

Since the first of the year the attendance at the library and the circulation of the books have noticeably increased. Mark Twain’s book on "Christian Science" is now said to be the most frequently called for book in the library.


Today's Feature

Reviewed CIP Lists.

The City Council Budget Ways and Means Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. The committee reviewed the City Department’s 5-year Capital Improvement Project lists.

Representatives from the Police, Fire, Streets, Public Works and Parks Departments were present at the meeting to discuss their lists and answer questions from the committee. City Administrator Tom Short told the committee that the estimated total of the items on the lists amounted to $16 million over the five year period. Short added that some of the items would need to be cut throughout the budget process as the funding for the total would likely not be available.

Discussions focused primarily on the items for the upcoming fiscal year budget. Several department heads noted the difficulty in predicting prices of projects and equipment five years in advance, due to market fluctuation.

Priority items listed for the Police Department included new patrol cars, department issued handguns and ballistic vests. Detective Sergeant Randee Kaiser represented the department in the absence of Interim Chief Barry Duncan. The department only recently received appropriation for department-purchased handguns, the amount of which will supply guns to half of the officers. The funding requested in the CIP list would allow the purchase of the remainder of the guns, according to Kaiser.

Fire Chief John Cooper told the committee that new possibilities had become available for a fire substation on the South end of the City. Cooper did not mention specifics but said that he would return in the future with a proposal. Committee member Claude Newport inquired what constitutes the need for a substation. Cooper said that a substation should be considered when the City has 30% under-coverage, which has been since around 1998. Equipment purchases listed by Cooper included computer upgrades, new bunkers and air packs.

Street Commissioner Tom Shelley listed two groups of CIPs, half being Street Department equipment and the other half being the multitude of streets in consideration for contract paving. Equipment listed for fiscal year 08-09 included a mower, a mowing tractor and an ice machine.

As Public Works Director Chad Wampler approached the table Committee Chair Bill Johnson noted, "That total looks scary," a comment which was directed at the CIP list total cost for the Public Works Department. Wampler agreed and commenced to outline the projects, many of which are intersection and road engineering and improvements. Priority items listed by Wampler included improvements to the Airport Drive and River Street intersection. This project is to coincide with the opening of the new school and is estimated to cost $400,000. Wampler also mentioned bridge maintenance and repairs to Baker Street after it is closed as a truck route.

Parks Director Alan Bull listed golf course equipment replacement as a priority item. Bull had previously spoken to the Public Services Committee about the CIP list, and had outlined a plan for a 5 year lease/purchase agreement for 11 new pieces of key equipment for the course. Bull told the Budget Committee a tentative total of $230,000 for all of the equipment. Bull also noted roof repairs for the Golf Pro Shop and the roller rink, and the possibility of a matching grant for the dredging of Kellogg Lake.

These items will be discussed more fully by the committee during the fiscal year 08-09 budget hearings, which are scheduled to begin April 28th.

Just Jake Talkin'


Ever’ now and then I hear the comment that some of the jokes in the Mornin’ Mail don’t make a lot a sense to some folks. Guess that’s the way it is with a lot a things.

I have the same problem with a lot of commercials I see on TV. These folks that make jeans must know who buys their product. I guess they aren’t interested in sellin’ me any, cause I don’t understand their commercials at all.

Somehow scenes of guys dancin’ out on a bunch a rocks or standin’ round talkin’ ‘bout the good ole days doesn’t move me ta buy a pair of pants.

What I wanta see is a guy gettin’ drug for forty miles behind a horse and then stand up and not have a whole worn in his jeans. Now I’d buy a pair of those.

This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

Here's a Tip
By JoAnn Derson

Use a coffee can to spread grass seed. Just punch some holes in the cover with an awl, fill the container with grass seed, replace the cover and tape it on with duct tape. Make as many holes as needed to lay down the desired amount of grass seed. Then all you have to do is invert the can and shake it. This also will work for fertilizer and other granule type pest control. Make sure you always label the can with its contents so there is no confusion when using chemicals.

No more static shock! "I learned my lesson this winter, and thought I would share with others for next year. As dry as it’s been, I shocked myself again and again in my house after walking across the carpets. I have finally found a solution that works: diluted fabric softener. I filled a spray bottle with a couple of capfuls of liquid fabric softener and filled it up with water. Then I would periodically spray the carpets. It’s great!" -- L.L.O. in West Virginia

"If you are peeling garlic, try putting it in the microwave for 10 seconds. The skin will slip right off!" -- O.I. in Nebraska

"Here’s a senior hint that I have used for years: If you are having trouble opening a jar, try slipping on a pair of latex dishwashing gloves for extra traction. You can try banging a little on the edges of a metal lid to disturb the vacuum seal. This has worked for me many times. Just be careful not to bang it so hard that you break the glass jar!" -- A.L. in Texas


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