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Monday, March 17, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 191
Did Ya Know?... Austen
Heidlage, the Carthage Senior High School State
Champ, has the opportunity to go the Senior
Nationals Wrestling Competition in Virginia
Beach, Virginia on March 28, 29 & 30.
Lets show our support and help him go.
Donations may be made to the fund at any Hometown
Did Ya Know?... The
Jasper Christian Church is inviting the public to
celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with a
special "Sunrise Service" at 7:00 a.m.
on Sunday Morning, March 23. at 213 E Grand Ave,
Jasper, Mo. For further information call
417-394-2413 or 417-394-3040.
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.
Space is limited so call Amber to register your
business at 358-2373.
A pretty little girl of seven
entered a store in a small town and said:
"I want some cloth to make my dolly a
The merchant selected a remnant and handed the
child the package.
"How much is it?" she asked.
"Just one kiss," was the reply.
"All right," said the child, as she
turned to go. "Grandma said to tell you she
would pay you when she came in tomorrow."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Institutions Have Called in Cashiers Checks.
With the exception of a
few dollars in cashiers checks, all the paper money
issued by the Carthage banks to ease the situation when
the late financial flurry was at its height, has now been
redeemed. The banks are again carrying on business
exactly as they were during the months preceding the
Three of the banks, the
Central National, First National and the Carthage
National, have redeemed every dollar issued by them in
cashiers checks. The Bank of Carthage now has only
a few dollars in these checks outstanding. These are to
be redeemed as soon as possible, the bank being compelled
to await the presentation of the checks, which are held
by out-of-town people.
At the First National bank
little more than $600 in cashiers checks was issued
during the financial troubles. This amount was long ago
redeemed. It is thought that hardly $10,000 in
cashiers check was issued by the four Carthage
banks during the late unpleasantness.
The City Council
Public Safety Committee will meet this evening at
6:30 p.m. in the Carthage Fire Department. Items
on the agenda include the discussion of a grant
from the Jasper County Law Enforcement Tax Grant
As a part of the
Jasper County Law Enforcement Sales Tax, the
Jasper County Sheriff Department makes a portion
of the funding received available to other
regional agencies through grants. Carthage Police
Interim Chief Barry Duncan said that the
department had applied for a grant for a file
server computer and had been approved. Duncan
said that he will present the information to the
committee with a recommendation to accept the
The agenda also
includes a discussion of a request to use a golf
cart on City streets. Citizen Alan Stinebrook
previously discussed with the committee a request
to use a golf cart as a portable snow-cone
machine for Tropical Sno. The committee took no
action at that point but agreed to research the
matter further and return with a recommendation.
The committee is
also slated to discuss the painting of old and
new Police patrol cars and to discuss a proposed
Folks are always askin
where the Mornin Mail comes up with
all its jokes.
They come from everywhere. We
scan old magazines, folks are always sendin
in a few now and then, various joke books, and
the old fashioned way, we hear em in coffee
shops and from neighbors.
As you can imagine, we run
across a lot a jokes that arent fit ta
print and others that we just dont think
are funny. (Although the latter doesnt
automatically disqualify a joke, as Im sure
youre aware.) We always try to keep a sense
of not promotin any stereotype attitudes or
poke fun of folks that are honestly tryin
to better themselves.
Humor typically draws a fine
line between funny and cruel. We will continue to
try to distinguish between the two in order to
bring you Todays Laugh.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Oldies & Oddities
This is a Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta
Fixing Old Sash
didnt pay much attention to the way
double-hung windows worked, until one day when I
lifted the sash higher than usual and heard a
crashing sound. Turns out the windows were
supported by a chain-and-weight pulley system on
both sides. Now that window has lost one chain
and weight, it is too lopsided to open or close.
How can I fix this? -- Clay B., Concord, N.H.
windows use a dependable system with a fairly
heavy weight, a rope or chain and a pulley wheel.
The chain is recessed inside a groove on the
sides of the window sash. The chain then travels
upward above the sash and loops around a pulley
wheel set into the jamb. In the hollow space
inside the frame, the chain is attached to the
end of a long, narrow iron weight. This pulley
system allows double-hung windows to lift
smoothly and easily.
can access the inside of the frame in older
double-hung windows to recover the weight and
reattach the chain. Remove the wooden window stop
on that side using a utility knife to cut through
the paint film and a small pry bar to ease the
piece out. Then pull the lower sash out of the
frame, removing the sash cord on the other side
to free it, and set it aside.
Inside the jamb,
you should see a set of screws in the wood,
indicating an access cover. Unscrew the cover --
you may need to cut through paint again -- and
remove, revealing the jamb interior and the
fallen weight and chain.
Retrieve the chain
through the access opening and detach from the
weight. Untangle and check for damage. Then feed
the chain around the pulley wheel -- if its
stubborn, tie a nail to the chain end with a
piece of string as a guide -- and lower down into
the cavity. Have a friend hold the end of the
chain while you reattach the interior end to the
Screw the access
cover back into place, attach the lower sash to
its sash chains and ease into place. Then nail or
screw the window-stop back on.
HOME TIP: Replace
pulley chains in double-hung windows with
1/4-inch nylon rope designed for the job.
Its durable, rarely tangles and much
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