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Monday, March 17, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 191

did ya know?

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. Let’s show our support and help him go. Donations may be made to the fund at any Hometown Bank.

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.

today's laugh

A pretty little girl of seven entered a store in a small town and said:
"I want some cloth to make my dolly a dress."
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.

The Carthage 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 flurry.

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 cashier’s 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.


Today's Feature

Public Safety Committee Meeting.

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 Fund.

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 grant.

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 taxi service.

Just Jake Talkin'


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 aren’t fit ta print and others that we just don’t think are funny. (Although the latter doesn’t automatically disqualify a joke, as I’m sure you’re 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 Today’s Laugh.

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

Oldies & Oddities

This is a Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Fixing Old Sash Cords

Q: I didn’t 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.

A: Double-hung 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.

Fortunately, you 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 it’s 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 weight.

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. It’s durable, rarely tangles and much quieter.


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