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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 193

did ya know?

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 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 First Assembly of God in Carthage will hold an Eggs & Issues on March 28th at 7:00 AM. City and R-9 candidates 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. Space is limited so call Amber to register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

"The doctor said he’d have me on my feet in a fortnight."

"And did he?"

"Sure. I’ve had to sell my automobile."

Patient - "My wife tells me I talk in my sleep, doctor. What should I do?"

Doctor - "Nothing that you shouldn’t."

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

Federal Building Queries.

Government Wants to Know About Service for New Postoffice.

Postmaster Gives Information Concerning Light, Water, Power and Telephone Service.

Postmaster R. T. Stickney received a letter from the postoffice department in Washington Saturday, which indicates that work on the new $75,000 federal building for Carthage is soon to begin. It is now expected by Postmaster Stickney that bids will soon be asked for on the construction of the building.

The letter from the capital asked for immediate information relative to the names of companies furnishing light, water, power, telephone and other similar classes of service in the city. It asked whether or not the wires used by light and telephone companies are overhead or underground, the service rates charged, the amount of water pressure, if there is a central heating plant, whether both day and night service can be had and other kinds of different utilities required for use in the new building.

A complete reply to all these queries was mailed to Washington Saturday night by Mr. Stickney. Over a two months ago a letter was received from Washington instructing the postmaster to have all buildings removed from the site of the new structure by January 1, and this work was immediately begun and has now being completed.

It is believed now that the plans for building are so near completion that the government must have bids on the work before very much can be done.


Today's Feature

Mobile Concessions Approved.

The Public Safety Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. The committee continued discussions concerning a request from Alan Stinebrook to use a golf cart as a mobile concession cart.

Stinebrook’s presented the original request at the previous committee meeting, asking the committee’s permission to use a golf cart for a mobile Tropical Sno concession stand in the City parks, around the Carthage Square, and at local factories. Golf carts are unable to be licensed through the state, and the request was to approve a variance that would allow operation of the cart on City streets. Stinebrook at that point told the committee that he would take the steps necessary to modify the cart so that the proper safety lights and seat belts would be included. The committee agreed at that point to research the matter further.

During Monday’s meeting Interim Police Chief Barry Duncan said that he had checked with City Attorney Nate Dally who agreed that it would be acceptable as long as the cart was equipped with headlights, tail lights, seat belts, turn signals and all other necessary safety lights. Stinebrook told the committee that he carries $1 million insurance on every driver. Duncan added that the Police Department would need to do an inspection of the vehicle.

The vehicle’s top speed is roughly 23 miles per hour, according to Stinebrook. The committee requested that the drivers choose less-traveled routes to go from location to location.

The committee approved a motion to recommend approval of a variance allowing the operation of the cart to City Council. The committee also agreed to contact the City Attorney with the criteria used to decide on the variance so that it may be referenced in the case of any other similar requests in the future.

The committee also approved a motion to recommend to Council the acceptance of a grant from the Jasper County Law Enforcement Tax Grant fund for a file server for the Carthage Police Department.

Just Jake Talkin'

It seems ta me ya don’t see near as many rockin’ chairs around anymore. If ya go around to the flea-markets and the antique shops, it looks like there used ta be lots a folks with rockers.

I suppose folks back then felt a little guilty ‘bout sittin’ and not at least movin’ a little. Nowadays, the recliner is a guiltless refuge from the day’s toil.

I wonder if the decline in the number of rockers ya see in homes has anything ta do with there not bein’ many folks whittlin’ or darnin’ socks. Seems that’s where most of that kind of work got done.

Ya still see an occasional rocker in a nursery. It seems that baby’s still know what real comfort is.

I suppose there may be some logical reasons why the rocker went out of style.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

"If your wicker seats are sagging, try washing them with a mild soap and water solution, rinse well and let them dry in the sun. The drying process can tighten up wicker. If it’s cracked, frayed or breaking, you might need to replace it, though." -- R.T. in Georgia

"I never let the water run when I do dishes: I do them the old-fashioned way, in a sink with hot water and soap. One thing I do to keep the water cleaner is to add one teaspoon of bleach to the sink rinse water. It kills germs. I always use gloves, of course. I save water by washing my dishes this way, and that makes me happy." -- R.W. in Michigan

"When a bath towel or washcloth gets old and raggedy, I cut it into smaller pieces. I keep them in a bag under the sink in the kitchen. They are great for cleaning and for small kitchen tasks, like drying vegetables or meats, wiping up spills and such. I also keep a ‘dirty’ bag under the counter, which I take out to the laundry every day. I used to use a roll of paper towels a day, it seemed, with the various uses for them, but now I hardly ever use paper towels!" -- G.G. in California

Use plastic foam trays from the grocery store to prevent drafts! Remove outlet covers and cut a foam tray to fit. Then, reattach outlet covers with new foam lining.

Three ways to save money on water-heater bills: 1) Set your temperature gauge to a lower setting; 2) Install a timer so that it’s not heating water when you aren’t there to use it; 3) Add an insulating cover to keep heat from escaping.


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