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Thursday, March 27, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 199

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Did Ya Know?... "Magic Moments Riding Therapy is currently in need of volunteers who can work at 5:30 pm on Tuesdays for an hour or two. Volunteers work directly with our special needs riders to help them use therapeutic horseback riding to make changes in their lives. If you are available, at least 14 years of age, and able to follow directions, please call 417 325-4490 today for more information. Magic Moments is located just south of Interstate 44, close to Carthage."

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will host an Eggs & Issues on March 28th at 7:00 a.m. in the First Assembly of God Church, 1605 Baker. City and R-9 candidates will be there answering questions over breakfast.

today's laugh

"Teacher" was giving here class a little talk on painting, illustrated by reproductions of famous pictures. "Sir Joshua Reynolds," she said, "was able to change a smiling face into a frowning one with a single stroke of the brush."
"Huh," little Johnnie was heard to mutter, "my maw kin do that!"

Irate Mother (at dinner) - "Johnny, I wish you’d stop reaching for things. Haven’t you a tongue?"
"Yes, Mother, but my arm’s longer."

At college, he majored in alibiology.

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

Held for Identification.

A Man Arrested at Galena Suspected of Being the Joplin Ravisher.

A man held as the ravisher of little Juno Sims is in jail at Galena and was to have been visited today by the citizens of Joplin who are able to identify the guilty man. The arrest is said to have come about through the fact that Mr. Harrison, one of the Joplin men who saw the rapist shortly after he committed the crime last Saturday, saw him on the street in Galena and at his instigation the Galena officers put the man in jail yesterday.

The verdict as to whether or not the right man has been captured will be awaited with intense interest.

Jackson’s meat market will sell the best hog lard at 10 cents a pound in five pound buckets. All meat at a very cheap rate for an unlimited time.


Today's Feature

Copeland’s Report.

The Carthage City Council met on Tuesday evening in a regular session. During the citizens’ participation period of the meeting Council heard a quarterly report from McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital CEO Bob Copeland who reported a positive status at the new hospital facility.

"We’re off to a very good start," said Copeland, who reported higher volume of visits, increased surgeries and busy emergency rooms since occupation of the new building.

Copeland also mentioned the former hospital building. As has been reported in the Mornin’ Mail, the City’s verbal understanding with Missouri Southern State University for the occupation of the building fell through, and new arrangements are pending between the City and the Jasper County Highway Patrol Crime Lab. Copeland thanked the City for taking ownership of the building, and offered words of encouragement about any future occupants.

"Whoever is going to take it, it will be a better deal for the community," said Copeland.

Mayor Jim Woestman reported that more information should be available concerning the potential tenants of the building within a matter of weeks. City Administrator Tom Short added that the City was waiting to hear from the Office of Administration whether or not the funding would be made available to for the crime lab move.

Council also heard from citizen participant Mabel Mason concerning a condemned house on Grant Street. Mason said that the house is uninhabited but has become a habitat for raccoons and rats. Mason expressed concerns about health issues and the safety of the children in the neighborhood, and requested that the City take some action.

Public Works Director Chad Wampler said that the City codes dictate that if a condemned house is not lived in, the City has little available action. Mayor Woestman said he was familiar with the property and the complaint, and that the City would continue to monitor the property, but did not commit to any action against the property.

"There are a lot of laws that protect people that don’t keep their property up," said the Mayor.

Mason responded, "I think it’s more important to protect the kids than to protect landlords that don’t keep their property up."

Wampler said he would speak with the Carthage Police Animal Control department and see if they could investigate the raccoons.

Just Jake Talkin'

I haven’t yet figured out why "professionals" shouldn’t speak about differences of opinion out in the open as suggested in a recent editorial I happened to read.

I can understand that kind of thinkin’ when it comes to parents disagreein’ in front of children. Youngsters often don’t understand or are too emotionally attached to the problems bein’ discussed. They also don’t have the problem solving capabilities necessary to distinguish between honest discussion and a bunch of hot air.

Businesses or professionals that openly discuss differences in public view eventually will show their true colors and then the public can decide who’s doin’ what.

Mindless bickerin’ and mud slingin’ prob’ly doesn’t accomplish much more than allow the public to see who’s really who.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

  Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

We have a 2002 L300 V-6 Saturn. The turn signals will not work in cold weather (below 30 F) until the car has been driven and therefore warmed. The hazard lights will work, however. The dealer says that he doesn’t know what causes the problem, and of course by the time we drive it to the dealer, the car is warm and the problem is gone. Suggestions? - Richard and June

TOM: Have you considered relocating to Key West? If it ever gets close to 30 F down there, you can drive out to the orange groves and park next to the smudge pots.

RAY: Actually, if you have a problem that occurs first thing in the morning, or when the car is cold, you should make the arrangements to drop the car off at your mechanic’s the night before your appointment.

TOM: Just make sure he has a secure place to leave it outside. If he leaves it inside, it’ll be toasty in the morning, and he still won’t be able to experience the problem.

RAY: And if he leaves it on the street and he’s in a neighborhood like where my brother lives, your car could get stolen.

TOM: Of course, if the car gets stolen, you won’t have the turn-signal problem.

RAY: If you came to me with this problem, the first thing I’d do is replace the hazard-lights switch. That’s in the dashboard, right behind the hazard switch itself. The switch has the flasher built into it for both the hazard lights and the directional lights.

TOM: If that doesn’t fix it, your mechanic can try plugging in a new multifunction switch. That’s the stalk sticking out of your steering column that controls your turn signals, your wipers, your bright lights, and your in-dash lava lamp. The contacts in that switch just might have worn out over time.

RAY: If the mechanic has the car when it’s cold, when the directionals are actually misbehaving, he can test all this stuff in five minutes, out in the parking lot.

Metcalf Auto Supply

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