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Monday, March 3, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 181

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... GIVE BLOOD, March 4 from 11:30 to 6:00pm, The Church of the Nazarene at 2000 Grand, Carthage is holding a blood drive for the American Red Cross. Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE for info.

Did Ya Know?... The Hugs Project will be hosting a TUPPERWARE PARTY for the troops. Thurs, March 6 from 7:00 to 9:00pm, at the Ulmer’s Community Bldg. on the corner of Garrison and Macon in Carthage. The Tupperware is used by service personnel to keep sand out of their personal items. RSVP Diane at 793-0720.

Did Ya Know?... KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY, Saturday, March 8th, 6am to 12:00pm at the 1st United Methodist Church, 617 S Main St, Carthage. All the pancakes you can eat. For more info call 358-2577.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Chamber is hosting a Business Expo at the Memorial Hall, April 18th from 1:00PM-5:00PM and April 19th from 9:00AM-5:00PM. There is limited space so call Amber and register your business at 358-2373.

today's laugh

Visitor - "Your son is rather small for his age, isn’t he?"
Proud Mother - "Oh, no; most boys of his age are overgrown, I think."

"Ma, do I have to wash my face?"
"Aw, why can’t I just powder it like you do yours?"

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

Southern Methodist Preacher Says Higher Education Should Be Left to the Church.

Rev. Dr. James C. Morris, president of Central college, Fayette, Mo., one of the largest educational institutions of southern Methodism, in a paper read before the St. Louis Ministers’ association declared against state institutions of higher education. He said in part: "The state has no right to make profound scholars. Its gratuitous system of schooling must cease at the doors of higher education and when the end, namely, the prevention of illiteracy and the demands of good citizenship has been accomplished, the future development of the mental faculties of the child is no concern of the state, but rightly belongs to the church."

Charley Parker and Harris Lawson were arrested by the authorities yesterday on charge of violating the Sunday saloon closing law.


Today's Feature

Search For Police Chief Continues.

The Police Personnel Committee has narrowed the search for Carthage Police Chief down from 76 applicants to three primary choices. Former Police Chief Dennis Veach left the department for a job as Police Chief in Sachse, Texas in November of 2007. Since that point Lieutenant Barry Duncan has been serving as the Interim Chief.

City Administrator Tom Short said that the interview process for applicants is mostly over. The 3 main selections, all of whom are from the region, have already spoken in person to the Police Personnel Committee. Short said that the selection still needs to be finalized, and that salary offers still need to be discussed.

There is no official deadline by which a new chief is to be hired, however, Mayor Jim Woestman would like to have the position filled, according to Short.

Services Committee Meets Tonight.

The City Council Public Services Committee will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Park Department Office in Municipal Park. The committee will be reviewing contracts with a number of sports teams and discussing a request for a Water Festival at Kellogg Lake.

Just Jake Talkin'

I suppose one of the handiest tools ta have around is a pipe wrench.

I’ve seen others that have figured out how ta get lug nuts off a wheel usin’ a pipe wrench. With their super gripin’ power, can be used effectively for twistin’ a post for easy removal.

The one main draw back ta these applications is that because a pipe wrench is designed to bite into anything it has to get a hold of, usually ya chew up the nut or bolt you’re takin’ off so bad ya can’t ever get a regular wrench back on it again. It’s like a bad habit, once ya start usin’ a pipe wrench or somethin’, ya can’t ever go back ta doin’ it the right way again.

‘Course there are always those we see who have the "pipe wrench attitude." The problem is how ta fix it next time it breaks.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Lint Buildup Can Fuel Dryer Fire

Q: I read another columnist recently who warned about keeping dryer vents clean and free of lint, in order to prevent a house fire. Since then, I’ve cleaned the lint trap after every load, and had my son clean behind the dryer (as he’s strong enough to move the appliance). Is there any other area we should clean to make sure all excess dryer lint is gone? -- Gladys K., Trenton, N.J.

A: You’ve done a great job in keeping the area around the dryer free of extra lint. Built-up lint can catch fire easily if it contacts a heat source, such as overheated dryer parts or a stray spark.

Another area that needs to be cleaned is the exhaust vent and duct, all the way to the outside of the house, if possible. Unplug the dryer before cleaning, detach the duct from the back of the dryer, and vacuum the vent and inside the duct using the vacuum hose attachment.

Gardus Inc., which sells a dryer duct-cleaning appliance called the LintEater System, recommends cleaning the vent and duct four times a year. The company also suggests checking the exterior vent for squirrel or bird nests, and making sure the exterior flap is open when the dryer is on, and closes when the dryer is off.

Other tips:

Install a smoke alarm near the dryer -- test it monthly and replace the battery each year.

Don’t put rubber-backed bath mats, foam-padded bras or cloth soaked in oil, gas or other flammable chemicals into the dryer.

Don’t run the dryer when asleep or not at home.

HOME TIP: Clean your dryer’s lint screen/trap after every load, and periodically wash with soap and water to completely clear the screen.


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