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Thursday, May 1, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 224
Did Ya Know?... The
Citywide Garage Sale is on May 3rd and starts in
some locations as early as 6:00am.
Did Ya Know?... The
Powers Museums Prelude to Chautauqua:
Program #3 will be on Saturday, May 3 at the Webb
City Public Library at 101 South Liberty, Webb
City. The free program will be presented at 1:30.
Call 417-673-4326 for more info.
Did Ya Know?... The
Precious Moments Supporting Foundation will hold
their 2008 Spring Celebration from 9:00 am to
2:00 pm on May 3rd at the Precious Moments Chapel
Visitors Center. The cost is $2 per child. A
wonderful day of play is in store. Call Anna at
359-2917 for more info.
Two friends met on the street
after not having seen each other for some time.
One of them was using crutches.
"Hello!" said the
other man. "Whats the matter with
"Car accident," said
the man on crutches.
"When did that
"Oh, about six weeks
"And you still have to use
"Well, my doctor says I
could get along without them, but my lawyer says
Foreman - "Say Thompson,
that man is doing twice as much as you are."
Thompson - "Sure! I keep
tellin the poor sap, but you cant
learn him nothin.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Five Conversions Last
A good meeting was held at
the Baptist church again last night and a good sermon was
preached by Rev. R. L. Davidson of the Kansas City
Tabernacle, who is conducting the services. There were
five conversions. The subject tonight will be
"Justification by Faith." The Lyric quartette
furnishes the music at each meeting. Rev. Mr.
Davidsons discourses are highly spoken of.
Bagged 34 Quail.
R. H. Branch and M. G.
Branch spent the day yesterday hunting quail 8 1/2 miles
northeast of Neck City. They found the birds plentiful
and bagged 34 of them.
Greatest tonic and
strength producing remedy offered suffering humanity.
Cures indigestion; constipation, headache, stomach
disorders. Thats what Hollisters Rocky
Mountain Tea will do. Post-Evans Drug Co.
The Fiscal Year
2009 Budget Hearings continued on Tuesday evening
with the budget requests from City Departments.
Representatives from the Fire Department, Police
Department, Parks Department, Street Department,
Public Works Department, City Attorney office and
the City Administration office were present and
discussed with the committee members their
funding requests for the upcoming year.
divide their requests into categories for
operation and for capital expenses. Capital
expenses can include cars, computers, buildings
and various other items that are purchased for
department use. Operation expenses usually
include items such as utilities, salaries, and
Fire Chief John
Cooper spoke to the committee concerning the Fire
Department budget. Coopers capital requests
included computer upgrades, new bunkers and air
packs for the firemen, the replacement of a brush
grass truck and approximated first payment for a
fire substation on the south end of Carthage.
Cooper said told the committee that he had
researched the costs of building a 2-bay metal
substation with living quarters on .9 acres of
City owned property and felt the Department could
have the building constructed for roughly
$200,000. The first payment would cost
approximately $30,000 according to Cooper. The
proposal to build a substation has been discussed
for many years by the committee.
discussed the logistics of running a two-man
station and asked several questions. Committee
chair Bill Fortune asked if any additional staff
would be needed for the building. Cooper said
that no additional staff would be needed, but
that having two firemen near the South end of
Carthage would decrease the amount of time it
takes to get to fires in that area. Cooper said
that it would be an advantage to construct the
building while interest rates are low.
Chief Greg Dagnan along with Lieutenant Barry
Duncan were present to discuss the Police
Department Budget with the Committee. The
department purchases new patrol cars every year,
alternating yearly between two and three
replacement vehicles. The Department was
scheduled to purchase three new cars this year,
but Dagnan told the committee it could be
decreased to two, as long as the department could
be guaranteed three cars next year. Other items
on the capital request list included ballistic
vests for officers, hinged handcuffs and
licensing for the computer software used by the
Alan Bull spoke to the committee about the Parks
Department and the Golf Course Budget. Bull said
that the majority of the equipment for the golf
course needs to be replaced. The 12 pieces of
equipment could be bought on a 5 year
lease/purchase plan that Bull told the committee
could help to stabilize the budget, and decrease
the amount being spent for repairs.
Department is requesting a lower amount for
capital purchases than in the current years
budget. Street Commissioner Tom Shelley said that
the 16-year-old front end loader used by the
department needs to be replaced and discussed the
option of shifting the departments loader
out to the landfill for use there. Shelley also
discussed with the committee the 6 contract
paving projects for the upcoming year.
Department Director Chad Wampler said that at the
request of Mayor Jim Woestman and City staff, the
department had increased the requested funds for
demolition. Wampler said that if approved, the
department would try to take a more pro-active
stance on demolition of abandoned structures. The
amount requested has been increased from $5,500
to $30,000, which Wampler said would likely pay
for 6 demolitions. The Departments capital
requests include a proposed change in software
used for engineering purposes.
discussed these and many more items with the
department representatives. In the uncut budget,
expenditures outweigh revenues by approximately
When my remote control started
actin up the other day and I almost went
into a panic, I started thinkin about how
dependent weve become on all the modern
conveniences that we live with everday.
Used ta be you could always get
a piece a balin wire and at least make a
machine hold together for a little while till ya
could get the right part to fix it. Now it seems
it either works or it doesnt.
Cars are pretty much that way
anymore. Cookin stoves, with their electric
pilot lighters are that way. Ever try to light an
oven that the igniter isnt workin on?
Gettin a watch fixed anymore is a useless
I suppose its just as
well, but I grow attached to things once I get
used to em. I still dont like
throwin it away just cause its
cheaper to buy a new one.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray Magliozzi:
For years, I have been a
field-mouse-poor college student, sleeping in my
(crappy, leaky, rusty) Jeep on trips, such as
snowboarding, to save money (yes, it gets nippy -
hence the zero-degree sleeping bag). Now, with a
job, I bought a "new to me" 2006 Subaru
Outback that has similar sleeping capacity in the
back (yes, I can now afford a car, just not the
crazy hotel prices at the ski resorts). My fear
is that this "new" car has far fewer
rattles and doesnt leak air like my
Hindenburg/Jeep did. So I fear if I sleep in it,
I may run out of air and just die in my sleep.
Can I die in my car if it is NOT running and I
sleep in it? - Jonathan
TOM: Well, let me be clear
about this, so our lawyer doesnt die in HIS
sleep tonight. We dont know.
RAY: Right. But were more
than happy to give our uninformed opinion, like
we do every week!
TOM: I dont think you can
suffocate in a closed car. I just dont
think cars are airtight to that extent. After
all, when you put a car in a lake, it fills up
with water and sinks, right?
RAY: And there are vents that
always mix some fresh air with your heating and
air conditioning, and those may very well remain
open pathways all the time, regardless of whether
the engine is on.
TOM: Thats our guess,
Jonathan. Of course, if were wrong, have
your heirs write to us and let us know for future
RAY: We know people whove
slept in their cars through the years, and none
of them ever died, or even reported any shortness
of breath. Although all of those cars were old
heaps. Weve never heard of anyone dying of
suffocation in a closed car, Jonathan. But
well ask our listeners what they know
(write to us via our Web site, www.cartalk.com).
And in the meantime, you can always leave a
window open a crack. See if that sleeping bag
really is good down to zero degrees!
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