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Thursday, May 22, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 239
Did Ya Know?... Due to
Monday May 26th being a holiday observed by the
City, the City of Carthage Recycling Drop-Off
Center and Composting Lot will be closed Tuesday,
May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. Regular
operating days & times are - Tues. - Sat.,
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Did Ya Know?... June
11th-- Officials from the Small Business
Administration (SBA) will be at the Chamber
Office from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to answer
questions and present information concerning
financing and refinancing of business projects
with SBA loans. Please RSVP.
Did Ya Know?... June
13th-- Friday Morning Coffee, 7:00-8:00 a.m. at
Kellogg Lake. What a great way to start your day!
Several of this years
catalogues are advertising a new kind of
stringless bean. The millennium will be here when
some one invents a stringless ukulele.
Notice in Tailor Shop.
"Hand Pressing By Experienced Tailors."
We call this liberty.
Time was when to get on the
stage all a girl had to show was her ability.
Why do they put so many holes
in Swiss Cheese when its the Limburger that
really needs the ventilation?
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Kansas City Deceiver
Used Carthage as a Foil.
A continued story in the
K. C. papers has just been brought to a close, concerning
a young man named C. J. Boyd who was alleged to have
borrowed $900 from his sweetheart Miss Jennie Carter, and
disappeared with it, telling her he was coming to
Carthage to buy a newspaper here that has changed hands
lately, the police have heard no more of Boyd, and he has
been given up as "skipped."
Bites and stings from
insects and swelling is quickly cured with Dr.
Classes German Penetrating Lintament. Sold by Frank
The lawn surrounding the
municipal power house at Carters park has been
carefully cultivated, graded and leveled and was sown in
grass seed this morning.
The City Council
Public Works committee met on Tuesday in a
regular session. The committee agreed to forward
to Council a recommendation to approve changes to
the Code Official procedures.
changes would allow the City to abate trash and
solid waste in the same manner that weeds are
abated. With the addition the City could hire an
entity to remove trash or solid waste from a
property, and recoup expenses from the property
owner by placing a tax lien on the property.
Public Works Director Chad Wampler said that the
changes would make the City code match Missouri
statute 71.285. As the recommendation would alter
the City Code, the changes must be brought before
full City Council as a council bill.
from the Carthage Chamber of Commerce
inclusion in the 42nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival
Brochure are currently being accepted through
June 10th. Any business or
organization wishing to have their event included
in the 22,000 copies of the annual brochure
should request the required submission form from
the Chamber office at 402 S. Garrison. Forms may
be requested by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org All completed
forms must be received with the required $25 fee
no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 10 for inclusion
in the brochure. Submissions are subject to
review and approval and limited space is
The Annual Maple
Leaf Festival will include a full 8 days of
events from October 11 thru 18. For more
information, contact the Carthage Chamber of
Commerce at 417-358-2373.
I suspect if ya dont know where the Mayor
stands on the stench problem, youve been
stickin you head in the sand. Mayor
Woestman has spent more than a few trips to Jeff
City to make sure those in government know the
problems in this City.
Aside from the fact that most
in town agree with his assessment of the
situation, its refreshin to hear
someone, and even more so an elected official,
speak out and let ya know exactly where they
stand. There are always things that ya might not
agree with, but you have no doubt where Mr.
As a practical matter, the
mayor of Carthage doesnt have much
political power. The main tool is the ability to
persuade. The Power of Persuasion. Add some
persistence for a winnin combination.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
Please settle an argument here
at the fire station. We have a Ford 550 pulling a
25 ft. box trailer (gross vehicle weight 10,000
pounds). Heres the question: When this
truck and trailer are not in use, does the weight
of the trailer damage the truck? Are we causing
damage to the leaf springs or suspension of the
truck by leaving the sitting trailer attached for
long periods of time: Is it necessary to unhitch
the trailer when its not used? ---Mike
RAY: The answer is, it depends.
What it depends on is the "tongue
weight." Thats the downward weight
applied by the trailers tongue---which is
the part of the trailer that extends forward, and
that attached to the ball on the trucks
TOM: Imagine, if you will, that
the trailer is perfectly balanced, that if you
removed it from the truck, it would balance
perfectly on its wheels, tilting neither backward
nor forward. Then your tongue weight is zero.
Youre putting no downward weight on the
back of the truck.
Ray: In reality, the tongue
weight is never zero, but heres a test you
can do. Unhitch the trailer, and let the tongue
sit on the ground. Then try to lift it. If two of
your biggest, firefighters cant life the
tongue, then youre leaving too much weight
on the back of the truck, and you will weaken the
suspension over time.
TOM: If your guys cant
lift it easily, that means youre resting
more than a few hundred pounds on the back of the
truck. That WILL make the springs wear out
RAY: If you guys can lift the
tongue fairly easily, that means the tongue
weight is negligible, and not worth worrying
TOM: And, of course, if the
tongue weight is too heavy, you also have the
option of rebalancing the trailers load.
You can shift a few beer kegs and a Barcalounger
or two from the front to the back. Good luck,
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