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Monday, May 3, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 226

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Relay For Life committee will meet in the basement of First Christian Church on May 8th at 5:30 pm. The team captain meeting to follow at 6:30 pm. Everyone is encouraged to come to help finalize the details for our June 6th & 7th Relay.

Did Ya Know?... The 4th Annual May Cemetery Event is on Saturday, May 10th at 5:30 P.M. in Park Cemetery. Celebrate the Lives & History of Carthage. Bring Lawn Chairs - Invited to Wear Period Dress. Catering by McCune Brooks Regional Hospital.

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Council will be having its annual meeting on May 8, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend. The meeting will be at the Family Neighborhood Center, 706 Orchard, Carthage, MO.

today's laugh

"What’s the idea of that cross-eyed man for a store detective?" "Well, look at him. Can you tell who he is watching?"

The shoe dealer was hiring a clerk. "Suppose," he said, "a lady customer were to remark while you were trying to fit her, ‘Don’t you think one of my feet is bigger than the other?’ what would you say?"

"I should say, ‘On the contrary, madam, one is smaller than the other.’"

"The job is yours."

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

Supper and Dance Free.

A supper and dance will be given by the Ancient Order of Pyramids at the K. P. hall, Friday, May 8. Admission 25 cents, supper and dancing free. Music furnished by Light Gaurd orchestra. Everybody is cordially invited to come and spend a pleasant evening with us.

F. Garner reports a bad hole in Garrison avenue at the end of Tenth street.

Ed Crump, the well known jail trusty is being allowed to work about in the neighborhood of the jail.

Dr. G. A, Gibson, dentist. Teeth extracted by the use of Nitrous Oxyde Gas – no after effect. All kinds of high class dental work. Office over Edel’s drug store, east side square. Phone 439.

Onion sets at Mix’s seed store. All kinds other things too, East Third street.


Today's Feature

Missouri Scholars Academy.

Local Student to Represent Carthage.

News release from the Carthage R-9 School District

Mr. Matthew Robinson has been selected to represent the Carthage High School at the 2008 Missouri Scholars Academy. Matthew is one of 330 students from public and private high schools across Missouri who will participate in this event June 8-28 at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

Established in 1985, the Scholars Academy is a unique and concentrated "summer school" for academically gifted rising juniors. Every public and private high school in Missouri may nominate at least one student for the annual state-funded program.

The Scholars Academy is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with support from the University of Missouri which has hosted the academy every year since its inception. Scholars live in university dorms for the duration of the academy. Participants do not earn grades or academic credit. They select one subject in math, science, social studies or the humanities as their "major" topic of study. This year, students may choose courses that focus on architecture, religion, the Middle East, Japanese language and culture, marine biology, leadership skills, understanding modern art, understanding Socrates, and many others. The program also features a rich variety of lectures, workshops and guest speakers.

The academy reflects Missouri’s desire to strive for excellence in education at all levels. The program is based on the premise that Missouri’ gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve heard of studies that say there is really no physical reason for us humans to sleep near as much as we do.

They really don’t know why we sleep so much ‘cept ta give our brains time to sort through all the junk that gets crammed into ‘em ever’day.

Edison was supposed to have gotten by with around four hours sleep and a couple three fifteen minute naps a day.

I kinda like the nap idea. I think ever’one oughta take a little nap in the afternoon. Clear the mind and finish out the day.

I’ve known some folks that I think have mastered the art of nappin’ without closin’ their eyes. The only difference is they don’t curl up in the corner with their blanket.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Oldies & Oddities Mall

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Crawl Spaces Are Key to Healthy Home.

DEAR HAMMER: A few women I know bought houses recently, and we have compiled some questions for you. -- Thanks From the Girls in Philly

DEAR PHILLY: Thanks, girls! Since each of these questions is quite relevant to all homeowners, I’ll tackle them one at a time. Watch for the second atricle in this three-part series next week.


Q: My house has small metal grates that lead to small crawl spaces on the outside of my house. A rat is the only thing that can move in the crawl spaces or vents. What are these for? This house could be 55 to 100 years old.

A: The grates and crawl spaces are part of the home’s "air envelope," a system of vents and open spaces between the outer and inner walls that permit drafts of air to flow freely through this space.

Why would you want drafts coming into your home? Actually, these drafts prevent mold and mildew, dampness and rot from silently destroying the house (and even the health of its occupants).

Don’t block up the vents. You might consider having a mesh screen installed behind the grate to dissuade pests, but make sure that the screen does not reduce airflow. A little extra moisture in an old wooden house can do a lot of damage to the structure.

Do have a pest-control specialist come in and get rid of rodents (and their nests, which can block airflow) before screening the grates. It’s a good idea to check all the crawl spaces around the house (or have them checked). Don’t forget the attic, which is one of the chief airflow areas -- its vents should be open and free of obstructions, and the attic should be clean and dry.


HOME TIP: A home’s air envelope is a critical part of its structure that keeps dampness and mold out, and helps its occupants stay healthy.


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