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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 228

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 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.

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.

today's laugh

Her uncle just died and left a last request that six of his creditors be his pall bearers. He figured if they carried him so far, they might just as well finish the job.

Aerotechnical tests applied to the bumble bee demonstrate that because of the weight and shape of the bee’s body in relation to the total wing area, he cannot possibly fly. But the bumble bee doesn’t know this so he goes ahead and flies away.

It’s useless to tell a bald headed man a hair raising story.

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

Institute and Convention.

A preachers’ institute and missionary convention of the Christian church of the Springfield district will assemble at Aurora Monday evening, November 19, and continue 3 days. One and one-third fare round trip.

Prosperity Made Him Work.

John Blair has been struck by the wave of prosperity in an unusual way. He had a water meter to repair and failing to find an available workman, Mr. Blair went to work with a pick and shovel and did the job himself.

The Avilla road has just been graveled beyond Forest mill with river gravel taken from the Roper ford bottoms.

Frank Edel, has the agency for the East man Kodak company and keeps a full stock of both kodaks and supplies.


Today's Feature

Committee Discussed Driving Range.

The City Council Public Services Committee met Monday evening in a regular session. Several new Council members have been appointed to serve as members of this committee. The committee now includes John Studebaker, Keith Hurlbut, Timothy Teed and Committee Chair Bill Welch. Welch has previously served as a Public Services committee member.

During Monday’s meeting the committee discussed the possibility of the City leasing a driving range which abuts the Golf Course. Parks Director Alan Bull said the owner of the driving range has retired and is looking to lease and eventually sell the property. Bull said that many people who use the golf course are also interested in using the driving range, and for the City to lease it may be beneficial to the course. The proposed lease price is $4,000 per year.

Bull also discussed with the committee the option of purchasing a token-operated golf ball dispenser, saying that with the machine no additional staff would be needed for the operation of the range. Bull said that his preliminary research showed a base price of approximately $4,000 for the machines, which can hold up to 10,000 golf balls. The committee approved proceeding with the lease, contingent on the City Attorney reviewing and approving the lease contract, and the Budget Committee approving the purchase of the token machine and lease price for the range.

The committee also reviewed bids for the Carthage Fourth of July celebration. Three bids were received including A&M Pyrotechnics, J&M Display and Premier Pyrotechnics. Each company submitted bids for a $15,000 show and for a $20,000 show. The committee approved a motion to forward to Council the bid from A&M Pyrotechnics for the $15,000 fireworks show.

Just Jake Talkin'

What if they got rid of the penny?

Used ta be a tootsie roll was a penny. Or a piece of Double Bubble. I haven’t seen any penny gum ball machines for ages. I wonder what they did with all of those.

What would kids think of parents usin’ expressions such as "puttin’ in my two cents worth" or "a penny saved is a penny earned." It would only worsen the growin’ generation gap. A "penny for your thoughts" would become even more of an insult, since a penny would be worthless. A "penny pincher" would have to be replaced with somethin’ because simply makin’ "nickel pincher" doesn’t have the same ring.

Maybe folks could be persuaded to give up the penny, if the government was willin’ to give up sales tax. I bet we’d find out the value of a cent real fast.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail

Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

On Sale in May: Gardening supplies, jewelry (specifically silver jewelry), outdoor furniture, televisions, mattresses, luggage and home-maintenance items.

"To remove scratches from CDs and DVDs, use plain white toothpaste (Pepsodent works great). Buff out scratch with a very soft cloth, such as a cloth used to clean eyeglasses." -- L.W. in Michigan

"If you use canned shaving cream, you can keep rust from staining your porcelain counters in the bathroom by coating the bottom with clear nail polish." -- J.C. in Florida

"Put three or four Alka-Seltzer into a clogged drain with a cup of vinegar. Wait 15 minutes and run hot water. You will be amazed." -- F.F. in Colorado

"If you do a lot of bead work or have children who collect rocks, save your old pill bottles with the labels peeled off to hold beads, rocks, buttons, etc. The pill bottles are clear enough to see what’s inside, and [you’ll] save money on pricey, specifically designed bottles." -- A.H. in Texas

"Pull out your plugs on toasters, microwaves, etc., when not in use. They still use power." -- C.S.R. in Florida. (Great tip, C.S.R. This one can be a safe-kitchen tip, too, since toaster ovens and toasters, in particular, can be set off accidentally by, say, setting a bag on the kitchen counter that brushes up against the on/off switch.)


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