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Thursday, May 8, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 229
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
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.
You certainly look cute in that
gown. Oh, this? I wear it to teas.
To tease whom?
" I hear the price of
bread is going to drop."
"I would like to contradict you. I saw a
sign in a bakery window the other day saying
"What makes petrified
"Tis said the wind makes them
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Best dry cook stove and
chuck wood in the city. Flour and fed at low prices. Fine
potatoes 45¢ a bushel. F. A. Nickell, old M. E. church,
corner Fourth and Howard street. Phone 402.
Addition Bond Required.
The probate judge has
issued an order requiring John C. Bailey to file an
additional bond of $10,000 as administrator of the estate
of the late James H. Langler. More property appeared than
was at first supposed to belong to the estate.
Fish Fry at Rock Dam.
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Roberts
took a party of little folks up the river to Rock dam
yesterday, where they had a picnic and fish fry. The
party comprised Willie Orr, Ben and Oren Burke, Frank
Calvert, Walt, Earnest and Edith Roberts.
ONeall & Kuhn
received a car load of Baldwin apples today.
The Budget Ways
and Means Committee will meet this evening at
6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall to
continue the process of reviewing and revising
the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget.
completed its initial pass of budget cuts in the
last week on April. City Administrator Tom Short
said that during that session approximately $2.3
million had been cut from the budget. Short added
that $2.2 million was the lowest amount that
could be cut to balance the budget.
The committee is
still awaiting final numbers from Kaatz &
Associates concerning the City salary study. The
cost of implementing the recommended changes is
expected today, prior to the meeting. The
committee has also not allowed for any cost of
living adjustments in the rough budget, and these
items will be discussed at tonights
The Public Works
Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday this week
was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. Items on
the agenda will be discussed at the next
regularly scheduled committee meeting on May
I was just acceptin the fact that folks
would be rude while drivin as they talked
on their cell phone. Sittin parked at an
intersection, not lookin as they pull out
of parkin spaces, creepin through
stop signs, when it struck me that they now do
the same sort a thing as theyre
walkin on the sidewalk.
The phones ya stick in your ear
makes it even worse. People walkin outa the
grocery store, carryin a bag of groceries
and talkin and laughin to what
appears to be themselves.
The ones that sneak up behind
ya and get a call are the worst.
"Hey, how ya
doin" I hear em say.
I turn to respond and they let
out a big belly laugh at some response from the
phone, not even aware of my presence. Aint
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I was reading a book about cars
in which the author stated: "Stop-and-go
rush-hour traffic is a prime candidate for
spawning high automatic-transmission
temperatures. Placing the transmission in Neutral
during long stops will help dissipate some of
that internal heat, because the clutches and
other components arent generating the
necessary friction to keep the car at the ready.
This helps considerably in cooling the unit"
Please offer your second opinion regarding this
driving practice. If you agree, comment on what
you would consider a "long stop." I
interpret it to mean stops of the duration that
normally occur at intersections when the light is
RAY: Michael, the author is
correct that putting an automatic transmission in
Neutral will help keep the transmission a little
cooler. But the question is, at what cost?
TOM: Every time you move the
transmission between Neutral and Drive, you
torque, or "twist," the entire
drivetrain. That means one thing slams into the
nest, which slams into the next, and on down the
line. Every time these drivetrain components get
slammed together, they get a little closed to
wearing out or breaking. In our opinion, that
kind of wear and tear is more harmful than normal
stop-and-go transmission temperatures---for which
the transmission was designed.
RAY: Now, if you really are
stopped for a long time---and I dont
consider a traffic light a "long
stop"---then you should put the car in Park
and turn off the ignition. I would consider a
"long stop" a minimum of three or four
TOM: I know theres less
and less for us tinkerers to do in our cars these
days. Were reduced to just putting it in
Drive and stepping on the gas. Its boring!
RAY: But resist the urge to
monkey with the automatic transmission, Michael.
If youre really antsy, try dusting the
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