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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 98

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Crisis Center will present a free furniture and appliance distribution on Saturday, November 8, 2008 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the corner of Main and 2nd Street. Furniture donations will be accepted between 6 and 9:30 a.m. on November 8. For more information call 358-3533.

Did Ya Know?... In recognition of National Diabetes Education Week (Nov. 2-8) McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital is offering a free glucose screen on Tuesdays throughout November from 8 to 10 a.m. Screening will be held in the outpatient laboratory inside the main entrance. Water only for 8-12 hours prior to testing.

Did Ya Know?... The McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Community Flu Shot Clinic will be held Thursday, November 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost for the shot is $15. Participants must bring Medicare or Medicaid card if applicable. The clinic will be held in the community room and participants are asked to use the Wellness entrance. Preservative-free vaccine available for pregnant women and children ages six months to three years. For more information contact 417-359-1350.

today's laugh

"Mamma, when the fire goes out where does it go?"

"My dear boy, I don’t know. You might as well ask me where your father goes when he goes out."

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

Knights Templar Install.

Eastern Stars Assist in Making Session Enjoyable.

Officers were installed yesterday evening by Jasper Commandery Knights with the Eastern Star order.

J.E. Bell was installing officer under whose direction the very impressive ceremonies were carried out. The Eastern Star ladies furnished refreshments for the evening and gave a very beautiful musical program.

Misses Hubb, Gilmore and Mr. Will Hyde will continue the dancing parties formerly conducted by Prof. and Mrs. Hall who have left Carthage, on Monday night of each week in the K. of P. hall. They will be pleased to meet all their friends there.

Mrs. Oscar Wells leaves tonight for her old home in West Virginia where she will visit for a couple of months.


Today's Feature

Not Only No, but HECK NO!

Months of convincing and several meetings by the City of Carthage wrangled only one vote from the residents of the Southwind Acres neighborhood to bring the area into the City. In yesterdays election, twenty-five out of twenty-six of the residents voted no to the proposed annexation of the area just south of Wal-Mart on Fir Road. Just over 60% of Carthage residents voted in favor of the annexation. To be approved the measure had to be approved by at least 50% of Carthage voters and 50% of the Southwind Acres voters. By state statute the question must now be put on another ballot in February and passed by a two-thirds majority, or 67% of the combined voters of the City and Southwind Acres.

In light of the only 60% approval by City residents, the City will now have to turn it’s attention to convincing current residents that the approval of the forced annexation is in the best interests of the community.

In the mean time, the residents of Southwind Acres will no doubt be mounting their own campaign to fight the effort, and to uncover that one rogue voter.

Just Jake Talkin'

While waitin’ for the election results last evenin’, I made my usual rounds of the courthouse takin’ in the nostalgia and imaginin’ the crowds that used to gather for events like the presidential election in years gone by. Shoulder to shoulder, waitin’ for the next result to be posted. The rowdy banterin’ of politics suddenly hushed by the next bit of news called out by the County Clerk.

I carried by digital camera recordin’ various interestin’ details of the "Hall of Justice" when I noticed a relic was missing. The old wooden phone booth stood as a symbol of communication to the outside world, but inside there was no phone. No way to reach legal, medical, or moral assistance. Surely the system can afford to at least provide the means for one phone call.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Mornin' Mail
Here's A Tip
By JoAnn Derson

• What’s on sale in November: shoes, boys’ clothing, blankets, select deals on loss-leader items during holiday sales.

• "With the holidays fast approaching, I found a great way to spend more time with family instead of in the kitchen. I invested in all different sizes of crockpots. This allows me to have food prepared all day. Cleanup is a breeze and storage is even better. I use extra-large bulk sweater plastic storage bags with shelves. I can place at least five large crockpots very neatly in my dining-room closet. Now I can get a hot meal and enjoy my family at the same time." -- B.O. in Pennsylvania

• "After a big dinner like Thanksgiving, there’s much scraping of plates. I keep a bowl lined with a plastic shopping bag by the sink, and we can scrape into that. I believe it keeps the smells down in the trash when all that mess is tied together." -- O.L. in Washington

• Recipe Substitutions: If you need 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

• To keep ashes from flying around and ruining the carpet near the fireplace, spray cold ashes with a mister before removing. This dampens them, helping them to clump. Remove them to a box, misting again as necessary. When you’re finished, lay a piece of wet newspaper over the top of the pile, and you can carry the box outside without fear of a flyup!

• For wrapping paper in a pinch, try using the funnies from the newspaper, or a map. You also can use fabric scraps or a brown paper grocery bag turned inside out. You can write funny quotes or draw pictures on the plain paper to jazz it up.

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