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Thursday, October 2, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 74

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center, at 706 Orchard is having a new class on Citizenship and preparing for the Citizenship Test. The class will be starting on October 2, Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. All classes are free. Call 358-5926 for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The first committee meeting for Relay For Life 09, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will be held on October 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church, 800 S. Main. Call 417-627-7506 for more info. Those interested in serving on the committee are urged to attend.

Did Ya Know?... The Friends of the Carthage Public Library will hold their monthly used book sale on Saturday, October 4 from 8:00 until noon at the Library Annex, 510 S. Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?... The Salvation Army, 125 Fairview will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, October 4 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Baked goods, hot dogs from 11 to 1. Sponsored by the Lady’s League.

today's laugh

Would you buy a raffle ticket for a poor widow?
‘Deed I won’t. What would I do with her if I won?

I can’t understand why Irish cream costs so much more than milk.
Simple, it’s more expensive to train the cows to sit on small bottles.

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

Will Make Carthage Their Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Grove of East St. Louis, Ill., were expected to arrive in Carthage today to make this their home. Mrs. Grove is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Mooneyham of this city.

Mrs. C.O. Harrington returned home Tuesday evening from a visit of a week with her two sisters, Mrs. A.C. Persing of Willard and Mrs. Geo. B. Smith of Springfield.

Mr. M. Mack, Optician.

Office 321 Clinton, corner East Fourth street. If you have trouble getting your glasses to suit you and you are not pleased, I would like to test your eyes. With my experience and fine lenses I can please you. If you have headaches or any of your children do, don’t fail to see me.

Carthage Steam Dye Works.

I do cleaning, dying and pressing. First class work guaranteed. 305 East Fourth St.


Today's Feature

Farm Girl Festival.

The first annual Farm Girl Festival will be held on October 4 from 10:00 a.m. until dusk at Red Oak II in Carthage. The free event will include an all-day gospel sing, crafts, food, soap making, basket weaving, dutch oven cooking, jewelry making, hay rides, wool spinning, a petting zoo and a book signing by Lowell Davis. Over 30 vendors are registered to be at the event.

Red Oak II is located just north of Rt. 66 (96) East of Carthage on Kafir Rd. between Co. Rd 120 and Co. Rd. 130. Additional information may be obtained by calling Caitlynn at 793-6108.

Retirement Party.

A retirement party for former Street Commissioner Tom Shelley was held on Tuesday this week in the Council Chambers of City Hall. City employees and members of City staff were in attendance to show appreciation for Shelley, who has worked at the Street Department for 35 years.

Just Jake Talkin'

It was bad enough when ya saw those disclaimers printed in magazines for prescription medication. Now I’m seein’ thirty second commercials on tv that are mainly sayin’ who shouldn’t use this new wonder drug. I’ve gotta figure it’s some sort of legal thing.

I have to admit I have read through a good portion of those two page, fine print advertisements, just ta see what they’re afraid of. At least the printed ads usually said what the stuff was supposed ta cure. These tv ads just tell ya ta "ask your doctor about…"

I suppose these things are on a "need to know" basis. Myself, I’m just hopin’ I don’t ever get that curious.

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 LOVE my 2000 VW Cabrio. It feels solid on the road, and the functioning roll bar completes the safe feeling. But I’m wondering about how safe it is when there’s lightning all around. I’ve heard that a car is safe in a thunderstorm not because of the rubber tires, but because it’s completely encased. So, does that make a convertible with a cloth top vulnerable? Am I risking my children’s lives? Do I need to get something with just a sunroof for safety and peace of mind? Do I need to succumb to my husband’s insistence that I get an (ack!) minivan? - Margaret

TOM: Tell your husband to go jump in a lake, Margaret. Just not during a lightning storm.

RAY: You don’t need a minivan. Your Cabrio is fine in a thunderstorm. From the little we understand about lightning, when it hits a car, it stay on the exterior metal surface and goes to the ground through the tires.

TOM: We’ve heard of all four tires exploding. And we’ve heard of electrical systems being fried after a bad lightning strike. But we’ve never heard of injuries to people inside the car.

RAY: Airplanes presumably get hit by lightning far more often than cars do, and people inside them are safe for the same reason. The electricity stays on the outside of the fuselage, even though the guy in 9B might wish that enough of it had leaked in to blow up the seat in front of him and give him some more leg room.

TOM: But what about your canvas top? Well, it has metal supports throughout it, doesn’t it? Plus, you have the metal roll bar. And that roll bar is attached to the metal frame of the car. So I don’t think you have anything to worry about, Margaret.

RAY: But just to be safe, always put the top down in a rainstorm so the roll bar stays completely exposed.

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