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Wednesday, October 8, 2008 Volume XVII,
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Humane Society receives stray pets
on a daily basis, and urges animal owners to
have IDs on all pets, even indoor ones.
Without IDs the Society has no way of
returning pets to their families.
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage V.F.W. Post 2590 will host the 7th
District Meeting on October 12, 2008. Dinner
at 12:30, Meetings to follow.
Did Ya Know?... The
Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show begins
Thursday, October 9 at from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
in the Powers Museum, 1617 West Oak Street,
The only thing I learned in
statistics class was that one out of three people
fail it at least once. - Buzz Nutley
He can only play two songs on
the piano. One is "Old McDonald Had a
Farm" and the other one isnt.
Fall is my favorite season in
Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and
fall from the trees. - David Letterman
Halloween is when people try to
frighten you into giving them goodies. In some
ways, its a lot like government.
Anyone who believes there is no
such thing as failure has never tried to play
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Ore Market Strong.
The zinc ore market this
week has started out strong at $37 bid for 60 per cent
ores. All the companies in the field so far have been
offering the same base, although one company has been
buying up some small lots of hand-jig ores at $35 to
$36.50. The buying has been limited, however, and the
only thing reported is the offers.
One smelter agent had
received no orders to buy up to this afternoon and it is
not know whether he will be permanently out of the market
or not for this week.
The bidding in different
camps has been more uniform this week, $37 being offered
in all the camps from which reports came. There seems a
disposition on the part of many of the operators to hold
their ore until the latter part of the week in the hope
that the present strong tendency will shove up the price
another 50 cents or $1 per ton. There is a strong
probability that there will be some lots of ore secure
$37.50 before the week ends.
The City Council
Public Services Committee met on Monday evening
in a regular session. The committee approved a
motion to recommend to Council a contract with
the County court system for rental of a portion
of the basement of City Hall for the purpose of
storing court records. City Administrator Tom
Short said that the area to be rented is
approximately 900 square feet, and the rental
cost per month would be $315.
The committee also
made a decision concerning bids for golf course
equipment. Through the Budget committee during
this fiscal years budget hearings, the
Parks Department received funding for the first
year payment on a 5-year lease/purchase program
for all of the equipment needed to maintain
Municipal Golf Course. This equipment includes
the fairway mower, wide-area mower, bunker rake,
tee mower, trim and surrounds mower, 2 greens
mowers, vibratory rollers and a greens aerator.
Previously the equipment for the course has been
obtained on an as-needed basis as equipment
deteriorated. The new schedule, according to
Parks Director Alan Bull, would allow for
"budget stabilization" and would
significantly decrease the costs for equipment
Two bids were
received, one from Turf Professionals Equipment
Company of Springfield, MO and one from Van Wall
Equipment Company of Bolivar, MO. Turf
Professionals bid was for Toro equipment
and the net bid total after trade-in of the
current equipment was $210,666.59. Van
Walls bid was for John Deere equipment and
was for $163,016.60 after trade-in. $46,000 has
been budgeted this year for the plan. Bull said
he felt it was a good idea to put $45,000 as a
first payment, and leave a cushion of $1,000 for
any extra components that might be needed.
the two bids, Bull noted that it was the opinion
of the staff that Toro was the preferred
equipment manufacturer, but he added that it was
difficult to justify the approximate $47,000
difference between the two bids.
discussed the bids at length, but had much
trouble quantifying the equipment differences in
One of several
differences noted by Bull was that one of the
John Deere mowers did not have the same coverage
area as the similar Toro, which would result in
the grounds keepers having to make an additional
pass at mowing the rough. Bull added that he
could not verify how much longer the work would
take making the extra passes, nor could he
speculate the cost per man-hours over the five
Both Bull and Pro
Shop Manager Mark Peterson said that the course
would benefit from the acceptance of either bid.
equipment is better than no equipment," said
Bull. "Well be happy with
Short said that it might be different if the
equipment in the lower bid was of a significantly
lower quality. Short added that committees are
not bound to accept the lowest bid, but are
directed to choose the lowest and best bid.
is a reputable equipment manufacturer," said
Short. "It cant be justified."
Timothy Teed made a motion to accept the bid from
Van Wall for the John Deere equipment. The
committee approved the motion and agreed to
forward a recommendation to Council for
Unfortunately, Im reminded of old
sayins much too often. Like:
Why is there always time to do
somethin over and never enough time to do
it right the first time?
Its better to be rich and
healthy than poor and sick.
Whether youre rich or
poor, its good ta have money.
Two can live as cheap as one,
as long as one doesnt eat.
Its not the cost of a
dinin table thats bad, its the
The most critical part of any
rain dance is timin.
Its better to keep quiet
and let folks think youre a fool than to
open your mouth and remove all doubt.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
By JoAnn Derson
Whats on sale in
October: fishing gear, womens coats,
appliances and leftover school supplies,
including lunchboxes and college-dorm gear.
"I glued a large
magnet in the lid of my tackle box. It holds
hooks and keeps them from floating in my box and
being potential finger pokers!" -- T.T. in
Clean Styrofoam trays
make great bath toys: They float; they can be
quickly customized by cutting; and you can
"draw" on them using a capped pen.
"If you buy
prescriptions in larger quantities, make sure the
label is protected. If its not covered in a
plastic, either use a piece of packing tape over
the label, or paint it with clear nail polish.
This way, you can grab the bottle with a wet hand
or something but wont destroy the
instructions. My pill bottle fell in the sink.
The pills were fine, but the instructions on the
label kind of fell apart. I have protected it
ever since." -- J.Y. in Indiana
If you buy honey in a
jar with a screw-top lid, spray the inside of the
lid with cooking spray the first time you use it.
It will go on and off the jar easily every time,
and it wont affect the taste of the honey
Got an ink stain? Try
spraying it with hair spray and blotting with a
clean, white (no designs) paper towel. Do this
repeatedly until the ink comes out. Make sure
that you use a new spot on the towel for each
blot. The ink comes up into the towel.
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