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Thursday, October 9, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 79

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The World’s Largest Gathering of Small Electrical appliances will be held from October 9-11 at JR’s Small Electrical Appliance Museum, Diamond, MO. 417-467-0707 for more information.

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, Carthage.

today's laugh

A busy, slightly obsessive young lawyer decided that he badly needed a hobby. Since his buddies talked about sailing all the time, he decided he’d give it a go. He went to the local boat shop and asked a lot of questions. Everything seemed to be going well. Then the lawyer asked, "How do you dock the boat?"

The salesman replied, "Well, you don’t really dock the sailboat, you tie it up on a float just beyond the dock. This way you won’t bang up the finish on the craft."

"Well then," the lawyer asked, "how do you get out to the sailboat?"

"Good question." The salesman told him that you can get a small raft and paddle out to the boat, or just walk out to the boat, if you don’t mind getting wet.

"Oh, I get it," the lawyer replied. "It’s Row vs. Wade."

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

Almost Ready to Begin Work.

A surveyor was down to the site for the new Elk club house yesterday and surveyed the lines for the foundation. On Monday the committee in charge of the work will meet and let the contract for the stone.

A $25,000 Mining Company.

The Alice H. Mining Co., of Joplin filed articles of incorporation today with a capital stock of $25,000 divided into shares of $25 each, all paid in. The shareholders, all of Joplin, are as follows: W.P. Leon, $21,825; C. W. Power, $3,125; O.H. McKennon, $25; E.H. Mower, $25.

Christian Endeavor Reorganizing.

The Christian Endeavor society of the Presbyterian church disbanded last night and will reorganize next Sunday. The object of this move is to relieve the older members of the society that they may take up regular church work, and to reorganize the Endeavor with younger people.


Today's Feature

Approved Demolition Bid.

The Public Works Committee met on Tuesday afternoon and accepted a bid for demolition of a building at 1017 S. River Street. The building has suffered fire damage and damage from falling limbs.

Two bids were received for the demolition, one from B&D Yardbuilders and one from Services Unlimited. The bids were both for $2,800. The committee agreed to recommend to Council the approval of the bid from Services Unlimited, which is based out of Carthage. The item will be presented to Council as a resolution.

Quilt Show Begins Today.

The annual Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show will begin today, Thursday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Powers Museum, 1617 West Oak Street. The free show is sponsored by the Four Corners Quilters Guild and will feature antique and contemporary creations from the Carthage and Jasper County area. The show will continue through October 29. One feature of this year’s show includes a unique hand woven, hand embroidered pre-Civil War era bed covering that was donated to the museum by the Birkhead family.

Just Jake Talkin'

I saw somethin’ the other day that really ticked me off. Then I forgot what it was. Unfortunately, not knowin’ why I was ticked off didn’t alter the fact that I was ticked.

After a while, I started getting’ ticked that I couldn’t remember why I was ticked in the first place. The resulting double tick stacked up to the point that I think I started lookin’ for thick facts that might depict me bein’ ticked. At that point I decided it just wasn’t worth the effort and became deticked.

Most would have to agree that the natural unticked state is a more wholesome place ta be. The fact bein’ that I usually don’t have ta go lookin’ for any particular ticker to tackle. If ya need an excuse ta be ticked, you can use this column.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply

Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

My 1997 Honda Accord Wagon has 89,702 miles. I’m 82 - I drive 36 miles round trip once a week to bowl. The rest of the week I go to shop, church, clubs, etc. All of that is probably 10 miles total. My problem is that, mostly after the 36-mile round trip followed by several stop-and-go errands, the car will not start. The key just doesn’t work. The Honda dealer said it would cost $350 to fix. I’m 82 - I can’t deal with this stress. Suggestions, please, NOW. I need to go get my hair cut. Thanks. - Marge

RAY: We’ve been waiting to hear from you, Marge. Your neighbors have been writing to us, complaining that your beehive is getting awfully ragged around the edges.

TOM: You say, "The key just doesn’t work." I assume you mean that you turn the key all the way to the "start" position to start the car, and nothing happens. You get dead silence. If that’s the case - given the conditions under which this happens - then you probably need a new starter motor.

RAY: And that’s about $350. It may cost a little less at an independent shop than it does at the dealership. If you don’t have an independent mechanic you like and trust (because if you trusted this guy, you wouldn’t have written to us and cancelled your hair appointment), you can find one through our Mechanics Files.

TOM: You go to, click on the Mechanics Files, and enter your ZIP code and the word "Honda." It’ll give you a list of mechanics in your area who work on Hondas and have been personally recommended by other readers and listeners of ours.

RAY: Maybe you can even find a good place within walking distance of your beauty shop, Marge. Then they can swap out your starter while you’re sitting under the hair dryer reading the latest copy of Vogue. Good luck.

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