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Monday, September 15, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 61

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans are asking for donations for a Rummage Sale to assist veterans. Please contact Dale Murphey at 417-358-2714, Joe at 417-793-1851 or Terry Pierson at 417-793-4245.

Did Ya Know?...On Sat. Sept. 20th, there will be a 3 Person Scramble Golf Tournament at the Carthage Golf Course starting at 1:30 p.m. to benefit Pistol Baugh. Call 417-237-7030 or email for more information.

Did Ya Know?... The PRCA Rodeo will be held Sept. 19th & 20th at 8 p.m., at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena at the Municipal Park. Call 417-359-6107 for more info.

today's laugh

Why don’t you get your girl a sunlamp?

A sunlamp?

Yeah, I bought my girl one.

She bakes herself with it?

Sure. Yesterday she baked herself six hours and now she’s the toast of the town.

Where’s the stationery, please?

Are you a guest of this hotel?

Certainly not, I’m paying sixty dollars a day.

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


In Police Court this morning "Wink" Reno pleaded guilty to being intoxicated on the streets last night and was fined $9.50, including costs. A tramp with a broken arm, who said he was a stonecutter enroute from Pittsburg, Kans., to Ft. Smith, Ark., was arraigned on a charge of intoxication, but was released on his promise to quit the town forthwith.

Lou Whitney, a buxom lass from the wilds of Neck City, was brought to the county jail last evening on a number of charges for which she will be tried tomorrow morning before Justice Fred Smith of Oronogo.

"The loldy" is charged with "indecent exposure, immoral conduct" and several other similar offenses. In addition to these alleged delinquencies, it is said she was locked up in the hold-over at Oronogo recently and not being satisfied with her location, she proceeded to pry off the lock with a bed slat and flee to the tall timber of Webb City for safety. She was captured last evening, however, and brought to the county jail, where it requires at least a poker to pry off the grating.

Yesterday’s session of the County Court was a busy one, the day’s proceedings comprising claim allowances, the considering of dram shop petitions and hearing of many other matters.

On Petition of George L. Schler, George H. Harlow was adjudged insane and was ordered conveyed to the state asylum at Nevada.

The petition of J. B. Owens and others for the extension of the Chestnut Street road west through Regan cemetery and beyond, was continued for hearing until November.

Wetherell & Co. of Oak Grove Lane were granted permission to excavate along the west side of Oak Grove lane for installing pipe for private gas service.


Today's Feature

Maple Leaf Planning Continues.

The Carthage Chamber and the Maple Leaf Committee are continuing preparations for the 42nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival. The Maple Leaf brochures were released to the public on August 21st. Copies of the brochure can be found at all sponsor locations. Any business needing Maple Leaf brochures may stop by the Chamber office for a supply. Those requesting a large number of brochures are asked to call the Chamber office first, so that the proper amount may be set aside.

Registration forms are now available for the Little Miss & Mister, Junior Miss, and Queen Pageants. They may be picked up at Hometown Bank, the Chamber office, or downloaded from the Chamber website at Other registration forms available include; Baby Contest, Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Contest, 5K Run, Sprint Duathlon and Mile Fun Walk, Quilt Show, Auto Show, Parade Applications and Craft Booths. A complete schedule of events for the 42nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival may be obtained by visiting the new Chamber of Commerce website at

The World Famous Willie Arthur Smith’s Marching Cobras will return to the Maple Leaf Festival this year to be in the parade. They will also hold a special performance in the High School Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. following the Maple Leaf Parade. The cost for this special event is $3.00 at the door, with ages 10 and under free.

"The Chamber is so excited that the Marching Cobras could do a special performance this year. They have such a busy schedule, it has been hard to book them for a performance after the parade," says Amber Carrier, Director of Member Services.

Tickets for the Boots, Bands, and BBQ concert went on sale September 6th at the Chamber office for $20 in advance. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more at $18 per ticket. The ticket price will be $25 at the door the day of the concert on October 11th. Tickets may also be ordered by calling 359-8181.

The 42nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival is sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank, Leggett & Platt, The Carthage Press, KDMO, 95.1 Mike FM, KSN, Fair Acres Family YMCA, Four Corners Quilter’s Guild, Carthage Humane Society, Central Pet Care, Hometown Bank, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital, Grundy’s Body & Frame Shop, Shcreiber Foods, Zimmer Radio Group, and The Joplin Globe.

Further information about the 42nd Annual Maple Leaf Festival may be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 417-358-2373.

Just Jake Talkin'


Workin’ for farmers was the main source of summer employment for students in the rural town I grew up in.

Spendin’ the summer on a harvest crew was thought to be one of the more glamorous jobs, although by the end of the season, those who stayed at home and worked typically ended up with more money in their pocket. The crew I was in one summer discovered if you pumped a grease gun real hard, a gob a grease would fly through the air from some fifty yards or so. This discovery wore thin on the owner of the combines when he saw the splatters of grease all over his machines.

With a little practice, a grease gun can be amazingly accurate. On the threat of bein’ abandoned in South Dakota, we only had that one day of target shootin’ however.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Carthage Printing Services


By Samantha Mazzotta

Terminal Connections.

Q: In a couple of earlier articles you mentioned attaching or tightening wires around their "terminals." What are terminals, and how do I attach a wire to one? -- Gerry P., Huntsville, Ala.

A: A "terminal," in the parlance of minor electrical repair, is a common term for the position in an electrical device where a connection is made or broken. In short, it’s where you hook the wires up. A terminal in a small electrical item, such as a lamp or a receptacle, is generally a common screw -- you’ll typically see two terminals (screws) side by side.

To connect a wire to a terminal, the insulation around the tip of the wire is stripped away (so that the bare wire will contact the terminal, completing the connection). The wire is then bent around the terminal, underneath the screw head, and the screw is tightened just enough to hold the wire snugly.

Connecting the wire to the terminal properly is essential to make sure a receptacle works. Wire that is nicked and scratched or that is loosely connected to the terminal can interfere with the flow of electric current (meaning the receptacle won’t work right). Bare wire extending past a screw terminal can cause a short circuit if it touches another metal part.

Fixing these problems can be as simple as ensuring a clean, snug connection to the terminal. To do this, always turn off power to the circuit and test, using a circuit tester, to make sure no current is reaching the unit. Then, access the connector area of the unit (in a low-voltage thermostat, that’s behind the control dial; in a wall receptacle, unscrew the receptacle and tug out from its metal box). Locate the terminal screws and inspect the wire ends for damage.


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