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Thursday, September 18, 2008 Volume XVII,
Did Ya Know?...On
Saturday, Sept. 20th, Jasper, MO Appreciation
Days will start with a breakfast at VFW at 6:30
a.m. All events will be held downtown on Grand
Ave. Come spend the day and enjoy the many
activities, the Parade starts at 3 p.m., BBQ in
the Park at 5 p.m. and live entertainment. Call
417-394-2439 for more information or email
Did Ya Know?...On Sept.
24th, the Diabetic Support Group will meet at 4
p.m. in the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital
Relationship Center. Guest speaker will be MBRH
Chaplain, Galen Snodgrass. Call 417-359-2652 for
I went into a restaurant and
hung up my coat. I put a sign on it. This coat
belongs to a champion fighter Ill be
When I went to get my coat, it
was gone and there was a note that said: Taken by
a champion sprinter and I wont be back.
Those who wish to abolish the
eagle as the American standard have thought about
substituting the bull in its place.
Do you run a car?
Nope. Let the engine do tha
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
TESTING A ROCK
The commissioners of the Carthage
Special Road District are testing a rock crusher which M.
S. Parsons has let them have on trial. A ten-horse power
traction engine is running it.
This crusher is being used to break up
the cotton rock which is so abundant in places here and
there for the roads. It has been doing very satisfactory
work so far for the two or three days it has been in use.
It crushes the rock mostly to sizes ranging from the
diameter of a hens egg down. A small proportion of
the product which is larger than this is of disk shape,
as large maybe as an orange one way but flatter.
It is thought that this crushed cotton
rock will make even a better and more durable roadbed
than the ordinary crushed limestone. The machine seems
capable of turning out about six cubic yards of crushed
rock per hour.
Crushed limestone can be obtained quite
cheaply here in town probably as cheaply as this machine
could crush the prairie rock, but when the commissioners
get out into the country the cost of hauling the crushed
rock to place amounts to a serious bill.
It is figured that this rock crusher
will in many places find rock fences along the highway
which the farm owners will be glad to get rid of and
these can be fed through the machines and poured directly
on the road. Where the rock is not at the roadside it is
thought that the farmers who want their roads improved
will haul the stone from nearby pints and deliver it as
The commissioners will test this
machine thoroughly before they take any steps to adopt
it. Two of these crushers are in use on the roads near
Mr. Vernon in Lawrence County and are said to be giving
hazardous waste event that was held last weekend
was well utilized by Carthage citizens, according
to Public Works Director Chad Wampler. During the
event, citizens were encouraged to deposit at the
Fire Station parking lot hazardous household
materials like paint and fluorescent bulbs.
Wampler said that 160 citizens visited the site,
which is at least 50 more than in previous years.
"It was very
successful," said Wampler.
The yearly event
used to be held in conjunction with the City-wide
cleanup day, which has since been discontinued.
The Carthage Recycling Center will continue to
accept appliances without compressors through the
end of the week free of charge.
The first annual
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)
Rodeo will be held at the Carthage Saddle Club
Arena inside Carthage Municipal Park on Friday,
September 19 and Saturday, September 20th. The
event is sponsored by Grand Lake Casino and Kix
Ticket prices for
adults are $15 at the gate and $12 in advance,
for children are $10 at the gate and $8 in
advance. Events begin at 8 p.m. each night.
Saturdays events include calf scrambles for
ages 7-12 sponsored by Race Brothers of Carthage.
The first 5 places will pay $50 each.
A special event
"Wild Ride" will be held on Saturday,
and is sponsored by JRs Western Wear of
Diamond and the Country Mall & Flea Market of
for the event is Wild Card Rodeo Roughstock, Inc.
may be purchased at Race Brothers of Carthage,
JRs Western Wear of Diamond, Race Brothers
of Monett, Southwest Missouri Bank (multiple
locations) and H&H RV Service of Carthage.
information call 417-359-6107 or 417-358-9059
I cant pass a nail
layin on the street without stoppin
to pick it up and get it outa traffic. The habit
comes from watchin my dad over the years.
It was somethin ya did.
"Somebody will end up with
that in a tire," he might say.
Im sure he also had
selfish reasons for doin his good turn. I
also learned how to change a tire by
watchin Dad. Usually a nail that had not
been retrieved in time.
I suppose there are those who
have never made the connection between a lonely
nail or screw layin in the road and any
I suppose tween my dad
and uncles, my brother and me, weve put a
pretty good dent in the flat fixin
business, but I know of at least a couple of
little pricks we missed.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I recently purchased a new,
2008 Nissan 350Z. I allowed a friend of mine
(from Australia) to drive it to the airport
yesterday, and noticed that after stopping at a
red light, he would start the car in second
(instead of first) gear. He explained to me that
this is better for the engine and would prevent
first gear from wearing out. My question: Is he
correct? And is this bad for my car?
RAY: Well, your friend
certainly did teach you a valuable lesson, Darcy:
Dont let any of your friends drive your new
TOM: Starting in second is not
good for the engine. The engine is perfectly
happy to start in first gear. In fact, starting
in a higher gear under the wrong circumstances
could cause you to "lug" the engine,
which is bad for it.
RAY: But more importantly,
starting in second is bad for your clutch. You
need to use more gas and let the clutch out more
slowly when starting in second. That wears out
your clutch more quickly.
TOM: While first gear can wear
out someday, it usually lasts the life of the
car. So its not something you need to
actively protect and "save." Second
gear typically wears out first, because its
the most used.
RAY: Now, there are situations
to start in second gear if youre facing
downhill, or already rolling.
TOM: If you have an overpowered
car, like you do, and youre extremely
careful with the clutch, you can get away with
it. There is no advantage to it on a typical
RAY: Right, So, in general, go
first to first gear. Thats why they call it
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