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Thursday, September 4, 2008 Volume XVII, Number 54

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The friends of the Carthage Public Library will have their monthly used book sale on Saturday, Sept. 6th from 8 a.m. to noon at 510 S. Garrison.

Did Ya Know?... "Ice Cream for Books" readers are invited to an ice cream party on Sat. Sept. 6th at 1 p.m. at the Carthage Public Library in the Community room. Call Deb at 417-237-7040 for more information.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage Humane Society is having a Coolest Pet Photo Contest for a winning cat and dog for the 2009 Carthage Human Society calendar. Call Gail at 417-439-7134 for more information.

today's laugh

That dentist wasn’t painless.

Why, did he hurt you?

No, but he yelled when I bit his finger.

I’m going to buy a book.

A book?

Yes, my husband bought me the most adorable reading lamp yesterday.

And, Doctor, do you think cranberries are healthy?

I’ve never heard one complain.

What’s the difference between a French Girl and an American Girl?

The Atlantic Ocean.

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


Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bright today dismissed the case against Floyd Wells, the 13 year old boy charged with stealing $70 which had been buried by Mrs. Cora Bryan, who lives south of the American Mills. The case was dismissed for lack of evidence against the defendant.

The money was buried in a tin can in the front yard of Mrs. Bryan’s home about three o’clock on the afternoon of August 25. Mrs. Bryan wanted to go on an errand to a farm house in the neighborhood, and in order to insure the safety of her money during her absence, she dug a small hole in the yard near the house and placed the can containing the money in it.

She put just enough earth over the can to conceal it and placed a large rock over the spot to conceal the fresh dirt from any observer.

Upon her return two hours after burying the money she immediately looked in the hiding place to see if the can was safe, and to her consternation found that it was gone. She instituted a search, and in some way grew to suspect that her nephew Wells, living a quarter of a mile west of her home, had either gained possession of the money or knew who had it. Both circumstances were denied by him, but his arrest followed. No evidence could be secured against the lad as he has not been seen to have or spend any money.

The officers are inclined to suspect another of the woman’s relatives of the theft.


Today's Feature

Jake’s Women at Stone’s Throw.

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre announces its upcoming production of Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women. Jake’s Women is a romantic comedy by Neil Simon, to be presented by Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre of Carthage, Missouri this coming September. Additional funding assistance is provided by the Missouri Arts Council and Schmidt & Associates.

Show dates are September 4, 5, & 6, and Sept. 12 & 13, with a Sunday matinee on Sept. 14. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with dinner served at 6:30 pm and show starting at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinee opens at 12:30 pm, with lunch served at 1:00 pm and show starting at 2:00 pm.

Ticket prices are $20.00 for adults, $19.00 for Seniors over 55, $17.00 for youth under 16, and children under five admitted free.

Reservations may be made by calling the theatre at 417-358-9665 or Betty Bell at 417-358-7268, online at or by visiting the Stone’s Throw website at

Directed by Doug Dickey, Jake’s Women stars Kevin Provins in the title role, with Shana Kleinhans, Shanti Navarre, Morgan Sneed, Cheyla Navarre, Linda Bailey, Lyn Whyte, and Amber Norton as Jake’s Women.

Poor Jake. A very successful novelist, his marriage is not so successful. In fact, his wife wants to leave him. So in an effort to help him through this crisis, the women in his life come to his rescue. Sort of. There’s his boisterous sister who bosses him around, his sardonic analyst who seems to enjoy taunting him, his grown daughter who’s wise beyond her years, and his revered first wife who is clueless but with good reason. But here’s the problem – the conversations are in his imagination. He even talks with his daughter when she was just a child, and has poignant dialogs with his first wife who, by the way, is dead. Imagination invades the reality, especially when struggling to discuss the marriage with his estranged wife, or trying to decide on his future with his new girlfriend. The result is a moving romantic comedy with laughter and tears as only Neil Simon can craft a story.

Just Jake Talkin'


It’s always odd to run into folks ya know in a place ya didn’t expect to see ‘em..

I happened upon several at a bluegrass music festival a while back. Some of ‘em didn’t surprise me that they were attendin’ the even, just didn’t expect to see ‘em. Others I had no idea they had an interest in suck things. Some were folks I hadn’t seen for several years, others I see ever now and then around these parts.

Then there were those that I was wantin’ to run into that I never found. I know they were there, just didn’t make contact.

There were also the three or four folks I didn’t know, but kept seein’ ‘em at various times. I wasn’t following’ them around, but I wonder if they don’t think I was. Or maybe they were keepin’ an eye on me.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Metcalf Auto Supply



by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

My wife wants to buy a Honda Fit, but now she is worried about the gas tank. It is located under the front seat rather than under the trunk. Is this dangerous?---Prentiss.

RAY: You’re not trying to knock her off, are you, Prentiss? If we tell you it’s dangerous, you’re not going to buy her the car, then take out a large life insurance policy on her, are you?

TOM: It’s not dangerous, as far as wee can tell, Prentiss. We don’t know definitively, because the Fit has only been out for a few years, and it’s possible that a problem could come to light later. But from what we can tell, it’s not an issue.

RAY: Most cars have their gas tank right behind the back seat, conveniently enough, where the mother-in-law usually rides. You’ll notice no one’s ever written to us to complain about that!

TOM: Honda moved the gas tank in the Fit under the driver’s seat to create ore room in the back to fold the seats flat. An it is a very nice, functional design, from the point of view of usable interior space.

RAY: When we looked underneath, a Fit, we noticed that the tank doesn’t extend right to the outside edge of the vehicle. It’s at least somewhat protected behind a side structural member.

TOM: Here’s what we do know. When the Fit was crash-tested, it got top ratings for both frontal crashes and driver’s side impacts.

RAY: These days, gas tanks are made of plastic, and they’re pretty hard to puncture. They’re actually very resilient, in our experience.

TOM: We have no evidence that suggests it’s a problem and think it’s an excellent little car.

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