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Thursday, April 16, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 211

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society is in need of new Board of Directors to serve a 3 year term starting May 2009. Persons with background in finance or non-profit law are especially encouraged to apply. Contact Glenda at 417-358-3819.

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session every Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO. For more information call Judy at 417-237-0885.

Did Ya Know?.. Carthage Aquatic Team sign ups will be April 21st, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

today's laugh

Things Learned From Children:

1. A six year old can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36 year old man says they can only do it in the movies.

2. Some things will pass through the digestive tract of a four year old that you’d imagine would remain in him or her.

3. McGyver can teach us many things we don’t want to know.

4. No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can’t walk on water.

5. Pool filters do not like Jell-O.

6. VCR’s do not eject peanut butter and jelly sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.

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

Webb City is Sore.

The Webb City Register, the leading newspaper of Webb City and Democratic in politics, says of the recent triple alliance convention held in Carthage:

"From the very opening of the convention it was plain that Joplin had it in for Webb City, but that is nothing strange as they have always had it in for Webb City on anything that comes up. The point the Register wishes to make is the inconsistency of the convention and every other convention ever held in the county.

"Webb City went to the convention with three candidates for three offices: sheriff, county clerk and representative. We did not expect to get the three offices, in fact we expected to get just what we did. Some say we had too many candidates. This is no argument at all, Joplin had just as many and got every one of them. In fact that same characteristic of the swine that always prevails in Joplin was in evidence at the convention.

"It was no more than right that Joplin should get something, but why not Webb City. Many a time has the county waited on election day for the returns from Webb City which always rolls up a Democratic majority and always will. This is not the first kick that Webb City has been entitled to. It has been the same way for years, but it may be that sometimes things will take a different turn, at least, it is to be hoped so."

Commenting along the same line the Joplin News says: "Webb City is the Democratic stronghold of the county, and the Popocratic managers work on the theory that they are sure of Webb’s vote anyway, so throw the tempting baits to other parts of the county where they may catch suckers from the Republican and Populist ponds. The policy is all right in general, but is a little rough on the Webb City Democrats, and it’s a wonder they have not kicked before.

  Today's Feature

Council Committees Shuffled.

The City Council approved Mayor Jim Woestman’s committee appointments during the regular session of the Council last Tuesday evening. Committee assignments are typically a way to give each Council member a better understanding of the various City departments. The Mayor can recommend changes in the assignments at any time, but it typically occurs after a new Council is seated.

New member Wayne Campbell was sworn in with other returning Council members on Tuesday and was placed on the Public Safety Committee (Police and Fire Departments) and the Public Works Committee (Street Department/Engineering Department).

Keith Hurlbut is Chair of Public Safety and Bill Welch and John Studebaker will also serve.

Dan Rife will Chair Public Works with Bill fortune and T.J. Teed also serving.

Bill Fortune will Chair the Budget/Ways and Means Committee with Dan Rife, Claude Newport and John Studebaker also serving.

The Financial/Personnel Committee will be Chaired by Diane Sharits with Claude Newport, Larry Ross and T.J. Teed serving.

The Public Services Committee (Parks and Recreation and buildings) will have Bill Welch as Chair, and serving will be Diane Sharits, Keith Hurlbut, and Larry Ross.


Just Jake Talkin'

Saw a guy on PBS the other day who uses household stuff to keep the yard and garden in good health. He says that sprayin’ the yard with diluted dish washin’ liquid will give bugs the runs and they’ll go to the neighbors yard.

He says sprayin’ beer and soda pop will make the yard clippin’s dissolve easier and get the yard breathin’ better. He also says workin’ the yard in golf shoes help to break the surface so the yard breathes easier.

Now I haven’t had the opportunity to try any a these little bits of wisdom as yet, and I don’t have any golf shoes. I do suspect that I have seen some around town utilizin’ beer in some fashion while doin’ lawn work however. I’ve often wondered how they kept those golf greens lookin’ so good.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Columns



by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply

Dear Tom an Ray:

My daughter-in law just sent her son out to wash her car’s brakes. I told her I had never heard of that before. She said that when her brakes start to squeak, she gets her son to wash the accumulated dust out and they stop squeaking. She said she learned this from her dad. She said you can see the water coming out black for a while, and then when the water comes out clear, the dust is gone. IS this for real? ---- Marie?

RAY: We’ve never heard of this either, Marie. But starting tomorrow, we’re offering a $75 brake-hosing special at the garage.

TOM: What she’s having her kid do can’t really hurt the brakes, unless the brakes are hot, then the cold water could warp the rotors. So you want to make sure the brakes have been sitting for at least an hour before turning a hose on them.

RAY: But otherwise, it’s a harmless exercise. The brakes are designed to shed rain and road water. I’m just not sure it’s doing much good.

TOM: Right. You can put the hose on outside of the wheel and rinse off any loose dust on that side of the brakes. So you’d never clean more than half of them.

RAY: I’m not aware of small amounts of brake dust being a cause of brake squeal. Normally, when someone comes into our shop with squeaking brakes, we remove the rotors and all the pads, and deglaze everything with an abrasive. But who knows? Maybe the hose is doing a much more rudimentary version of that.

TOM: And if it works, why not?

RAY: Personally, I think she’s just getting her son out of the house for half an hour so she can have some peace and quiet. Have you ever heard her tell him that it’s time to go out and wax the mailbox?


By Monte Dutton

Sponsored by Curry Automotive

Kyle Busch Wants It All

Like him or not, NASCAR needs Kyle Busch. Sports in general need him. He can play hero or villain, depending on one’s point of view, but he can’t play anyone but himself.

There are as many corporate spokesmen in the cockpits as there are in the skyscrapers. The Busch brothers are different, and a lot has to do with both of them being raised in Las Vegas. They’re a breed apart. They don’t fall back on the false modesty that characterizes most of their peers.

At 23 years of age, Kyle Busch is unafraid of being himself, which is a lesson most racers don’t learn until they are at least 10 years older. Mark Martin didn’t learn it until he was in his 40s.

In a forest thick with firebrands, know-it-alls, pretty boys, yes men, weasels, a few too old and a few too young, the Busch brothers are pretty unique. Kurt is approximately seven years older, which means the world has beaten him down a bit more.

Kyle Busch is in all his youthful glory, and unlike most, has the talent to back it all up. He’s Jim McMahon under center, Reggie Jackson batting in the World Series, Andre Agassi patrolling the baseline and Magic Johnson driving the lane.

If Kyle Busch were modest, he would also be disingenuous.

That doesn’t mean he’s going to be popular. Society, not to mention the grandstands, often frowns on those with the courage to portray themselves just as they are.

Kyle Busch wants it all, so much so that he could be a character in fiction, a Jay Gatsby or a Roy Hobbs.

At Bristol, he was mad at his pit crew and blamed them for costing him the Nationwide Series race. Few others would go public as he did.

Asked if he needed to mend some fences with the oil-stained wretches of pit road, Busch said, "We don’t talk about that. If they don’t know that, they don’t need to be working for me. These guys are great. They appreciate what I do behind the wheel. I appreciate what they do on pit road. That’s a given for any team.

"The guys should hang their head for (Saturday), but then wake up the next morning rejuvenated and ready to go, and should’ve thought about all that stuff that happened and not let it get to them (Sunday). There are ways to get better in this sport, and the only way is to jump back out there. It’s basically reviewing your fear. You just get back out there and do it again."

If there’s a way for Kyle Busch to get better, it’s going to be a long season for everyone else.


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