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Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 220

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... "A Genius Remembered", a 30-minute film exploring the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who actually knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy. May 2 and 3rd, 1:00 p.m. More information @ 417-325-4151 or visit

Did Ya Know?... The friends of the Carthage Public Libaray’s monthly used book sale May 2nd, 8:00 - noon at the Library Annex 510 S. Garrison Ave.

Did Ya Know?... Special Blood Drive for Peggy (Hawks) Blackford held by the American Red Cross this Thursday, April 30th, 11:30-6:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand, Carthage, MO.

today's laugh

I had a friend who was a clown. When he died, all his friends went to the funeral in one car.

How young can you die of old age?

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?

I can levitate birds. No one cares.

If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did all the money go?

My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole package of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon’s appointments.

What do batteries run on?

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


Went West to Grow Up and is Now a Gold King.

The story of a lucky young Croesus is told in the life Henry Burson, brother-in-law to County Collector C.A. Emry, who left Carthage in 1884 to "grow up with the country."

Young Burson at that time was not rich, and his friend offered to send him to the Carthage high school. He was then 18 years of age and had graduated from an interior high school back in Illinios. Having had enough of school the young man had replied: "I’d rather take Greely’s advice and go west. Will you loan me $50?"

He got the $50, went west and soon refunded the loan. He returned here for a visit in 1888, then went direct from Carthage to Alaska. In 1890 he secured the position of first deputy census enumerator of the territory, a position which took him all over Alaska. The appointment was secured by application of Mr. Emry to Senator Cullom of Illinios.

Through the census position young Burson got well acquainted woth the gold regions of Alaska and he soon became interested in a quarts mine on Douglas island, near Sitka, from which he is still receiving handsome royalties. The latest chapter of his fortunes came in a letter received yesterday by Mr. Emry. The letter told that the young adventurer who preferred to go west, had now become owner in a gold mine at Devil’s Lake, British Columbia. "in fact," said Mr. Emry, "I think the boy could come back here now and buy out several of our wealthiest citizens."

The lettercame from Barkersville, B.C. Devils Lake where Mr. Burson is now located. He can receive and send out mail there only once a month and then it must be carried on snow shoes over the mountains.

  Today's Feature

To Each Its own.

The City Council Budget/Ways and Means Committee heard proposals from various non-city agencies during it’s first budget hearing of the year last Monday evening.

The proposals are in the form of contracts for service. Each has its own peculiar set of circumstances and history.

The Cando Senior enter uses a City owned building rent free and is typically funded an amount approximately equal to its utility bills.

The Library has a sales tax arrangement with the City that was passed by voters, but still has to submit a proposal each year to access the funds.

The Humane Society contracts with the City to provide an animal shelter, but has typically approached the process as a grant of some sort.

The Chamber of Commerce does not contract with the City, but indirectly is assisted through the sharing of resources and personnel with the Economic Development contract with the City.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded with Lodging Tax revenue.


Just Jake Talkin'

Played a little dominos this last weekend. Double fifteen’s. If ya wanna test your kid’s (or your own) ability to add, subtract, and divide by five, pick up a set of these jewels. As a matter a fact, why not introduce the game as part of any high school graduate’s final exam. That’d cut the wheat from the chaff.

The other practical educational experience would be ta have ta make change and count it back to the customer for a day at the fast food joint. Usetabe, (I’ve used that term so much lately, I’ve decided to make it just one word in my vocabulary) these ever’day math skills were used on some regularity. With video games and calculators, even those of us who learned need to exercise the skills to keep ‘em workin’. Quick, what’s 8 x 7?

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Columns

Here’s A Tip

By JoAnn Derson

• "Use a pastry blender to mash up eggs when you are making egg salad. It works on the yolks, too. I mash mine separately." -- I.F. in Tennessee

• Old towels can have new life in your kitchen. Just cut them into small pieces and store in a box -- even a tissue box would do. When you have a small spill or need to clean the countertops, you can use one instead of a paper towel. It will save you money, because they can be washed and reused. If the soiling is very bad, you don’t have to feel bad about throwing it out or turning it into a workshop towel instead.

• "To freshen plastic flowers, mist with hairspray. Do not use this on silk flowers." -- L.C. in Texas

• Has this ever happened to you? You gather limbs or bush trimmings in a garbage can, and before lawn-waste pickup day, it rains, filling your can? Drill a series of holes in the bottom of your lawn and leaf cans, and the water will drain out. It also makes it easier to remove filled bags of leaves.

• Shine bathroom chrome with vinegar. Use a dampened cloth to apply, let dry and buff to a shine.

• Go Green Tip: According to, "Leaving your car at home just two days a week will save 1,590 pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions each year." Not to mention the gas you’ll save and the cost of wear and tear on your vehicle.


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