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Thursday, April 9, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 206

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?... Show-De-O at the Carthage Saddle Club Arena. April 11, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. For more information call Steve @ 358-6408.

Did Ya Know?... Stone’s Throw Dinner Theater Card Party! April 11th, 4:00 p.m., Bring your own group or a sub for Canasta or Bridge. $8.00 fee includes lunch. Call Betty @ 358-7268.

today's laugh

Things Learned From Children:

1. If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound boy wearing pound puppy underwear and a superman cape.

2. It is strong enough, however, to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.

3. When you hear the toilet flush and the words, "Uh-oh," it’s already too late.

4. If you use a waterbed as home plate while wearing baseball shoes it does not leak - it explodes.

5. A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq foot house 4 inches deep.

6. Super glue is forever.

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

Old and New Police Force.

It is ex-city marshal D. M. Stafford now, and that gentleman appeared on the streets this morning in plain clothes, and minus his marshal’s star, for the first time in a long time. The star appeared on the ample bosom of D. W. Bruffett, the new marshal, and he and Sherman Drake were on duty today. They will thus remain for the present.

Mr. Stafford will devote his attention to his business interests. The new policemen, Charles Rider and Enoch Purcell, will go on duty tonight for the first time. Mr. Purcell’s experience as a deputy sheriff will stand him in good stead and the old members of the force will see that the new ones are broken in properly.

W. H. Miller has commenced work on a 20x50 one story brick building just south of his store on South Grant street. The building will be used for a feed store in connection with Mr. Miller’s grocery business.


Today's Feature

Plans for Carthage Dog Park.

The City Council Public Services Committee heard from the organizers of the proposed Carthage Dog Park during their regular monthly meeting last Monday evening. According to City Administrator Tom Short the presentation changed several details of the proposed facility that the City originally agreed to when it authorized the use of a portion of Municipal Park for the project. In response to several questions by the Committee, the organization sent the provided the following details of the proposed program for consideration.

"The Carthage Dog Park Committee is a Not-for-profit Organization. They are qualified as a 501c (3) under an umbrella of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc. Locally, Bill Putnam of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri is the overseer of the account. All donations are directed to his office.

This committee also has a local account. The funds for the account have been obtained through the sales of their T-shirts and other canine goods. These funds are held in reserve in order to fund future fund raising events. Twice a year, the funds will be reviewed and the committee will decide how much of the funds will be transferred to the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation monies will be held until the construction of the Dog Park begins.

When the Dog Park is opened, all patrons will fill out an application of personal information as well as their dogs’ information. They will supply shot records from their chosen Vet. Any Carthage citizen will be required to also have City Licenses. All obtained information will be entered into the Frontline Protection computer program. Approved members will be issued 1 electronic key (fob).

Members will be restricted to (2) two dogs at any time under their name or at the Park. There will be a $25 per year per dog for this luxury. If a Fob is lost or stolen, the electronic key code will be cancelled and a new one will be issued for a fee of $10.

The immediate plans for the monies gained by the sale of memberships have been planned to go into the local account and then as stated above, be transferred to the Community Foundation. The monies will then be used to beautify, modify and maintain the Dog Park grounds as well as to continue to purchase Fobs as needed and update the key or computer system."

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital

offers Red Hot Mamas program

Carthage - They call themselves Red Hot Mamas and they meet monthly at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital to take part in a menopause management education program aimed at providing medical information and peer support to women, men and family members dealing with the physical and psychological impact of menopause, affecting women age 40 and beyond. If this pertains to you, you are invited to attend.

This month’s meeting will highlight the latest findings on Hormone Therapy (HT).

Dr. Elizabeth Barlet from Physicians for Women’s Health, an all female OB/GYN group located in Carthage, will present information that clearly explains menopause and its many effects on your body. This program will give you an objective, detailed overview of HT – the facts you need to make a decision that could change your life; whether or not to take hormone therapy.

Prime Plus/Red Hot Mamas is the largest menopause management education program in the United States and is dedicated to empowering women to be educated consumers in their health care and active participants in the management of their menopause, preparing them for a comfortable transition.

5:45p.m. social and 6 p.m. meeting, join us at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital, April 16th , to learn about the most current scientific information available about Hormone Therapy, what it can and cannot do for you.

For further information please contact Pam Barlet in the MBRH Community Relations Department at 359-1350.

Just Jake Talkin'


As a kid we lived close to the grade school which had a baseball field (we didn’t play softball back then). Durin’ the spring it was typical for the neighborhood kids ta be engaged in a game of "move up" or even have enough for a couple a short teams.

As the evenin’ fell, the number of players would slowly drop until only the die hards were left. The game naturally had to modify and eventually would be little more than some type of battin’ practice. When it got too dark to see fly balls comin’ at ya, we began buntin’. When the folks would call for us to come in, we’d beg for another thirty minutes. The realization would finally grow that darkness would not bend to the pleas of young players. Even playin’ baseball was ruled by the laws of nature.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

My dear, beloved 15-year-old son offered to wash my 2008 Toyota Sequoia. I jumped at this surprising offer. After 30 minutes, I went to check on him, and the little darling was using a little kitchen scouring pad to clean the car! Needless to say, I now have an array of scratches in various patterns. I managed to refrain from ripping his sweet head off of his body, and calmly pointed out the fault. Now, how do I remove these scratches? I have tried Scratch Doctor and Turtle Wax Compound, to no good effect. HELP!- Ian

TOM: You need to visit a body shop.

RAY: Most cars have two coats of paint: a colored undercoat, and then a clear coat on top. In the worst-case scenario, your little sweetheart sanded through the clear coat and into the undercoat. In that case, you might want to just get used to the scratches. Because you’ll have to dock his allowance though graduate school to ever have a chance of recouping the cost of a paint job from him.

TOM: If he just scratched the clear top coat, chances are a body shop can buff it out.

RAY: If it’s really bad, they may need to sand the car down and repaint both layers. That’ll cost you thousands of dollars.

TOM: You also might want to check with your car and homeowner’s insurance providers. It’s possible that this sort of "accident" may be covered.

RAY: But if not - and if the scratches don’t buff out - I’d just learn to live with them. Look on the bright side: Every time you walk up to the car, you’ll be reminded of your wonderful, loving child. Even if the reminder starts with "That rotten little, no-good..."

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