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Thursday, August 20, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 44

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Pet Photo Contest put on by the Carthage Humane Society is taking place now until the end of the month. They will use 12 entries for their 2010 Calender. Entry fee is $10, no limit on entries. For info, call 417-439-7134.

Did Ya Know?... Friends Reaching Out, meeting Friday ,August 21st 6:30 pm at Southwest Missouri Bank in Carthage ,

This is a group for singles of all ages seeking friendship in a setting of fun , games, food . .Widows, divorced , men and women are invited , there is no charge . We ask you bring a light appetizer and your creative ideas on different activities .

today's laugh

A warthog hits this lady and the husband calls 911.

The operator, "Where are you at"?

The husband replies, "I’m on Eucolipstic Road."

The operator, "Can you spell that?"

"Well... I’ll just drag her over to Oak so you can you pick her up there?"

A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?" He answered, "Call for backup."

If you bet somebody 5 bucks for something and then you proceed to go hunting... you just might be a redneck.

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

Pipe Distribution In City


The distribution along the streets of the pipe for the big water mains for the new municipal water works plant begun yesterday and continued today. It is only the larger pipe which is thus being distributed, and it is taken directly from cars upon wagons and hauled to the points where it will be used. The double handling of the pipe is thus avoided.

These pipes will be put under ground first. The smaller pipes will not be laid until later and are being stored in the railroad switchyard until they are needed.

12-inch sections of the mains are laid on the gutter along the west side of the courthouse today, All the pipe will be placed adjacent to and on the square. One string of the 16-inch main will lead from the pumping station at the east end of Fifth street to Grant street and this main will be laid on Fifth street. This 16-inch main has arrived and will be distrbuted within a few days.

  Today's Feature

City Tax Levy Reduction Possible.

Calculations by City Clerk Lynn Campbell indicate that the City of Carthage will see a reduction in City property taxes this year (see chart on Mornin' Mail pdf). Tax levy's are adjusted each year, and depending on the valuation of property, are supposed to keep the actual tax revenue approximately the same from year to year. This year's increase in overall valuations in the City could result in the Council setting the levy a couple of cents lower for the year.

Skate Board Park Officially Open.

Ace Mohr shows some air time during yesterday's Skate Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies. (see photo on Mornin' Mail pdf)

Just Jake Talkin'

Growin' up in a small town with gravel roads and few sidewalks, I didn't have much use for a skate board as a kid. 'Course back then the only boards were built in the garage outa an old pair of roller skates.

Watchin' the skate boarders out at the skate park yesterday for some reason brought back old memories of my youth. A broken collar bone, stitches to by forehead, a cracked bone in my leg, all a part of my adventures as a kid.

I'm sure there are and will continue to be plenty of bangs and bruises bein' encountered throughout the city as a result of various recreational activities. The skate park may concentrate many of these in one location, but I doubt it increases the overall emergency room visits much.

I do wince a little, just watchin'.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'.

  Weekly Columns




Dear Tom and Ray:

I have a 1991 Chevy s-10 with a four cylinder mill. I bought it because I had to park my Ford f-350 Dually. when deisel fuel went above $4 a gallon. I had the Chevy less than a year and have had very little trouble with it-- until I struck oil! I noticed that a had to add oil frequently. I wasn’t seeing any leaks or smoke. Then one day I took off the radiator cap and discovered: OIL. My question is- how does oil get into the water system without getting water into the oil? The truck has a five speed transmission , so there is no transmission oil cooler. The oil is coming from the engine what could be happening here?--Allen

TOM: Well, unless in a drunken stupor you added a quart of oil to you radiator, you have a blown head gasket or cracked head. Or worse.

RAY: If the crack is near the oil pump, the oil passsing by the crack is under 100 lbs of pressure, thus being pushed into the water jacket where the coolant pressure is little as 15 psi.

TOM: Eventually you will get so much oil in there you could blow a cooling hose or the radiator.

RAY: If the truck is otherwise in good condition, have someone pull off the cylinder head and maybe it will be just a blown gasket. Replace it and be done.

TOM: If it is not the head gasket, then have your mechanic examine the head for cracks. If your head is okay(which has never been true in my brother’s case), then you have to assume you have a cracked block, and you will need to find a used motor for this little gem of a job.

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