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Monday, August 24, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 46

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... McCune Brooks Diabetes Support Group will present "What you always wanted to know but were afraid toask" Wed. August 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be selling Mums for the fall season at $10 each. To order, call 358-5926.

today's laugh

Hillary Clinton died and went to heaven. As she stood in front of Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. She asked, "What are all those clocks?"

Saint Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.

Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.

"Oh," said Hillary, "whose clock is that?"

"That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have never moved indicating that she never told a lie."

"Whose clock is that?"

"That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have only moved twice telling us that Abe only told 2 lies in his entire life."

"Where’s Bill’s clock?" Hillary asked.

"Bill’s clock is in Jesus’ office. He’s using it as a ceiling fan."

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

Becomes County Supervisor.

The new Missouri law creating the office of county supervisor of schools became effective August 15.This means state-wide county supervision of schools and settles a long-fought-out question in most of the counties of this state as to whether the schools of the county should be regulated and unified by means of county control.

It has long been possible under the state law for a county to vote on the question and adopt county supervision by creating the office of county superintendent of schools, but most of the counties have neglected to adopt this policy. This county is one of those which enjoys the benefit of a county school superintendent.

The present county superintendents will be entitled to qualify as supervisors under this law by making out a new bond and taking the oath of office.

  Today's Feature

Missing Mail and Cattle.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is informing the citizens of Jasper County about the increasing numbers of mail theft and forgery.

Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn suggests that residents purchase a USPS Government Approved mail box with front and rear locking access doors.

He also says it's a good idea not to put "outgoing" mail out the night before or for extended periods of time. And to retrieve "Incoming" mail promptly as well.

Sheriff Dunn also warns of a recent increase in cattle thefts in Jasper County and adjoining counties in Southwest Missouri.

He says that Branding is the best first step. Any permanent, unique mark readily visible from twenty feet or more is the number one way to identify livestock if they disappear.

"If cattle do go missing and you make a report to your local law enforcement agency, provide them with the branding tool or design, or a picture of such," says Dunn.

Just Jake Talkin'

If ya didn't buy a new car over the weekend, today is the last day of the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

I see where the classic car buffs are gettin' worried that the new breed of vehicles bein' made today just won't ever become "classics."

The other concern I've heard is that folks that usually buy the older cars for their transportation won't have much of a selection after all the scrap piles from the clunker round-up. Gonna disrupt the whole used car market some say.

I suppose the up-side is that those who hold on to the older models may see their value increase with such a limited supply available.

'Course those who decided not to take on a car payment may be the real winners.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'.

  Weekly Columns

This is a Hammer

Fixing a Leaky Faucet

Q: I have a kitchen sink that has two faucets (hot and cold) that drip all day long, no matter how much I tighten the handles. Is this something I can fix? -- Harry in Palo Alto, Calif.

A: A faucet drip is a very common problem and certainly one that every do-it-yourselfer should tackle, if only to build moral fiber. There will be a bit of elbow grease involved, but when the drip stops, it's a great feeling.

For your type of faucet, you'll need an Allen wrench, an adjustable wrench and a small screwdriver. You'll also need replacement parts: a set of washers and possibly new valve seats (if the valve seats are removable; otherwise, you'll need a seat grinder, a special tool available in the plumbing department of your hardware store).

Turn off the water supply to the faucet at the nearest valve. Open the faucet to drain excess water. When the supply has stopped, remove the faucet handles. Your kitchen handles probably have plastic caps on the top -- carefully pry up the caps with a screwdriver and remove the retaining screw, then pry the handles up from the bottom, being careful not to scratch the finish.

What you'll see when the handle comes off is the stem, and about halfway down that stem you'll see an area that bulges out (wide enough to fit the opening of the valve). Use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the packing nut -- using a counterclockwise motion -- and pull it out.

At the bottom of this assembly, you'll see a small brass screw. This holds the seat washer in place, and this is the washer you want to get at. Remove the small screw and replace the seat washer with a new washer of the same size.

While the packing nut is out, inspect the valve seat: the receptacle in the base of the faucet body where the packing nut resides. If it looks pitted or worn, it needs to either be replaced or smoothed with the seat grinder. A valve seat that isn't built into the faucet body can usually be removed using an Allen wrench and turning counterclockwise.

Reassemble the faucet handles and open the faucet. Turn on the water at the valve, then turn off the faucets to see if the drip is gone.

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