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Monday, August 31, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 51

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW will sponsor a dance with the Country Boys Sat. Sept 12 from 8 p.m. until 12.p.m. $4

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.

today's laugh

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom,

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather head is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax...


Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said,

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!"

A passenger in Business class yelled, "That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!"

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


People Coming From Rich Hill in Numbers Tomorrow.

Carthage has two big excursions coming here from the north on the Missouri Pacific this week and next, and next Sunday will have a $1 excursion train from this point to Eldorado Springs.

Tomorrow is the day for the Rich Hill excursionists to picnic at Lakeside. Agent Buckwell has not yet learned the exact number of visitors, but a good crowd is estimated. The special train will arrive about 10 o’clock, and agent Buckwell has advised the Rich Hill agent that the visitors should unload at Carthage and take the electric cars to Lakeside, where the picnic is to be held. It is primarily a Sunday school picnic, but C. A. McCubbin was told by a drummer today that the Rich Hill stores will close, and business men, clerks, and everybody will come to Carthage.

  Today's Feature

Spradling Birthing Center One Year Old.

McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital celebrates the one year anniversary of the opening of the Spradling Family Birthing Center September 3rd . The public is invited to celebrate from 4 to 7 p.m. The event features birthday cake, tours, prize drawings, giveaways and special guests including Geoffrey the Giraffe from Toys R Us & Timmy from Precious Moments.

Moms’, Dads’, siblings and babies born in the MBRH Birthing Center are receiving special recognition as part of the one year birthday celebration. Almost 100 babies will have been born since the unit officially opened September 1st in 2008. The celebration is being held in the Community Room and everyone is invited. Physicians for Women’s Health will be on hand as well as the Birthing Unit staff.

"Come see for yourselves and you will immediately recognize the importance we place on your experience and the safe delivery of your baby." commented Sandi Godfrey, Nurse Manger of the Birthing unit, "On behalf of the Spradling Family Birthing unit and staff; congratulations and best wishes to our parents and their families."

Just Jake Talkin'

Here’s my understandin’ of how the Carthage Municipal Court Bond system works.

Most who post a bond for a City offense post a hunderd ta five hunderd buck bond. Usually its a cash bond because of the low amount. This money is received by the police department through a clerk who then deposits the money into the court bond bank account. This is a separate account from any other City bank accounts.

When a person shows up for court, the bond money is either returned if the accused is innocent, or applied toward what ever fine that is assessed.

From time to time, of course, some folks forfeit the bond money, or it gets tied up while they await trial. They say it’ll be about a week ‘fore knowin’ what’s missin.’

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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This Is A Hammer

Leaky Toilet

Q: Help! I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday, and I noticed the floor behind the toilet was wet. I dried it out, but when I came back a few hours later it was wet again. What’s going on? -- Ella in Buffalo, N.Y.

A: It’s hard to say without more information, but you can make some observations on your own to determine what is causing the wet floor behind the toilet.

First, do you notice condensation on the outside of the toilet tank? During hot and humid days, moisture can condense and run down the sides of the tank and onto the floor. If this is the case, put a catch tray on the floor beneath the tank for now, and purchase either a fitted terrycloth cover for the outside of the tank, or a fitted liner for the inside of the tank (available at home-improvement stores).

If condensation isn’t a problem:

• Flush the toilet and observe the underside of the tank. Do you notice any leakage during flushing -- particularly where the back of the bowl and the bottom of the tank meet?

• Look for cracks on the underside of the tank or the toilet bowl.

• Check the water-supply connection on the underside of the tank. Is it damp or dripping?

• Likewise, check the water-supply connection at the shutoff valve (usually on the wall behind the tank).

• Take the lid off the tank and check the flapper valve during a flush action. Is it properly seated before and after a flush? Does it look damaged or deteriorated in any way?

A loose water-supply connection can be quickly tightened -- although care must be taken when tightening the connection to the tank, as the porcelain can crack if it’s too tight. Turn off the supply valve and flush the tank to empty it. Using two locking wrenches -- one for the outer connection under the tank, the other for the interlocking connector at the bottom of the water inlet tube -- adjust the connection until water no longer leaks.

If the flapper valve or other rubber or plastic parts appear deteriorated, replace the valve -- or even the entire flush assembly (kits are available in the plumbing section of the home-improvement store).

If the tank is cracked, it will need to be replaced.

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