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Monday, December 14, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 123

did ya know?Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society is sponsoring a free coloring contest for ages 5-10. Pictures to be colored can be picked up at the Humane Society or at the Pancake Hut. Deadline is Dec. 15. For info call 358-6402

today's laugh

A taxpayer received a strongly worded "second notice" that his taxes were overdue. Hastening to the collector’s office, he paid his bill, saying apologetically that he had overlooked the first notice.

"Oh," confided the collector with a smile, "we don’t send out first notices. We have found that the second notices are more effective."

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

The Russians use a pencil.

It sounds like English, but I can’t understand a word you’re saying.

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

One Above Zero.

The weather this morning was decidedly the coldest of the season, the thermometer registering one degree above zero. It has moderated somewhat during the day but the mercury has gotten little above the freezing point. Continued cold is predicted for tomorrow. Skating is said to be good on the brick yard pond and boys with skates on their arms were headed that direction, this afternoon.

An Old Document Picked Up.

E.P. Purcell picked up in the corridor of the Harrington hotel this morning an old and interesting document which some one had dropped there. It is a subpoena in the Alexander Jester case, dated March 4, 1870, the case being then on trial in Butler county, Kansas. How it got here at this time is not known. Jester, it will be remembered, is the old man recently arrested in the territory for an old murder committed near Mexico, Mo., his case attracting national interest.

  Today's Feature

Jasper County Clean-up Funds.

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that Missouri will get more than $64 million in environmental cleanup money as a result of a federal bankruptcy reorganization of American Smelting and Refining Company LLC (ASARCO).

Koster said ASARCO’s bankruptcy resulted in the largest recovery of money ever for hazardous waste cleanup and restoration, with $1.79 billion going to 19 states.

Sites in Jasper and Newton counties in the Tri-State area are receiving $3.25 million and sites in St. Francois, Iron, and Madison counties are receiving $1.25 million. The money will be used to reimburse the state for past costs to assess injury to the state’s natural resources and for future costs to oversee site cleanup. In addition, the state has joint claims with the federal Department of the Interior totaling $55 million to pay for damages for injury to our natural resources. In addition, $5 million is being paid to the state and the Doe Run Company to complete cleanup at the Glover smelter site.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m not sure what they mean anymore by sayin’ how many shoppin’ days there are ‘till Christmas. Anymore you can shop ‘bout any day ya want to.

I’m assumin’ that they used ta figure just six shoppin’ days in a week. That made the number of shoppin’ day less and therefore made ya think ya had less time. However ya figure it now, there are less than two weeks ta do whatever chores ya need ta get done ‘for Christmas day.

‘Course with Christmas fallin’ on Friday this year, a lotta folks will be out the followin’ weekend, lookin’ for those after Christmas sales. Seems there is always a battle for the half price wrappin’ paper and decorations. I’m sure I’ll see a few of ya there.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

• Go Green Tip: Even I am guilty of loving the big box stores, but for a nice gift alternative, check out your local farmers’ market. Stalls are popping up with locally made treasures and handcrafts. Avoid the long lines and pick up something special while supporting your local craftspeople.

• Keep those special chains and necklaces untangled. Slip them through a drinking straw and then fasten the clasp. The chain will stay straight, and you can store many together this way.

• "Have you forgotten what you gave your friends or relatives on birthdays/Christmas/holidays? Simply use your calendar on the appropriate day, making a note of what and to whom you gave a gift. Where Easter/Christmas has a long list, there is usually space at the top or bottom of the page of the month." -- P.B. in British Colombia, Canada

• M.S. in Missouri writes: "If you are short a serving tray, use a large enough piece of cardboard and wrap it up in aluminum foil. You also can use holiday boxes lined with a coordinating-color tea towel to serve breads."

• If you have an indentation in your carpet from furniture legs, try placing an ice cube in the indentation and letting it melt. Moisture is slowly introduced into the fibers as the ice cube melts, and this can sometimes plump them up!

• Use a damp paper towel to rub the silk from ears of corn after removing the husks.

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