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Wednesday, December 15, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 125

did ya know?


Did Ya Know?... Saturday, December 19th, Salem Country Church Christmas Event at Red OakII. Jam Session starts at 5 p.m.with a Special Guest Cynthia Woodburn will join us at 8 p.m. for her Christmas tunes on the Bells ! Come join us, bring a friend.... There will be hot apple tea and Christmas Cookies

Did Ya Know?... Single Reaching Out-West will meet Friday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the SMB Community room, 2417 S. Grand. The theme is a South of the border Christmas party. For info call 358-0235.

Did Ya Know?... "Paws for Books" R.E.A.D. dogs, Emmit and Truman will be at the Carthage Public Library from 3 to 5 on Wed. afternoon, Dec 16.

today's laugh

A preacher is buying a parrot.

"Are you sure it doesn’t scream, yell, or swear?" asked the preacher.

"Oh absolutely. It’s a religious parrot," the storekeeper assures him.

"Do you see those strings on his legs? When you pull the right one, he recites the lord’s prayer, and when you pull on the left he recites the 23rd Psalm."

"Wonderful!" says the preacher, "but what happens if you pull both strings?"

"I fall off my perch, you stupid fool!" screeched the parrot.


I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.

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


Steals an Overcoat from the Cloak Room of the High School.

Walter Gallentine, a son of Jon. Gallentine, who lives two miles northwest of Carthage, lost an overcoat in a very mysterious manner, yesterday, from the cloak room of the high school.

Walter is a member of the high school and yesterday, hung a brand new overcoat that he had purchased only the day before, in the cloak room provided for that purpose. Upon coming out, after school, the coat was nowhere in sight and the supposition is that is was stolen.

The thief was a very nervy one, as the party who carried it away ran a great many chances of being suddenly walked in upon as he was in the act of taking it, or meeting someone in the hall. There is as yet no sure clew to the thief.

  Today's Feature

Harris Files for Mayor.

Council member Mike Harris was the first to file as candidate for mayor yesterday morning. The filing period for mayor and six available seats on the Council will last until January 19, 2010. The filing is for the general election that is to be held April 6.

As of yesterday afternoon, T.J. Teed of the 2nd Ward had also filed for a second term.

Other seats that are up for election include 1st Ward Claude Newport, 3rd Ward John Studebaker, 4th Ward Larry Ross, and 5th Ward Brent Greninger. The seat held by Harris was appointed after being vacated earlier in the year and will be available for a one year term. All regular Council seats are for a two year term.

The mayor serves for a four year term. Present Mayor Jim Woestman has said he will not seek a second term.

Candidates for the mayor position must be at least 30 years and lived in the City for at least two years.

Council candidates must be 21 or older and lived in the city for at least one year.

Candidates must gather twenty-five valid signatures or $25 to file.

Just Jake Talkin'

There are some thing that in all likelihood the youngsters of today will never experience. One of ‘em is probl’y the thrill of bein’ towed behind a car on a sled. As dangerous as it sounds to me at the present time, as a kid this ritual was practiced at my house.

To increase the all out fun, instead of a single sled bein’ hooked to the long length of rope, my brother and I convinced the folks to let us run tandem. Two ropes tied to the bumper and the fun really begins. As speed was kept to a "safe and prudent" level, goin’ around corners and bumpin’ each other off was common. By draggin’ a toe on one side or the other the sled would dart in the direction of the drag. Draggin’ booth feet was the breakin’ system. We, of course, never had Nintendo.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• Go Green Tip: Here’s a little-practiced fact in the life of today’s fashion: Many clothing items can be repaired. Do it right away, though, so the item can go back into the usable clothing circulation. The longer it sits, the greater the odds of it being replaced instead, making the original, repairable item just another piece of clutter.

• "Use the clothes-detergent cap (to measure detergent), then wash it in the very same load. The cap will stay nice and clean -- no liquid soap everywhere." -- Mrs. B., via e-mail

• "If you have a noisy bed after you purchased a new mattress and box springs (it never was noisy before), it might be your bed rails. Cover them with carpet. We nailed ours on all over, which was easy, and the noise stopped. Our box spring apparently was not made very well at the bottom. This really works." -- C.F. in Indiana

• "Save the zippered plastic bags that bedding and curtains come in to store or organize items. My young children often need a clean change of clothes when we are on the go. I pack complete extra outfits (including underwear and socks) for them in the small bags. They work perfectly. The bags are sturdy and reusable for years. I keep these packages tucked away in the car or in their school backpacks, and I send one to the sitter. I also keep one in the car filled with socks for those summer days when they are wearing sandals and we decide to go to an indoor play place." -- A.S., via e-mail

• If you receive a set of scented soaps for the holidays, you can get a longer use out of them as drawer scents before you use them as soap. Tuck each one into a cloth wrapper and stick it in a drawer. When the scent starts to wear out, use the soap.

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