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Thursday, February 12, 2009, Volume XVII,
Did Ya Know?... The
Missourians will be preforming February
15th, at 6 p.m. at the Carthage First
Nazarene Church. Call 417-358-4265 for more
Did Ya Know?... The
Tri-Statesmen Barbershop Quartets will be
singing Valentines on Friday and Saturday
February 13th and 14th. The cost is $25.00
with a portion of the proceeds donated to
Childrens Miracle Network. Call 358-5680 or
417-232-4337 for more information.
Did Ya Know?...
McCune-Brooks Alzheimers Support Group
will be offering a "Making
Memories" class February 12th, 19th, and
26th at 1 p.m. Reservations may be made by
Things to do at
a Bowling Alley
Wear a baseball uniform, bowl sidearm.
Completely cover your ball in duct tape (sticky
side out) then loudly complain about how your
hook is off.
Rent all the lanes, dont bowl.
Root for the other team-Bring Banners.
Use a Curling Weight instead, bring a full team
Hide behind the pins. Stick your head up,
Wear Golf Shoes.
Even if you miss totally-At the top of your lungs
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
TO USE ACETYLENE
Will be Lighted With it Tonight.
The county jail
will be illuminated tonight with acetylene gas from a
complete plant located in the basement of the building.
The agent for
the company has just completed the task of setting up the
plant and it will be in full operation for the first time
tonight. The judges of the county court will probably
visit the jail this evening to inspect its workings.
The new plant
has been attached to the old gas pipes in the jail and
suitable burners substituted for the old, so the number
of lights used will be the same as in the past.
The plant is put
in merely as a test of the practical workings of the new
gas and if it is satisfactory in every way it will only
be a short time until the court house will also have a
The City received its
first absolutely "clean" audit in
decades this year. The City Council was informed
at the regular Council meeting last Tuesday by
Andy Marmouget, CPA.
The City of Carthage has always
fared well in its annual accounting audits. For
recent memory, there has always been that
recommendation from the auditors that the report
should also include the Carthage Water and
Electric Plant and the McCune Brooks Hospital.
These entities are after all City owned
facilities and belong on the City books the
This year the auditors also
asked that the Carthage Public Library be
included. The fact that the Mayor appoints the
Library Board was the reasoning supported by
accounting standards. Unlike CW&EP and McCune
Brooks, the City does not own the Library.
This year, all of the entities
were included in the City audit and the auditors
"Id like to
congratulate the City on that," said
Ive gotten into a couple
a conversations bout the trials of
bein a kid in the last week or two. Not the
stuff ya hear about taday, the important trials
like fallin off a bike or gettin hit
with a baseball.
I suppose as a kid we
didnt think much of a broken arm or a
sprained ankle as bein anything that
devastatin. Thats why takin
some risks while at play was so common. I was
shown scars ta prove it.
I suppose I was fortunate that
durin these conversations there were plenty
of stories bein told and I didnt get
the chance to relay any of my own. I always
thought of my childhood as bein filled with
some adventure or another, but it seems it was
pretty typical of the times. But even today
skinned knees are pretty good teachers.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin.
|Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply
Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have a 1998 Ford Expedition
with 150,000 miles. My wife takes it in every
three months for an oil change. During the past
two oil changes, she was told that there was no
oil on the dipstick. They removed what oil was
remaining, and replaced it with five new quarts.
I checked it myself before we went on a trip. The
dipstick had no oil on it, and it took four
quarts to get it full again. Where is the oil
going, and what should I do? - Sherd
TOM: Its going out the
tailpipe, Sherd. What should you do? See it you
can get the Exxon Valdez to follow you around.
RAY: Your engines worn
out, Sherd. If theres no oil under the
truck, then your burning it. If you stand near
the tailpipe when your wife starts it up,
youll almost certainly see a puff of bluish
TOM: You have two choices. One
is to install a rebuilt or used engine. If the
truck otherwise is in extraordinarily good shape,
and you want to keep it for another 50,000 miles,
thats an option.
RAY: But before you do that, be
sure to have your mechanic check it out from stem
to stern. You dont want to spend $3,000 on
a rebuilt engine and then have the transmission
fall out the next day.
TOM: The other option is to
just trade it in. With gas prices certain to
trend upward, this may be a good time to
reconsider whether your wife really needs a car
as big as a cabin cruiser for her everyday needs.
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