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Thursday, February 12, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 166

did ya know?

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 details.

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 Alzheimer’s Support Group will be offering a "Making Memories" class February 12th, 19th, and 26th at 1 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling 417-359-1832.

today's laugh

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, don’t bowl.

• Root for the other team-Bring Banners.

• Use a Curling Weight instead, bring a full team of sweepers.

• Hide behind the pins. Stick your head up, LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY.

• Wear Golf Shoes.

• Even if you miss totally-At the top of your lungs scream STEEEEEEERIKE!

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


Jail 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 plant.


Today's Feature

Unqualified O.K.

The City received it’s 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 auditors argued.

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 were pleased.

"I’d like to congratulate the City on that," said Marmouget.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve 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 didn’t think much of a broken arm or a sprained ankle as bein’ anything that devastatin’. That’s 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 didn’t 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’.

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by 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: It’s going out the tailpipe, Sherd. What should you do? See it you can get the Exxon Valdez to follow you around.

RAY: Your engine’s worn out, Sherd. If there’s no oil under the truck, then your burning it. If you stand near the tailpipe when your wife starts it up, you’ll almost certainly see a puff of bluish smoke.

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, that’s an option.

RAY: But before you do that, be sure to have your mechanic check it out from stem to stern. You don’t 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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