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Monday, February 2, 2009, Volume XVII, Number
Did Ya Know?... On
February 7, Magic Moments will be hosting the
8th Annual Bowling Round Up benefiting people
with special needs in the 4 States. The
bowler that raises the most money for Magic
Moments will win a 31.5" Flat Panel
Television. Call 417-325-4490.
Did Ya Know?... The
Carthage Boy Scout Troop 9 will be holding
their annual Breakfast Extravaganza on
February 8th, 7:00 - 10:00 am, and 11:00 -
1:00 pm. The event will be held in the First
United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall at
7th and Main. All you can eat for only $4.00
per person. Proceeds will benefit troops
attending summer camps.
Did Ya Know?... The
McCune-Brooks Alzheimers Support Group
will offer a 3-week class called "Making
Memories". The 1st class will be
February 12, 1-2:30 p.m. There is no charge
for the class. For more information and to
make your reservations call, 359-1832.
You Are No
Longer "Cool" When...
You daughter says she
got pierced and you look at her ears.
You think Tragically Hip
is when a middle-aged man gets a new sports car,
ear pieced and a 20 year old girlfriend.
You criticize the kids
of today for their satanic suicide-inducing
music, forgetting that you rocked to Alice Cooper
and Black Sabbath.
You turn down free
tickets to a concert since you have to work the
When jogging is
something you do to your memory.
You remember the
"Rolling Stones" as a rock group not a
You bought your first
car for the same price you paid for your
sons new running shoes.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Another Wolf Seen.
Mr. A. Fultz of this city, reports
seeing a large gray wolf near W.W. Whartons place,
four miles west of Carthage yesterday morning about 9
oclock. Mr. Fultz was riding in a buggy with
another gentleman and as they crossed the Frisco track he
left the rig to walk up the track to the next crossing
and warm his feet.
While he was walking along a large gray
wolf trotted out of the brush alongside the track less
than one hundred feet in front of him and started down
the track. The animal kept the track for 150 yards,
occasionally glancing over his shoulder and showing his
teeth in a snarling grin.
Mr. Fultz says the wolf was as tall as
Dick Seavers dog, "Fraul," the huge
Newfoundland which makes it headquarters at the Elite
laundry, though, of course, not so heavy, and his
appearance would indicate that he had had his full share
of Mr. Whartons missing pigs.
Doesnt Back Away From Odor.
The Carthage City Council was
unimpressed with arguments presented by the
representative of RES during last weeks regular
The Kansas City lawyer seemed
to be somewhat out of touch with the history
concerning the reoccurring stench that has been
harassing the community for several years.
Council member Diane Sharits
told the Mornin Mail that she was
"surprised, disappointed and even
angry" by the time attorney J.Stan Sexton of
Shook, Hardy, and Bacon finished his ten minute
presentation to the Council. Part of the argument
was questioning the ability of a third-class city
having the authority to put an odor ordinance in
place. Carthage has been a Charter city for over
ten years. Sharits said that lack of knowledge
and other statements made her think Sexton was
not well prepared.
The Council responded by
passing the so called odor ordinance unanimously.
The ordinance defines an
offensive odor and provides for a $500 fine for
The thermos bottle is an
ingenious device. But, the question is asked,
"how does it know to keep hot, cold things
The commercial showin
some generation Xers sittin
round the campfire sippin on a brew.
"It doesnt get any better than
this," one of them says. I would ask again,
"how does he know?"
I can understand a statement
such as "this is the life," or
"things could be a lot worse," but I
have never been one ta think it is impossible to
be better. Once that thought process begins, all
Even Edison made modifications
on the light bulb. His work has been improved
over the years. "Course he probly
didnt spend much time sittin
round the campfire.
This is some fact, but mostly,
Just Jake Talkin
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Banging Plagues Gas Water Heater
Q: My wife and I are plagued
with a banging gas water heater. When it heats,
it cracks and bangs. We have "soft"
water that has no lime in it. The tank is 16
years old. Our old home used well water, but we
never had this problem. Can you help define our
present problem? -- Pat and Mike in Howell, N.J.
A: From your description, it
seems like the banging noise starts after you use
hot water. The tank begins to heat the fresh
water that has taken the used waters place,
and so about five minutes after you use hot water
from the tap, the heater begins banging.
My first thought is that, even
though you have water with a low mineral content
(and/or a water softener), mineral buildup within
the heater is still a good possibility. It is,
after all, 16 years old, and if it wasnt
maintained regularly, then quite a lot of mineral
deposits could be lining the bottom of the tank.
First try flushing out the
tank. This is a relatively quick task that
doesnt require you to shut off the water.
You should turn the heat
control to its lowest setting, without turning
off the pilot light. Let the tank cool for a
half-hour. Then, working carefully, as the water
will still be warm, attach a short water hose to
the drain tap near the bottom of the heater, run
the other end into a bucket and drain water from
the tank. You may see some white sediment or
rust-colored water with the initial burst of
water. Once the tank has drained, close the tap
and return the thermostat to its regular setting.
The water tank should be
flushed once or twice per year, even if you have
soft water, to clear out the inevitable mineral
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