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Monday, January12, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 143

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?..."Private Pesticide Applicator Training" will be held in Carthage on Wednesday, January 28th at the MU Extension office located in the Courthouse beginning at 1 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The McCune-Brooks Grief Support Group will meet on January 13th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Felix E. Wright Family Chapel. Discussion will be led by hospital Chaplain, Galen Snodgrass. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call 359-AMEN.

today's laugh

Being popular is important. Otherwise people might not like you.

Mimi Pond

I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of not caring. Mitch Hedberg

The man who developed the SAT tests has died, when his car going ten miles per hour ran into a train going sixty miles per hour.

Craig Kilborn

Men and women are a lot aloke in certain situations. Like when they’re both on fire, they’re exactly alike.

Dave Attell

You get a lot of tension. You get a lot of headaches. I do what it says on the aspirin bottle: Take two and keep away from children. Roseanne

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

Ordinance No. 1053

It is ordained by the council of the city of Carthage as follows:

That there be and the same is hereby ordered constructed: stone sidewalks on the east side of Main street, where same are not already in, along and in front of all lots and pieces of ground fronting or abutting on east side of said Main street from Charles street to Centennial avenue.

Section 2. Said sidewalk shall be constructed of flag stone and the stone portion of said sidewalks shall be 4 1/2 feet in width and shall be joined up to the front line of the lots abutting thereon. The space between the stone portion of said walks and the curb line thereof shall be filled with earth which shall be thoroughly tamped, so that, when completed, the surface thereof shall correspond and be on a plane with the surface of the stone portion of said walks.

Passed and approved this 28th day of December, 1808. Published this 7th day of January, 1809.


Today's Feature

Extension Elections.

The 2009 public election of ten new members for the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension County Council will take place January 15 - 28. The county election will be held in accordance with state law (Chapter 262.550-262.620 R.S. Mo. 1969). Every county in Missouri has an extension council made up of elected (and appointed) members who represent the broad educational needs and backgrounds of people in that county. Missouri state statutes create county extension councils to work with University of Missouri Extension. The publicly elected (and appointed) council members assist in planning and carrying out extension programs in the county, providing local extension governance and representing the diversity of the county’s changing population. Citizens over the age of 18 who reside in Jasper County can vote at one of eight locations within the county.

Carthage locations include: the University of Missouri Extension office in the basement of the Courthouse; Midwest Ag Supply, Central & Grant; Ag Service Center of Carthage, 9721 County Rd. 80; and the SWCD office, 416 E. Airport Dr. Other Jasper County locations include: in Carl Junction, City Hall, 800 E. Pennell and the Senior Center, 1203 E. Pennell; Webb City Farmers Market; and City Hall, 121 E. Grand in Jasper. Registered voters may also print a ballot from the Jasper County University of Missouri Extension website Click on the ballot link and either mail or take your completed ballot to University of Missouri Extension, Courthouse Basement, Carthage, MO 64836. Voting will begin on January 15 at noon and end at noon on January 28. Ten positions on the Council will be filled from the following nominees: Emily Boydston, Debbie Carter, Peter Carter, Helen Dillard, John Dillard, Margaret Hartman, and George Heisten, Carthage; Glenn Moll, and Karen Moll, Jasper; Pedro Pantoja, Joplin; and Marlene Payne and Stuart Payne, Oronogo.

University of Missouri Extension offers educational programs addressing high-priority areas such as agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, family financial education, business and industry, community development and youth development (4-H) for all citizens of Missouri. For information about the election, call the Extension office at 417-358-2158.

Just Jake Talkin'


Used ta be in this part of the country, dealin’ with storm water was simple. Ya build the house at a level above the barn yard.

Now, I don’t suppose the dwelling that my family occupied when I was growin’ up contributed much to the volume of water pushin’ its way out of town. In fact, the low spot in the back yard where the horseshoes were thrown prob’ly retained more than our share of even the severe storms.

Sometime after I had left the domain of my parents, there came the great street pavin’ movement, complete with curb and gutters. The more natural white waters of my youth were bladed and covered.

I’m sure the old neighborhood has now long fogotten the play of children after a storm, laughin’ in defiance of ankle deep driveways and soggy horseshoe pits.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Carthage Printing

This is a Hammer.

Winter storm door woes, continued

Q: Please help me. The wind caught the storm door, yanked it out of my hand and now it won’t close on its own. It has hydraulic closers, but now I have to pull it closed. I think the wind, in pulling it back too far, has sprung it. How do I fix this? -- Kathy, via e-mail

A: First, check to see if the automatic closer is properly attached and operating. Is the closer attached to its mounting brackets on both the storm door and the interior door frame?

Next, check the automatic closer function. Open the door halfway and let it go to see if the closer pulls it shut slowly. If it simply opens and slams shut (or just hangs there), try rotating the closer cylinder (on hydraulic units) and test again. (Pneumatic closers have rate adjustment screws on one end of the cylinder.) Look for oil on the outside of a hydraulic unit -- this means the closer is malfunctioning.

If the closer still fails to operate, it probably needs to be replaced. If the brackets are OK, leave them in place, open the door fully and pop out just the cylinder. Take it to the hardware store and buy a new cylinder, install in place and test the unit again. This is much faster than replacing the entire unit, as you won’t have to go to the trouble of balancing the brackets.

If your door does not have a safety chain or the chain broke when the wind yanked the door, install a new chain.

HOME TIP: There are two common types of storm door closers: pneumatic (air-controlled) and hydraulic, or liquid (oil)-controlled. The air or oil controls the rate at which the closer’s internal spring pulls the door shut.

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