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Wednesday, January 21, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 150

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Project Graduation will sponsor a donkey basketball game Wednesday, January 21 @ 7 p.m. in the High School Gymuasium. Advance tickets are $6 and at the door $8. Call 359-7000

Did Ya Know?... On January 21, a Business Identity Theft Seminar will be held in the Chamber conference room from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Did Ya Know?... The Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held January 23rd at Memorial Hall.

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Diabetes Support Group will meet Wednesday, January 28th. The topic will be "Tasty, simple meals for One or Two". Come for tips, recipes and samples at McCune -Brooks Regional Hospital Community Room from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

today's laugh

Bumper Stickers.

I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

Honk if you love peace and quiet.

Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

It’s lonely at the top, but you eat better.

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

Trouble At Garden Dell.

There is quite a commotion out in the Garden Dell school district, northwest of Carthage, three miles this side of Alba. The trouble grew out of the whipping of Frank Stuckmyer, a 17-year-old boy who is one of the big students at the school, and as a result two of the directors are under arrest charged with assault.

According to the story of B.A. Shuper, the teacher, Stuckmyer had been boasting that he had "his knife sharpened for the teacher." Accordingly the teacher was on his guard and when the young man was guilty of alleged impertinence soon afterward he demanded of him that he apologize to the school or take such punishment as the teacher saw fit to inflict. The boy declined to accept either of these propositions, and the teacher went to the school board for advice. The directors were unanimously of the opinion that Stuckmyer was acting the part of a bully and should receive a thrashing. After procuring an elm switch five feet nine inches in length, they placed it n the hands of the teacher and proceeded to the school house to see that the chastisement was properly administered. The teacher waded into his task heroically, but the pupil was not disposed to meekly submit, and a fierce struggle ensued in which the switch had to be laid aside. Seeing that the teacher was not meeting with unqualified success, two of the directors, Messrs. Charles Ferree and Robert Ross, stepped in to give him a lift. Just what they did is not clear, but it is presumed they joined in the wrestle, as it is declared that they did not strike the boy.

As a result of the difficulty a warrant was sworn out for Messrs. Ferree and Ross on the charge of assault, and a constable served the papers to them the next day. Sentiment is said to be considerably divided on the question, some sympathizing with the boy and some with the teacher.


Today's Feature

Blunt Statement on the Inauguration.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt today issued the following statement after attending the Inauguration of President Barack Obama:

"Regardless of party, today can only be described as historic. While this is a milestone for our nation, we cannot forget that we are facing unprecedented challenges that require more than the partisan gridlock that characterized the last Congress.

"In the last few weeks President Obama has signaled he wants to chart a centrist course, listening to ideas from both sides of the aisle. I am encouraged by his actions and I know Republicans are ready to help solve the challenges we face as a nation - while always fighting for our principles."

Commission Tour Canceled.

The tour of the old McCune Brooks Hospital building by the Jasper County Commission scheduled for this morning has been canceled. The site is being considered as a location for the Juvenile Center. The final report by Carter Goble on Juvenile Center will be at 10 a.m this morning at the Annex II bank building.

Just Jake Talkin'


Sometimes I wonder if we don’t get a little too concerned about the details of how somethin’ works to the point that we spend all our time just lookin’ at the mechanics and don’t appreciate the function.

Most of the time, understandin’ the mechanics makes ya able to redefine the function, but there’s always some truth in the sayin’, "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it."

Had a friend that worked on cars. Whenever a customer would come in with a problem, this guy would always tell ‘em he could fix it "good as new."

I questioned him about this one day, sayin’ that it was a pretty good boast.

He said it weren’t nothin’. The way he figured, the new one broke, and he thought he could fix anythin’ to at least do that.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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