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Thursday, July 23, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 24

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... On July 25th there will be the annual Sidewalk Sale-a-Bration throughout the Carthage area.

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO., 417-237-0885.

today's laugh

Visiting a barber

A man enters a barber shop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around the cheeks.

"I have just the thing," says the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum."

The client places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced. After a few strokes the client asks in garbled speech.

"And what if I swallow it?"

"No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."

Do you have a solution?

A patient came to his dentist with problems with his teeth.

Patient: Doctor, I have yellow teeth, what do I do?

Dentist: Wear a brown tie!

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

Notice of Special Election.

To the qualified voters of the city of Carthage: Whereas the city council of Carthage, Missouri, by ordinance number 464, passed and approved, and entitled "An ordinance providing for a contract with the Carthage Light Company to light the city, furnish lights to consumers and submitting such contract to the voters of the city for ratification at a special election," ordered a special election to be held in each ward of the city of Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of this city of Carthage

It’s for ratification and approval the contract set out in said ordinance and also authorizing the levy by the proper officers of the said city of a tax, not exceeding twenty cents on the one hundred dollars assessed valuation on all property of the city for a period of four years, for the purpose of raising a fund with which to meet the payments for in said contract.

  Today's Feature

10th Annual GOBMC

Car & Cycle Blowout.

The Greater Ozarks British Motoring Club will meet for the tenth year in Carthage this weekend for there annual British Car and Cycle show. The event officially opens Friday evening for registration and according to show co-Chair Rhonda Thorn a block of 65 rooms reserved for the participants has already sold out.

Rhonda and her husband David have organized the show since its origination in 1999. Rhonda says they have 70 vehicles registered and are expecting more than a dozen more before Saturday’s show on the Historic Carthage Square. Vehicles will be on the Square from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. A porker run will be featured this year for the participants that will begin following the show.

An awards banquet will being at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall and Sunday morning the group will gather for a "Breakfast Drive-Away."

Participants coming from as far away as Nebraska have indicated this one of the best shows in the country.

The GOBMC History.

(From information on their web site)

"The Greater Ozarks British Motoring Club was formed by a group of British car and cycle enthusiasts who shared a common problem; they all belonged to clubs 200 miles away. We knew there had to be others like us in the local area, and over the years a few of us accidentally met at car shows or just noticing another British motor vehicle in the area.

"We had kicked around the idea of creating a club for several years (usually while attanding the Kansas City All British). But, after the car show we’d go home to the tasks of daily living, mowing the yard, running the kids, painting the house before winter.

"Finally, while attending the Kansas City show Labor Day weekend of 1999, in somebody’s room, waiting for the pizza delivery guy to show up, we finally elected officers, agreed upon the All British format, and set an "official" first meeting date before the pizza arrived. A new car club was ‘born’.

"Fourteen people attended the first official meeting on September 25, 1999 in Springfield, MO. GOBMC has grown to over 100 members and now includes a wide range of British cars, cycles, and members from all over the Ozarks.

"In spite of others telling us we couldn’t survive as a car club, much less put on a car show, we hosted The First Annual GOBMC All British Car & Cycle Meet in July of 2000 on the historic square in Carthage Missouri, before we were even a year old. It has become one of the best and largest All British events in the state, and many of our attendees say that ours is the premier show on their car show calendar year after year... a "must attend" event.

Just Jake Talkin'

I suppose it took more than a little convincin’ ta get folks ta give up on the horse and buggy. More than anything it was prob’ly the idea of bein’ comfortable with a known mode of gettin’ from here to there.

Automobiles aren’t entirely the blessin’ that proponents of that industry would have liked ever’one to believe, but they did offer a lot of advantages.

The one thing that changed the most was the amount of time spent just walkin’. Nowadays, a visit to a neighbor on the other side of the block warrants takin’ the car.

‘Course one of the big advantages of car ownin’ is ya don’t have ta clean out the stall. Another is if ya leave the car in the garage, you don’t have ta keep puttin’ in fuel just so ya have somethin’ ta clean up later. And the flies aren’t near as plentiful.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Weekly Columns



Dear Tom and Ray:

Is there any merit to the claim that nitrogen in gasoline has any benefit for cleaning the engine? What’s the chemistry behind it? Or is this just the latest gasoline-additive scam? - David

RAY: You’re asking about Shell Oil Company’s latest campaign, David, in which it claims that its gasoline is "nitrogen enhanced." And like most of the "enhancement" offers that come via e-mail these days, David, this claim probably should be ignored.

TOM: Shell claims that its new nitrogen-enhanced gasoline keeps your engine cleaner.

RAY: Here’s the story. Every gasoline is required to use a certain minimum amount of deposit-control additive - which does help keep deposits from forming on your valves and other engine components. All of these additives contain small amounts of nitrogen.

TOM: But nitrogen is only one of several ingredients in these cleaning additives. So my guess is, Shell has increased the amount of cleaning additive in its gasoline, which has "enhanced" the nitrogen component.

RAY: And more cleaning additive is good. I mean, why not? It’s such a small amount of nitrogen, compared with the volume of gasoline, that it doesn’t affect the amount of nitrous oxides that come out of the tailpipe. And if your engine runs cleaner, that’s all the better.

TOM: But by claiming its gasoline is enhanced, all we know is Shell is using more now than it was before.


By Monte Dutton

The Time Is Now for Earnhardt Jr.

Nine races may seem like an eternity for some, but time is growing short if Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR, is to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

With the aforementioned nine races remaining in the regular season, Earnhardt trails 12th-place Juan Montoya by 285 points. He trails point leader Tony Stewart by 760, but Stewart’s point total (2,524) is almost irrelevant to Earnhardt’s situation.

Earnhardt, 34, finished 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, improving his point position from 20th to 19th but losing eight points in the span between him and 12th place. The crew-chief change at Hendrick Motorsports -- Lance McGrew has replaced Tony Eury Jr. with Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevy -- has thus far yielded no notable results.

It may take time, but now it’s time Earnhardt doesn’t have. He said he’s doing the best he can, hoping a few breaks and improved performance can fuel a comeback.

"You show up every week thinking you can win and hoping you can win," he said recently.

Earnhardt’s troubles are a mystery. He is a two-time champion of what is now the Nationwide Series. He won two or more races in each of his first five seasons, winning six in 2004 alone and finishing third in the 2003 point standings.

After winning once in 2005 and 2006 and going winless in ‘07, Earnhardt moved from the family team, then known as Dale Earnhardt Inc., and replaced Kyle Busch at Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. He won once and made the Chase but finished last (12th).

Earnhardt’s fortunes have sagged noticeably since the advent of generic cars, which were fully implemented in 2008.

"We’re leaning on our teammates a lot, and if they can run fast with such-and-such setup, I should be able to make it work, and I need to learn how to drive it if it feels different," said Earnhardt. "I’m really open-minded and trying to adjust whatever I need to adjust to adapt, and it will work or it won’t work, but giving it your best effort is the best way to go.

"People say oftentimes the best thing to do is always the hardest thing to do. We’re just putting our foot down and trying to work hard."

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