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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 28

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... St. John’s is having a free bone density measurement from 10 AM until Noon in there Mercy Conference Room on July 30th. Registration is required. Call Referral One at 417-625-2000.

Did Ya Know?... There will be an Alzheimer’s Support Group on July 30th from 5:30-6:30 PM in the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Home Health Conference Room. For more info, call 417-359-1832.

today's laugh

A famous admiral and an equally famous general were fishing together when a sudden squall came up. When it died down both eminent warriors were struggling helplessly in the water.

The admiral floundered his way back to the boat and pulled himself painfully in. Then he fished out the general, using an oar.

Catching his breath, he puffed: "Please don’t say a word about this to anyone. If the Navy found I can’t swim I’d be disgraced.

"Don’t worry," the general said. "Your secret is safe. I’d hate to have my men find out I can’t walk on water."

You’re back again?

The Judge said to the defendant. "I thought I told you I never wanted to see you in here again."

"Your Honor," the criminal said, "that’s what I tried to tell the police, but they wouldn’t listen."

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

Mrs. Brayfield Pays Fine.

A street scimmage between two Carthage women had its sequel in police court this morning when Mrs. Fannie Brayfield of 400 Garrison avenue pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace at the northeast corner of the public square Thursday night. She was fined $9.50, including costs, and she promptly wrote a check for the amount of the fine and went on her way rejoicing.

The charge against Mrs. Brayfield had been preferred by Mrs. Louis C. Scott of 947 Case street, who alleged that Mrs. Brayfield slapped her and "talked loud and challenged her." The trouble resulted from Mrs. Brayfield charging Mrs. Scott with talking to the former’s husband.

"Thank you," said Judge James Deagan as he accepted the check from Mrs. Brayfield’s hand in settlement of her fine.

"I thank you for being easy with the fine," said Mrs. Brayfield.

"Well, do not do any thing of that kind again," admonished the court.

"Oh, I am through - unless that woman talks some more to my husband - then I’ll slap her again!" was Mrs. Brayfield’s parting remark as she passed out of the door of the court room.

  Today's Feature
Skate Park Awaits Ramps.

A ribbon cutting/grand opening is scheduled August 7 at 10 a.m. for the new Carthage Skate Park in Fair Acres Sports Complex on Fir Road. The slab for the park has been poured and a chain link fence installed (see picture on front page). The installation of various ramps and equipment is scheduled to begin next week by the American Ramp Company of Joplin. The company manufactures the equipment in Joplin and installs it around the world.

According to City Administrator Tom Short the project came in just under budget and work has progressed as scheduled. A total of $50,000 was appropriated by the City Council for the park.

The park was proposed by a petition presented to the Council about four years ago by a group of youth. Short said he thought there were approximately 200 signatures on the petition. Several youth met with the City to help with initial plans.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve never been to a toothpick factory. Now I’ve whittled a few in my day, but I can imagine they use the same technique as I do ta fill all those boxes they sell ever’day.

I suppose the same folks that make toothpicks branch out into other fields such as match sticks and maybe even pencils.

In Army C rations they used ta have a little wood tooth brush of sorts. Ya chew on it for a while ta make it soft and then used it ta brush your teeth.

I suppose they still make those flat toothpicks. I’ve always preferred the round ones. The main advantage of course bein’ you’ve got two pickin’ ends. Twice the picks for the same money. Course I can see the advantage of the flat ones if you’re on a boat, they don’t roll off the table.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• "Take a dry cloth to wipe out the canister that cornstarch comes in. You can use these canisters for your child’s crayons, or when there’s a group of children, everyone can have his or her own crayons. You also can use these canisters for erasers, pins, buttons, beads, etc. It’s the yellow canister with the blue top." -- D. in Virginia

• "You can easily muffle the noise of a tabletop sewing machine by setting it on a scrap of carpet. If you use a slightly larger piece of carpet, it will give you a place to put your scissors and other tools without them sliding around. You can even use a corner for pins if you glue a little square of cork on the back of the carpet." -- J.J. in Florida

• To use every last drop of toothpaste in the tube, do this: As your tube dwindles, squeeze from the bottom, then roll up the excess tube. Secure it with a rubber band, clip or clothespin.

• "When I last moved, I used packing peanuts for some items. When I was taking photo frames down from the walls, I removed the nail for each item, stuck it into a packing peanut and taped the peanut to the back of the frame. At the new location, there was no searching for nails to rehang the pictures -- they were already at hand." -- M.S. in New Mexico

• Go Green Tip: Love animals? Adopt from a shelter instead of buying from a breeder or puppy mill. And be sure to spay or neuter your dog or cat. There are thousands of animals that, through no fault of their own, end up in shelters. Taking in (and taking care of) a stray or shelter animal reduces the environmental impact of uncared-for animals on the streets.

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