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Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 13

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... There will be a meeting at the County Commissioners office on July 9th to discuss the closing of Church Street.

Did Ya Know?... The Prestige Ice Cream Social will be held on July 9th at 7 PM in the St. John’s Mercy Conference Center. For more information call 417-625-2962.

Did Ya Know?... The Jasper County Youth Fair will be held in Carthage’s Municipal Park from July 9th - 18th.

today's laugh

An inscription problem

According to the Knight-Ridder News Service, the inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, abbreviated, "Wash. Biol. Surv." until the agency received the following letter from an Arkansas camper:

"Dear Sirs: While camping last week I shot one of your birds. I think it was a crow. I followed the cooking instructions on the leg tag and I want to tell you it was horrible."

You’re in great health

Doctor: You’re in good health. You’ll live to be eighty.

Patient: But, doctor, I am 80 right now.

Doctor: See, what did I tell you.

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

Squirrels for Court House Yard.

Mayor Harrington has secured a permit from the county court and will place a number of squirrels in the Maple trees around the court house. Ellis Jackson will put in a wire netting tomorrow to keep the animals at home for a few days in one of the trees just south of the east court house walk. Four squirrels will be placed there at once and others will be added as soon as they can be secured. Mayor Harrington has had four of them locked up in his store room at the hotel, waiting for the permit from the county court, which was secured yesterday.

Of the eight squirrels placed in the city park by Mayor Harrington, three gray ones have run away, but five of them are still there and are making themselves at home quite nicely.

  Today's Feature

Show-De-O on Tap.

The Carthage Saddle Club will hold it’s monthly Show-De-O at the Club Arena in Municipal Park this Saturday starting at 5 p.m. The event is always free to the public. The cookshack will be open for business.

According to club president Steve Hency the event typically attracts between thirty and seventy-five participants.

Events include barrel racing, a flag race, key hole and others and are run according to the age of the riders. Age groups range from peewees to Super Seniors.

Through the cooperation of the Park Board and park superintendent, the Saddle Club Arena was constructed in 1955 inside Municipal Park. Improvements have been made through the year: improvements include running water, concession stands, bleachers, restrooms and bucking chutes. In the most recent years the cookshack has been replace, the announcer stand rebuilt, new pipe arena fence, flagpole built, a new P.A. system, electronic timer purchased, a covered shelter for handicapped visitors and in 2003 new restrooms were built.

Just Jake Talkin'

I was talkin’ to a guy the other day and he said for some reason it seemed his work load was gettin’ heavier. All the sudden he looked up and he was buried with things to do and not enough time ta get ‘em done. The makin’s of frustration.

I was amazed when someone pointed out to me that frustration isn’t the result of not bein’ able to do somethin,’ but the result of knowin’ you can do somethin’, but for some reason it’s just not gettin’ done.

Frustration is havin’ a handle break on your shovel ‘bout half way through diggin’ a hole. Or havin’ the computer crash just seconds before ya save those last few changes. Although throwin’ a broken shovel handle halfway down the block can relieve some of that tension, I wouldn’t recommend the same remedy in the case of the computer.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

  Weekly Columns


By JoAnn Derson

• To keep yarn untangled as you use it in a project, put it in a mesh bag. Thread the string though a hole and close up the bag. The yarn spins in the bag but stays in good shape.

• "I love berry season, and I save the baskets for all kinds of uses. Here’s a neat one: Use a clean berry basket to protect the bow on a wrapped gift that you send through the mail. Pack the gift bow side up and slip the basket over the bow. Continue to pad the gift and ship. They always used to get crushed, so I would never put a bow on a present I mailed, but I think gifts look best with a nice bow." -- U.L. in Arkansas

• Looking for the best prices on grocery items? Aren’t we all. Check the items on higher and lower shelves, as they tend to be the most economical options. And be sure to compare items based on cost per unit. Sometimes, bigger is not better.

• A reminder from an old handy guy: "Varnish should NOT be stirred or shaken like paint. It will cause bubbles that can ruin a finish. Make sure your varnish sits before you use it." -- C.C. in New Mexico

• Clean up your golf balls by soaking them in a solution made from a quarter-cup of ammonia and a cup of water. Buff dry. And avoid water hazards and sand traps!

• Go Green Tip: Recycle single-use batteries. Go to and plug in your ZIP code to find a location close to you that recycles them.

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