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Monday, June 13, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 252

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Family Game Nights @ Your Library will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 until 8:00 in the Carthage Public Library Community Room.

Did Ya Know?... McCune-Brooks Hospital will be holding a Grief Support Group on June 16th that will meet from 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the hospital’s Felix E. Wright Family Chapel. For more information call 417-359-AMEN.

today's laugh

A bribe for your professor

A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait. Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying "A dollar per point." The next class the professor handed the tests back out. This student got back his test and $56 change.

Wealthy investors

A wealthy investor walked into a bank and said to the bank manager, "I would like to speak with Mr. Reginald Jones, who I understand is a tried and trusted employee of yours."

The banker said, "Yes he certainly was trusted. And he will be tried as soon as we catch him."

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

Killed a Deer With a Marble.

There is a boy in Taney county, according to a story which is making the rounds, who has a record which perhaps few if any old hunter can match. He killed a deer with a marble. True, the marble was shot from a gun, but still the occurrence may be ranked among the most unusual of hunting events. The lad was out in the woods hunting and had exhausted his supply of shot. He had put into his muzzle loader, a single barrel gun of the old pattern, a charge of powder, when he discovered that his shot pouch was empty. The boy had in his pocket a marble which he used as a "taw" in playing the common game.

The marble exactly fitted the muzzle of his gun, and hardly thinking what might result from the experiment, the young hunter dropped the "taw" down on the wadding covering the powder.

Strange things happen down in the Bull creek hills, and on his way home the boy came upon a deer, which at close range stopped and challenged his aim. The adventurous scion of good hunting stock leveled his gun, pulled the trigger, and brought down the game, the marble boring a hole into the vitals of the deer.

Rev. W. A. Oldham Gets a Fall.

Rev. W. A. Oldham, an acknowledged expert wheelman, met with a serious accident while out near the poor farm last evening. In attempting to mount this wheel, it for some inexplicable reason, reared backwards and prostrated the revered gentleman on the ground. The result is a badly sprained left wrist that was so painful as to keep him awake all last night, and has to be carried in a sling today. His right cheek is also cut and bruised from forcible contact with the hard graveled road.

  Today's Feature

Adopt a Cat.

June is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month. Carthage Humane Society is celebrating by offering special adoption fees on all cats and kittens. Our shelter is currently overflowing with cats and kittens of every size, color, and age. Many of the adults are already spayed or neutered, some even declawed and would make wonderful companions. If you are looking to add a little excitement to your life, you may want to take advantage of our 2-for-1 kitten adoptions.

During the month of June, all cats & kittens adopted come with coupons for over $25.00 off supplies you will need for your new family member, including a free Frontline flea treatment (valued at $13.00).

The Carthage Humane Society is located south of Carthage on Dog Kennel Lane. Operating hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. 358-6402

The Carthage Humane Society is an independent not-for-profit organization that contracts with the City of Carthage to accept small animals picked up by City employees.

Just Jake Talkin'

Hopefully the last of the pig tales.

Sounder, that’s what ya call a bunch a pigs. (A herd is also acceptable I guess, but I still think pigs deserve their own particular collective term.)

Some other unusual collective terms were also submitted by a Mail fan. There is a leap of leopards, of course a pride of lions, and a parliament of owls. Polecats gather into a chine and several rabbits become a drove.

Turkey’s aren’t considered a flock, but a rafter, while wolves pack. Eagles don’t flock either, they group in a lofty soundin’ convocation. Then there is the gaggle of geese, a skulk of foxes, and a troop of kangaroos (also sometimes called a mob of kangaroos). By the way, a yoke of oxen is exactly two, so two yoke would be four.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'

  Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I know everyone is trying to save money wherever they can these days. But some people are avoiding making home repairs because they are worried about the cost. Please let your readers know that some problems have to be taken care of when they’re small, before they become really expensive to fix. Thanks. -- Bill in Minneapolis

A: Sure thing! It’s essential that certain home repairs (and maintenance items) be tackled right away before they develop into much bigger messes -- even if the repair needs to be done by a professional.

Below are five tasks that should never be put off, provided courtesy of Angie’s List (

1. Change your air filters. HVAC experts estimate that 60 percent of all service calls are the result of dirty filters. Changing air filters regularly (every month or so) can save you up to $100 each year in energy costs.

2. Repair leaky faucets and running toilets. Doing so could save hundreds of dollars per year on your water bill. And don’t neglect your sump pump. Check the batteries and update the appliance every few years. A flooded basement will cause thousands of dollars in damages.

3. Check the caulking around your tub and shower for moisture penetration, which can lead to mold. Bath fixtures can avoid premature replacement if the tile surface is kept watertight, and the subsurface, usually drywall, remains dry.

4. Inspect electrical cords and outlets for signs of distortion, discoloration or cracks in the insulation, and hire an electrician to replace tired outlets that no longer hold a plug. A defective receptacle, light switch or fixture replaced during a scheduled visit will save you hundreds of dollars over an emergency repair.

5. Weatherproof windows and doors. These are the two areas with the largest amount of air transfer in both cold and hot weather. Use a digital thermometer to check the seal quality and inspect the caulking for areas that have cracked or shrunk, which will allow water to damage siding and floors. Once sealed, use a programmable thermostat to help regulate air temperature, which could save you up to 10 percent on your monthly energy bill. Consider getting a home energy audit.

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