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Thursday, June 18, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 255

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Beimdiek Insurance will be hosting their 6th Annual Salute a Veteran Blood Drive on June 19th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks mobile unit will be located at 303 West Third Street. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 417-358-4007 but walk-ins are always welcome.

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

Have a life after death

"Do you believe in life after death?" the boss asked one of his employees.

"Yes, Sir." the new recruit replied.

"Well, then, that makes everything just fine," the boss went on. "After you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she stopped in to see you.

Put me into a fighting mood

Patient: Doctor, what I need is something to stir me up; something to put me in a fighting mood. Did you put something like that in this prescription?

Doctor: No need for that. You will find that in your bill.

-When there are sufficient funds in the checking account, checks take two weeks to clear. When there are insufficient funds, checks clear overnight.

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

Chautauqua Stockholders

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Chautauqua assembly was held this morning at the Y.M.C.A. rooms. The president, Dr. Stewart, ruled that by the provisions of the charter the present board of directors should hold office for one year and therefore there should be no election till the next annual meeting, as the present board have only been in office about a month.

The question of Sunday opening was discussed but it was found that there is a contract on file with the organization which the present one succeeds, that the gates shall never be opened on Sunday, so upon the reading of that agreement the Sunday opening question was dropped.

A financial statement from the secretary showed a shortage of a bout $900 at the present time. A meeting of the stockholders will be called soon to decide how this indebtedness shall be dealt with.

  Today's Feature

National Car Rally Selects Carthage as a Lunch Box Stop.

The Hemmings Challenge Vintage Car Rally has selected Carthage as a "Lunch Box Stop City."

Vintage cars dating from 1916-1949 will be on display at the Precious Moments Parking Area on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm with cars scheduled to begin arrival at 11:32. It is open to the public and is free to attend.

"The Vintage Car Rally Association (VCRA) is a unique forum for antique, vintage and classic car enthusiasts to participate in an automotive competition based on precision driving and navigational skills in a timed, controlled- speed, distance, endurance rally," according to their web site.

This rally is based in Springfield with participants driving to a different city each day, stopping for lunch, and then returning to Springfield in the afternoon. Carthage, Nevada, Lebanon, Warsaw, and Mountain View, Arkansas are the five destinations.

The Vintage Car Rally Association is a nonprofit organization that donates all of its proceeds to autism treatment and research.

Just Jake Talkin'

I don’t suppose that I should be surprised. It just seems odd to me to see what I have always called a ‘garden tractor’ that prob’ly moves at a whoppin’ five or six miles per hour tops, bein’ designed to look like it’s goin’ a hunderd and ten.

In fact, I’ve never seen a ridin’ mower actually used as a ‘tractor’ in the traditional sense, pullin’ a little plow or little disk. I suppose there are some bein’ used for heaver tasks than mowin’, but they are mainly just big grass cutters.

I still like the old fashioned ridin’ machines that cut a wide swath and looks like it’s tractor namesake. Lots of engine and tires with a comfortable seat. All of it out in the open where you can see the workin’s. Who would wanna cover up a beauty like a Briggs and Straton?

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin'

  Weekly Columns



Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply

Dear Tom and Ray:

My son, who transports cars for a living, says that we should not put a car battery on the garage floor for more than a few moments while we’re moving it from one place to another. In other words, we should never store it on the garage floor. Why? He claims that it will discharge. He says it happens to them all the time. Now, I’m an electrical engineer. Nothing in my knowledge, training or experience tells me anything about cement garage floors being in any way, shape or form conductive, or in any way a cause of battery discharge. Which one of us is nuts? - Tom

RAY: Your son is. We’ve always been told not to leave car batteries on garage floors, too. But that’s so other mechanics won’t trip and crack their heads.

TOM: Cement is not conductive. You’re right about that. But any rechargeable battery - that’s left anywhere - eventually will lose its charge. Rechargeable batteries are particularly quick to discharge. Just like your cell phone’s battery runs down when it’s sitting on the kitchen counter overnight.

RAY: There are some people who have told us that this old myth comes from the days when battery casings were made out of wood. If the battery acid spilled out, it could make the wood wet, and create a conductive path to a moist cement floor. TOM: Another theory is that garage floors are simply colder than, say, workbenches. And, as every electrical engineer knows, chemcial reactions slow down in lower temperatures. So, while the battery might not be discharging on the cement floor, it might be cooling off, and be less able to pump out its power temporarily.



By Monte Dutton

Sponsored by Curry Automotive

Jeff Gordon Still a Wonder

CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon, who will turn 38 in August, remains remarkably youthful.

It is, however, misleading, as apparent youth often is.

"I’ve always said, as a race-car driver, that you never stop learning ... ever," Gordon says.

Gordon is one of those athletes about whom the phrase "forever young" seems appropriate. His voice remains that of a teenager, still etched in wonder even as the words coming from his mouth evoke experience and maturity.

Earlier this season, Gordon won the 82nd race of his career. Only five drivers -- Richard Petty (200), David Pearson (105), Bobby Allison (84), Darrell Waltrip (84) and Cale Yarborough (83) -- have won more. Only two, Petty and Dale Earnhardt, have won more than four championships.

Gordon won officially for the first time in the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29, 1994, almost 15 years ago.

"I was thrilled to get my first win here," he said of the track. "The first time I came down to Charlotte to drive a stock car was out in Rockingham at Buck Baker Driving School, and I remember driving by the speedway, wanting to see the speedway, and I was just blown away by this place. Then, getting a chance to drive a car here for the first time, I just fell in love with it from day one.

"It’s pretty ironic to me and blew me away that I got my first Cup win at this race track, especially in such a big event like the 600."

In retrospect, that victory was a prophecy. It foretold greatness. Truth is, it wasn’t that much of a surprise at the time. Gordon had already been declared a boy wonder, which is why, much to the chagrin of Ray Evernham (his crew chief at the time), fans and journalists began referring to him as Wonder Boy.

Gordon, who was born in Vallejo, Calif., but served his racer’s apprenticeship in Pittsboro, Ind., is now an aging superhero. It wouldn’t be surprising given his backaches -- after all, drivers hit a lot of walls -- if there weren’t a certain expectation that the once Wonder Boy is still "faster than a speeding locomotive and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound."

So Gordon grunts a little when he wakes up in the morning. He’s a family guy with a beautiful wife and a lovely daughter. The boy from the sprint cars who once seemed suspended in adolescence is now a man, fully formed, coping with all the obligations and commitments conferred by time.

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