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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 4

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The American Red Cross will be having a Blood Drive at the Nazarene Church in Carthage on June 25th from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The church is located at 2000 Grand.

Did Ya Know?... Barton County Chamber of Commerce is holding a "4th Thursday Music /Food" event on June 25th from 6:00-8:00 PM. It will be located at the Lamar Square Bandstand. Music will be provided by Sarah Tilton and the Frosty Mountain Boys. Food will be provided by the LHS Tigers Relay for Life Team.

Did Ya Know?... SPARE CAT RESCUE of Carthage, in conjunction with Paw Prints of the Heartland, is presenting a Feline Spay/Neuter Event on June 25th. Appointments for only $10. Call 358-6808 to make an appointment.

today's laugh

I am going to shop

"Cash, check or charge?" I asked after folding items the woman wished to purchase. As she fumbled for her wallet I notice a remote control for a television set in her purse.

"Do you always carry your TV remote?" I asked.

"No," she replied. "But my husband refused to come shopping with me, so I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him."

-Confusion creates jobs.

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


Carthage Man Expects to Become Mrs. Sartoris’ Brother-in-Law

B.G. Douglas, of this city, yesterday told a Press reporter that he is a brother to General Henry Kyd Douglas who, is rumored in eastern papers, is soon to marry Mrs. Nellie Grant Sartoris, the daughter of ex-President U.S. Grant. Mr. Douglas seemed loath to talk of his brother’s private affairs, and was sorry the reporter had heard that he was related. His brother, he said, was till recently adjuntant general of Maryland, but was now colonel of the 1st Maryland Infantry. He met Mrs. Sartoris a year ago at a Maryland summer resort, and from a letter written a month ago, it was evidently General Douglas’ expectation to marry soon. Mrs. Sartoris’ daughter visited last summer with Mr. Douglas’ sister, Mrs. Beckenbaugh, at Hagerstown, Md.

  Today's Feature

JB Flies into Carthage.

News release from the University of Missouri Extension

There has been a report of Japanese Beetles in Carthage. This is one insect for which every gardener should be watching. It is one of the most devastating pests in the landscape. The JB chews leaf tissue between the veins of the leaf, hence the skeletonized leaves you may find. They’ll start at the top of a plant and work their way down.

The damage doesn’t stop there. The females burrow into the soil to lay eggs. When the eggs hatch into white grubs, they’ll be nearly full grown by August and will begin feeding on roots of turf, vegetables, etc.

Adult JBs are a little less than " long, metallic green in color with copper colored wings. The key feature is a row of white tufts of hair along its sides and rear.

Most of the life of JB is spent in the larval or grub stage. As fall approaches, the grub begins burrowing deeper in the soil preparing for winter. Come spring they begin rising to the surface where they pupate and emerge as the adult beetle in June. Then the cycle begins all over again.

We’ve been pretty fortunate here in Carthage in that we are just recently finding them. JBs have been east of us for at least 15 years and west of us for about 5 or so years.

There are control measures available to the homeowner and gardener, but once they infest an area it’s probably going to be a never ending battle. In the adult stage, they can be attacked with insecticides, organic or alternative types of control products, but there is only about a two week period to achieve this. The same types of controls are available in the larval stage, but timeliness is critical. Control measures in this stage need to be conducted while the grubs are in the upper soil region.

If you suspect JB in your landscape, collect a sample and take it to the University of Missouri Extension Center in the basement of the Courthouse in Carthage for identification. Several publications are also available on the Internet. Search for university sources with good pictures. Be cautious about following control recommendations from other states. You must be certain that a product is labeled for use in Missouri. Remember to read and follow label directions for any product used in controlling pests.

Just Jake Talkin'

I got ta wonderin’ why old songs on the car radio didn’t sound quite the same as I remembered. Seemed there was just more goin’ on than there used ta be.

I unhooked all speakers ‘cept the one on the dash. Tuned in to the local AM station and there it was. Real old time music.

The fact is the music was always there, ya just couldn’t hear it on a mono radio with a single speaker.

Now I don’t suppose anyone would make an honest attempt to argue that hearin’ music in that limited manner is "better" than with full acoustic surround sound technology, but to me, it is more pleasurable for certain types of music.That’s just the way I remember hearin’ it, don’t ya know. No wonder I’m always a little out of step.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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• "On a pegboard wall in the garage or shop, outline your tools with chalk while they are hanging on the wall. You will know right away how they are supposed to be hung up, and you can wipe the chalk right off if you want to rearrange your tools." -- T.G. in New York

• "Got new trees? Protect the trunks of young trees with a piece of old garden hose. Cut a length to fit the bottom part of the trunk, split it up the side and snap it on the trunk." -- E.D. in Alabama

• Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners. Squirt a half-ounce or so of lotion into each one and freeze. When frozen, they can be popped into a small box or bag and stored in the freezer. They are great for soothing sunburned or chapped skin. They also feel wonderful on the feet after a long day.

• "If you have chewing gum stuck on clothing, try this cool trick to get it off: Put the article in the freezer and let it stay until the gum is good and frozen. Take it out and immediately chip the gum off." -- O.A. in West Virginia

• To remove coffee stains from a light-colored mug, make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub lightly and rinse. For stubborn stains, repeat, but rinse with warm vinegar.

• Go Green Tip: Make sure your car’s tires are properly inflated. It can affect not only the safety of your vehicle and its stopping power, but also your gas mileage.

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