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Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 190

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be making chocolate Easter Eggs for $3.00 each. You can purchase the eggs March 16th thru April 12th at several stores and businesses in Carthage.

Did Ya Know?... McCune Brooks Golden Reflections monthly meeting and birthday celebration will be Thursday, March 19th, at 2:00 pm. For more information call 417-359-1351.

today's laugh

A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the value of the bull. The case was to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back of the general store.

The attorney for the railroad cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. He did his best selling job, and the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking.

After the rancher had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating, telling the rancher, "You know, I put one over on you. I couldn’t have won the case. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!"

The old rancher replied, "Well young feller, I was a little worried about winning myself, that durned bull came home this morning."

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

Angery Letter to the Light Company.

Dear Sir:-I have been aware for some time that the Light Company were contemplating injunction proceedings to restrain this this city from completing its proposed electric plant. I am aware that a week ago you decided not to take such a course; and I am aware that since that time you have decided to get out an injunction to be served on us before the 18th inst, the date of opening the bids for our new plant.

It is said that whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad, and I believe that your people have been led by a passion to commit a folly.

It seems to me that good, hard sense would cause you to let us alone and try and hold what you have left. The sentiment of the people of this town is not hostile toward the Gas Co., except that they bitterly resent any action that hinders us from carrying out the will of the people. Should you again delay us by legal proceedings, our people will be incensed to such a degree that it will be difficult to restrain them from mob violence to your property.

The new council, while opposed to me politically, is a unit in my support on the light question and you will be deceived if you look for support from them.

Should your company persist in further delaying us with this injunction, it is only fair to give you notice that I have the means at my command to at once, without a dollar of the money of this city, put in an electric light plant, according to the plans and specifications now on hand; also a strictly first class modern gas plant with six miles more of mains than now laid, and if thought best a first class modern system of water works with filter that will deliver clear, sparkling water to every home in the city.

All except water works to be finished to be finished and ready for lighting before October 1, 1899. If you think I am talking through my hat, get out your injunction and you will be very quickly undeceived.

Very truly,

Chas. O. Harrington.

W.C. Thomas and all the clerks at his hustling grocery store establishment are now neatly uniformed in white caps, striped coats and white aprons. They present a nobby appearance.


Today's Feature

Parking Plagues Committee.

City Attorney Takes The Heat.

The Public Safety Committee failed to resolve three on-going parking issues last Monday night in their regular monthly meeting. Instead, they voted to send three broad concepts to the City Attorney, David Dalley, to flush out a comprehensive solution to their quandary.

At the heart of the issues is where cars can be parked and for how long.

Jerry Gilpin, who has an apartment on the square, appealed to the Committee once again for a designated parking space just off the square on Main Street. Gilpin and committee member Bill Welch again began haggling over what price would be fair to "rent" the space. During the last meeting, Gilpin had countered Welch’s recommendation of a dollar a day with a fifteen dollar a month offer. Welch brought up the thirty dollar fee during this meeting and Gilpin countered with twenty-five dollars, allowing that he shouldn’t have to pay for weekends which have free parking anyway.

After more discussion, the Committee voted to have Dally put together some type of recommendation for a limited number of permits to be sold on a first come, first served basis. No actual perimeters or recommendations were given for guidance.

The City ordinance that prohibits a disable vehicle from parking on the public street for more than 48 hours was also discussed. Police Chief Greg Dagnan explained to the Committee that the ordinance wouldn’t apply to street legal vehicles parking in front of other peoples houses, a complaint heard at the last meeting. Dagnan recommended leaving the ordinance as written. The Committee voted to send the ordinance to Dally for clarification.

Dagnan also provided the Committee with an example of a handicap parking ordinance for review with some recommendations. The Committee voted to have Dally come up with an ordinance for the committee to review.

Just Jake Talkin'


The statistics for parkin’ tickets would indicate to me that the two hour limit on parkin’ has a much larger impact on those that work around the square than it does on the tourist trade.

The numbers seem to show that the weather has more to do with the volume of tickets that anything. Durin’ the cold months, when it appears that the thought process is that it is worth a buck not to have to get out and move the car.

I’ve got to note that my opinion isn’t from any scientific documentation, just a gut feelin’ that comes from various conversations. I don’t doubt that a tourist or two gets aggravated at a one buck ticket, but the real money, less than enough to pay parkin’ enforcement salaries I’d guess, comes from the locals.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Here's A Tip.


• Another way to keep pets from sleeping on the sofa while you are out is to use a carpet runner made of plastic. Put the gripping side up, and both dogs and cats will stay away.

• "This is for the gardener who doesn’t like to wear gloves: Dig your fingernails into a bar of soap before gardening in dirt, leaving a collection of soap residue under the nails. Washing your hands after gardening will be much easier." -- Lynn in North Carolina

• "I save the plastic containers from baby wipes. They make terrific organizers for all sorts of small things. Best of all, they can be stacked." -- B.H. in Colorado

• A great garden tip from P. Allen Smith (get more at When trimming an evergreen hedge, prune the sides on a slight bevel, so the bottom branches stick out a little further than the top. This prevents the top from shading the lower branches and making them sparse.

• "My recipe cards were a mess, so I entered the recipes into my computer to get organized. However, I do love my recipe cards, and some are passed down and very special. I saved the special ones and framed them to hang in my kitchen. I also made a collage out of the holiday side-dish recipe cards and some photos of dinners through the years. It’s very artistic, and I love it." -- M.L.P. in Minnesota

• Go Green Tip: To increase or maintain a high miles per gallon in your vehicle, dump unnecessary weight. Go through your car’s trunk and clean out anything you don’t need. The less your car weighs, the better fuel mileage you’ll get

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