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Wednesday, March 4, 2009, Volume XVII, Number 180

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 Grand St., Thursday, March 5th, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Did Ya Know?...A benefit for John Baugh will be held Sunday, March 8th from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Carthage Auto Plaza, 892 E. Fir Road. Lunch will be served, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. LiveWire will also be preforming.

today's laugh

• In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived.

Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure film is in the video camera.


• In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business.

Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.


• In 1900, fathers threatened their daughters suiters with shotguns if the girl came home late.

Today, fathers break the ice by saying, " long have you had that earring?"


• In 1900, a father gave a pencil box for Christmas, and the kid was all smiles.

Today, a father spends $800 at Toys ‘R’ Us, and the kid screams: "I wanted Wii!"

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

Three Teams in it and Two Rigs Badly Wrecked This Morning.

A lively runaway, which looked for several minutes as though it would result seriously to several persons, occurred on the courthouse square about 11:30 this morning. Three teams were mixed up in it.

Jack Comstock and Harry Wood, seated in one of T. D. Wood’s buggies were turning the southwest corner of the square when the pole of Mack Thacker’s buggy caught in a hind wheel of Wood’s buggy. The Wood horse frightened and became unmanageable - making a short turn tipping over the buggy and throwing the occupants violently to the ground. Comstock hung onto the lines and was dragged a considerable distance while the horse plunged madly forward describing a circular route. For a moment it looked as though he would plunge onto the pavement in front of the stores on the south side of the square, and there was a lively rush among the spectators there to get out of the way, but he wheeled around and finally pulling the lines out of Comstock’s hands put back on the west side of the square at furious speed, colliding with and badly smashing Lawrence Havens’ job wagon. The frightened horse, freed from the shafts but still attached to the buggy turned west on Third street. At the corner of Lyon street the buggy lodged on a telephone pole and at the same time the horse was caught by a Mr. Carroll. One axle was bent, a shaft broken and the top badly wrecked.

Fortunately no one was seriously injured though the Wood boy was considerably bruised and shaken, being barely able to hobble away from where he was thrown to the ground.


Today's Feature

Carthage Needs Educatin’.

City Council member T.J. Teed attempted to slow down the process of imposing a total ban on smoking in all public buildings and workplaces last Monday evening at the Public Services Committee meeting. Teed initiated the move to ban smoking in restaurants last month, but now wants time to "educate" Carthage citizens about the perils of smoking.

Teed invited University of Missouri health educator Dean Andersen to speak to the committee, then moved to table the matter for six months to give C.A.S.E. (Campus-Community Alliances for Smoke-Free Environments) time to mount their anti-smoking campaign.

CASE was is funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The committee voted 2-2 on the motion with Bill Welch and Keith Hurlbut voting against and Teed and John Studebaker voting for the measure.

There is some confusion as to what the City Council will consider next Tuesday during their regular session in regard to the smoking issue, as no ordinance has actually been proposed or recommended.

Just Jake Talkin'


I’ve spent the last couple a weekends in the company of three year olds. As you might imagine, I learned quite a lot in a relatively short period of time.

The main thing is startin’ to understand how much I take for granted. I never realized how little I question the ever’day decisions I make. Apparently the question "why" should accompany any action, especially if it curtails freedom of movement for those under three feet in height.

I also discovered that the "why" is usually just because I figure it oughta be that way. The real challenge is makin’ up an excuse that sounds reasonable to a three year old. I still fall back on the old favorite "you might hurt yourself." I’ve found sendin’ ‘em to their parents usually works until they start tellin’ ‘em to "go ask grandpa."

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Here’s A Tip

By JoAnn Derson

• "To get grease stains out of laundry items, douse the grease spot with cornstarch. Work it in gently, then dust off excess. Check the stain and repeat. The cornstarch will absorb the grease." -- C.F. in Louisiana

• "When potting plants or starting seeds, everyone knows to moisten the soil. I moisten mine the day before. It seems to distribute well, and I have no trouble with my seedlings." -- T.C. in Ohio

• To clean up an egg spill quickly, sprinkle the egg with salt.

• "I love to bake, but it seems like I’m the only one in the house who eats cake! This means I either eat way too much cake in a day or end up throwing it out before it goes stale. I have finally figured out a great way to enjoy baking AND eat more responsibly. I slice the cake into individual pieces, wrap them in plastic and freeze. I can take out a piece of cake in the morning and enjoy it by the afternoon if I want, and it’s still moist and delicious." -- J.J. in Florida

• "I got tired of clipping coupons and forgetting them at home when I would have an unexpected opportunity to grocery-shop. Now I keep the coupons in the car with my reusable grocery bags. They’re there whenever I am ready." -- V.R. in Pennsylvania

• Go Green Tip: Invest in a light-sensing and/or motion-sensing porch light to save on energy costs. These types of fixtures turn outdoor lights off when the sun comes up or come on only when motion is detected in the area of the lamp, meaning you don’t have to leave a light on or remember to turn it off.

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