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Monday, May 11, 2009 Volume XVII, Number 228

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Recycling Center is accepting tree limbs from City residents without charge through Saturday, May 16th. Regular hours of operation:Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Open Additional Hours on Monday 11th 8:30 to 4:30 pm.

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Relay for Life will host a hour of ZUMBA Monday, May 11th, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Lighthouse, First Christian Church, Carthage. For more details call Teresa Roberts @ 417-358-8131 ext.4562, or Theresa Block @ 417-358-8131 ext.2574.

Did Ya Know?... The Carthage Humane Society will close @ 4 p.m. May 11th for employee training. For more information call the shelter @ 417-358-6402.

today's laugh

An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.

"Let’s have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let’s kill a pig."

The farmer scratched his grizzled head. "Gee, Ethel," he finally answered, "I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago."

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

A Bartering Prince.

Little Prince Alexander, the eldest son of the dead Prince Henry, husband of Princess Beatrice of England, has always been noted, from his earliest childhood, for bartering proelivities. He lends marbles and tops at interest to his cousins, the little Connoughts, and, on one occasion, got up quite a little corner in dolls, which he succeeded in purchasing at a great reduction from his small Albany cousins.

The other day he received a present of $5 from his mother and having quickly spent it, applied for the second. He was gently chided for his extravagances, but, unabashed wrote to his grandmamma. The queen had been warned of the financial embarrassment and she replied in the same strain of remonstrance, where upon the prince responded: "Dearest Grandmamma: I received your letter and hope you will not think I was disappointed because you could not send me any money."

  Today's Feature

School Reports No Injuries.

Last Friday morning’s high winds took the Junion High School’s gymnasiam roof and rolled it back like a sardine can. The straight winds appear to have either caused a vacuum or pushed up on the ceiling coming in through open doors.

Students had begun gathering for assembly just before the winds came, and the custodian heard the weather warning and moved the students to hallways. There were no injuries.

The severe weather wreaked havoc on several area homes and businesses. The storm caused damage to trees and powerlines throughout Carthage.The storm itself began with heavy rain and serious hail with at least one siting of golfball size hail.

Included in the damage were many of the old trees at municipal park, as well as throughout the city, which were uprooted. Many homes and cars were hit by falling trees causing serious property damage.City of Carthage work crews were immediately out clearing fallen trees from roadways.

The awning at Ron.s Barber Shop on 4th street was carried by winds down the street where it broke windows of KDMO.


Just Jake Talkin'

I often wonder if the folks that invented those ever’day things we use ever got a just financial reward.

The ones who came up with the paper clip, fingernail clippers, safety pins - did they live long enough to see the impact of these simple, but impressively important contributions to our ease of livin’?

We hear about the non productive pet rock kind of money makers, but take the ball point pin, matches, and disposable diapers for granted. Someone or group of ones came up with the idea and figured a way to make it work. They are the unheralded heroes of modern society. A continuing string of seemingly small contributions that become woven into the cloak of convenience.

I’d take off my hat to ‘em, but I conveniently don’t wear one.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Columns

This Is A Hammer.

Underlayment Supports Room’s Floor Covering

Q: I’m planning to redo our second bedroom, which is where our son kept his two cats. The cats did a lot of damage to the carpet, including urinating on it -- so much that it soaked through the carpet and padding. I plan to replace everything, including the plywood underlayment, and I’m wondering: Is there a better material than plywood for this job? Thanks. -- Carl in Wichita, Kan.

A: Underlayment is, as its name implies, a layer of support underneath a room’s floor covering (whether it be carpet, tile, vinyl or what have you). It sits between the subfloor and the floor covering and padding, if any.

There are four general choices for underlayment materials: plywood -- the layer in your son’s old bedroom -- fiber board, cement board and isolation membrane. Which material to use depends on the type of floor-covering you plan to put in.

• Fiber board -- a thin-but-sturdy underlayment for areas where a thicker material might affect floor height. It’s usually placed underneath ceramic tile or vinyl flooring.

• Cement board -- a stable material that deals well with moisture and is therefore best used in areas that are likely to get wet, such as bathrooms or kitchens. It is usually only used for ceramic tile or stone installations.

• Isolation membrane -- For tile installations over a concrete floor (particularly one that is cracked), isolation membrane protects the tile from movement occurring in such floors. Isolation membrane can be installed over an entire floor, but is commonly used in strips to cover individual cracks.

• Plywood -- What I’d recommend for your redo -- if you plan to just lay down new carpet and padding -- is a sturdy plywood. Exterior-grade, 1/4-inch AC (one side entirely smooth) is ideal, but if you are just installing new carpet it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth -- just level and free of defects.

HOME TIP: When replacing underlayment, inspect the subfloor closely after removing the old underlayment material, looking for loose seams or moisture damage.


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