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Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 107
Did Ya Know?...There will be a
Taco Salad Dinner fund raiser for the Carthage Humane
Society, Monday, Nov. 23 at SMB from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Did Ya Know?..."Paws for
Books" R.E.A.D. dogs, Emmit and Truman will be at
the Carthage Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday
afternoon, Nov 18.
Two guys are
driving through Texas when they get pulled over by a
state trooper. The trooper walks up and taps on the
window with his nightstick.
The driver rolls down the window, and
the trooper smacks him in the head with the stick. The
driver says, "Whyd you do that?" The
trooper says, "Youre in Texas, son. When I
pull you over, youll have your license ready."
Driver says, "Im sorry, officer, Im not
from around here."
The trooper runs a check on the
guys license, and hes clean. He gives the guy
his license back and walks around to the passenger side
and taps on the window. The passenger rolls his window
down, and the trooper smacks him with the nightstick.
The passenger says, "Whatd
you do that for?" The cop says, "Just making
your wishes come true." The passenger says,
"Huh?" The cop says, "I know that two
miles down the road youre gonna say, I wish
that guy wouldve tried that crap with
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Invited to a
Justice Wm. McCune, who was a member of
the 114th Illinois Volunteer Infantry during the wars of
the rebellion, has recently been invited to a confederate
reunion at Tupelo, Miss., which occurs there tomorrow.
This is a reunion of that portion of
the confederate army which took part in the battles of
Brices Crossroads and Harrisonburg, both in the
neighborhood of Tupelo, Miss. The invitation came about
through an inquiry which Mr. McCune had occasion to make
concerning a building at Brices Crossroads, which
was used as a hospital after the battle for both the
union and confederate wounded, among the former being Mr.
McCune himself who reports that, although the
confederates were masters of the field, he was well
treated, the women of that locality flocking in and
treating all alike with their kind attentions.
The Meter Ticks
for Two Hour Parking.
The City Council Public Safety
Committee voted Monday evening to recommend to
the Council that a two month moratorium on the
two hour parking restriction in the downtown area
be put in place. Committee member Wayne Campbell
made the motion and specifically included that
there would be no exceptions granted.
Businessman H.J. Johnson had
earlier told the Committee that he wanted to
begin the process of requesting a 30 minute
parking restriction at 330 Lyon in front of
Carthage Printing Services. Johnson has spoke to
the Committee and the Council on several
occasions concerning the fact that only two
parking spaces are available in front of the
print shop. He says he fears that if the two hour
restrictions are lifted, the business will suffer
if area employees or apartment dwellers park in
front of the shop. Johnson is also the proprietor
of this paper.
Committee members Brent
Grenninger and John Studebaker voted with
Campbell. Committee Chair Bill Welch favored the
trial removal of restrictions, but said he voted
against the motion because he felt there should
be some exceptions.
Council members T.J. Teed and
Diane Sharits attended the meeting and both
expressed the opinion that were not in favor of
lifting the two hour restrictions.
Carthage Police Chief Greg
Dagnan told the Committee that he had been
surprised at the number of businesses on and
around the square that felt the two hour
restriction was not needed. He said he proposed
the trial elimination of the restriction as a
test to see if it is really a service the Police
Department should provide. The Chief requested
that the motion include language so the trial
period would stop at the end of two months and
require Council action to continue.
The recommendation will now be
forwarded to the full Council. City Administrator
Tom Short feels that because the recommendation
would alter an existing ordinance, the Council
will need to put in place another ordinance for
the trial period. It is unlikely that the
ordinance could be drawn up in time for next
Tuesdays regular Council meeting. The
Council has two meetings scheduled in December
that would allow for the required two readings of
the new ordinance before the end of the year.
Durin the discussion
at the Public Safety Committee there were
some interestin rough statistics
The number of "repeat
offenders" gettin parkin
tickets was not exactly known, but it was
estimated to be "at least half."
The number of complaints about gettin a
ticket was "relatively few".
The number of tickets
written was more precise. Around 700 a month
for the last few months. Now ya take half (I
suspect its actually more) and that
makes 350 tickets to people who are knowingly
tryin to beat the system. If ya figure
the repeaters are gettin an average of
three tickets a month, that means over a
hunderd folks are out there everday
shufflin their cars around to avoid a
one block walk from free parkin and
then drive to the Y to get their exercise.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Carthage Printing Services
HERES A TIP
Tip: If you need to replace holiday lights this
year, check out LED lighting. Its
longer-lasting -- up to 10 times longer than
CFLs. Its more energy efficient -- 95
percent more efficient than incandescent lights.
And lastly, its durable; theres no
filament to break.
clothespin to clip coupons to your shopping cart.
This will save you time at the checkout counter,
since theyll be front and center for use.
"Before piping frosting on cookies or
cupcakes with a design, I first trace the design
using a toothpick. Then, I know for sure the
words or image will fit properly. Also, my kids
can be the tracers and finish up with
the piping, saving me time and allowing them to
participate." -- L.C. in Nebraska
a few address labels with you wherever you go.
Youd be surprised how handy they are for
filling out forms and such. I just stick a label
on and Im on my way." -- T.T. in
baby oil around the edges of a bandage when you
are going to remove it. Let it soak for several
seconds, and pulling off the bandage will be
relatively painless. I do this for my child all
the time." -- L.B. in Texas
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