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Thursday, October 15, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 83

did ya know?Did Ya Know?...Auditions will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 and Monday, Oct. 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre for the Christmas Show The Best Christmas Pagent Ever. The show is scheduled for Dec. 3-6 and 10-13.For further information call 417-358-7268.

today's laugh

There was a painter by the name of Jock, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often would thin his paint to make it go further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Church decided to do a big restoration job that involved the painting of one of its biggest churches.

He went about erecting the trestles and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, thinning it down with the turpentine. Jock was up on the scaffolding, painting away with the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, and the sky opened.

The torrential rain washed the thinned paint off the church and knocked Jock off the scaffold and on to the lawn.

Jock was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got on his knees and cried: "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?"And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke...Repaint! Repaint!

And thin no more!

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

A Day in the Country.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Westminster church spent yesterday in the country at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. I. C. Campbell seven miles northeast of town. There were fifteen ladies present. The dinner was an elaborate affair, after which quite a musical programme was enjoyed.

Mrs. Campbell presented the society a handsome quilt, which the ladies appreciated. The day was not wholly given up to recreation but numerous plans were proposed and discussed looking to the advancement of the church. At a late hour the ladies reluctantly took their leave.

A pretty water spaniel was humiliated this afternoon by chasing across the east side of the square with a tin can dangling to its tail.

  Today's Feature

Maple Leaf On Tap.

Three Minutes of Fame Lip Sync Competition

Sponsored by Grundy’s Body & Frame Shop Carthage Jr. High Auditorium (714 South Main) 7:00 p.m. Tonight.

Free to enter and free to the public.

Brats on the Square (Friday)

Hosted by the Carthage Rotary Club

Historic Carthage Square (South Side Courthouse Lawn) 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Includes a brat chips drink and dessert.

Maple Leaf Baby Show

Sponsored by McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital Carthage Jr. High Auditorium (714 S Main)

Friday: 6:00 p.m.

Pre-registration 5.00 dollars before noon on day of event or 10.00 dollars onsite. On-site registration begins at 5:00 p.m. (pre-entries are accepted at Chamber office until Noon on the day of the event). Newborn to 24 months (as of October 1 2009).

For more information call 417-358-2373.



By Monte Dutton

Sponsored by Curry Automotive

Casey Mears Still Hopes to Fulfill Potential

Nothing ever seems to work out for Casey Mears, who has thus far been unable to fulfill his potential and the legacy of his famous family.

Mears’ uncle, Rick Mears, won the Indianapolis 500 four times. His father, Roger, raced at Indy and was an off-road racer of great renown. Casey, after racing in CART, made a switch to stock cars and won an ARCA race in 2003 at Michigan.

Since making the move to NASCAR, Mears has competed for three teams: Ganassi (now Earnhardt Ganassi) 2003-06, Hendrick Motorsports 2007-08 and Richard Childress Racing beginning this year. His career-best points finish was 14th with Ganassi in 2006.

A 15th-place finish in the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway left Mears ranked 19th in the Sprint Cup standings. He is 69 points behind Jeff Burton and 72 ahead of rookie Joey Logano.

"It was a good day for the Jack Daniel’s (his sponsor) team, but I think we were better than where we ended up," said Mears after the Kansas race. "At times, our Chevrolet showed speeds comparable to guys in the top five and top 10, and I felt that’s where we should’ve finished.

"We were a little too tight and lost some spots there at end, but our program definitely shows signs of improvement. We’ll try to build on this 15th-place finish next weekend."

Mears’ lone Cup victory to date occurred in one of NASCAR’s signature races, the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, where he crossed the finish line first on May 27, 2007. He also finished second in the 2006 Daytona 500 and won the pole at Indianapolis in 2004.

"My most memorable experience ... is kind of a toss-up between sitting on the pole at Indy and winning at Charlotte," said Mears. "I think Charlotte is probably the biggest memory that I have right now in racing. That’s my fondest memory. At the same time, it was very exciting to sit on the pole at Indy just because of my family’s background there and history. To do that was a lot of fun. It just felt like the right place, right time. So between those two are probably my two fondest memories in racing at the moment."

Mears’ best finish this season, at least so far, was a sixth at Michigan in August.


Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road.

Just Jake Talkin'

If ya haven’t heard, there will be an auction at the new high school on this Saturday. The proceeds of the silent auction, and the live auction will be used to help pay for the bronze tiger sculpture that is bein’ created by Bob Tommey. The tiger is to be placed at the high school after it is completed.

The silent auction will begin at 2 p.m. with the live auction startin’ at 4. The auctions are comprised mainly of donations from various businesses of the community, include artwork from several artists that are well known in this area.

Accordin’ to Sandy Higgins, the fund rasin’ chairperson, tours of the new High School will also be available durin’ the day. If you’re lookin’ for a break from the hectic pace of the day, this could be the spot.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply Weekly Columns




Dear Tom and Ray:

I really need an answer soon! There is a possibility that I have a 5 to 6-foot, 2-inch diameter snake living in my engine compartment. It was slithering under my car, which was parked on the street in Muenster, Texas. Some men from the local electric company tried to shoo it away. But it never came out from underneath the car. I drove 40 miles home. I called the Honda dealer and they said it was possible for the snake to enter the passenger compartment through the air-conditioning ducts. My car is parked outside in the Texas heat right now. What are the chances the snake is in the car, and how do I get it out? Am I being paranoid? This happened yesterday. Help! - Mary

Tom: Are you being paranoid? You’re being delusional to go near this car. It it were my car, I’d set it on fire and stay 50 feet away until there was nothing left but fine ash.

Ray: Of course, we Northerners aren’t accustomed to seeing snakes very often, Mary. Unless they’re working at car-repair facilities.

Tom: So we spoke to Dr. Fred Aaidan, a herpetologist at the University of Texas, Pan American. He says that your little pet there is probably either gone by now, or dead.

Ray: He says that engine temperatures, which typically are several hundred degrees, are too hot for snakes, especially in the summer.

Tom: So if the snake could get out of there, it’s probably gone by now. If not, it’ll likely die in there. And you’ll know if that happens by the horrific smell.

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