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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 77

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... An American Red Cross blood drive will be hosted by the Nazarene Church of Carthage on Thurs. Oct 15 from 11:30 to 6 p.m. 2000 Grand

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue of Carthage will hold a Feline Spay/Neuter event Oct 22 at Central Pet Care. Spay or neuter for $15. 358-6808 for appointment.

today's laugh

What did the skeleton say to the bartender?

I’ll have a beer and a MOP!

An elderly couple had been experiencing declining memories, so they decided to take a power memory class where one is taught to remember things by association.

A few days after the class, the old man was outside talking with his neighbor about how much the class helped him.

"What was the name of the Instructor?" asked the neighbor.

"Oh, ummmm, let’s see," the old man pondered. "You know that flower, you know, the one that smells really nice but has those prickly thorns, what’s that flower’s name?"

"A rose?" asked the neighbor.

"Yes, that’s it," replied the old man. He then turned toward his house and shouted, "Hey, Rose, what’s the name of the Instructor we took the memory class from?"

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


Lemuel McIntire, a Jasper county pioneer who was driven north at the beginning of the civil war, is back here on a visit and tells the paper some interesting reminiscences, throwing a little light on the early history of the county. He is from Polk county, Iowa, is eighty-one years of age, and will return home next week after a visit here with his son, James McIntire, up the river east of town.

Mr. McIntire settled in the river country east of Carthage in 1838. This section was then in Barry county, but a few years later when Jasper county was cut off and organized, speculators fixed on a point three miles west of Carthage, down the river, as the geographical center and probable government seat of the new county. They laid off a town, called it Jasper, and Mr. McIntire built a small house of split logs, with flat side out. This building was soon afterward used by the first county officers, and Mr. McIntire therefore claims the honor of having erected the first court house in Jasper county.

That town of Jasper soon faded off the map and Carthage grew. The war came, and Mr. McIntire went, leaving his property in charge of his nephew, John Hornback. After the war he returned from Illinois to fix up his property rights, then moved to Iowa and Kansas, where he has resided ever since.

The old gentlemen states that this was the best country on earth for the poor man to get a start, little or no capital being required. Only the frightful war drove him away. "And I believe yet that there’s just about as good opportunities for young men just beginning in life here now as there was then, or as there are now anywhere else on earth."

  Today's Feature

Police Academy Back on Track.

The Carthage Police Department will be holding its 17th "Citizen’s Police Academy" starting on October 15th. The Classroom sessions will be each Thursday night from 7 PM to 9 PM. Practical exercise classes will begin at 6:30 PM.

Registration forms for the academy are available at the Carthage Police Department at 310 W. 4th Street, or the Department may be called at 237-7200 and a registration form will be mailed.

Detective Steve Waldo, the CPA coordinator, recommends that due to limited class size that interested citizens complete an application as soon as possible.

There is no fee for this community awareness program. The academy is designed to give the public a better understanding of their police agency, as well as an opportunity to experience the day to day life of a police officer. Students are permitted to participate in a ride along program as long as they sign the required waivers. Other topics include DWI and drug enforcement, firearm safety, meth lab investigations, use of force and non lethal weapons.

Questions can be addressed to any member of the Police Department.

Just Jake Talkin'

I grew up hearin’ ya gota jump in and start swimmin’. The idea bein’ that ya can’t sit around waitin’ for somethin’ ta happen.

‘Course, as water safety folks will explain, its not such a good idea to jump in head first if ya aren’t familiar with the swimmin’ hole.

I’m guessin’ that most folks have felt they got in a little deeper than they anticipated ever’ now and then. That’s when the rest of the lesson comes in. "Learn from your mistakes and go on."

I suppose that havin’ an attitude that gettin’ your feet a little wet now and then is a good thing. I’d hate ta think that ever’thing has been tried that’s worth tryin.’ It’d be a shame ta not have anything left ta learn.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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By JoAnn Derson

• "If you are making cookies with raisins, do yourself a favor and soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes prior to using. I had never done this before, and my sister-in-law suggested it. It makes such a difference. The raisins get plump and juicy." -- A Reader, via e-mail from Minnesota

• "I’m always looking for ways to jazz up recipes for chicken, since we eat it so much. I like to bread chicken cutlets in different things, and a suggestion from a friend that I recently tried was delicious! To add flavor to chicken breading, use a tablespoon of a dry seasoning packet, such as one for making Italian or ranch dressing. They have a lot of flavor and really change the taste of fried chicken." -- R.L. in Tennessee

• "While tooling about the neighborhood with the little ones in their wagon one evening, we decided that the wagon needed some taillights. We made a loop out of duct tape, plucked a couple of our solar-powered landscape lights and stuck them in the loops. Now if we go out in the evening, we just grab a couple of the landscape lights and put them in the loops. We are adding additional loops for trick-or-treating." -- A.C.M. in Florida

• If you’ve moved, you might have a mountain of now-outdated address labels. You can use them to close freezer paper for storing meat packages -- just use them like stickers. Also, you can use a thick permanent marker to write a date on them for other packages in the freezer.

• Go Green Tip: Some items to dispose of properly (never in the trash): paint and paint solvents, antifreeze or motor oil, other shop chemicals and batteries. Purchase only what you can use, and check first for local recyclers accepting these items, then for proper toxic drop-off sites.

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