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Thursday, October 8, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 78

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

Morris the loudmouth mechanic was removing the cylinder heads from the motor of a car when he spotted the famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey, who was, waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his Mercedes.

Morris shouted across the garage,

"Hey DeBakey! Is dat you? Come on ova’ here a minute."

The famous surgeon, a bit surprised, walked over to where Morris the mechanic was working on the car.

Morris straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked argumentatively, "So Mr. Fancy Doctor, look at dis here work. I also open hearts, take valves out, grind ‘em, put in new parts, and when I finish dis baby will purr like a kitten. So how come you get da big bucks, when you an’ me is doing basically da same work?"

Dr. DeBakey leaned over and whispered to Morris,"Try doing it with the engine running."

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

Attention M.W.A. and R.N.A.

All those going to Parshley Saturday night to the ice cream and strawberry festival in buggies or wagons will please meet at Woodman hall to start promptly at 5 o’clock and all those going on bicycles will meet at the southeast corner square to start at 6:10.

The transfer wagonette will be used to take the Royal Neighbors. Everybody is invited to go. By Order of Com.

Frank Davis Discharged.

Frank Davis charged with enticing his little nephew away from its mother, was discharged today by Justice Woodward who held that he had a right to do so as he enticed the child away to its father and rightful guardian.

Miss Jennie E. Morris of Carthage and J. W. McGrew of Carterville have been licensed to marry.

  Today's Feature

Carnival For the Dogs.

A Doggie Carnival is planned with games for all ages. There will be food, Dachshund race and A Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Carthage Municipal Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Future Carthage Municipal Dog Park.

Members of the community are invited to attend between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

"Bring along family, friends and of course, vaccinated pets. Fall photos will be offered by Heather Davis," says Tee Faris, one of the organizers.

Father Steve of Grace Episcopal Church will be disserting a Blessing of Animals at 11 a.m.

A Dachshund race is set for 2 p.m. There is a $15 registration fee and Vaccination records are required. Prizes will be awarded.

"Remember, all proceeds will benefit a planned ‘doggie playground’ in Municipal Park. Come join in the fun," Faris comments.

For more information contact Tee Faris at 417-540-4757 or Amy Silvers at 417-483-8608.



By Monte Dutton

Sponsored by Curry Automotive

Move to Cup Paying Off for A.J. Allmendinger

A.J. Allmendinger is hardly alone. Every driver who migrated into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from IndyCar, ChampCar and/or Formula One has faced difficulties, oft times unanticipated, in moving to stock cars.

The one great success story so far is Juan Pablo Montoya, who made the Chase in his third try.

But Allmendinger, 27, is getting better, and in marked contrast to many others, also is still around.

The driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 44 Dodge, Allmendinger, from Los Gatos, Calif., finished seventh in the recent AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. It was his fifth top-10 finish of the year, and it moved him up two spots to 24th place in the Sprint Cup point standings. Prior to this season, Allmendinger had only two top-10 finishes in 66 tries.

"I come to the track every weekend trying to be as competitive as I can and win races," he said earlier this year. "It doesn’t matter if you’re third or 33rd in points, you have the same objective every weekend, and that’s to win.

"I think the motivation comes from the effort that is put in every week by Richard Petty Motorsports and the people that build the cars for me. I really feel that I’m getting in really good race cars that are fast and competitive. It takes a lot of hard work and sweat to get ready for these races, and you don’t want to let anybody down. You’re motivated to win for yourself, your sponsors, your team. ... There’s plenty of reason to get motivated every week."

Allmendinger took great pride in his Dover finish. Oddly, he qualified seventh for the season’s first race at the Monster Mile and finished seventh in the second.

"Hopefully," he said, "we can run strong like this in the final eight races to show everyone what kind of team that we have. It was a smooth day. ... I’m just proud of everybody."

Moving from stardom in one major series to mediocrity in another can be tough.

"I’m not immune from losing confidence, but I certainly think the equipment that Richard Petty Motorsports puts me in allows me to stay positive every week," he said. "I don’t think that you can compete at this level of motorsports without having confidence in your ability as a race-car driver.

"This is a competitive sport. There are very talented teams and drivers in NASCAR all shooting for the same thing: to win. ... If you don’t have confidence out here, you better look for another profession."

Just Jake Talkin'

I see that the evenin’ paper is layin claim to bein’ "Carthage’s one and only hometown newspaper," accordin’ to an article in that publication the other day.

Now since none of the staff was around back when the Mornin’ Mail began in ‘92, they prob’ly don’t have memory of the evenin’ paper pushin’ for the Mornin’ Mail to get a City license to publish a newspaper. The City Attorney at the time replied to an inquiry by the publisher of the evenin’ paper at the time that the Mornin’ Mail looked like a newspaper and called itself a newspaper, so it must be a newspaper. The Mornin’ Mail was properly licensed by the City as a newspaper in 1992.

‘Course I do have ta mention that the Mornin’ Mail is the "one and only newspaper printed in the city of Carthage."

This is some fact,

But Mostly, Just Fact.


Sponsored by Metcalf Auto Supply Weekly Columns

Dear Tom and Ray:

You mentioned in a recent column that ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is toxic to animals. Is it also toxic to humans? I’m a doctor, and I prescribe a medicine for my patients that cleans out their colon called Go-Lytely (which makes a person do anything but go lightly). The main ingredient in Go-Lytely is polyethylene glycol, sounds an awful lot like ethylene glycol, or antifreeze. Am I really prescribing antifreeze? If so, could I just tell my patients to down a gallon of Prestone and save themselves a trip to the pharmacy? - Dan

Tom: Well, sending off your colonoscopy patients with a bottle of Prestone is contra-indicated, Doc. I wouldn’t recommend it.

Ray: Although, wait a minute. Antifreeze DOES have rust inhibitors. Maybe they’ll keep the arteries clean?

Tom: You won’t need arteries if you ingest antifreeze. The two substances are related, but they have very different effects on the human body. Polyethelyne glycol - the stuff you give your patients - is a very large molecule, too big to be easily absorbed by the body. Its job is to block the absorption of water. Ethylene glycol (antifreeze), on the other hand, is a very small molecule that is absorbed by the intestines.

Ray: So, Prestone is not a substitute for Go-Lytely. On the other hand, I’m eager to find out whether Go-Lytely can be a substitute for Prestone. So if you’ll write me a prescription, I’ll throw a gallon in my trunk. The next time I overhear, I’ll pour it in my radiator and as my health insurer to pay.


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