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Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 57

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The New Life United Methodist Church, 1/2 mile north of Leggett corporate office, will hold an all you can eat pancake feet Sunday Sept. 13 from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. $5.

Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW will sponsor a dance with the Country Boys Sat. Sept 12 from 8 p.m. until 12.p.m. $4

today's laugh

Joan went to a psychiatrist. "Doc," she said, "I’ve got big troubles. Every time I get into bed, I think there’s somebody under it. Am I going crazy?"

Eyes under the bed

"Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink, "Come to me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears."

"How much do you charge?"

"A hundred dollars per visit."

Therapist sleeping

"I’ll sleep on it," said Joan. six months later the doctor met Joan on the street.

"Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?" asked the psychiatrist.

"For a hundred bucks a visit? No way! Instead, I went on one of those ‘Dude Ranch’ vacations, and an old cowboy cured me for the price of a bottle of whiskey."

"Is that so! How?"

"He told me to cut the legs off the bed!

Ain’t nobody under there now!!!

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


The Change Taken in Saturday Night Appropriated by Someone.

The back door of the north side saloon was found open Sunday morning, and a small amount of change which had been hidden away the night before was gone. The bartender says he does not know the amount taken, but that it was small, as they banked their cash Saturday night after supper.

As the back door was barred from the inside, the parties who did the deed could not have come in from that way. It is thought they must have been hidden away Saturday night when the saloon was closed, or else come in through the front door with a key. They then let themselves out the back way, which they could easily do from the inside.

  Today's Feature


George Washington Carver National Monument has invited the public to participate in Prairie Day on Saturday, September 12th, 2009 beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. This event is free of charge. Prairie Day is a celebration of life on a southwest Missouri farm during the mid-1860s and1870s, the years of George Washington Carver’s childhood.

Features include horse-drawn wagon rides through the prairie with a storyteller on board. Inside the visitor center, John Anderson will appear as "Brother John" with music and storytelling about African American life on the prairie from the 1860s & 1870s. Jack Farrow will appear as "Frisco Jack" with Ozark storytelling including The Legend of Little Owl by Mitch Jayne. Close listeners will hear references to the battle of Carthage and the bushwhacker gangs of the area.

Under the big tent traditional music will be provided by Ripplin’ Creek, the Flyin’ Buzzards, Brown’s Mountain Music, Ozark Wilderness Dulcimer Club, Gary Kyger, Panhandle Slim, Dwayne & Barbara Smith, and others. The Town & Country Quilters will host a quilting bee under the small tent and other quilters will demonstrate various quilting techniques.

At the 1881 Moses Carver House history comes alive with candle dipping, Dutch-oven cooking, wool spinning, soap making, laundry washing, butter making, corn shucking, corn shelling and grinding, a chuck wagon, toys and games, and a kitchen garden.

Visitors will find interesting exhibits along the trail including a log hewer showing log notches most likely used on the Carver cabins. Near the Carver Family Cemetery will be an exhibit on 19th century burial customs, and an exhibit on edible & medicinal plants. Near the pond basket weavers will be at work, and there will be fun stations about woodland and prairie animals and birds. Kids will enjoy painting with natural dyes and earning a Junior Ranger badge. An exhibit near the site of the slave cabin will show Civil War medicine. The Tri State Carvers Guild will demonstrate various wood carving techniques, the Missouri Department of Conservation will be on hand to discuss the benefit of prescription fire on the prairie, and the Neosho Fish Hatchery will present interactive exhibits.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the 17th Annual Gem City Days, September 11th & 12th at the Diamond Christian Church parking lot. The theme this year is "Looking Back". On Saturday, a parade begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a variety of entertainment, including the Diamond Jazz Band, Cowboy Poet Society, "Centrefire"-Rockin’ Country Music Band, a Car, Truck, & Bike Show, Uprooted, and Billy Jo Gentry. Diamond High School will host an all school reunion. For more information about Gem City Days call 529-1372.

The park visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and concessions will be offered.

Just Jake Talkin'

Fall is typically when the "pile shift" takes place at my house. Movin’ the winter piles out and movin’ in the summer piles. This spring and fall ritual is always intended to be a cullin’ process. The struggle of gettin’ rid of those things ya really never use, just hate ta throw ‘em away.

My problem is it seems the piles never diminish much over the years. No matter how much I throw away each season, somehow I accumulate replacements each year. I keep thinkin’ someday I’ll open the barn door and see the entire floor with ever’thing that is occupyin’ space in its proper and useful place. Although it’s hard to judge with any accuracy, I do think there are fewer and smaller piles. Hopefully this fall I can muster the courage to uncover a few more square feet of floor space.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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By JoAnn Derson

• Sand from the playground is a real concern for some parents. It comes home in little shoes and can damage carpets by grinding into the fibers, and can scratch wood floors. Here’s a fun idea to keep sand from entering the house at all: Keep a colorful bucket outside the entrance door. Have children remove shoes and dump the sand into the bucket. Then sit back and watch it grow. You can haul it back to the playground when the bucket is filled, or promise the kids a treat as an incentive when the bucket is full.

• To get a stuck bottle of ketchup flowing, insert a drinking straw.

• Pureed cottage cheese can stand in for mayonnaise in a recipe. You can even try it on your sandwich, if you’re up for an adventure. Cottage cheese has fewer calories, less fat and more protein than mayo.

• "I had a really nice decorative door out back, and my dogs chewed the bottom of it up. I finally replaced the door, but the old one was so pretty that I just had to save it. I cut off the piece that was chewed, refinished what was left, and hung it behind the head of the bed in my guest room. It makes a beautiful headboard." -- I.V. in Utah

• "I sew through a piece of fine sandpaper to sharpen a needle. I also use this for sharpening my scissors." -- E.E.F. in Michigan

• Go Green Tip: Feeling overwhelmed by junk mail? Even if you’ve taken your name off of the direct-mailing lists, you still might get quite a number of offers by mail. Recycle what you can, and save envelopes and blank-sided inserts for coupon carriers and grocery lists. They can still be recycled after you’re done.

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