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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 62

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?....Steadley Elementary School in Carthage, Missouri is having a Fun Fair, September 26th from 4:00-7:00. Bracelets are available for purchase for $10 in advance or $12 at the fair. All proceeds will benefit the students of Steadley.

today's laugh

I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had just signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road.

The reason:"too many deer were being hit by cars"and he didn’t want them to cross there anymore.

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


The county court met at the court house yesterday morning and from there went to Joplin to investigate the smallpox bill. No entry has yet been made upon the records but the court found the bills had all been made by the county physician, Dr. Snyder, who was the county’s agent. While it is not known just what action will now be taken, yet from a legal standpoint it looks as if the county would have the bill to pay.

It is belief that the court is under the impression that Dr. Snyder has spent money with a lavish hand.

The court did not return last night but will convene this morning.

Recorder Steadley yesterday made a tender of $547.95 to County Treasurer Weeks. The county court has not passed upon this action but as it is not the amount which the court finds he is short by $75, it will probably not be accepted.

  Today's Feature

Festival of Friends

The Carthage Multicultural Committee and Carthage Caring Communities, a coalition of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri present the 9th annual Festival of Friends at Carthage Central Park on September 19, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thousands of people have come to enjoy the festival in previous years to enjoy a wide variety of cultural displays, entertainment, history, and ethnic foods offered. Various cultures include Cherokee nation, Columbia, Egypt, Germany, Japan, and a variety of others.

The event will feature such acts as Middle Eastern Belly Dancers, Deleware Inter-Tribal Youth Council and Musica de Gracia Opening ceremonies start at 3p.m. Visitors can register for door prizes throughout the evening.

"We have a remarkable amount of cultural diversity in Southwest Missouri; the Festival of Friends offers a unique opportunity for all of us to learn a little bit more about each other and experience new types of food and entertainment," says Wendi Douglas, Executive Director of the Carthage CVB.


Just Jake Talkin'

I’ve never been to a toothpick factory. Now I’ve whittled a few in my day, but I can imagine they use the same technique as I do ta fill all those boxes they sell ever’day.

I suppose the same folks that make toothpicks branch out into other fields such as match sticks and maybe even pencils.

In Army C rations they used ta have a little wood tooth brush of sorts. Ya chew on it for a while ta make it soft and then used it ta brush your teeth.

I suppose they still make those flat toothpicks. I’ve always preferred the round ones. The main advantage of course bein’ you’ve got two pickin’ ends. Twice the picks for the same money. Course I can see the advantage of the flat ones if you’re on a boat, they don’t roll off the table.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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By JoAnn Derson

• Go Green Tip: Temperatures are cooling in many parts of the country. Could your house use a fresh-air day? If the air smells a bit stale from running the air conditioner all summer, instead of using chemical air fresheners, just open up those windows and let the fall in.

• Butter wrappers are terrific pan greasers. Save your wrappers in a plastic baggie in the freezer, and they will always be on hand, ready to use almost as soon as they come out of the freezer.

•"Senior Tip: If you use a walker or cane, it’s good to write your contact information somewhere on it, just in case you lose it. However, why not include only your name and the name and phone number of your emergency contact? That way, if you lose your cane, it is more likely to get returned for having a phone number on it, but a stranger cannot find out where you live just by looking at, say, a return address label on your walker. And in any case, it’s good to have your emergency contact listed in case something happens while you are out." -- M.A. in Arkansas

• Make your own reusable fabric softener: Fill a spray bottle with fabric softener and use an old washcloth as your "fabric softener sheet." Use by dampening the washcloth with fabric softener and adding it to the clothes in the dryer. It’s reusable indefinitely. If it feels too gummed up, just toss it in the next load of your washer.

• Check out your chimney now. Use a mirror and flashlight to take a quick peek at your chimney to see if there is a buildup of soot that needs to be taken care of before fireplace season starts. Open the flue and shine the flashlight up the chimney. Hold a small hand mirror at about a 45-degree angle to look up the chimney.

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