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Monday, September 21, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 65

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...The New Life United Methodist Church, 1/2 mile north of Leggett corporate office, is offering free coffee each weekday morning.

Did Ya Know?... The Family Literacy Center will be selling Mums for the fall season at $10 each. To order, call 358-5926.

today's laugh

In the Hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.

"I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news," he said, as he surveyed the worried faces.

"The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It’s an experimental procedure, semi-risky and you will have to pay for the brain yourselves." After a great length of time, someone asked,

"Well, how much does a brain cost?" The doctor quickly responded, $5,000 for a male brain, and $1,000 for a female brain." The moment turned awkward.

Men in the room tried not to smile,avoiding eye contact with the women,but some actually smirked.A man, unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask,

"Why is the male brain so much more?"

"We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they’ve been used!"

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

Deep Mineral at Carthage.

While so much successful prospecting is being done in this vicinity it is not amiss to call attention to a hole which was drilled four years ago to a depth of over 400 feet, proving a deep run of mineral in this vicinity.

This hole was sunk by T. Regan on his land next east of where the Chautauqua grounds are now located. Chas. Newbert, a well known drill man of Carthage, is the man who did the work.

He finished this drill hole April 14, 1896, and following is his record of the drill indications all the way down, carefully recorded and proven by a series of drill cuttings still preserved by Sam Regan: 14 feet of soil to cap rock; 128 feet of limestone; 142 feet of flint and sandstone; 25 feet of lead; 5 feet of jack; 82 feet of lead; 82 feet of soapstone. This makes a total of 431 feet, at which depth the drill was stopped.

  Today's Feature



George Washington Carver National Monument is hosting a volunteer-led effort to control invasive exotic plants identified at the park. This work will take place in the woodlands and on the prairie. Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) will remove these nuisance plants by pulling and cutting. Please join the dedicated VIPs of George Washington Carver National Monument as they help protect America’s treasures.

In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, the park will offer two special film presentations. Starting at 2:00 p.m., visitors will have a special opportunity to view an introductory screening of,

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This 45 minute film will feature highlights of the six-part, 12 hour documentary, directed by Ken Burns and written & co-produced by Dayton Duncan. The documentary is an opportunity to invite more people to know all 391 national parks and to introduce them to the broader mission and benefits of the National Park Service. The series will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Sunday, September 27 and continue for six consecutive nights.

The Seeds of Success, The Legacy of George Washington Carver will begin at 3:00 p.m. This 30 minute documentary was locally-produced by Ozarks Public Television presents insight into the life of George Washington Carver. Extensive archival photos and film clips contributes to an enhanced understanding of Carver. Authors and scholars, along with National Park Service rangers, provide a rich and strong commentary on Carver’s work and his relevance today. A highlight of the program is a former student of Carver’s who shares his special and unique perspective. The program also informs viewers on the establishment of the National Park Service unit in Carver’s honor and an overview of what visitors will enjoy while they are here.

National Public Lands Day provides Americans with a dramatic and productive opportunity to pitch in and help improve their public lands. One-third of the land area of the United States is in public ownership. This includes federal, state, city and county lands. These 700 million acres are used andprotected for water supply, timber, minerals, recreation, wildlife management, scenic beauty, environmental education, and much more.

George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver. The monument is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri on Hwy V, then south mile on Carver Road. For more information, please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visit the park website at

Just Jake Talkin'

It’s amazin’ how one person bein’ a jerk can mess up a day.

Made a quick stop at the local grocery on the way home from work the other day. Back out on the parkin’ lot, happened to notice a fresh scrape on the front fender. Not a big bang, just a little impression ‘bout ten inches long. The bumper on the car sittin’ in the next stall appeared to have a little fresh paint. What a pain.

The small insult prob’ly won’t warrant the hassle of goin’ to a body shop. A little extra rubbin’ durin’ the next wax job will prob’ly make the injury unnoticeable my most passersby, but ever’ time the car gets washed, there will be the reminder of the jerk who wouldn’t at least apologize for wreckin’ my day.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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You Can Paint Over Wallpaper, But ...

Q: Is it possible to paint over wallpaper that is on very well? If so, what is the best procedure? -- A reader via e-mail

A: It’s possible, though not advisable. Paint doesn’t always adhere well to the paper, especially if it’s glossy, and very colorful or highly textured paper will often show through the paint. I’m not saying you can’t do it, though!

I painted over rose-striped wallpaper in one of my first apartments, without any preparation, and never had a problem. So, test the paint color of your choice in a corner of the wall, let it dry and see how it looks.

If the wallpaper is not ripped or peeling away, you can paint over it without much trouble. I recommend lightly sanding the entire surface, wiping it clean with a damp cloth, and letting it dry for a day or so. Then, put a coat of sealing primer over the wallpaper. This will keep the paint from soaking into the paper (reducing the amount of paint needed for the job) and prevent old stains, moisture or air from bleeding through. Primer also provides an evenly colored surface to paint on. Once it’s dry, paint away.

What if the wallpaper is ripped or the edges are peeling away? If removing all of it is a pain, patch the ripped area with a spare piece of wallpaper to ensure an even wall surface, and glue the edges back in place. Sand the ripped edges lightly, and if necessary, apply spackling compound over the edges, feathering the compound to create a smooth surface. Missing patches of paper and ripped edges will show up as clear imperfections on your newly painted wall.

The toughest scenario is wallpaper that is more than half removed, albeit in strips, dribs and drabs (because it is stuck so well to the wall that conventional removal is almost impossible). In this case, don’t paint until every method of wallpaper removal has been tried, including steaming the glue away or using chemical solvents.

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