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Thursday, September 3, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 54
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
Did Ya Know?... The Pet Photo
Contest put on by the Carthage Humane Society is taking
place now until the end of the month. They will use 12
entries for their 2010 Calender. Entry fee is $10, no
limit on entries. For info, call 417-439-7134.
Did Ya Know?... The City will be
spraying for mosquitoes through this week. The schedule
will be that neighborhoods will be sprayed on the evening
that trash is picked up, between the hours of 8 p.m. to
midnight. Residents are asked to turn off attic or window
fans when the sprayer is in their immediate area.
Ive learned from my boys (honest and not kidding):
A king size waterbed holds enough water
to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house 4 inches deep.
If you spray hair spray on dust bunnies
and run over them with roller blades, they can ignite..
If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling
fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42 pound
Boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape. It is
strong enough, however, if tied to a paint can, to spread
paint on all four walls of a 20 x 20 ft. room.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Flushed The Mains.
The Carthage Water Co. has been engaged
yesterday and today in flushing all water mains, as
directed by the city council. Especial attention is paid
to what is called "dead ends," or ends of mains
sticking out beyond where any water supplies are usually
drawn; also mains from which but little water is taken.
In such pipes the water circulates but slowly and has
time to settle as fast as it comes in. The deposit of mud
which thus gathers has a tendency to rile the water every
time it moves as a result of water being drawn. This mud
is neither healthy nor agreeable and the flushing removes
it. The fire plugs and other large openings from a main
pipe are all opened at once and it makes such a current
in that main that any mud deposited in the pipe is washed
up and comes out with the water. The water is allowed to
run until it is clear. The openings are then closed and
another main is opened.
Greene & Jasper Counties.
Southwest Missouri Congressman
Roy Blunt announced today grants totaling more
than $210,000 for law enforcement agencies in
Greene and Jasper Counties from the Department of
Justices Byrne Memorial Assistance Grant
The Byrne grant program will
finance a $46,132 purchase of a replacement
generator for the Jasper County Sheriffs
Office. "We lost our backup generator
earlier this year and being in a rural area,
reoccurring power outages impair our ability to
provide services," Sheriff Archie Dunn said.
"This will reduce the impact that power
interruptions have on our electric-powered
technologies and improve our ability to provide
law enforcement services in Jasper County even
during bad weather."
The Joplin Police Department
will receive more than $11,500 from the Byrne
grant program to make improvements for the work
release program in the citys current jail.
The Byrne program supports a
wide range of law enforcement activities
including personnel, equipment, technology,
prosecution, courts, drug treatment, and crime
victim and witness protection
efforts."Declining revenues often cut into
the meat of law enforcement activities and
support services," Congressman Blunt said.
"The Byrne grants are important to shoring
up those vital law enforcement activities during
this downturn in the economy."
Springfield Police Chief Lynn
Roe agrees. "We are grateful for the funds
we received from the Byrne grants when we are
hurting as bad as we are. These grants give us
the ability to purchase the technology and
materials we need to have to keep our personnel
on the street."
The Springfield Police
Department will receive more than $92,100 to
continue the replacement of their record
management and field reporting system.
I live next to a
dysfunctional pecan tree. It produces an over
abundance of pecans each year, then routinely
drops them in my yard startin
bout this time a year. Not only are
they worthless as a foodstuff, theyre
always green when they fall, they make
mowin that particular portion of the
Ive always understood
that there are male and female pecan trees.
They have ta pollinate before the pecans will
develop I thought, but that may be the
The tree sits close to the
property line between me and the
neighbors. They got a new metal roof
last year and now a little breeze and thump,
thump, thump. Sounds like a rock fight in a
metal drum. Maybe the squirrels will help
clean up the mess.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
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CLICK and CLACK
by Tom & Ray
Dear Tom and Ray:
I have a 2006 4.7 liter v-8
Jeep Grand Cherokee with 50,000 miles, and we
change our own oil every 3,000 miles. This last
time we went to change the oil, my husband and I
battled for two and a half hours to get the oil
filter off! We started with a cap-style oil
filter wrench, which started slipping. Then we
used every wrench we could find, including a
Channellock. A few hours later, the filter looked
like a crushed beer can. We finally realized
wed lost this battle, so now our car needs
to be pushed out of the garage and towed to our
mechanic. But for future reference, are there any
other techniques or tricks for loosening stuck
filters? - Lasha
Ray: No, you pretty much hit
em all, Lasha!
Tom: The one other advantage we
have at the shop is that we have some better
wrenches to try. We have one that grabs around
the bottom of the filter, and attaches to a
ratchet. But sometimes even that doesnt
Ray: And then the only option
is to grab the air chisel and break it off. And
youre absolutely right to tow it to a
professional to have that done. Its not
something you want to try yourself, because if
you screw it up and take a chunk out of that
mating surface on the engine block, every filter
from then on will leak.
Tom: And you want to be able to
blame the SHOP for that, rather than your
Ray: I can tell you why the
filter stuck: You forgot to put oil on the filter
gasket. If you dont lubricate the seal with
oil before tightening it, it will "wed"
to the engine, and be extremely difficult to
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