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Wednesday, April 12, 2000 Volume VIII, Number 211
Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Landfill, Recycling Drop-off
Center and Composting Lot has extended its hours to five
days a week. The Center, 1309 Oak Hill Road, is now open
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Did Ya Know?. . .This week the
Carthage Public Library is celebrating National Library
Week with bookmarks, plastic bookbags with the "Love
My Library" theme and a drawing for mugs, canvas
bookbags, book/video sets and more. Come check em
out this week.
Did Ya Know?. . .On this day in
1945 Vice President Harry S. Truman became president upon
the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The doctor tells
the new patient, "Heres exactly whats
wrong with you. You dont eat right, you dont
exercise, and your eyes are weak. My sign says Im a
The hillbilly checks into the big-city
hotel and tracks in a ton of mud as he crosses the lobby.
The desk clerk says, "Sir, Id suggest you
clean off your shoes next time."
College bred is a four-year loaf made
out of the old mans dough.
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Miss Belle Dermott came over from Webb
City today to spend a few days with Misses Ora and Anna
McGregor, who with Misses Jessie Darr and Fannie Owens
are keeping "bachelor girls hall" while
Judge McGregor is attending the Methodist conference at
W.D. Baldwin, a cousin of J.C. Tuttle,
the implement dealer, and his two partners Messrs.
Shiplee & Green, arrived yesterday from Neodesha,
Kansas, and will make their headquarters here while they
work this city and the surrounding country for a
"kitchen grocery," a neat, metal cabinet for
all sorts of kitchen supplies.
New grocery and meat market, No. 114
West Fourth street. Goods delivered promptly. Phone No.
281. Give us a trial. Weston & Tharp.
A proposal for increased
benefits for the City Police and Fire Pension
Fund Committee was presented to the Council
Budget/Ways and Means Committee during the
committees regular meeting Monday evening
at City Hall. Chair of the Pension Fund Committee
Neel Baucom asked that the Council consider
increasing the Citys contribution to the
plan to pay for a 2% per year cost of living
adjustment for past and current fire and police
employees The plan does not provide for any cost
of living increase at this time.
According to numbers provided
by Baucom, the cost to the City to get the COLA
(cost of living adjustment) funded would range
from $198,895 per year for thirty years to
$225,712 per year for ten years. The City
currently contributes just over $90,000 a year to
the fund, approximately 6% of salaries. After the
COLA was funded, the Citys contribution
would level off to approximately 10% of salaries,
or $147,000 per year.
City Administrator Tom Short
presented comparisons between the Citys two
pension funds. More comparisons were requested
for another meeting.
I see where Webb City just
got a study that proposes spendin about
$14 million on their parks system. Now a good
portion of that proposal includes a new
community center in one a the parks, so
its not all actually "park"
I suppose a similar study
of the Carthage Parks System would come up
with ways to spend a few million too, but
Id have ta guess we are way ahead of
our neighbors to the west when it comes
to havin decent facilities.
Course we have some real help in
upgradin our parks from the various
trusts that benefit the City. As far as I
know, the Boylan Foundation has purchased all
the new playground equipment ya see today,
and the Steadley Trust has funded the
lions share of the Fair Acres Sports
Complex. Just a reminder of the luck of
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Carthage Printing Services
Nutrition by Judith Sheldon
Prime Time With Kids
by Donna Erickson
Sibling rivalry may be as old
as Cain and Abel, but when your own kids start
quibbling nonstop, its hard to accept the
jealousy as normal behavior. It seems to start
when a young child tries to understand why the
new baby in the house isnt just a visitor
but is clearly there to stay!
If a second child has recently
arrived in your home, heres a great idea to
help the preschool-age sibling along in
understanding his own special abilities and how
important he is to the family. Its a simple
bookmaking activity your child can make with you.
First, talk to your preschooler
about his skills and abilities. Perhaps your
child has learned how to count to 10, or how to
hop. Jot down the achievements on scratch paper
as you talk about them.
On a sheet of construction
paper, use markers to print "My baby
brother" or "My baby sister" at
the top and finish the sentence with a
characteristic about the new baby that fits one
of the categories you discussed with the older
sibling. For example, "My baby sister sleeps
in a crib."
Underneath, print a
corresponding idea about the sibling, such as,
"I sleep in a big bed." On a second
sheet you may write, "My baby sister
crawls" and "I can talk, run and
skip." On a third sheet, "My baby
sister eats rice cereal" and "I eat
hamburgers." Continue for several pages,
ending on the final page with something both
children have in common, such as "My baby
sister can smile." "I can smile
Let your child illustrate the
pages. For the cover of the book, glue photos of
your preschooler and the baby on another sheet of
paper and print the title in block letters,
"My Baby Sister (or Brother) and Me."
Punch holes along the left side of each sheet and
tie the pages together with bright ribbon or
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