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Wednesday, August 16, 2000 Volume IX, Number 42

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Soccer League’s Fall & Spring soccer registration will be held on Thursday, August 17, and again on Thursday, August 24, at the concession stand located at the Steadley Soccer Fields from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The player’s age can be between age 4 and age 15. Registration fee is $20. The season will begin on Saturday, September 9.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Greater Ozark British Motoring Club will host an all British Car & Cycle Show on the south and west sides of the square on Saturday, August 19th from 9-3 p.m. Persons interested in entering a vehicle should contact David Thorn at 358-9166 or register the day of the show.

today's laugh

Jack’s mother told him to take the cow to market and sell it because they needed money badly. Taking a shortcut across the railroad tracks, Jack was unable to move the cow along, and it was hit by the train, knocking its tail off. When Jack got to town, he had to sell the cow wholesale because he couldn’t re-tail it.

"Doc, I just wanted to let you know that there is an invisible man in your waiting room."
"Tell him I can’t see him now. Next."

A racehorse can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.

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

Water Cress Swamp Drained.

Street Commissioner J.J. Smith has done a commendable act in draining the swampy tract west of the north end of Main street in the Frisco bottoms. Owing to inadequate culverts under the railroads and the stopped-up condition of the same, the water from the woolen mill spring spread out over several acres in the vicinity mentioned. There water cress grew and a thick slimy mud gathered which sent up an offensive stench. With a few day’s work the culverts have been rectified and the water from the spring now follows a natural course in well defined bounds to and through the culverts and on in regular ditches to the river. The swamp is drying up and the water cress is dying. The air in the vicinity is far more pleasant, and the residents of that part of town owe Commissioner Smith a vote of thanks. He has quickly remedied an evil which has existed for years, and it is a wonder it has not been attended to before.

  Today's Feature

Budget Meeting Moves Swiftly.

The City Council Budget Ways and Means Committee moved swiftly through what appeared to be an involved agenda during their regular monthly meeting last Monday evening.

The Committee voted to accept the recommendation of City Administrator Tom Short to pull funds from several different line items in the current Capital Improvement fund to make up for the additional $35,000 needed for the street and traffic signal improvements to the intersection at Chestnut and Garrison.

The Committee also voted to recommend that the City sponsor an expanded July 4th celebration again next year. Details and a budget will be considered at a later date, but the Committee wanted to give organizers, also so to be determined, plenty of time to prepare.

The Committee voted to recommend a contract with Phillips, Ward & Associates to conduct a two day visioning seminar. The firm has presented a proposal of $4,000 for their services. An exclusive seller’s agreement for Myers Park Property with Southwest Agency was also recommended.

Just Jake Talkin'


The annual editorial in the evenin’ paper about the low turnout to the polls for elections always reminds me of a friend a mine who was always poppin’ off some snide remark.

Durin’ a National Guard meetin’ the Captain was tryin’ to get the moral up a little and was preachin’ a little ‘bout takin’ some pride in the unit and not just puttin’ in their time.

From the back of the room came the comment, "Who cares about apathy?"

‘Course the friend didn’t claim the comment at the time, but it did break the tension a mite. The irony is that the more ya preach about apathy, the less anyone pays attention. I suppose bein’ an example is still the best lesson, but there seem ta be so few teachers.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



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Weekly Column


by Donna Erickson

If older siblings in the family have been earning money this summer mowing lawns, babysitting and watering yards, they have no doubt accumulated a wad of cash for their labors. Give your preschool and elementary age children a chance to earn some spending money too, by offering them "employment opportunities" beyond their usual chores.

Make your own "Want Ads" board full of jobs your child can choose from. Here’s how to make it together:

Hang a bulletin board at your child’s height on a wall in your family room, mud room or kitchen. Let your child cut out large alphabet letters from the newspaper to spell "WANT ADS." Glue the letters to a strip of paper and tack the strip to the top of the bulletin board. Underneath, tack three index cards in a row with the headings - INDOOR, OUTDOOR, GARAGE.

Think of jobs appropriate to your child’s ability, write them on separate cards and tack them below the headings. For non readers, draw a simple illustration of the job, or cut out magazine pictures and glue on the cards. Finally, write the amount of money you will pay for each job, such as a penny for every dandelion. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Indoors - clean sliding glass door, collect trash from garbage cans in all rooms, shake hall rugs;

Outdoors - dig up dandelions in the lawn, pick up pine cones, sweep deck, fill birdfeeder;

Garage - roll up garden hoses, crush aluminum cans, sweep.

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