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Tuesday, December 12, 2000 Volume IX, Number 124

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Technical Center staff cordially invites the public to a retirement party for Mr. Honey on Tuesday, December 12, from 3:15-5 p.m. at the Carthage High School’s Auditorium Lobby.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Diabetes Support Group will have a Christmas celebration from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20 in the McCune-Brooks Hospital dining room. Everyone is invited for delicious food, drinks, recipes, and handouts.

Did Ya Know?. . .The Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad Santa Train will visit Carthage on Saturday, December 16 at 6:15 p.m. in the MNA depot, 514 N. Orner. Santa will present a small gift to each child who visits. A special grand prize drawing will also be held for the children.

today's laugh

You see, darling, this hat only costs twenty dollars. Good buy!
Yeah—goodbye twenty dollars.

I even went in one of those glass bottom boats.
I never did get a chance to see one. What is the idea of those glass bottom boats?
So the fish can see how big the person is they got away from.

Despair: Tire kept for emergencies.

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

Joe Barratt on an Errand of Mercy.

The residents of East Third street were startled about four o’clock yesterday afternoon by the sight of Col. W.H. Phelps’ fine sorrel coach horse and stylish trap in a runaway with Joe Barratt, the veteran news dealer, in the rear seat and the coachman in front. They passed east down Third street at terrific speed, the horse in a dead run.

As the animal neared the end of the street the driver succeeded in slowing him down and he turned safely up toward the electric light plant and was soon stopped without anybody or anything having been injured. The runaway was caused by one tug coming unhooked, and as it dropped it struck the horse on the leg and scared him.

Joe Barratt was on an errand of mercy at the time the runaway occurred, and thereby hangs quite a story. A few minutes before he was standing on the court house steps were property was being sold for taxes by the sheriff, piece by piece. He heard Ben Hackney say it was too bad to sell one piece mentioned near the bottom of the list as it was the owner’s home and his only property, and that he did not believe the owner realized it was going to sell. Joe waited to hear no more. He hurried over to the east side of the square and learned from those who knew that Mr. Hackney’s statement was probably true, and furthermore that the owner in question had been sick for two months confined to his bed with rheumatism.

This man lives in the last house at the end of Third street and Joe determined to reach him before the sale should occur and thus save him his home. Casting about for a way to go he espied Col. Phelps’ rig standing near.

Explaining his mission he asked the coachman if he would drive him out and back quickly. The coachman readily consented and the runaway soon followed, beginning at the top of the hill on Third street. But the errand bore abundant fruit. The sick house owner was sure enough unaware of the tax sale. After he got word $20 saved his property.

  Today's Feature

Council Housekeeping.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on an agreement with UMB Banc Leasing Corp. for a lease purchase of a fire truck in the amount of $199,999.59 during this evening’s regular meeting in City Hall.

The agreement calls for a three year term with quarterly payments and is based on an interest rate of 5.85%. The new pumper/tanker truck is expected to be delivered in approximately 18 months.

The Council is also scheduled to vote on Council bill 00-101 that would amend the budget and appropriate $2,000 from the Lodging Tax Fund and $2,000 fro the Civic Enhancement Fund to pay for four new city limit signs that would be placed on 71 & 96 Highways. An unrelated bill is also scheduled to amend the budget to reallocate $4,000 of funds earmarked for Main Street Carthage from promotions to operations.

New business includes first reading of Council bill 00-104 authorizing an agreement with Victorian Carthage for services related to next year’s July 4th celebration. The Public Service Committee will seek the approval of Bank Requisition No. 18 in the amount of $3,357.42 for Fair Acres Project.


Robert L. Anderson Jr. and Kathy L. Anderson have purchased property on South Maple St., Carthage, MO. The sale was handled by Carolyn K. Cole with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Edwin F. Comstock and Hazel M. Comstock, husband and wife, sold the property at 409 Case St., Carthage, MO, to David T. Honaker. The sale was handled by Donal M. Myers with Donal M. Myers Realty in cooperation with Charles E. Elting with Donal M. Myers Realty.

W.A. Keepper and Reba J. Keeper, husband and wife, sold the property at 5808 Mull Lane, Carthage, MO, to Terry G. Rodelander. The sale was handled by Katherine S. Goette with Donal M. Myers Realty, in cooperation with Elbert Randall with Donal M. Myers Realty.

Just Jake Talkin'


As you’re prob’ly aware, we don’t get into stories that are outside the general Carthage area if we can help it. ‘Course the biggest story in the last few weeks has been the recount, count, count. Looks like now what was a national story has turned local and put it in our turf.

Our County Clerk, Jim Lobbey, has been enlisted to keep an eye on some of the ballot checkin’ if in fact there is any. He was asked to get down to Florida to take part in the activities, along with other select County Clerks, by the Republican Party and left Jasper County on Sunday.

Reports from the Clerks office yesterday said Jim is in Jacksonville and was just waitin’ on the Supreme Court decision. Hope he makes it home for Christmas.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



McCune- Brooks Hospital

Weekly Column

Health Notes

Health & Nutrition by Judith Sheldon

STAYING QUIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The stretch between Christmas and New Year’s Day can be the most difficult period for you if you’re an ex smoker. This is especially true if you quit the habit relatively recently. There are all the holiday pressures that used to give you an excuse to take a so-called relaxing puff.

There are parties and get togethers where someone is bound to light up and send temptation coiling around your nose. But you don’t have to give in. The American Cancer Society has several tips that can help you.

First, take things one day at a time. Each morning, wake up with a positive attitude and a promise you won’t smoke that day.

Second, picture success. Think about stressful situations you might have and imagine dealing with them without lighting up.

Third, take a breather. Relaxation exercises help relieve urges to smoke.

Take a deep breath, hold it a second, then release it very slowly. (Remember, urges to smoke are temporary.) Work out. Exercise, such as swimming, running, and racket sports help relieve tension and your urge to smoke. (P.S. Exercising before eating a typical holiday meal will help you metabolize those calories more efficiently.)

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