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Monday, December 18, 2000 Volume IX, Number 128

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Carthage Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Business After Hours" welcoming Dr. Bret Hubbard on December 19th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Carthage Family Medical Center, 1615 Hazel Avenue. Please R.S.V.P. at 417-358-2373, hors d’oeuvres & drinks will be served.

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 Carthage Salvation Army still needs toys for their Toy Shop. If you would like to donate toys for children in need this Christmas, please drop them off at The Salvation Army, 125 E. Fairview. For more information call 358-2262.

today's laugh

Weren’t you kinda nervous when he gave you all those beautiful gifts?
No—I just kept calm and collected.

The spirit of Christmas lives in Las Vegas. When a kid tells a department store Santa what he wants for Christmas, Santa gives him the odds on getting it.

I spent two years teaching my dog how to sit.
Now, he forgot how to stand.

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

Narrow Escape From Death.

Two Carthage men went over to Joplin yesterday to witness the game of golf as it is played on the Ozark links. They alighted from the Frisco train and stepped onto the electric track just in time to be almost run down by a rapidly approaching trolley car.

They barely escaped with their lives, and both became so weak as an after-effect of the scare that they had to sit out the first round of play.

Mules Going to the Cotton Belt.

Henry Tangner will ship a carload of mules over the Frisco tomorrow morning for Paris via Goodland, Tex. They are for use in the cotton fields.

Judge Hickman today delivered eleven head of mules which he had sold to Mr. Tangner.

  Today's Feature

Gas Heat Prices Surge.

Gas bills received by area residents and businesses last week reflected the 40 to 50% increase approved on November 1. This increase, along with more typical cooler temperatures for the month of November brought a major increase in those bills.

The gas bill for City owned Memorial Hall jumped from around $400 in October to over $2,000 in November. The gas bill for the Carthage Courthouse was just over $4,100 for November according to Commissioner Anna Ruth Crampton.

According to Missouri Gas Energy the increase is due to increased wholesale prices of gas on the open market. The company offers various payment plans for customers to spread the cost over a period of time.

The Economic Security Corporation offers winter heating assistance for low-income families. The program helps households that otherwise would be unable to pay utility bills or obtain heating fuel due to extreme weather conditions. Households, except for the elderly (age 60 or over), must be experiencing a crisis which constitutes a shut-off notice and be income eligible. Call 358-3521 T-Th-F or 417-781-0352.

Just Jake Talkin'



What scares most folks about the November gas bill is it wasn’t even that cold of a month. Most of the cold came after the first of December. Get out your check book and knit another sweater.

Turnin’ down the thermostat a tad make ya wonder how uncomfortable folks were when they were burnin’ nothin’ but coal or wood for heat. Usually we think of the Victorian Era as bein’ romantic, maybe the cold had somethin’ to do with the romance. Or maybe nowadays we don’t have ta put up with all the inconveniences those livin’ here in the next to the last century took for granted. I sure wouldn’t relish a trip to the outhouse this time a year.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Workman's Loan

Weekly Column

The Super Handyman

by Al Carrell & Kelly Carrell

Dear Al: I'm not much of a repairman but I'll try to fix it if it's broke. I attempted to tackle the washing machine, and the manual said to remove the agitator. The plastic cap that held the agitator in place wouldn't budge. I wrapped a towel around it and went after it with the oil-filter wrench from my truck. Sure enough, it came loose. I used the wrench to tighten the cap back down too, but not as tight as it was before. By the way, I did get the washing machine running again, and it didn't cost me that much moola to do it. Also I learned a few skills for my next home repair.


Wooden steps can double as storage spaces in some cases. By prying up a step and adding hinges to the back of it, you can create some really handy storage for garden hoses, work boots, tools and lots of other things. It's a great idea for the stairs on the deck or patio, or in the basement. In enclosed areas, It works best on the bottom step, so you don't have to worry about your stuff sliding out of reach.

If you're careful, the hinges will hardly be noticeable. No one need know that you've got things stored beneath your stairs.


A SUPER HINT- When you have to remove old wallpaper, try using hot water to soften the old paste. A little liquid dishwashing soap added to the water will help make it "stick" to the wallpaper better. Use a paint roller, sponge, or mop to apply the water.

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