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Monday, December 18, 2000 Volume IX, Number 128
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 doeuvres &
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.
Werent you kinda nervous when he
gave you all those beautiful gifts?
NoI 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
I spent two years teaching my dog how
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
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
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.
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
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
What scares most
folks about the November gas bill is
it wasnt 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.
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
dont have ta put up with all
the inconveniences those livin
here in the next to the last century
took for granted. I sure
wouldnt relish a trip to the
outhouse this time a year.
This is some fact,
by Al Carrell & Kelly
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
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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