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Thursday, September 7, 2000 Volume IX, Number 57

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?. . .The Cancer Support Group will meet at the McCune-Brooks Hospital at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7th.

Did Ya Know?. . .Eggs & Issues will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 8th in the McCune-Brooks Hospital Dining Room, 627 W. Centennial. The admission is $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Mike Heston, District Director of Immigration and Naturalization Service for the Kansas City District Office, will be discussing the office duties and responsibilities of the I.N.S. Satellite Office in Springfield. For more information contact (417) 358-2373.

today's laugh

Rudy Miller- "My, what a large skating rink!"
Palace- "Yes, It has a seating capacity of 1,000."

Father (intense with excitement)- "Well, boy, what happened when you asked the boss for a raise?"
Son- "Why, he was like a lamb."
Father- "What did he say?"
Son- "Baa."

Doctor- (looking at patient’s eye) I see indication of liver ailments and Bright’s disease.
Patient- Try again, that’s my glass eye.

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

Stairway for Woodmen’ Hall.

Workmen began this morning putting in the stairway to the new Woodmen hall in the Luke building on South Main street. It leads up from the Main street sidewalk between the store rooms of the Richardson Grocery Co. and Alexander & Son.

Much Sickness.

"I find more sickness from bowel and stomach trouble this summer than I have ever noticed in Carthage before since I came to the city," said a prominent Carthage physician this morning. "The variable weather, I think, does it."

Mr. Pierce of Iowa was in town yesterday with one of the Prosperity school directors. He intends to move to this county, ready to teach somewhere within its borders this winter.

  Today's Feature

Building Bid Recommended.

The City Council Public Services Committee voted 4-0 Tuesday afternoon to recommend accepting the low bid of $186,000 from Crossland Construction for a new Street Department Maintenance Building. The recommendation will need the approval of the full Council. The building used by the department for the last 50 years was destroyed by fire last February. The City collected approximately $116,000 from insurance for the building and lost equipment.

The Budget Committee recommended and the Council approved paying for the building over a five year lease. An annual amount of $42,000 was appropriated for the lease. City Administrator Tom Short told the Public Works Committee that he felt the amount would cover the $186,000 cost of a five year lease on the building.

A motion by member Charlie Bastin to reimburse Richard Ferguson for the removal of eight trees was defeated 1-3. Ferguson feels that a storm water ditch built approximately nine years ago next to his property had a role in the trees dying.

The Committee was informed that City Codes Inspector Bud Rogers is retiring.

Just Jake Talkin'


The big scoop on the Square for the last couple a days is the need for better solid waste management. This is not the old rest room discussion, but one most folks don’t want to step in.

It is common practice for tourists and locals to let their pets avail themselves to the only turf on the square when nature calls.

Those humans who on occasion cross the Courthouse lawn seem to be stumblin’ upon the little treasures that remain.

Although this has not caused a big stink up ta know, there is somethin’ in the air. Although it is typical for us to keep our ear to the ground, but in this case it will probably suffice to sniff out clues to get to the real poop.

This is some crap, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.



Metcalf Auto Supply

Weekly Column


by Tom & Ray Magliozzi

Dear Tom and Ray:

I have an ’84 Ford Mustang with a V6 engine and 143,000 miles. My problem is that a lot of steam comes out of the tailpipe. Then when I step on the accelerator, water comes out of the tailpipe, and I think it smells like antifreeze. Is this a problem?-Jose.

TOM: Not necessarily, Jose. Water and steam are perfectly normal. Water is a by-product of the combustion process, and when it comes out of the engine, it’s hot, so it comes out as steam.

RAY: And if the tailpipe is cool, some of the steam condenses on its way out and dribbles out as liquid water. So, that’s no problem.

TOM: Losing antifreeze out the tailpipe WOULD be a problem, though. But since smells can be deceiving, you really have to use more than just your nose to make that diagnosis. You have to turn instead to automotive stoichiometry (that’s scientific jargon for seeing if you have any less coolant in the car than you had, say, yesterday).

RAY: If you are losing coolant, and it’s not dripping from anyplace obvious, then you may have a blown head gasket, cracked cylinder head or cracked engine block-which cost $400, $1,200, and $2,000 to fix, respectively-give or take a few hundred bucks.

TOM: But if you’re not losing a lot of coolant, you have the option of simply leaving it alone. On a car with 140,000-plus miles, that’s probably what I’d do. I’d keep an eye on the coolant level to make sure it doesn’t run low and melt the engine. Then I’d just keep driving and start saving for the inevitable repair-or down payment on a ’97.

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