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Thursday, April 8, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 205

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?..The Carthage Lions Club is having their annual broom sale. There will be a stand in front of Garrison Construction April 9-10 & 16-17. Or call 358-6175, 850-5933, or 358-2666.

"Did Ya Know?.. . The American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, and The Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary, Chapter 41, of Carthage are collecting donations for a rummage sale to be held at the beginning of May. If interested in donating,

today's laugh

A very gentle Southern lady was driving across the Savannah River Bridge in Georgia one day. As she neared the top of the bridge, she noticed a young man fixing (ready) to jump.

She stopped her car, rolled down the window and said, "Please don’t jump. Think of your dear mother and father."

He replied, "Mom and Dad are both dead; I’m going to jump."

She said, "Well, think of your wife and children."

He replied, "I’m not married, and I don’t have any kids."

She said, "Well, think of Robert E. Lee."

He replied, "Who’s Robert E. Lee?"

She replied, "Well bless your heart, just go ahead and jump, you dumb Yankee."


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


T.M. Gatlin, of one and a half miles west of town, took the contract this morning for re-soiling and grading the half mile track at the Market fair grounds. He takes the contract for $500 even money. He is to re-soil both ends of the track, plow up the whole track and roll it well, and put it in first class shape in every respect. He will put what is called a mop board around the inside of the track all the way, which will keep the surface of the track from washing. Frank Haven will oversee the work, and will have it done right. He not only knows what a good track is, but has occasion to use this track a good deal all during the summer and is especially interested in having it a good one.

Mr. Gatlin said this morning, "I intend to make this one of the best and fastest tracks in the southwest. I have not only had much experience in grading work in general, but I have often graded and fitted up racing tracks and once made an entirely new track.

  Today's Feature

Bastin Wins By a Slim Margin.

The Council seat in Second Ward left open when Mike Harris was elected Mayor has been unofficially filled. Former Council member Charlie Bastin won the privilege by a one vote margin last Tuesday.

With no one filing for the position, state statutes dictate that any write-in candidate that is legally qualified can take the election. Eight write-in candidates were reported by the Election office with each receiving one vote, except Bastin, who received two. It was uncertain Wednesday afternoon if Bastin will accept the position. He has no legal obligation to do so, but has served on the Council for several terms in the past. Attempts by this paper to contact Bastin were unsuccessful.

In the two contested races for City Council, incumbents John Studebaker of Ward Three and Ward Five Council member Brent Greninger both won reelection. Second Ward T.J. Teed and First Ward Claude Newport were unopposed.



By Monte Dutton

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Fluke injury just a small obstacle in Hamlin’s plans

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Unfortunate circumstances have, at least for the time being, sidetracked Denny Hamlin in his bid for an elusive Sprint Cup championship.

They haven’t, however, slowed him down at Martinsville Speedway, where Hamlin won his second straight race.

Until shortly before the start of the season, the most likely candidate to challenge Jimmie Johnson seemed to be Hamlin, the 29-year-old from Chesterfield, Va., who collected half his eight career wins last year and finished fifth in the point standings.

"Every year you expect yourself to be better than you were the previous year," said Hamlin.

Unfortunately, a fluke injury muddied Hamlin’s championship hopes. Before the season even started, Hamlin suffered a knee injury while playing pickup basketball. The original plan was to put off surgery until after the season ended.

Last week Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Hamlin would undergo surgery immediately. Scheduled for March 29, it had to wait until the following day when Martinsville’s Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 was rained out.

"We were going to wait until the end of the season," said Hamlin, "but just decided that it wasn’t a good idea. We were doing some further damage to the knee, and, to me, it’s not something that’s worth suffering forever or having a permanent limp or anything like that. It just didn’t make much sense."

Did the injury contribute to Hamlin’s slow start? Undoubtedly. The rigors of short-track racing at Bristol caused additional soreness, and another week on a short track at Martinsville played a role in the decision to have surgery right away. The timing was also right because of the open date between races at Martinsville and Phoenix.

In the short run, the injury threw a monkey wrench into what seemed likely to be the season Hamlin went from being a star to being a superstar.

"I feel like, talent-wise, I’m as good as anyone on the race track," he said. "Ultimately, it takes a lot of pieces of a puzzle to make a championship run. The driver’s skill levels are probably 15 to 20 percent of it. There’s only so much I can help but I think my team is better prepared this year."

Now, if a surgeon named Dr. Patrick Connor can only make Hamlin’s knee better prepared ...

Just Jake Talkin'

There’s nothin’ much more aggravatin’’ than a machine that isn’t workin’. The old sayin’ that a car that isn’t runnin’ is nothin’ but a two thousand pound radio pretty much sums it up.

Another machine of questionable justification is those little boxes they call ice makers. On occasion. Even the folks that sell refrigerators tell ya they only expect ice makers ta work a couple three years. That’s why they’re so easy to replace.

Cordless phones are beginnin’ to edge up on my list of disposable conveniences also. For twenty or thirty bucks, ya toss out the two year old when the battery gets weak. At least it keeps ya "in style" while you’re yakin’ out in the garden. There’s still comfort in the fact that if ya break a hoe handle, you can still get down and use the blade

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Dear Tom and Ray:

My wife’s grandfather drives like an idiot. Specifically, he never touches the brake pedal until the very last second, at which point he slams on the brake, throwing everyone forward and sending various objects hurling about the car. Someone finally asked him what he is thinking, and he replied that he is prolonging the life of the brakes. His theory is that if he slams on the brakes, lurching the car to a fast, screeching halt in a second, it means less time for the brake pads to be rubbing and thus wearing down. If he gradually eases the car to a nice, sane stop, it means all the more time for the brakes to be wearing down. Of course, he’s crazy, right? Or could he be on to something? -Ian

Ray: Maybe he doesn’t like you guys, Ian. Perhaps his real goal is to get you all to stop riding with him. In which case, it’s not working yet. Tell him he needs to wait a few seconds longer before slamming on the brakes.

Tom: He’s nuts, Ian.

Ray: The amount of wear on the brake pads can be calculated by multiplying force times distance.

Tom: So, using more force over less distance (like he’s doing) is really the same as using less force over more distance (like the rest of the sane population does).

Ray: In other words, he’s making you bang your foreheads on the dashboard for nothing.

Tom: In fact, he even may be shortening the life of his brakes. By repeatedly causing a rapid rise in temperature from all that friction, he could cause warping or cracking of the brake lining material.

Ray: The best way to drive is gently. Start gently, and slow down gently.

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