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Monday, August 16, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 39

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

today's laugh

Due to increasing criticism about excessive governmental spending and bloated bureaucratic budgets, we are immediately scaling back to only basic essentials. Therefore effective immediately the light at the end of the tunnel will be turned off until further notice.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.

Not expecting to do well on the economics exam, Bill was heartened by the first question: In any given year, and to the nearest ton, how much wheat did the United States export?

Smiling confidently, he wrote, "In 1492, none."

No wonder the English language is so very difficult to learn.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.


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


A Man Named Carter Tried to End His Life at the Arlington Today.

A man named Carter locked himself in his room at the Arlington hotel some time this forenoon and turned on the gas, apparently with suicidal intent. The smell of the escaping gas attracted the notice of the employees about 1 o’clock, and Landlord Carter began a thorough search of the house. The trouble was finally traced to its source, and upon finding the door locked it was broken in and the occupant found to be in an insensible condition. Restoratives were applied and a telephone message brought a physician hurriedly to the spot. Carter was worked with for some time before he revived, but he eventually rallied.

A reporter called at the hotel but failed to gain any further information. None of his questions were answered.

  Today's Feature

New Posters Remind Drivers of the Dangers of a Hot Car.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) and the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, have joined forces to remind parents and caregivers that children should never be left alone in a car not even for a minute.

MODOT has placed posters supporting CTF’s Not Even for a Minute public-awareness campaign in its 28 rest area locations in Missouri. The campaign encourages parents and caregivers not to leave children alone in or around vehicles. Left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, a child is in danger of dehydration, injury, abduction or death. This important message will also scroll across approximately 66 electronic message boards along Interstates 70, 44, 55, 29 and 35 and on U.S. Route 60, through the end of August.

"We all know how hot Missouri summers can be," said Kirk Schreiber, CTF executive director. "The inside of a car can heat up to extreme and dangerous temperatures very quickly and result in tragedy for children within minutes."

Just Jake Talkin'

In a typical year the Street Department spends ‘tween a hunderd and a hunderd and fifty thousand just pavin’ streets. They have a "list" that they use to take care of those streets that are gettin’ in some type of disrepair and follow it pretty close.

The big projects like completely rebuildin’ a street or long pavin’ projects are usually contracted out. The transportation sales tax takes care of most of the regular maintenance type pavin’ since that half-cent tax has ta be used on streets. Just one more reason to purchase all ya can inside the City limits of Carthage. I also like the idea that those who come in from outa town pitch in a little ta keep our streets up in shape.

There’s always the possibility, but ya don’t find many chug holes in Carthage. Apparently the system is workin’ pretty well.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

It’s Hard to Let Go of Parent’s House

Q: About a year ago, I sold my mother’s home to a friend of my daughter’s. It is a well-built old farmhouse with a couple of acres and lots of history. My parents added all sorts of personal touches in and around the house, as my father loved woodworking. I’ve visited a few times since then, and I don’t like what my friend is doing to the house. The woodworking shop is filled with junk, some custom shelves were painted over, and he and his three kids don’t keep things very clean. I’m not happy about this. What can I do to get him to take better care of the house? -- Jim H., Gardner, N.H.

A: In a word -- nothing. You sold the house lock, stock and barrel, and the new owner can do pretty much whatever he wants with it.

It sounds like you, or your daughter, has maintained a friendship with the owner. Broaching this subject -- that you’re not happy with the home’s upkeep -- could strain or break that relationship.

Probably the best you can do is keep telling stories about the house when you visit. Like, "my mother used that shelf there to put up jam." Or a little bit about the history of the woodwork installed around the house. The new owner probably will appreciate knowing more about the place -- if not now, in the future -- and might develop a sense that he should preserve some of that history.

Then again, he may not. It’s entirely his decision.

HOME TIP: Have a few empty prescription bottles lying around? Remove the labels and use them to hold different sizes of screws, nails or other hardware.

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