The children had all been photographed, and the
teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of
the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be
to look at it when you are all grown up and say,
Theres Jennifer; shes a lawyer,
or Thats Michael, hes a
A small voice, Johnnys, at the
back of the room rang out, "And theres the
teacher ... shes dead."
Sandy began a job as an elementary
school counselor and she was eager to help. One day
during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on
one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids
enjoyed a game of soccer at the other.
Sandy approached and asked if she was
all right. The girl said she was.
A while later, however, Sandy saw the
girl was in the same spot, by herself.
Approaching again, Sandy offered,
"Would you like me to be your friend?"
The girl hesitated, then said,
"Okay," looking at the woman suspiciously.
Feeling she was making progress, Sandy then asked,
"Why are you standing here all alone?"
"Because," the little girl
said with great exasperation, "Im the
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
New Jail Committee.
Yesterday morning a meeting of the
commercial club of this city was held to consider the
notice sent by the Joplin club that a committee had been
appointed to consider a new jail proposition and that
they were desirous of meeting a like committee from this
city. A committee of five was appointed to look after the
matter and to write the Joplin committee to set a time
and place for the meeting. The following were the
appointees on the committee: T.T. Luscombe, Samuel
McReynolds, C.O. Harrington, E.OKeefe and W.W.
Calhoon. As soon as the committee meet they are to report
to their clubs. The general impression seems to prevail
that there must be a new jail built. No other business of
importance was transacted.
Yesterday W.R. Weathers sold his
property on Walnut street to J.S. Bradfield for $400. Mr.
Bradfield will occupy the property at once.
Tax Sale Today.
Stephen H. Holt, Jasper County
Collector, reminds all Jasper County residents
that the annual Tax certivicate sale, as required
by Missouri State Statute, will be held at 10:00
a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2010 on the third
floor of the Jasper County Courthouse in
An updated listing will be
posted at the west entrance of the Courthouse
with additional updates on the website at
A total of 346 remain on the
sale as of August 19th. The breakdown is as
follows: Eastern District 112, Central District
106, and Western District 128.
Due to the tax certivicate
sale, theJoplin branch office will be closed
August 23, the day of the sale, and will re-open
at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Ausgust 24. The Carthage
office located in the Carthage Courthouse will
open at 8:30 a.m. and remain open during the
The Highways Commission
approved the upgrading of the US 71 corridor
between Kansas City and Joplin to interstate
standards by the end of 2012.
The process of gettin
your drivers license has been
streamlined compared with years past.
The most time spent is from
decidin on whether or not ya want your
social security number on your license,
whether or not ya wanna be an organ donor, do
ya want your vital statistics sold to some
mail order house, stuff like that. I was
totally unprepared to have ta think
durin the renewal process so it caught
me a little off guard.
The upside to all the time
savin gadgets they use to get you in
the system is ya walk out with a pretty nifty
lookin license (if you except the
subject matter of the photo in my case) and
the routine only takes a few minutes. I was
given a second chance at the photo.
Didnt take it, but later wondered why
it was offered.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Crumbling Stucco Veneer
Q: I was checking around the
house yesterday after clearing the gutters, and I
noticed a small hole in the stucco foundation
just below the siding. When I touched it, some
material crumbled away and I saw a metal mesh
underneath. What is this stuff? I thought our
foundation was solid masonry. -- Joe H., Phoenix
A: The actual "solid
masonry" part of the foundation is probably
behind the metal mesh you saw. Brush away some
more of that crumbling veneer to get a better
look, and youll probably see solid concrete
blocks (or similar foundation material)
underneath. As long as the foundation looks solid
and you cant see water seepage or plant
growth in there, the foundation is likely just
Check the entire foundation
area for any additional damage to the outer
veneer. If its limited to a couple of small
cracked or crumbling areas you can probably fix
the damage yourself, and you should to prevent
additional damage and keep the areas from
becoming entry points for water or pests.
Cracks can be quickly patched
by filling them with concrete caulk, which is
flexible and will expand and contract with the
stucco. Overfill the crack a bit and then smooth
it out using a disposable paintbrush and
The larger crumbled area can be
repaired by brushing away loose material from the
area with a wire brush, down to the metal mesh
(a.k.a. lath). Scrub away any rust on the lath
and spray on a bit of metal primer. Then coat the
edges of the stucco with a bonding adhesive to
ensure the patch holds.
Premixed stucco, available in
colors to match your homes stucco coating,
can then be applied using a trowel or putty
knife. Overfill the hole a bit and feather the
edges into the surrounding surface. To finish,
take a rough-bristled brush (like a handheld
whisk broom, for example) and use it to match the
surrounding stucco as best as possible. Let the
patch dry for the amount of time recommended by
the premixed stucco manufacturer. If you need to
match the patchs color to the rest of the
house afterward, touch it up with masonry paint
after its dry.
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