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Monday, August 23, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 44

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

today's laugh

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, ‘There’s Jennifer; she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, he’s a doctor.’"

A small voice, Johnny’s, at the back of the room rang out, "And there’s the teacher ... she’s 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, "I’m the goalie!"


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.O’Keefe 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.

  Today's Feature

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 Carthage.

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 sale.

The Highways Commission approved the upgrading of the US 71 corridor between Kansas City and Joplin to interstate standards by the end of 2012.

Just Jake Talkin'

The process of gettin’ your driver’s 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. Didn’t take it, but later wondered why it was offered.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Repairing 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 you’ll probably see solid concrete blocks (or similar foundation material) underneath. As long as the foundation looks solid and you can’t see water seepage or plant growth in there, the foundation is likely just fine.

Check the entire foundation area for any additional damage to the outer veneer. If it’s 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 denatured alcohol.

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 home’s 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 patch’s color to the rest of the house afterward, touch it up with masonry paint after it’s dry.

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