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Monday, August 30, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 49

did ya know?.

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

Did Ya Know?.. . The Family Literacy Center is accepting orders for fall mums. Orders and money are accepted until Sept. 15. $5 or 5 for $20. 358-5926

Did Ya Know?.. .The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, August 30 through Friday, Sept. 3

today's laugh

A boy was taking care of his baby sister while his parents went to town shopping. He decided to go fishing so he took her with him.

"I’ll never do that again!" he told his mother that evening. "I didn’t catch a thing!"

"Oh, next time I’m sure she’ll be quiet and not scare the fish away," his mother said.

The boy said, "It wasn’t that. She ate all the bait."


"Lou, sit down. I’ve got some bad news. You don’t have much time to live."

"How much longer do I have, Doc?"


"Ten *what*? Ten weeks? Ten months? Ten years?!?"

"Nine ... Eight ..."


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

Bad Accident At Frisco.

Marshal Dowell Will Lose His Right Foot.

Yesterday afternoon Marshal Dowell, a 15 year old lad, fell under the wheels of a moving freight train at the Frisco depot and had his foot nearly cut off and a bad gash in his head. His foot will be amputated.

He had left Eureka Springs, which in his home, Monday morning and was "bumming his way to Galena to see his sister, May Dowell, of that place. He had gotten this far and been in town most of the day and was at the depot when the train pulled out and attempted to catch on with the above result.

He was taken to Dr. Chester’s office and the foot patched up as best it could be and arrangements were being made last night to have him sent to Springfield to the hospital.

His father’s name is George Dowell and he is a stone Mason. The boy was in rags and did not have a cent of money.

  Today's Feature

Heroes & Heritage

Nominations Sought.

The Chamber of Commerce Maple Leaf Committee is seeking nominations of local persons to be given special recognition as local heroes or to individuals who have contributed to the rich heritage of the Carthage community. This year’s theme is Heroes and Heritage.

Nominations should include the person’s name, address, and phone number as well as a description of the facts pertaining to their basis for distinction in these categories as well as a brief biography including current information. The person nominating them should also include their name and contact information so the committee can contact them if necessary.

A limited number of nominees will be given a place of honor on a special entry in the October 16th Maple Leaf Parade.

All nominations should be submitted by mail to Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 402 S. Garrison Avenue, Carthage, MO 64836 or by email to or by fax to 417-358-7479. Deadline for receipt of nominations at the Chamber office will be 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 20th.

Just Jake Talkin'

On past trips through Nevada (the state) I’ve wondered why someone would want to live out in the middle of the desert, isolated by miles of sand. No services such as sewer, water or street maintenance. As odd as it may seem to those of us who choose to live in a community, those who live in the desert like it that way.

I’m thinkin’ it comes more from the fact that they enjoy not havin’ to answer to anyone. They may be responsible folks, but they don’t have to be responsible to any other person. If they live in a fire trap, attract rats, or raise pigs, only they have ta live with it.

Livin’ in a community brings the obligation for some responsibility to the health and welfare of the community. Folks tend ta locate in communities that match their level of that responsibility.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Repair Concrete Steps With Quick-Set Cement

Q: Two of the corners of the steps leading up to my front door have broken and crumbled away, so that I can’t even glue the fallen corners back into place. Can these corners be repaired? -- John in Elk City, Idaho

A: Sure. With a few materials and by placing a wood "form" around the stair tread corners so they hold shape, you can create a reliable patch for these damaged areas.

You’ll need some sturdy sheets of plywood (about 1/4-inch thick) -- two cut to the height of the riser (the vertical part of the step) below the damaged areas and two cut to reach from the damaged corner to the bottom of the steps as they’ll be placed along the side.

Also, you’ll need a wire brush, an old paintbrush, a chisel, hammer and nails, a trowel, wood float and edger, sturdy gloves and eye protection. Your repair materials include concrete bonding adhesive and quick-set cement.

First, prep the corners by clearing out dirt and crumbled cement with a wire brush. Next, take a look at the broken corner: If it’s somewhat deep and a bit jagged inside the damaged area -- as long as its clear of crumbled cement -- that’s a nicely fillable area. If it’s a smooth break, chisel a couple of inch-long, shallow angled cuts into the center of the area.

Next, set up wood forms around each corner, so that the sides of the plywood are flush with the sides of the concrete steps. Secure with one or two nails and, if needed, brace with a heavy object like a concrete block.

Mix your quick-set concrete fairly thick (the necessary ratio should be on the side of the container). With the old paintbrush, spread bonding adhesive over the first repair area. Follow by pressing the concrete mix into the repair area with a trowel until the corner of the form is filled and flush with the top of the step. Smooth with a wood float. Repeat this with the second repair area.

Let the concrete set for about 30 minutes, then carefully pull back the forms and use an edger to round off the front edge of the patch and then the side edge. Smooth excess from the bottom of the corner patch, then replace the forms and brace.

Let them dry for at least 24 hours, and keep foot traffic away from the new corners for about a week.

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