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Thursday, December 16, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 127

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?...The Salem Country Chruch at Red OakII will feature The Bell Ringing Lady (Cynthia Woodburn) for their Christmas Program, Sat. Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Mule drawn wagon rides at 4 p.m.

Did Ya Know?...The Nazarene Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive Thu. Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in their small fellowship hall at 2000 Grand.

today's laugh

A man gets a ticket to the Super Bowl from his company. Unfortunately, when he arrives at the stadium he realizes the seat is in the last row in the corner of the stadium.

About halfway through the first quarter he notices an empty seat 10 rows off the field right on the 50 yard line. He decides to take a chance and makes his way to the empty seat.

As he sits down, he asks the gentleman sitting next to him, "Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?" The man replies "No". He again inquires of the man next to him, "Who would have a seat like this and not use it?"

The man replies, "Well, actually, the seat belongs to me, I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away. This is the first Super Bowl we haven’t been together since we got married in 1967." "Well, that’s terribly sad. But still, couldn’t you find someone to take the seat? A relative or close friend?" "No," the man replied, "they’re all at the funeral."


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

Boy’s Hand Punctured.

Henry Hout, Jr., aged 14, bought a pistol this morning and he didn’t know it was loaded. It was, though, with a blank, and when it went off the wadding shot through the palm of his left hand, and into his leg. Not serious, says Dr. Wise.

Miss Barron to Return Home.

Miss Frances Barron, who has been visiting her cousin, Miss Blanch Griswold, in this city for the past three months, expects to leave next Wednesday for the east. Mr. S. B. Griswold accompanying her as far as St. Louis. She will visit a couple of weeks in New York City and then go on to her home in the suburbs of Hartford, Conn. Miss Barron is a charming young lady and will leave a host of friends and admirers behind her in this city, where she has been exceedingly popular among the society young folks.

  Today's Feature

Y Christmas Break Camp.


Sign-up for the Fair Acres Family YMCA’s Christmas Break Camp is underway now at the Y located at 2600 Grand Avenue in Carthage.

The cost to register for Christmas Break Camp is $20/day for Y-Members and $25 for Non-Members. Or parents may register children for all five days at a reduced rate..

Christmas Break Camp will run December 27-31. Parents may drop their children off at the Y as early as 7:00 a.m. and pick them up by 6:00 p.m.

Activities will include games, swimming, crafts, sports, and much more. YMCA will provide a snack and parents are asked to make sure their child(ren) bring a sack lunch. Also, children will need to bring a swimming suit and towel each day.

Staff from the Y’s Summer Day Camp and After School programs will make sure kids are safe and have lots of fun.

For more information call the Y at 358-1070 or stop by the Y at 2600 S. Grand in Carthage.


By Monte Dutton

HIGH: Jimmie Johnson won a record fifth consecutive Sprint Cup championship, which is even more impressive in that no one else in the sport’s history has won more than three.

LOW: The exhortation of NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton -- "Have at it, boys" -- proved to be emblematic of the season that followed. An on-track feud between drivers Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski boiled over in both the Cup and Nationwide Series. No one was hurt, but the crashes were scary and obviously intentional.

HIGH: Denny Hamlin’s run for the championship was inspirational and heartbreaking. Hamlin persevered in spite of a knee injury that required surgery ... while he continued to race. He led Johnson by 33 points with two races remaining but wound up losing the championship by 39.

LOW: Dale Earnhardt Jr. continued to struggle. Ninety-three races have passed since his last victory. He will begin his fourth season at Hendrick Motorsports with his third crew chief, Steve Letarte. (A fourth, Brian Whitesell, took the reins just for one race.) He finished 21st in the standings and collected only three top-five finishes.

HIGH: Another driver who didn’t qualify for the Chase won the season’s two most prestigious races. Jamie McMurray captured both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.

LOW: Upset at being criticized, NASCAR officials tried to fine two drivers, Hamlin and Ryan Newman, in secrecy. Naturally, word leaked out, leading some to wonder what else the ruling body was hiding.

HIGH: The season’s two races at Talladega Superspeedway produced a total of 175 lead changes. The individual numbers were 88 and 87, the two highest such totals in the sport’s history.

LOW: Two of the sport’s more dignified drivers, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton, exchanged blows after Burton inexplicably wrecked Gordon’s Chevy under a caution flag at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 7. It’s difficult to buy Burton’s explanation that he didn’t do it on purpose.

HIGH: The Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Camping World Truck Series, Austin Dillon, actually won two races.

LOW: The rookie of the year in Cup, Kevin Conway, never finished higher than 14th and was 35th in the point standings.

HIGH: The most improved performance came from Kevin Harvick, who bettered his average finish from 19.9 in 2009 to 8.7 in 2010. Under the point system in place prior to 2004, Harvick would have finished the season with 295 points more than any other driver.

Just Jake Talkin'

I read once that rabbits always return to their trail to confuse anything tryin’ to follow ‘em. They will run in a circle and come back to close to where they were jumped up.

The article I was readin’ made rabbit huntin’ appear to be a pretty simple task. Take your dog along to chase the rabbit and just wait until the critter makes the full circle.Now I’m not sure the short legged dog I grew up with was a decent rabbit chaser. We did manage to scare up a rabbit or two, but I never saw ‘em again. After a bit, the dog would come sniffin’ tryin’ to pick up the trail. I’m guessin’ the dog is a critical factor in the art of rabbit huntin’ as described in the article. Bein’ smarter than the rabbit doesn’t make much difference if ya don’t have a dog that will hunt.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Dear Tom and Ray:

We recently bought a 2005 VW Beetle and love it. Our one concern is its tendency to hydroplane in the rain. Is there any way to install an aftermarket stability control? In 2005, the electronic stability control was not a feature on the Beetle. If not, what can we do to help reduce the tendency to hydroplane, in addition to slowing down. Thanks, guys. - Ted

Ray: Slow down some more.

Tom: There’s no way to install an aftermarket stability control system, that we know of. Nor would it prevent hydroplaning. But there are several things you can try, Ted.

Ray: Hydroplaning occurs when so much water collects in front of your tires that it creates a wedge of water, and your tires ride up on the wedge of water and temporarily leave the road.

Tom: It’s most likely to happen when you drive into a large puddle at a fairly high speed. And, as I’m sure you can attest, Ted, it causes a loss of control. Not only of the car, but sometimes of your bodily functions. It’s scary!

Ray: Normally, hydroplaning is prevented by the tread design of your tires. The tread contains grooves that channel the water through the tire, leaving the surface of the tread firmly on the road.

Tom: Hydroplaning also can be caused by worn-our shocks that aren’t doing their job of keeping the tires pressed down against the roadway. That makes it easier for water to push the tires off the road surface.

Ray: Have your mechanic take a look and give you his opinion on both your shocks and your tires.

Tom: And, like we said, slowing down helps, especially when it rains.

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