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Monday, December 6, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 119
Did Ya Know?.. . First United
Methodist Church 7th & Main will hold a Breakfast
& Cookie Sale Saturday, Dec. 11th, 8am-Noon Breakfast
$5, pancakes & ham or biscuits & sausage gravy.
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
A man is caught sitting at a make-shift campfire
by a forest ranger, and to the rangers horror, the
man is eating a bald eagle. The man is consequently put
in jail for the crime. On the day of his trial, the
conversation went something like this:
JUDGE: "Do you know that eating a
bald eagle is a federal offense?"
MAN: "Yes I do. But if you let me
argue my case, Ill explain what happened."
MAN: "I got lost in the woods. I
hadnt had anything to eat for two weeks. I was so
hungry. Next thing I see is a Bald Eagle swooping down at
the lake for some fish. I knew that if I followed the
Eagle I could maybe steal the fish. I caught up with the
eagle who landed on a tree stump to eat the fish. I threw
a stone toward the eagle hoping he would drop the fish
and fly away. Unfortunately, in my weakened condition, my
aim was off, and the rock hit the eagle squarely on his
poor little head, and killed it. I thought long and hard
about what had happened, but figured that since I killed
it I might as well eat it since it would be more
disgraceful to let it rot on the ground."
JUDGE: "The court will take a
recess while I consider your testimony."
(15 minutes goes by and the judge
JUDGE: "Due to the extreme
circumstance you were under and because you didnt
intend to kill the eagle, the court will dismiss the
The Judge then leans over the bench and
whispers: "If you dont mind my asking, what
does a bald eagle taste like?"
MAN: "Well your honor, it is hard
to explain. The best I can describe it is somewhere
between a California Condor and a Spotted Owl."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Struck in the Eye With
James Biggs the Central avenue
blacksmith, was struck in the eye with a hot piece of
iron yesterday, but it is hoped is not seriously hurt. He
was hammering an old file at the time making a wedge for
his anvil. The hot piece of iron flew out of the tongs as
he was striking it, and struck him over the eye
inflicting a slight wound. The hot part of the iron
barely touched the eyeball. He is laying off from work
for a few days but hopes there will be no serious
Going Away Surprise
Miss Olive Cline, who leaves tonight
for her future home at Flora, Ill., is being given a
farewell surprise party this afternoon by her friends.
They assembled at 5 p.m. at Mrs. Hills, on North
Main street, where Miss Cline rooms, and each guest took
her share of the refreshments. A supper is to be served
at six oclock.
Christmas Parade Tonight.
Carthage SkillsUSA invites the
community to join them for the 38th annual
Carthage Christmas Parade. Carthage Technical
Centers SkillsUSA Chapter will be hosting.
The Carthage Christmas Parade will be held this
evening, Monday, December 6, 2010, on the square
at 7:00 p.m. This years parade theme is
SkillsUSA is a youth
organization, made up of high school students who
are enrolled in classes at the Carthage Technical
Center. These classes cover a wide range of
interests such as Digital Electronics, Health
Sciences, Computer Maintenance, Carpentry,
Drafting, Automotive Service Technology, and
Precision Machining. The local organization has
100 members and it participated in several
activities during the year. Last year Carthage
SkillsUSA took one of the largest groups ever to
participate in state competitions with two state
officers and five individuals qualifying for
SkillsUSA has been part of the
Carthage Christmas Parade for years. The
SkillsUSA creed states, "We believe in the
dignity of hard work and the American way of
Although Im not
completely familiar with the circumstances
surroundin the vehicle rammin the
Courthouse retainin wall a while back,
the damage was minimal. A light pole went
down and several of the blocks where I sit
from time to time were dislodged.
Im guessin the
vehicle was the loser of that confrontation.
As is the case with most, I
hate to see any disruption to the continuing
saga of the Courthouse. But the fact is, the
place is built like a brick....., er, well a
The craftsmanship and
materials that make up the Carthage
Courthouse has prevailed for over a hunderd
years and will most likely make another
hunderd. All caution should be used to avoid
testing this structure with a vehicle,
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Didnt Solve Basement Leak
Q: Six months ago, I had the
gutters rerouted to drain to the backyard in
order to solve a problem of water leaking into
the basement. I also had the gutters cleaned a
month ago. However, when we had a big rain two
weeks ago, water leaked into the basement on the
left side of the house -- the side I did the
gutter extension on. Whats happening? Will
a new gutter system solve the problem? -- Mary
A: A gutter extension is an
inexpensive way to direct rainwater away from the
side and foundation of the house. And a
twice-yearly gutter cleaning also helps keep
gutters from overflowing where debris dams up.
If your gutters are in good
condition -- not cracked, broken, filled with
debris or leaking extensively -- then a new
gutter system is probably not the solution.
During the next rain, look at
how the water drains away in your backyard. Does
it drain back toward the house? In the area that
the gutter extension drains, which direction does
it drain? If the ground slopes back toward the
house, no extension is going to stop that water
Next, inspect the foundation on
the outside of the house and in the basement. A
visual inspection is all thats necessary.
Do you notice any big cracks or damage outside or
inside? Do you notice water pooling around the
Finally, whether you see damage
or pooling -- or not -- contact a foundation
specialist to look at the problem. Foundation or
yard drainage repairs can be expensive, but the
damage that continual water seepage can do to
your home is even more expensive. Additionally,
contact the company that installed the gutter
extension. If your drainage problem hasnt
been resolved, have them look at the problem as
well. A simpler fix, like adjusting the gutter
extension or improving the drainage area, might
be all it takes.
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