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Monday, February 1, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 156
Did Ya Know?... CHS Project
Graduation 2010 presents Mike Reeves, Comedy Hypnotist,
on Tuesday, February 2nd @ 7 p.m. @ the Carthage High
School, 2600 S. River. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8
at the door. Kids 5 and under are free. Advance tickets
are available at the R-9 District Office, UMB, SMB and
Did Ya Know?...The Nazarene
Church of Carthage will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at
2000 Grand on Thursday, Feb. 11 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
promulgating your esoteric cogitation or articulating
your superficial sentimentalities, and amicable
philosophical or psychological observations, beware of
Let your conversational communications
possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified
comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency, and a
Eschew obfuscation and all
conglomeration of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement,
and asinine affectations.
Let your extemporaneous descanting and
unpremeditated expatiation have intelligibility and
voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical
Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic
profundity, pompous prolificacy, and vain vapid
short: "Be brief and dont use big words."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Today Jno. Galentine sold his
restaurant on the west side of the square to Chas. H.
Hill, of Joplin. Mr. Hill is the former proprietor of the
Hotel Burnett in Joplin, and is well up in the restaurant
business. He will refurnish the establishment and fit it
out as a first class cafe and grill. Mr. Hill is a man of
many friends, and together with his estimable wife and
family will make popular citizens.
The miners in the vicinity of Oronogo
have, the Eagle says, had their wages raised to $2.50 a
day. This raise was voluntary on the part of the
operators, who desire to share their prosperity with
The Junior Whist club will meet at the
residence of E. B. Jacobs Friday evening, instead of at
George Websters. The change is made on account of
sickness at Mr. Websters.
The Carthage R-9 School
Foundation has announced the creation of the
Haffner Family Scholarship. Offered in support of
graduating Carthage High School seniors, the
first Haffner Family Scholarship will be awarded
this spring in the amount of $2,000.
The Haffner Family Scholarship
Fund was established by David and Connie Haffner
of Carthage in December. Bemis Company, of which
Mr. Haffner is a board member, also provided a
supporting donation through their educational
gift matching program.
Financial need is the primary
scholarship criteria, followed by grade point
"Obtaining a higher
education is more important today than ever
before," said Mr. Haffner. "Connie and
I clearly understand that there are graduating
seniors that have the capability to excel in
college, but lack the financial wherewithal to
pursue that challenge. We want to try to help
some of those young students."
Mr. and Mrs. Haffner are
graduates of Carthage High School, as are their
three children, Carley Haffner Porter, Morgan
Haffner Housh, and Dr. Jon Haffner, all of
Carthage. The Haffner Family Scholarship is a
reflection of their commitment to CHS students
and the Carthage community.
Students interested in applying
for the Haffner Family Scholarship should
complete the general scholarship application
available through the Counselors Office and
submit on or before February 12, 2010. The
scholarship will be presented at the CHS Awards
Ceremony on May 13, 2010.
The purpose of Carthage R-9
School Foundation is to develop additional
resources to assist the school district in
improving educational opportunities for students,
faculty and patrons of the district. For more
information, contact Foundation Director Vicki
Cash at 417.359.7047.
Sometimes an asset can
quickly become a liability.
I can remember the
adventure of bein able to ride my
bicycle out in country as a kid. Part of the
fun was seein how many miles could be
traveled in an afternoon. On one of those
five mile or so trips, a tire went flat. Then
I realized both tires were flat. All the
sudden that wonderful machine became a real
burden. Thinkin I couldnt show up
at home without the bike, and knowin I
couldnt ride on a the flat, I pushed.
Now walkin a bike on
pavement with the tires inflated is fairly
effortless, but pushin two flats on a
gravel country road becomes a chore after a
couple a miles. Ive learned to carry
patches and an air pump.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
THIS IS A HAMMER
By Samantha Mazzotta
Clearing an Ice
Q: I try to keep my homes
gutters clean, but I noticed an ice dam has
formed at one corner of the roof gutter. Should I
try to clear this dam in mid-winter? How can I
safely do this? -- Bill T., Springfield, Mass.
A: Whether to clear an ice dam
in mid-winter, particularly in freezing
conditions, is something of a judgment call.
Youll need to evaluate by answering a few
Is it safe? Is the ice dam the
only icing problem occurring on the roof, or are
there other ice issues (such as buildup on the
shingles)? Is there also a lot of snow on the
rooftop that could be dislodged when clearing the
dam? Is the weather calm and clear?
Is it necessary? Is the ice dam
causing structural damage to the roof or house,
or just to the gutter system? Is water leaking
into the house near the ice dam?
Will a temporary solution
suffice, or is a complete repair or replacement
of the damaged gutter necessary?
If the surrounding area is safe
and the weather is good (above freezing, too, if
possible), and you feel you absolutely have to
get to that ice dam -- say, the gutter looks like
its about to tear away from the roof -- go
ahead and tackle it. Be sure to have a helper
along to steady the ladder (or hold the rope, if
youre working from the rooftop).
The least destructive way to
clear ice is to use hot water or a de-icing
chemical to gradually melt away the dam, rather
than chipping away at it with tools and possibly
damaging the gutter or house structure. First try
to create a drainage path for the water along the
downward sloping side of the gutter system. You
may need to clear ice from the top of the
downspout as well to facilitate this. Pour the
water or de-icer in the direction of the drainage
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