A couple of
old golfing buddies were golfing when the one mentioned
he was going to see Dr. Taylor for a new set of dentures.
His buddy remarked that he had gone to Dr. Taylor a few
years before. "Is that so?" "Did he do a
good job?" "Well, I was on the course yesterday
when a young fellow on the ninth hole hooked a line drive
shot," he said. "The ball was going 200 mph
when it nailed me right in the buttocks. That was the
first time in years my teeth didnt hurt."
Deep within a forest a little turtle
began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached
the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and
crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly
climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.
The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds
sitting on a branch watched his efforts. Finally, the
female bird turned to her mate. "Dear," she
chirped, "I think its time to tell him
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
Foot Injured by a Horse.
The blacksmithing firm of W.G. Johnson
& Son, on Howard street, fronting the Woods barn is
having hard luck this week. Herbert R., the son, is laid
up with a lame foot which a horse he was shoeing stepped
on the day before yesterday. Apparently no bones were
broken, but he is unable to navigate.
W.G. Johnson has the skin on his right
wrist badly torn, by the stub of a horse shoe nail. He
has a bad arm, and says he would be unable to be out
himself if his son could attend to business.
Rev. and Mrs. A. J. Van Wagner will
leave in the morning for Chicago where they will visit
for a month. If the weather is suitable they will
probably then go for a two weeks visit with Mr. Van
Wagners parents at Chattanooga, Tenn. In any event
they will be gone about six weeks.
YMCA Takes Over
Starting this spring, the Fair
Acres Family YMCA will be running the Outdoor
Youth Soccer program for Carthage &
surrounding communities for boys and girls ages
4-14. All games will take place at the Fair Acres
Sports Complex adjacent to the Y.
"Were excited about
the opportunity to extend YMCA
Character-Development values and for the
confidence the City of Carthage has placed in us
to manage the program," said Bob Brower, Y
Executive. "Our goal is to provide youth
& families the same quality services
theyve come to expect from us in our other
programs, such as basketball, volleyball, swim
teams, indoor soccer, after school child care,
summer camps & more."
Registration for the Ys
Outdoor Youth Soccer program is underway now.
Individuals may register at the Y at 2600 S.
Grand Ave. in Carthage. Registration forms are
also available on the Ys website at
Deadline for registration is
March 15th. Practices will begin March 29th and
games will start in April.
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Wants His Team in the Chase
Waltrip seems to be building a first-class NASCAR
team, but he will no longer lead the charge from
behind the wheel.
of four official races (and what is now the
Sprint All-Star race) and four poles in his
Sprint Cup career, Waltrip will compete in only a
few races as a driver this year. He will turn
over his NAPA Chevrolet to Martin Truex Jr., with
the Toyotas number changing from 55 to 56.
Waltrip will enter his own No. 51 at Daytona
International Speedway in the Budweiser Shootout
and Daytona 500.
I think about going to Daytona, I get excited
because I know how to win that race," said
Waltrip, who won the 500 in 2001. "I
finished seventh at Talladega this past October
and seventh in the Daytona 500 last year. I know
I can go win that race, and that makes me smile.
I think about California and Vegas, I just
havent performed at the level that makes me
say, Im going to go out there and do
the same thing."
Waltrip Racing fields Toyotas for Truex, David
Reutimann and, by a cooperative arrangement,
Marcos Ambrose. The team is co-owned by Waltrip
and Robert Kauffman.
nearly made the Chase for the Sprint Cup last
year and gave MWR its first victory in one of
NASCARs more prestigious races, the
Coca-Cola 600 at (now) Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Waltrip said he expects at least one of his
drivers to make the Chase this year.
couldnt have sat in front of you in January
2009 and said that, because there wasnt any
history to support it," he said. "But
we have the history now to say its a real
is the younger brother of three-time Cup champion
Darrell Waltrip, now a Fox television analyst. He
plans to compete this year in occasional Camping
World Truck Series races with Billy Ballew
Ive had the
opportunity to see the ruts left by the
settlers crossin the Santa Fe trail.
Curious thing those records of passage. Years
after any horse drawn implement has been
moved over, they still sit as a monument to
the traffic. The comin of the railways
no doubt changed the patterns of growth and
the survival of small communities along the
once popular trail.
If you stand in the
silence, you can almost hear the braying of
some lonesome old mule still searchin
for the good old days when four legged
creatures dictated the path to the future. It
is a romantic time to read about in some
book, but the current realities of
transportation and the fluid changes in
economic factors make the horse and buggy
days a lot less appealing.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
It turns out that lead wheel
weights are the biggest source of lead in
Californias waterways. There is a bill that
would ban them in favor of safer alternatives,
especially stainless steel. My question is,
exactly what do wheel weights do? I know they are
used to balance the wheels, but what exactly does
that mean? - Ang
Ray: Wheel and tire
combinations are not born balanced, Ang. In that
way, theyre like my brother.
Tom: Right. But unlike me,
wheels and tires can be balanced fairly easily.
When we say "balanced," we mean that
the weight of the wheel-tire combination is
evenly distributed so the wheel wont
Ray: When a steel wheel or a
rubber tire comes off the assembly line, it
doesnt always come out perfectly. Oh,
its close. So close that if you drove on it
at speeds up to 30 or 35 mph, it would seem
perfect, and youd never know the
Tom: But once you get up to 40
mph or so, those small imperfections in weight
balance will make your car shake like a
half-prepared fruit smoothie still whirling
around in the blender.
Ray: Why are these products not
perfect? The metal or rubber poured into the mold
might not be entirely homogeneous - meaning the
materials used might not be blended perfectly.
Think about pancake batter and the occasional
pocket of flour you come across. Its not
that extreme in wheel and tire production, but it
doesnt take much of an imperfection to be
noticeable at high speeds.
Ray: Theres absolutely no
reason why tire dealers and repair shops
cant use stainless or "powdered"
steel weights instead of lead weights. They cost
almost the same, maybe a few pennies more.
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