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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 168

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?...Spare Cat Rescue will sponsor "It Takes Two" March low-cost spay & neuter clinic for cats. When you have your female spayed for $20, it will only take $2 to neuter your male cat. Call 417-358-6808

today's laugh

If it’s true that girls are inclined to marry men like their fathers, it is understandable why so many mothers cry so much at weddings.

Man calls home. Maid answers phone. He says, "Can I speak to my wife?" She says, "No, she’s upstairs in bed with her boyfriend." He’s maid--says, "Ok, go to the hall closet and take out my shotgun. Go upstairs and kill them both." Being the loyal maid, she says, "Ok." 5 minutes later she picks up the phone and says, "Ok, they’re both dead. What should I do with the bodies?" He says, "Throw them in the pool, and I’ll take care of them when I get home." She says, "We don’t have a pool." He asks, "Is this 555-1234?"

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense and the past perfect.

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



Mistook Pokeberry Root for Horseradish - Now Out of Danger.

Three persons were seriously poisoned in Carthage yesterday by eating pokeroot which they thought to be horseradish. They were George Shelton, of the livery firm of Shelton & Myer, his brother-in-law, Chas. Myer, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Tolbert.

Last Saturday Grace Shelton, aged about 14 years, dug some roots from the garden which she thought to be horseradish but which were in reality pokeberry root. Theses Mrs. Shelton grated and prepared as horseradish and Sunday Miss Grace ate some of the preparation at supper. She became quite ill but it was supposed that it was only a bilious attack and nothing more was thought of it.

  Today's Feature


GFWC Women’s Service League of Carthage hosts the 3rd Annual Saturday Night Idol competition, a fundraiser for Crosslines Ministries of Carthage. The Grand Prize winner will receive $300 and a television appearance. Contestant registration will be held at Fairview Christian Church, 2320 S. Grand, Carthage (next to Wendy’s) on Saturday February 20 from 10 am to 1 pm and on Saturday, February 27 from 3 to 5 pm. The contestant entry fee is $20. Contestants must be 13 or older. To register online or download a registration form, visit

Saturday Night Idol Preliminary competition will be held at Fairview Christian Church on Saturday, February 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The emcee will be Randy Brooks of KIX 102.5’s Morning Show.

Finals competition will take place on Saturday, March 6 beginning at 6:00 pm at Fairview Christian Church. Popular local entertainer, Duke Mason, will be the Master of Ceremonies. General admission tickets for each show are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Audience participation is encouraged on the Finals evening, as the winner will be determined by audience votes. Bring 5 or more canned goods to donate to Crosslines and receive one extra ballot. A silent auction is also being offered, with all proceeds to benefit Crosslines.

GFWC Women’s Service League of Carthage has supported local charities and community organizations through the years by raising money with various fundraisers. This year the group has chosen to support Crosslines Ministries of Carthage. Crosslines is a volunteer organization that provides clothing, food, and emergency financial assistance to families in need in the Carthage area. Crosslines is funded by donations from churches, individuals, businesses and organizations like Women’s Service League.

For more information about Saturday Night Idol, visit or call 417.388.2867.

Just Jake Talkin'

I played tourist last weekend. You know, drive around in an out-of-state community, lookin’ here and there. Slowin’ down to nearly a stop at some interest or another. I’m sure the locals got a kick out of it.

I don’t know if the community I was surveyin’ gets many tourists, but havin’ a Missouri tag was all I needed. Sometimes I wonder if folks such as myself take advantage of the "tourist" badge to do things they wouldn’t think of in their own community. Parkin’ on the wrong side of the street, stoppin’ in the middle of an intersection to read the street signs, that sorta thing.

I suppose that’s part a the fun in bein’ a tourist. Ya know that if ya tic someone off, you’ll never see ‘em again anyway. I did try ta pull over if I saw a big line a traffic behind my creepin’ auto. They all made real friendly gestures as they passed me by.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• "The first time we painted the walls in our house, one of us had stepped in some paint while wearing socks and, not realizing it, had tracked some paint on the carpet. Since then, we always go barefoot when painting, since we can feel it if we step in paint and can clean it off before it gets tracked around the house." -- M.M. in Florida

• "If you have leftover bits of fabric that is pretty or still useful, save it in a box or bag for other projects. You can use fun fabric scraps to patch kids’ clothes or for doll clothing. They also can be used to make sachets or for gift decoration. Quilters might appreciate these scraps for their projects." -- E.D. in Massachusetts

• "When threading a needle, spray the end of the thread with hairspray to make it stiffer and to hold the fibers together." -- O.A. in New Mexico

• It’s important to clean your exterior windows and screens at least yearly, and many people do this in the spring. Here’s a good way to make putting those clean screens back up a little easier. As you remove them, number each one on the inside with a permanent marker. Number each window casing with the same number as well. Do this in a discreet place. When the screens are ready, you’ll know instantly which window to return them to.

• Unlined leather gloves can be easily washed. Just put them on and wash your gloved hands with a little warm water and mild detergent. Rinse and blot, then smooth into shape to dry. Lay on a flat towel to dry, flipping several times during the drying process.

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