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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 158

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Carthage Humane Society is currently overcrowded with very nice pet-quality young adult cats. For a limited time, they are offering reduced adoption fees on all brown tabby cats. Call or today for more information. 358-6402

today's laugh

I am not the boss of my house. I don’t know when I lost it. I don’t know if I ever had it. But I have seen the boss’s job and I do not want it. - Bill Cosby

Sign in a pet shop window: "Free legless parakeet. No perches necessary."

My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance. - Tim Allen

Intelligence is like four-wheel drive. It only allows you to get stuck in more remote places.

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’ - Bob Newhart

Start every day with a smile and get it over with. - W.C. Fields

I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.- W.C. Fields

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


A wreck which might easily haved resulted seriously to the passengers and crew occurred last night shortly after 9 o’clock on the electric railway between Joplin and Galena at a point just at the western city limits of Joplin, known as Henderson’s Curve.

Car No. 42, west bound, in charge of Motorman Herron, one of the oldest men on the road, and Conductor Lawrence Havens of this city, jumped the track and after bumping along the ties for about 100 feet plundged down the embankment.

The car was slightly behind time and was running around the curve at a speed of about twenty miles an hour and its derailment is thought to have been due to a broken wheel flange. The front trucks were torn loose from the car and when the car stopped were about 40 feet from their proper position.

The iron work underneath the car was twisted about and broken up so badly that it will probaly be some time before the car is out of the repair shops. A wrecking crew arrived on the scene of the accident about 10:30 o’clock and after working all night the car was placed on temporary trucks and hauled into the Lakeside repair shops at about 6 o’clock this morning.

There were about forty passengers on the car when it left the rails but strange to say, none sustained any more serious injury than a thorough shaking up or slight bruises. Number 42 is an exact duplicate of No. 47 which runs between Carthage and Joplin. After the wreck, passengers were transferred until midnight with little delay.

  Today's Feature


Carthage R-9 School Foundation announces the annual Boylan Art and Writing Contest, made possible through a grant from the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

The contest is open to Carthage High School students in grades 9-12. Seven divisions are offered: Humorous Writing, Fiction, Essay, Poetry, Two-dimensional Drawing, Two-dimensional Painting, and Three-dimensional/Ceramics. First, Second and Third places are awarded in each division. First Place winners are awarded $500; the Second Place award is $300, and Third Place winners receive $200, resulting in a total of $7,000 in prize money being distributed.

"The Helen S. Boylan Foundation places a high priority on education and actively supports the Carthage R-9 School District in a variety of ways," said Vicki Cash, Carthage R-9 School Foundation Director. "The Boylan Art and Writing Contest provides a wonderful opportunity for many Carthage High School students to showcase their talents. We are very grateful to the Helen S. Boylan Foundation for so generously funding this annual event."

Contest details are available at the CHS Counselors’ Office or 417.359.7047.

Just Jake Talkin'

Spent last weekend around a lot a people, most of ‘em I didn’t know. Lota things goin’ on at a fairly fast pace with little time for thinkin’ ‘bout what was goin’ on. It’s strange how interactin’ with people is so much different than just watchin’ an event as a spectator or watchin’ the tv.

The thing that is most different is the day after. Bits and pieces of the day before keep floatin’ to the top of the mind. It seems when ya actually participate in some activity, the brain pays more attention and it makes a more lastin’ impression. I suppose those who worry ‘bout kids playin’ so much with electronic games are concerned with the lack of real life interaction bein’ somehow shallow or lackin’. After all, nothin’ compares with a good game a checkers with grandpa.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• "We keep our sandbox covered when it’s not in use. We have had two covers made of lattice that worked well, but the wood breaks down quickly with use, and they have to be replaced. I finally got smart and decided to cover the cover. I used a vinyl tablecloth that was colorful, and I stapled the fabric to the lattice. Now it not only keeps out animals, it also keeps out rain and leaves. It’s sturdier than just fabric alone, and it looks much better." -- A.A., via e-mail

• Here’s a tip from a car lover in Wisconsin: "I try to wash the car weekly to keep the road dirt off of it, but sometimes life gets away from me. I put a wide strip of masking tape inside the glove box, and note the date it was last washed, waxed and had an oil change. I can use a pencil to update as needed, and it’s handy information."

• I have two driving teens now, and they both share a car with me. Gas money (and maintenance costs) got to be a problem, but not anymore. There’s an odometer log in the car, and my kids pay by the mile. That charge covers gas, oil changes and tires, and even insurance. They drive a bit less now, and that’s all right with me, too!" -- K.L. in New Mexico

• "I made a nice utensil holder for my mother from a flowerpot. I used paint to decorate it, and lined it with aluminum foil. She put all her spatulas and things in it, and it brightens her kitchen." -- B.R. in New York

• To keep Fido’s dish from scooting around the kitchen or porch, hot-glue a piece of non-skid shelf liner that’s been cut to fit on the bottom of his dish. He’ll thank you for it!

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