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Monday, January 11, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 141

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... The McCune Brooks Grief Support Group will meet from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tue. Jan. 12 in the Felix E. Wright Family Chapel. Open to public.

today's laugh

Remarks for High Stress Days

1. You - Off my planet

2. Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?

3. Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.

4. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

5. I ‘m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for over 30 years.

6. Allow me to introduce my selves.

9. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.

10. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

11. I’m just working here until a good fast-food job opens up.

12. I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.

13. Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren’t asleep.

14. I can’t remember if I’m the good twin or the evil one.

15. I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?

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

Mrs. Ewing on the Stand.

Maryville, Mo., April 15 - Mrs. Ida Ewing who killed her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie Ewing, at Hopkins last September, took the stand yesterday in her own defense. She admits having killed Lizzie, but says they got into a fight over their children and both got their revolvers. She fired first and the first shot proved fatal.

The Darnells Held.

Tobe and James Darnell were taken down to Webb City yesterday for their preliminary examination on a charge of burglarizing the Pittsburg and Gulf Depot at Joplin about ten days ago. The two together with another who was under arrest on the same charge took a change of venue to Webb City. The third man was discharged, but Jim and Tobe were bound over to await the action of the grand jury and came back to jail this morning in default of $500 bond.

  Today's Feature

Council Enters Digital Age.

The Carthage City Council is scheduled to experience first hand the digital presentation of documents during their regular meeting tomorrow evening.

City Clerk Lynn Campbell says that Tuesday’s meeting will mark the beginning of what they hope will be a "paperless" transfer of information to City Council members.

Two projectors have been installed in Council chambers and documents will be shown during the meeting.

A traditional hard copy of the documents will be passed out this week, but after that, according to Campbell, Council members will be emailed their packets. Media outlets will also receive a full copy of the packet via email.

The projectors, along with various upgrades to City Hall’s computer system, were part of a package approved by the Council last month. The cost of the initial upgrade and equipment was approximately $15,000. The Council had originally also intended to buy net books for the Council and staff, but the project went over the budgeted amount and was scaled back.

Just Jake Talkin'

If ya haven’t noticed, there are devices controllin’ some of the stop lights in the City. Sensors in the street tell the lights when a vehicle is waitin’ so as ta keep things movin’. The problem is if ya nose out a little too far, the sensor figures ya ran a red light. Ya know this has happened if you sit for five minutes or so waitin’ for the light to change and nothin’ happens. If you’re lucky, someone will pull up behind ya and triggers the signal. Otherwise ya have to back up over the sensor to get it to turn ya loose.

The other option, tryin’ to get into traffic through a red light, is not advised. I understand this is the preferred option by many frustrated motorists who haven’t yet figured out the system. The lights at WalMart and by Sonic seem to fool folks the most. Ya might be sure someone isn’t behind ya before attemptin’ the backup option.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By Samantha Mazzotta

Secure Cup Hooks

Q: My roommate and I put those screw-in cup hooks underneath one of our kitchen cabinets, and the first time we hung coffee mugs from them, the hooks pulled right out of the wood and the cups all smashed. How do you set hooks so they don’t fall out. Also, how can we fix the damage to the cabinet bottom before the landlord sees it? -- Katie J., via email

A: From your description, the cabinet bottom is most likely a lightweight wood, maybe particle board, and perhaps a bit old and slightly deteriorated. Cup-hook screws are similar to wood screws, with sharp points and slightly wider screws in order to "bite" securely into the wood. However, between the particle board and heavy mugs, the screws just didn’t have enough to hold onto.

Try two things next time: larger hooks and a solid piece of wood. Most cabinets have a brace along the bottom made of solid wood. Pre-drill a hole that is smaller in diameter than the diameter of the hook screw, then screw the hook into place.

Another method, if your cups must absolutely hang in a certain place and direction, is to add support to the particle board. Again, do this by selecting larger hooks with longer screws. Purchase a strip of solid wood at least one-half inch thick and about 2 inches longer than the planned line of cup hooks. Put this strip inside the cabinet on the "top side" of the base. Measure the distance from the middle of the wood strip to the outside edge of the cabinet. Mark this same distance on the underside of the cabinet (this will help you locate the screws correctly). Mark the spot where you want each hook. Last, tack down the wood strip with a dot of wood or white glue on either end, just so it doesn’t slide around.

Have a partner hold the wood strip in place as you pre-drill the screw holes, going through the cabinet base and into the strip in one straight shot. Continue to support the wood strip as you screw the hooks through the base and into the wood strip.

This support strip will allow you to hang most coffee mugs or other lightweight items. I don’t recommend hanging heavy items like pots and pans from the hooks, as the added weight could bring the cabinet base down.

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