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Monday, July 26, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 25

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a cancer benefit on July 31 at the Carthage VFW from 12 to 6 PM for Bill Pearce, Jr. Auction at 3 PM. Donations are welcome.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

today's laugh

A tiny but dignified old lady was among a group looking at an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. Suddenly one contemporary painting caught her eye.

"What on earth," she inquired of the artist standing nearby, "is that?"

He smiled condescendingly. "That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child."

"Well, then," snapped the little old lady, "why isn’t it?"


Liz goes to her first show at an art gallery and is looking at the paintings. One is a huge canvas that has black with yellow blobs of paint splattered all over it. The next painting is a murky gray color that has drips of purple paint streaked across it.

Liz walks over to the artist and says, "I don’t understand your paintings."

"I paint what I feel inside me," explains the artist.

"Have you ever tried Alka-Seltzer?"


"You guys pair up in groups of three, then line up in a circle"


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

The Trial of James McAfee.

The trial of James McAfee, of Joplin, charged with murder in the first degree, has been set. McAfee’s attorneys are John H. Flanigan, of this city, and M. R. Lively, of Webb City. In a talk with Mr. Flanigan a reporter obtained some information in regard to the case. Mr. Flanigan declined to outline the defense, but said that McAfee claimed, and he believed that he could prove, that he had no gun at all on the night of the holdup, and that he was induced to go into the alley by parties who wanted to get him killed. "The state," said Mr. Flanigan, "does not provide one cent for the expenses of attorneys in such a case and McAfee has not a dollar. So I have simply got out subpoenas for about fifty of them and it will cost the state $3 a head to bring them here for the trial. If McAfee had money to pay attorneys’ traveling expenses there is no question but that he would be acquitted.

  Today's Feature

Govoner Signs Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act .

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill passed during the special legislative session on Wednesday (July 14) that will support Missouri’s automotive industry and jobs. The Governor was joined by auto workers as he signed House Bill 2, the Missouri Automotive Manufacturing Jobs Act, at a UAW Local located near the Ford Motor Co. plant in Claycomo, which employs about 3,700 workers.

The Missouri Automotive Manufacturing Jobs will allow qualified manufacturing facilities or suppliers that bring next-generation production lines to Missouri to retain withholding taxes typically remitted to the state. To be eligible for these incentives, manufacturers would be required to make a substantial capital investment in production capacity and put people back to work. Incentives would be triggered only after a company had made a firm commitment for that investment and workers were on the job. Strict requirements would force a company to repay the incentives if that commitment were not upheld. The total amount of incentives under the act is capped at $15 million a year.

Just Jake Talkin'

I guess if folks understand what you’re talkin’ about, it doesn’t really matter that what your sayin’ doesn’t actually make any sense.

I’ve always thought the term cat fishin’ was a little misleadin’. ‘Course the same is true for ice fishin’, and pond fishin’ I suppose.

Then there are those expressions like sky high and low down. I guess just one word isn’t sufficient to express the extreme of high or low.

It’s prob’ly not reasonable to assume that we humans would always say exactly what we are thinkin’ or really mean, ‘specially considerin’ how much most of us talk. We all take short cuts like "cat fishin’" when we know they’ll be understood. ‘Sides, if ya have to explain it, you’re prob’ly in the wrong conversation.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns


By Samantha Mazzotta

Don’t Put Off Minor

Shingle Repairs

Q: While cleaning out the gutters a few weeks ago, I noticed a couple of shingles on the roof that have been torn slightly, one with a chunk missing from the corner and the other looks loose or pried up. What’s the best way to fix them? Should I look for underlying damage? -- Earl C., Omaha, Neb.

A: Small tears in asphalt shingles can be patched up pretty quickly using roofing cement. Brush any debris out of the torn or bent area and apply a good amount of cement, then tack down.

A shingle with a torn-off corner can be patched by cutting a similar-sized piece from a spare shingle and applying roofing cement both to the underside and along the tear. However, this won’t last very long, so the entire shingle should be replaced within a few months -- or you can replace it right away.

Note: Always secure yourself with a rope or harness, and never work without a helper.

To replace shingles, you’ll need -- in addition to new shingles -- a flat pry bar, a hammer, roofing cement, 7/8-inch or 1-inch roofing nails, and a utility knife.

Carefully slide out damaged shingles, beginning with the topmost shingle. Pull out old nails in the repair area, then inspect the exposed building paper for damage. Patch small tears with roofing cement.

Working from the bottom of the repair area upward, install the new shingles. These should overlap and stagger the row of shingles below. Nail in roofing nails at the tab slots.

The uppermost shingle won’t initially be nailed in, since you need to slip it underneath existing shingles. Instead, flip it over, apply roofing cement to the underside (the part that will slip underneath the shingles above) and gently slide into place. Give the cement a minute to set, then have your helper gently lift the edges of the shingles above while you nail in roofing nails.

While you’re up there, it’s a good time to inspect the rest of the roof and make spot repairs, using roofing cement, to common trouble spots like the flashing around the chimney or roof joints.

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