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Monday, June 14, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 251

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a poker run Sat June 19 to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Register from 10 to noon at Carthage Walmart.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m. Plants, produce and more. Carthage Square.

today's laugh

A game warden noticed how a particular fellow named Sam consistently caught more fish than anyone else. The warden, curious, asked Sam his secret. The successful fisherman invited the game warden to accompany him and observe.

So the next morning, the two met at the dock and took off in Sam’s boat.

Sam took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it into the air. The explosion rocked the lake with such a force that dead fish immediately began to surface. Sam took out a net and started scooping them up.

When the warden recovered from the shock of it all, he began yelling at Sam, "You can’t do this! I’ll put you in jail, buddy! You will be paying every fine there is in the book!"

Sam, meanwhile, set his net down and took out another stick of dynamite. He lit it and tossed it in the lap of the game warden and said: "Are you going to sit there all day complaining, or are you going to fish?


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

Former Carthage Man Killed

Ex-Senator McTaggart, of Kansas.

The Kansas city papers of this morning contain extended accounts of the killing of ex-Senator Daniel McTaggart at his home near Liberty, nine miles north of Coffeyville, Kansas, yesterday morning. His slayer was Henry Shesley, a former well known Carthage man, who was for years head miller for the Cowgill & Hill Milling Co. of this city. His victim was one of the most widely known politicians in Kansas.

Shesley and his son have rented a mill of McTaggart for the past two or three years and they had a law suit over the deal. McTaggart got judgment against Shesley and the constable had levied on some of the latter’s property and was selling it at the time of the killing. McTaggart was sitting down at his home when he was killed. Shesley walked up to him, placed a revolver to his breast and fired a shot, inflicting a wound which caused his death a few hours later.

  Today's Feature

Carver Day Celebration

George Washington Carver National Monument near Diamond, Missouri, is pleased to announce the park’s annual Carver Day Celebration to be held on Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend the 67th Carver Day anniversary to commemorate the life of George Washington Carver and the establishment of the national monument in his honor. Admission is FREE.

Activities are scheduled throughout the day, including storytelling, exhibitors, musical performers, guided tours, interpretive talks, children’s programs and more.

Special speakers this year include Dr. Walter Hill, The College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Tuskegee University and Dr. Mark Hersey, Mississippi State University. Musical performers include Cecil Williams, (a.k.a Panhandle Slim); Joe Becton, musician and living history performer; Kufara African marimba musicians; and area church choirs. Three- time Emmy winning storyteller, Bobby Norfolk will provide African-American stories. A special showing of a new film produced by Franklin Spring Family Media entitled George Washington Carver, An Uncommon Way is scheduled for viewing.

Call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for further information. Carver Day is co-sponsored by the Carver Birthplace District Association, with support from the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund. George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver.

The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then south mile on Carver Road.

Just Jake Talkin'


A buddy tells the story of stayin’ with his in-laws. He was impressed at the attention to detail in the "keepin’ the place tidy" category. Said he got up to take a shower, when he returned, the bed was made.

One a the problems with greenhorns ridin’ a horse is they constantly want to be pullin’ the reins this way or that. Mainly what it does is ta frustrate the horse to the point it starts ignorin’ the rider all together. More experienced riders give a little credit to the horse and let in decide exactly where to step, just makin’ sure it doesn’t wander off the trail.

I’d have ta figure that the bed maker in my buddy’s case, wouldn’t have much fun ridin’ a horse. ‘Sides there’d be all that stoppin’ to clean up the trailin’s.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Weekly Columns



By Samantha Mazzotta

Cabinet Hinges Can be Easy Fix

Q: I was visiting my elderly neighbor the other day and noticed that one of the lower cabinet doors was dangling by one warped hinge (the other had snapped completely). I’d like to fix that for her but have little experience with home repair. -- Megan in Delaware

A: It’s great that you’re being a good neighbor, and hinges can be a quick fix. Bring a helper to hold the cabinet door in place and make the job go faster.

Once you have permission from your neighbor, unscrew the hinges from the cabinet frame and door. Place the door in a safe place, put the broken hinges in your pocket, and head for the hardware store.

You’ll want to purchase two new hinges that closely match the original hinges, and screws (if they don’t come with the hinges). You’ll also need a utility knife, a screwdriver (most likely a Phillips head), an electric drill with a range of drill-bit sizes (borrow one if you don’t want to buy it at this time, although I highly recommend having one of your own), wood putty and wood stain to match the color of the cabinet. Pick up some wood glue and a small pack of wooden golf tees, too.

In a perfect world, not only will you find the exact replacement hinges and screws, but the screw holes in the door and cabinet frame won’t be marred by years of use. In the real world, you will probably need to re-drill the screw holes (if the hinges are the same) or drill all new holes if the hinges are larger or smaller.

If you just need to re-drill the original screw holes: Coat the pointy end of a golf tee with wood glue and carefully tap into a hole until it’s tightly wedged. Let the glue dry, then cut away the rest of the tee so that the remainder is flush with the wood surface. Now, drill a new pilot hole using a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw you’re going to use.

If you can’t use the original holes due to the new hinge size, carefully mark the location on the cabinet frame and the door where the new hinges will go, and mark the screw drill locations exactly. (Have your helper hold the door in closed position while you measure and mark -- you must be precise so it hangs correctly.) Drill new holes.

Fill the old holes with wood putty, let that dry, sand and stain or paint the old hinge area.

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