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Thursday, March 25, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 194
Did Ya Know?..The Rolling
Thunder MO Chapter 3 will hold a Chili Supper and Silent
Auction on Sat. March 27 at noon at the Carthage VFW. All
proceeds go to the POW/MIA issue and Veterans issues.
."Did Ya Know?.. . The
American Legion & Auxiliary, Post 9, and The Disabled
American Veterans & Auxiliary, Chapter 41, of
Carthage are collecting donations for a rummage sale to
be held at the beginning of May. If interested in
donating, please contact Jerry Chapman 423-0096.
opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read
obituary column that he had died. He
quickly phoned his best friend Finney.
"Did you see the paper?"
asked Gallagher. "They say I died!!"
"Yes, I saw it!" replied
Finney. "Where are ye callin from?"
When a customer left his cell phone in
my store, I scrolled through his saved numbers, stopped
at "Mom" and pushed send. His mother answered,
and I told her what happened.
"Dont worry," she said,
"Ill take care of it."
A few minutes later, the cell phone
rang. It was "Mom."
"Melvin," she said, "you
left your cell phone at the convenience store."
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
WILL PAY THE BILL.
The county court met at the court house
yesterday morning and from there went to Joplin to
investigate the smallpox bill. No entry has yet been made
upon the records but the court found the bills had all
been made by the county physician, Dr. Snyder, who was
the countys agent. While it is not known just what
action will now be taken, yet from a legal standpoint it
looks as if the county would have the bill to pay.
It is belief that the court is under
the impression that Dr. Snyder has spent money with a
The court did not return last night but
will convene this morning.
Recorder Steadley yesterday made a
tender of $547.95 to County Treasurer Weeks. The county
court has not passed upon this action but as it is not
the amount which the court finds he is short by $75, it
will probably not be accepted.
The Carthage Chamber of
Commerce announced this week that their new
Chamber President will be former CHS graduate
Sabrina Drackert. She will also act at the
Chamber Economic Development Director. The City
of Carthage and the Carthage Water and Electric
Plant contracts with the Chamber for its economic
Drackert previously worked as
the Marketing Manager in the Economic Development
Department for the Springfield Area Chamber.
Prior to that, she served as the Business
Outreach Coordinator for the Platte County
Economic Development Council in Kansas City,
Missouri. Drackert graduated from Missouri State
University with a degree in marketing with minors
in computer information systems and e-business.
Drackert will be responsible
for activities related to business retention,
expansion and attraction efforts of the Chamber.
She will create all necessary reports, contacts
and information desired by prospects and will
work with all departments within the City of
Carthage and CW&EP according to information
supplied by the Chamber.
NASCAR THIS WEEK
By Monte Dutton
by Curry Automotive
Speed Hits His
Four races into the 2010 Sprint
Cup season, there are indications that Scott
Speed has found a home in NASCAR.
A native of Manteca, Calif.,
the 27-year-old Speed has a varied background. In
2006-07, he competed in a total of 28 Formula One
races, though he never managed a podium finish or
earned any championship points. Since making the
switch to stock-car racing, Speed has won four
Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events
and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
His best Cup finish was a fifth at Talladega
Superspeedway in April 2009.
This season? So far, so good.
Speed occupies 12th place in the Cup point
standings after a 10th-place finish at Atlanta.
Asked about the possibility of
making the Chase before the season, Speed said,
"Id like to say that we are still
improving. I guess if we keep getting better and
better, it should be possible,
Though the current season is
only four races old, Speeds performance has
made a Chase berth seem a bit more plausible. The
long NASCAR schedule hasnt been a difficult
"I love the (NASCAR)
schedule," said Speed. "I love being
able to get out every weekend. Im having a
lot of fun doing it. Its, like, if you have
a good race, youre ready to get back out
there and keep it going. If you have a bad race,
in the next weekend you can completely turn the
whole thing around. So, you can forget it easily.
I love the fact we race so much."
Speeds first season in
the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota was a struggle. The
Talladega race marked his only finish in the top
10, and he finished 35th in points.
"Year one was hard,"
he admitted. "There were a lot of ups and
downs. We learned a lot, but I think, as well, we
had a lot of bad luck go our way.
"We really had a lot of
things that could have gone either way ... that
went to the bad way."
Maybe ... hes due.
Monte Dutton has covered
motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since
1993. He was named writer of the year by the
National Motorsports Press Association.
Im sure everone
likes to think that "civilized"
folks dont get down and dirty from time
to time. There are probly those who
feel it would be a better world if
everone could sit down at the diner
table and calmly discuss various opinions and
give all arguments equal weight.
The fact is, unless someone
gets a little fire in their belly now and
then, nothin much gets accomplished. It
is one thing to keep some rational basis for
a passion, but to ask folks with a passion to
not call on that emotion to promote their
case seems a little unrealistic.
The response of political
candidates under pressure often offers
insight into their character and composure.
Like it or not, some jungle instincts are
still a valuable part of our nature.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
Metcalf Auto Supply
CLICK and CLACK
Dear Tom and Ray:
Hello! My older sister has a
1996 Saturn SC2, and she is constantly yelling at
my sister, my mom and myself for supposedly
"plopping" into the seat. She claims
that because we dont carefully control our
muscels while we get into the car, the impact
from our weight falling into the seats will harm
the shocks. I dont believe this at all.
Also, I dont think that I am getting into
the car so clumsily. I think she is mistaking the
feeling of the car slightly sinkin when more
weight is added for my being careless when
getting into the car. Its at the point now
where I regret riding with her after I get in the
car. Can you tell me if there is any merit to her
claim? Thanks! - April
Tom: Theres nothing like
family, is there, April?
Ray: You know, there are more
direct ways of telling loved ones that they need
to lose a few pounds than what shes doing.
I mean, look how diplomatically my brother
handled it. When I cleared 200 pounds, he just
started making beeping noises whenever I backed
Tom: Your sisters claim
has no merit, April. The weight of you guys
"plopping" into the car would have no
effect on the shocks at all. If anything, she
could argue that it might affect the springs.
Ray: But the springs are
designed to hold the weight of the car. So even
if you guys are all on the "sturdy"
side, you still cant compete with 2,500
pounds of Saturn SC2 that the springs are already
Tom: So you can tell your
sister that youve checked with the e3xperts
- and checked with us, too. And youve all
been cleared to land on the seats without further
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