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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 233

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . The Carthage VFW will have a dance on May 22, 8 p.m. till 12 p.m. with music by Country Boys. Everyone Welcome.

Did Ya Know?....The Carthage Train Crew will host its annual Fish Fry May 19 at the Train bard. Cost is $15. Stag only. 6:30 p.m. call437-0908

Did Ya Know?. . .Optimist Club meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. SMB South Grand. 358-3270

Did Ya Know?....Powers Museum will hold an Open House Sunday May 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Carthage Post Office building.

today's laugh

During one "generation gap" quarrel with his parents, young Michael cried, "I want excitement, adventure, money, and beautiful women. I’ll never find it here at home, so I’m leaving. Don’t try and stop me!"

With that, he headed toward the door. His father rose and followed close behind.

"Didn’t you hear what I said? I don’t want you to try and stop me."

"Who’s trying to stop you?" replied his father. "If you wait a minute, I’ll go with you."


Expect the best, Plan for the worst, and be prepared to be surprised-D.Waitley


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

Cyclists Must Carry Lights.

Marshal Stafford is preparing to begin a crusade against the cyclists who persist in riding at night without lamps. Said he, "There is a city ordinance against riding at night without a light and as there has been many complaints about the practice I have determined to enforce it." Cyclists will take warning accordingly as failure to comply with the ordinance will lead to arrests.

Sent to the Industrial School.

Alice Ridge, the 16-year-old girl arrested Thursday night charged with vagrancy, pleaded guilty before Justice T. M. Garland and was committed to the Girls’ Industrial school at Chillicothe, Mo., to remain until 21 years of age.

She was not locked up, but remained at the Commercial hotel. Marshal Stafford left last night for Chillicothe with the girl in charge. She accompanied him willingly.

  Today's Feature

Square to Get New Lighting.

Carthage Water and Electric Plant began the process of replacing the existing street lighting on the outside of the Square yesterday. Poles and lighting fixtures, along with new underground conduit will be replaced on 3rd, 4th, Grant and Main Street.

"Due to the nature of work involved with replacing existing poles and installing underground cabling, parking and traffic restrictions will be unavoidable," says Electric Distribution Supervisor Brian Potter in a letter to downtown business owners. "We appreciate your cooperation during the construction process and plan to work diligently to minimize disruption to your business."

CW&EP General Manager Bob Williams says the work could be completed in as little as three months, but that will be only if no complications arise.

Work is scheduled to begin on the south side of the square and proceed one block at a time. The lighting on the inside of the square will not be altered at this time. Those with questions about the project are asked to call Potter at 237-7300.

Just Jake Talkin'

A lot a folks who aren’t directly involved in a business may not really grasp what it means to invest in a community. Most of the time there is little contact with the overall decisions that guide the day to day operations of a particular city or its various groups and organizations that contribute to those decisions.

I suppose a good portion of citizens don’t feel they have any investment. Others, however, look at the community as a long term proposition and invest not only their financial assets, but their time, energy, and emotion.

The quality of life enjoyed by citizens is the result of those investments. As long as the community demands a righteous performance from all investors, the quality of life will remain high. l.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• "To get the kids involved in unpacking after a recent move, we used this fun bribe: After each box was emptied, the kids would be able to add it to a collection in the backyard. When they realized the fun they could have with these gigantic building blocks, they were VERY helpful." -- O.A. in Washington

• "To keep my stored linens smelling fresh, I tuck a fabric-softener sheet between folded blankets, sheets, etc., in the closet." -- R.A., via e-mail

• When frosting a cake, line the outside edges with strips of wax paper. Lay the cake on top and frost. When you are finished, gently pull the wax paper strips out, and pipe around the bottom edge for a clean, beautiful presentation.

• Keep old, clean pantyhose around. They have a million uses. Here’s one that recently came up for me: Strain old, potentially clumpy paint through a leg of pantyhose. No clumps on the wall, and a nice finish to your paint.

• "Our family goes to the beach often during the summer. We purchased a lightweight wheeled cart that is appropriate for groceries. We attached a piece of thick plastic sheeting near the wheels with zip ties. It flips up and is secured with Velcro near the handle. When we are walking down the street, we use the wheels. When we get to the sand, we flip the plastic down under the wheels, and it makes the bottom into a slide of sorts, which can be dragged easily across the sand." -- B.J. in Florida

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