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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 237

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . The City of Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday, May 24th through Friday, May 28th. Areas will be sprayed in the evening of the day of regular garbage pick up between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.

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

Did Ya Know?.. . The 5th Annual Car & Bike Show will be held at the Carthage First Nazarene Church at 2000 Grand Ave. on Sunday, June 6 from noon to 3. Free registration 10:30 to noon.

today's laugh

The owner of a large factory decided to make a surprise visit and check up on his staff. Walking though the plant, he noticed a young man leaning lazily against a post.

"Just how much are you being paid a week?" said the owner angrily.

"Three hundred bucks," replied the young man.

Taking out a fold of bills the owner counted out $300, slapped the money into the boy’s hands, and said, "Here’s a week’s pay -- now get out and don’t come back!"

Turning to one of the supervisors, he said, "How long has that lazy bum been working here anyway?"

"He’s not an employee," said the supervisor. "He was here to deliver a pizza!"


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

Loading a Car of Jack.


A car of jack from the Linzee mines is now being loaded at the Frisco depot and will be shipped to Pittsburg, Kansas smelters Wednesday. Another car will probably be shipped Saturday.

This is the first car of ore sold since the big strike was made in the mine and as the stuff shows no signs of giving out shipments will be regular from now on. The South Carthage Company expect to ship a car of jack this week.

Today the South Carthage Co. sold 25 tons of ore to the Lanyon Smelter Co., of Pittsburg for $22 on the ground. The ore sold was what was taken out of the shaft in sinking as drifting has not yet begun.

Rev. I. Entwisle will preach next Sunday at the Blood school house, eight miles north of Carthage.

  Today's Feature

Fireworks Sales Tax Offers Little Evidence.

Attempts by this paper to garner information about the total sales tax generated for the City by fireworks stands within city limits have been stifled.

A representative of the Missouri Department of Revenue, told this paper that that information is not to be made public.

According to the Department’s guidelines, if a request for information on a group of fewer than six businesses is submitted, they cannot release the total sales of that group or the tax generated.

Last year three businesses obtained a license to sell within the city. They included one from Diamond, one from Seneca, and one from Buffalo.

One argument presented to the Council last year, when the issue of allowing the sale of fireworks was approved, was that it would generate sales tax for the community. Until there are at least six vendors selling fireworks, the public will not be allowed to know if the argument has any justification.

The City Council is considering allowing also the detonation of fireworks within the city limits.

Just Jake Talkin'

The map published yesterday in the Mail showed the amount of area that is by state statute illegal to shoot fireworks in. I haven’t made any precise calculations, but a general look says at least a fourth of the City is off limits no matter what the Council decides.

Course the City can impose more stringent restrictions than the state, but it can’t ignore the state statutes.

Those who are fortunate (or unfortunate dependin’ on their feelin’) to be in a "no blow" zone will still have the ability to somewhat regulate their immediate surroundings. Especially next-door neighbors shootin’ bottle rockets at their cat.

Seems a simpler solution is to leave things as they are. The Keep It Simple approach seems to be in order here.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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By JoAnn Derson

• "When my daughter was learning to drink from a cup, we gave her a plastic shot glass to practice with. It was a better size for her hands, and she learned really fast. In fact, she still loves it." -- T.C., via e-mail

• "I have refilled a large pump-top lotion dispenser with sunscreen. It is on a small table by our front door, and everyone is making a real effort this summer to wear sunscreen every day. We always remember when we go to the beach, but our faces, arms and legs are exposed to sun all the time, not just when we are in our swimming trunks." -- G.L. in New Mexico

• If you have a small ice-cream scoop, you can use it to measure out cookie dough. You will have more uniformly sized cookies, and they will cook better in the oven.

• "I got a great deal on a beautiful coffee carafe at a garage sale. However, it smelled musty inside and had plenty of stains. I filled it twice with very hot water, then added a denture tablet. After letting it sit overnight, I used a baby-bottle brush to give it a quick scrub. It’s fresh and clean as new now." -- K.I. in Ohio

• "Seems there’s not much you can get for a penny these days, but I have found a great use for some of mine. I sewed a row into the bottom of my light summer drapes. They put a slight weight on the billowy fabric and help it to hang super straight." -- Y.S. in Idaho

• "Little packs of sticky notes were invaluable in planning the reception seating at our wedding. We assigned different colors to groups, such as bride’s family, groom’s family, friends of the couple, etc., and wrote each person’s name on a note. It was easy to rearrange until we had properly balanced our seating chart." -- F.E. in Ontario.

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