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Monday, May 3, 2010 Volume XVIII, Number 221

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . The Carthage Saddle Club will have a Show De O at the Arena on May 8. Sign up 4 p.m. Start 5 p.m.

today's laugh


"This house," said the real estate salesman, "has both its good points and its bad points. To show you I’m honest, I’m going to tell you about both.

"The disadvantages are that there is a chemical plant one block south and a slaughterhouse a block north."

"What are the advantages?" inquired the prospective buyer.

"The advantage is that you can always tell which way the wind is blowing."


Takes on how Southern folks look at Northerners (or how Northerners sometimes think of themselves;)

YOU JUST MIGHT BE A BLUE NECK IF... ..Instead of referring to two or more people as "Y’all," you call them "you guys," even if both of them are women.

..You think barbecue is a verb meaning "to cook outside."

..You think Heinz Ketchup is really SPICY.

..You would never stop to buy something somebody was cooking on the side of the road. (e.g., boiled peanuts, not road kill, Dummy!)

..You don’t have any problems pronouncing "Worcestershire sauce correctly.

..For breakfast, you would prefer potatoes-au-gratin to grits.

..You don’t know what a moon pie is. You have probably never watched a moon pie in a microwave. Awesome!

..You’ve never had an RC Cola.

..You’ve never, ever eaten okra -- fried, boiled, or pickled.

..You eat fried chicken with a knife and fork.

..You have no idea what a polecat is.

..You don’t see anything wrong with putting a sweater on your dog.

..You would rather have your son become a lawyer than grow up to get his own TV fishing show.

..You drink either "Pop" or "Soda"- instead of "Cokes."

..You have never planned your summer vacation around a gun-’n-knife show.

.. You have never been hep’d.

..You think more money should go to important scientific research at your university than to pay the salary of the head football coach.

..You don’t even have one can of WD-40 somewhere around the house.

..You couldn’t find the eye of the stove if your life depended on it.

..You don’t have any hats in your closet that advertise feed stores.

.You have more than one professional sports team in your home state.

..You call binoculars opera glasses.

..You can’t spit out the car window without pulling over to the side of the road and stopping.

..You don’t have Maw-maw’s, Me-maws, Pawpaw’s or Pappaw’s.

..You get freaked out when people on the subway talk to you.

..None of your fur coats are homemade.


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

Marshal Means Waives Examination.

Deputy United States Marshal J. R. Means appeared before Justice Warren Woodward this afternoon and waived a preliminary examination on the charge of feloniously assaulting Ellis Hummel with intent to kill while on an electric car about a week since.

Several of the officials and employees of the electric were up to push the case and in all probably fifteen witnesses were summoned.

Senator Howard Gray, Means attorney, appeared in court early in the morning and as he stated that the right of a preliminary examination would be waived by the defendant the witnesses were excused after claiming their attendance.

Deputy Means came up later in the morning and his bond was $500 which he gave. He is to appear at the December term of the circuit court as his case cannot be looked after by a grand jury until that time.

  Today's Feature

Newtonia Braces for PBS Film.

The upcoming PBS documentary on the First Battle of Newtonia has the community hopping according to Kay Hively in her latest newsletter.

"The biggest, most work intense, event in the group’s history will be undertaken on the weekend of May 13-16 (a week later if there is rain). This is the weekend in which we will be filmed by a PBS camera crew for a new documentary on the First Battle of Newtonia....this is going to be a big project. It will involve hundreds of people and will, I regret to say, absolutely overwhelm the village of Newtonia.

"For weeks, some of our members have been working on this project, preparing fields for battle scenes; covering up "modern" things that might show up in the film, mowing, cleaning, fixing, building, etc. Hours and hours of work have been done by our group members and some volunteers.

"When the filming starts, we will need all the help we can get to do such duty as traffic control, registration, food service, and courier service as we try to block off much of the community and keep 100-150 re-enactors feed, housed, etc."

Just Jake Talkin'

Hopefully small disasters come in threes. That’d mean I’m past the "fix-it" mode for a while anyway.

It started last Friday evenin’ with a hiss under the hood of the old jeep. Water hose. The grandkids were visitin’ so I take them to the parts store with me on Saturday to get the hose. Simple replacement, good as new. I get in the car later that evening and the battery is dead. I take the jeep and when I return home after dark I see the problem, the rear dome light was turned on by one of the two curious minds. The charger goes on, battery is ok next day. Plug in the coffee pot (a real percolator type), the plug flashes and shuts down that project. I replaced the plug and ever’thing is back to pre-weekend normal. I was lookin’ forward to gettin’ back to work.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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By Samantha Mazzotta

Heavy Rains Take Toll on Basements

Q: I have a dry basement. But recently, after heavy rains, I noticed that in two corners of the basement the paint was bubbling up a bit and, when I pressed one of the bubbles, the paint split and water trickled out. I haven’t experienced dampness issues before. What’s the problem? -- Gary in Waltham, Mass.

A: Considering all the pump hoses I saw trailing from basements around my neighborhood following recent heavy rains in the Northeast, a little dampness doesn’t seem like much. But you’re paying attention to the problem right away, when it’s relatively small and new -- and that’s actually very important. It can save you from having to bale out the basement a few years from now.

The first thing to do is to find out if water is draining correctly away from your foundation, or if something is impeding that drainage. Check outside the house, near those corners. Are there gutter downspouts nearby? Do you have shrubs, hedges or other plants in place next to the foundation?

If gutter downspouts are near the corners, make sure the water is draining well away from the foundation and that it disperses evenly. The small bend at the bottom of the downspout may not be enough -- water should be directed at least a foot away from the foundation, so you might need to purchase a gutter extension.

Should the rains return before you’re able to do that, you could do what my neighbor did in a pinch during the storms, and improvise a drain extension. What he did was set a flat piece of concrete directly beneath the downspout opening, raised the end slightly by placing a few pebbles underneath so the water flowed away faster. He then found a length of flexible plastic tubing about 4 feet long in his shed and duct-taped that to the end of the downspout.

Check the distance of plants from the house. They should be planted more than a foot away from the foundation to prevent their roots from extending to the foundation and allowing water to seep in through the cracks they exploit. Plants that are set too near, or plants whose roots have crept to the foundation, should be removed and new plants placed farther away.

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